June 12th, 2015 by grant

Tonight we met Jim & Kelly at Ozumo in Oakland for the Japanese Beer month dinner. 6 courses and they were all wonderful. The dessert/beer combo was the big surprise.

Blue Fin Tuna Belly, Golden Caviar & Pickled Vegetable Tama No Megumi Tokyo Pale Ale

Echigo Koshihikari Rice Lager Salt Cured Mackerel, Momiji Oroshi, Fried Lemon & Passion Fuit Gelee

Kurobuta Pork, Green Tea Mustard & Crisy Quail Egg Ozeno Yukidoke IPA

Baeren Schwarz Dark Lager Sea Urchin, Snow Crab, Confit Garlic, Ginger & Inaniwa Udon Noodles

Flourless Chocolate Cake, Green Tea Ice Cream & Blueberry Compote Echigo Red Ale

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October 25th, 2014 by grant

Paul & Brenda invited us to go wine tasting in Livermore. We have never been there so we jumped at the chance.

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Murrietta’s Well was our first stop.

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On to Wente. We had to get past Hank though (major dogmeat).

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Lunch was at Uncle Yu’s.

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Tea Smoked Duck Crispy Eggplant

And finally Tenuta Wines.

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October 23rd, 2014 by grant

Last time I was here was 2008. I brought a gigantic DSLR and tripod. This time I used a tiny G1X2 and a travel tripod.


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I did try a HDR software that came with the Canon RAW package.

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October 13th, 2014 by grant

I’ve tried to shoot them a couple of times as they took off from the Oakland airport during their practice runs. Sunday after we got home from the wedding we made the last minute decision to ferry into the City to photograph the Blue Angels. Like an idiot I thought I would be the only one with this bright idea. The lines were so long and there was a serious delay in the ferry schedule. Just as we were pulling out of Oakland the show started. The outside seats were packed and with the roar of the Blue Angels, everyone rushed to the rails of the ferry and I was left behind a bunch of tall people using their ding dang camera phones!

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I didn’t get very good photos but it was an experience. We were not allowed to stay on the ferry to do a round trip so after exiting and walking to the end of what appeared to be a 300-person line we decided to walk from Pier 41 to Pier 1 and bus it back home. What I thought would be a couple hour trip turned into a 6 hour journey.

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September 11th, 2014 by grant

As a civilian, I’ve always felt there isn’t much I could do to honor the 1st responders who rushed into the tragic situation of 9/11. Sandy gave me the idea to photograph our local fire department. It was my most ambitious project to date. I contacted the local fire department and made arrangements for a photo shoot last Saturday. Unfortunately there was a paramedic call just as we got there so that left only 3 firemen.

May I present to you Captain Matt Nielsen, Jeff & Stephen of Alameda Fire Station 4.


It was challenging to light up a fire engine, it took 5 speedlites, which I’ve never done. Of course that ate up quite a bit of time.

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June 14th, 2014 by grant

Last night I heard there was going to be a fireworks display after the game. It took almost an hour for the action to start. My little G1X2 did alright. Unfortunately they all pretty much look  the same. So I’ll just post this.


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June 8th, 2014 by grant

I have no idea who these women are or what event this is, but it woke me up so I had to shoot them. Okay after some research I found out its the Mermaid Series.

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June 7th, 2014 by grant

I’m trying to keep busy since Sandy is in the Philippines, so tonight I went to the Rhythmix Island Arts to watch: Lumago Lampas. I got permission to bring my camera sans flash. I’ve never been to the space so I had no idea what to expect. The colored spotlights drove me nuts. I finally settled in on ISO 6400 with a 5omm f1.4 lens.

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June 7th, 2014 by grant

Sand Castle Competition at Robert Crown Memorial State Beach. Unfortunately these things usually happen at the worst time with regard to lighting. Don’t they know?

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May 18th, 2014 by grant

We stopped by South Shore today to check out the Alameda Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Festival.

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March 1st, 2014 by grant

I stumbled on a glass blowing studio in Alameda. I asked the owner Prax if I could do a shoot. He graciously agreed.


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January 11th, 2014 by grant

During my annual PBS pledge drive I happen to receive a gift certificate for Elizabeth Spencer Wines. Well today we decided to redeem it and what better couple to take with us than Paul & Brenda.

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We walked out of there with a nice cab and then shuttled over to Long Meadow Ranch for lunch.

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January 3rd, 2014 by grant

We finally made it over to Oakland Zoo Lights.

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June 16th, 2013 by grant

Good news Tawny is in town for the SF Marathon on Sunday (½ marathon). She arrived with macaroons in hand! Saturday we took the bus into the city to pick up her bib and check out the farmers market at the Ferry Building. Then we drove to Napa for lunch at Morimoto’s.

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In the evening Geo landed on a flight from Manila, so we were a foursome. Sunday Tawny forced us to drop her off at the start line at 5:00AM. By 7:15AM she crossed the finish line, her personal best BTW.

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May 27th, 2013 by grant

My local annual tradition.

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Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. — General Patton


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