Archive for March, 2014

I have to agree with this blog, but at the same time I have to admit to being like this guy on occasion. On a recent shoot I had my camera on my tripod while shooting the sun rise. I was out with a couple of friends and the morning was beautiful. I set my tripod down, not paying as much attention as I should. Of course the ground was uneven and my camera was pointing in a direction without a leg directly in front of it. Gravity took over, timberrrrrrr slooooow motion noooooooooo. Clank. Silence. Worry sets in…. Picked up my camera…. Dusted it off…. Slowly pressed the shutter button, click-click. Whew. Lens was good camera was good. Lens saved by the hood. So yeah don’t be like that guy.

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It’s rare that I step up on my soap box about gear… after all to each their own.  But this one is just a pet peeve as it causes so many potential problems.

The lens hood doesn’t point this way when the lens is out of your camera bag!


  • Hoods are reversed when packing the lens into a lens pouch or for shipping.  This makes it more compact.
  • Turn the lens hood around to provide physical protection to the front of your lens. This can minimize damage from drops, bumps, or running into things.
  • Mounting the lens hood forward also cuts down on unwanted lens flares that can strip a shot of detail and wash out the frame.

Public service announcement over.  Get the most from your gear.


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What a City!

Well it definitely wasn’t my first trip to the city, check out my San Francisco Pictures folder, but it never ceases to amaze me.  Size wise San Francisco is just barely 50 square miles, but the way the city is just stacked up getting around the city is a chore.San Francisco Overview







Don’t worry after driving around for a few hours, you still won’t really know where you are going.  Not to worry though, there are treasures around just about every corner.

San Fran corner









If you’ve never been to San Francisco, I highly suggest to you that you make it a point to visit.  Trust me, it’s worth the trip no matter how for you are traveling from.  When I was in the Navy I was fortunate enough to do some traveling, enough to say that I have circumnavigated the globe, while stopping at quite a few continents.  Of all the cities that I have visited, San Francisco tops my list. Just for reference, I have been to New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Chicago, Dubai, Jebal Ali, Perth, Hobart, Hong Kong, Pusan, Kuala Lampur, Victoria B.C. and Oahu.  So yes I’ve been fortunate to see a large chunk of the world.  Maybe I’m biased but San Francisco just has something, it doesn’t hurt that the people are fantastic as well.

Here’s a few more photos from my recent trip including my first up close shot of the new span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge taken from Treasure Island. Enjoy!

San Francisco Bay Bridge San Francisco FD San Francisco PD San Francisco sun walk Skimboard San Franciso