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Happy Birthdays!

Jack and Tres are two of my favorite subjects, and their colorful, wildly-decorated loft is certainly one of the most interesting locations I know of.

Happy Birthdays to a couple of wonderful people!!

The rest of the evening’s images can be viewed here.

Lombard Street

Last night I went on a scouting mission. I’m looking for a location for an upcoming project. The Creative Director floated this top-of-Lombard-Street idea. I’m certainly not the first to make this shot, but I was surprised at how easy it was to grab this 30-second time exposure on a cold and windy summer night in San Francisco.

Next time I’ll bring a slingshot so I can knock out that dang street light.

What Just Happened?

The excitement builds BFFs
Fancy feast WTF??

We went into it prepared for the worst, but as the energy and the volume level in the arena swelled into a raging torrent, we were swept into the madness. When it was over, we were utterly drained. Stunned. WTF?

Of course, none of this diminishes the fact that our beloved team got more than 99% of the way to a second consecutive championship. Well done Warriors. What a fantastic season!

It’s official!

After years of helping people for free, I finally started my consultancy. I hope to offer lots of services, (Linux, 3D design, photography, etc.) but my first four customers are all paying for Linux and web work. A great start!

No, I’m not leaving my full-time job. I love the people at Thermofisher – some of whom I’ve been working with for more than 15 years. I also (mostly) love the work. Having this legitimate business makes it easier to receive real money for the work I’ve been doing “on the side” for as long as I can remember. It may also give me an excuse to say “no” from time to time. 🙂


After working on a few of my images, I confirmed what I already suspected. Yosemite looks better in black and white. The reason for this, as Mr. Adams clearly knew, is that you can make much larger image adjustments without destroying the image. The color image below was enhanced as much as I can stand. Adjusting things further would result in an obviously manipulated image.

This color version looks ok, right?

Wondering what I mean by obviously manipulated? Have a look at this wacky example. (If, on the other hand, you think it’s sorta cool, you can see more of Stephen Wilkes’s work here.)

Now, the black and white version.

Much better, right?

You can see the difference in the sky immediately. I made a few more adjustments to the contrast and some shadow detail here and there. These things were not really possible in the color image.

Yosemite looks better in black and white than it does in reality. The view from the highway just before the tunnel.
Beauty in black and white.

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