Category: Loft Life


Next door neighbor Alex also paints. Seems I know a lot of artists. Lucky me! I think I have this whole Brenizer thing worked out. I purchased a proper VR rig from Really Right Stuff, and now making these is a breeze. I can shoot a whole 49 image series in less than two minutes. Read More

Some graffiti is better

Spotted at the corner of 17th and Broadway today. Look at the artist’s gallery for a better view of this awesome art. Read More


I am so happy to have Jack as a friend and neighbor. And not just because he was kind enough to sit for me today. It’s also because he possesses many things I covet, none less than his cool and inspiring workspace filled with tools and toys. I feel my creativity jump whenever I set Read More

The Brenizer Method

This weekend I learned of the Brenizer Method This photographic technique creates images of very high resolution and very shallow depth of field. The resulting “bokeh panorama” simulates the look of a very large (8 x 10) format camera with your basic digital camera. Excellent! I could not wait to try this for myself, but Read More

Nova in the Booth

Kelly’s birds definitely do not want anything to do with this shiny contraption, but I was able to get this cool shot of Nova just as she began her escape. Read More

Joanna Makes Paper Art

Talented friend and neighbor Joanna has started to produce a series of woven paper pieces. They range in size from approximately 20 x 30″ down to about 10″ x 10″. They’re meticulously made and very cool. They look best when displayed as a group, so you can’t buy just one. 🙂 Joanna has a web Read More

3d Loft Project

I’m on the Architectural Committee here in the lofts. We’re hoping to do a little sprucing up next year, so we need a 3D model of the building. I mean, obviously, right? Since Cinema4D 17 includes a new SketchUp importer, I thought it’d be cool to do the modeling in SketchUp. This way, everyone would Read More


California’s got the most of them… Boy they got a host of them. –Frank Zappa So, we took the day off so that we could be home to accept delivery of a new table. Even though the table was in stock when we ordered it, we decided to wait until the shipment was complete to Read More


It’s true – the new 5K iMac is mind-blowing. Ii takes just a few minutes on a 5K retina display to realize that there will be no going back. After my boss saw it, I had no trouble convincing him that I could not live without a 5K display at work. So now I’ve been Read More

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Weekend Renders

There’s a reasonable chance that I’ll be asked to serve on the board of our Home Owner’s Association in a few months, and one topic that will be revisited again is an update of the interior of our building. A facelift is long overdue, and having a few convincing 3D renders may go a long Read More

Loving Loft Life

Looking to my left… I took another shot at a bit of an angle. It’s amazing how such a minor shift in perspective can create such a major change. Read More

Train Wreck in Jack London Square

There was a low-speed train accident at the train station a block from our loft last night. Luckily, there were just a few minor injuries. It was very strange to see the two half-derailed engines. Read More

The Lobby With Lighter Colors

I’ve actually started a blog for my neighbors to gather opinions about possible color schemes for our remodel. Here’s another of several examples. After I rendered this one, I realized that there is a light leak from the right. The small amount of light leaking in from the blue sky accounts for the green tint Read More

Light Painting

I was motivated to take a few shots during a 6 – 1/2 hour power outage last night. I figured the unusual lighting might produce some interesting results. I brought along a flashlight so I could see where I was walking, and figured it might be fun to try and do add drama to my Read More

Gettin’ Better All the Time

Things just keep getting better and better in the Jack London District. It’s been a long time coming, but it seems almost every week, there’s a new and exciting business opening in the area. Last night we dined at a new restaurant two blocks away – Encuentro. The 100% vegetarian menu was 100% delicious. And Read More

Oakland Marathon!

For the first time in 25 years, Oakland played host to a marathon today. Six thousand People of all shapes and sizes come out to run and watch the 26 mile course on a beautiful Sunday morning. I love it. Go Oakland! Read More

1962 – 2009

I attempted to recreate exactly the black and white photo, shot in 1962. I took several shots, but could not seem to find the exact spot the original was taken from, but one thing seems clear – the middle of the road has shifted somewhat to the left. Read More

The New Bathroom

We decided we had had it with the white tile and grimy grout. We decided to go in a completely different direction. We think it was a good decision. I can’t decide what I like most, the fabulous shower or the speakers in the ceiling. 🙂 The mood around here is definitely up-beat. Turns out Read More

Bird Fight!

The normal state of affairs as up to eight birds jostle for a seat on one of the two tiny perches. Read More

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