Tuesday, May 04, 2010


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Monday, May 03, 2010


I didn't know it was possible for a Seagull to look sullen, but there you go. Click to enlarge.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

San Francisco Financial District

A shot of the skyline of San Francisco, California. This is looking up Market Street and was shot from Twin Peaks, which is (I think) one of the better spots to photograph the entirety of San Francisco from. Click to enlarge.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Sequoia Clovers

Today's photo is of Sequoia clovers -- I need to research these more, but apparently these are actually part of the Giant Sequoia life process. Shot these in Muir Woods in California; click to enlarge.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A couple of Sacramento HDR photos

Here's a couple of HDR shots of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, California. Assembled in CS5, these photos were created with 20+ individual exposures each. Click to enlarge.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


A woman running through the waves of the Pacific for the first time. Click to enlarge.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bay Bridge

A shot of San Francisco Bay Bridge. Years ago, I visited San Francisco on a clear, non-hazy day -- at the time, I had no idea what a rare thing that was! I wish I could go back in time and visit all these vistas on one of those crystal clear days.

Click to enlarge.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tending the Vines

A worker in a small tractor tends the vines at the Opus One winery in Napa Valley, California. It's amazing how much effort they put into nurturing the vines to maturity -- but as it was explained to us, because Napa wine is so well known and expensive, they can afford to aim for low yield and high quality. Other parts of California (where the vast majority of California wine is grown) tend to have to take a much more industrial approach to viticulture and are expected to get much higher yields out of a similarly sized plot of land. Click to enlarge.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

City on a Hill

Today's photo is shot from near Lombard street in San Francisco. This is actually a maaaaaaasive panorama, the original of which is around 15,000 by 10,000 pixels. I believe this is Nob Hill -- it looks literally like it's own city on a hill. Click to enlarge.

"Good Life" interview

I was interviewed on Nebraska's "Good Life" yesterday -- here'a link to the clip.

I'll be giving a presentation (with lots of pictures) at the Nebraska Nature and Visitor Center (right off the Alda interstate exit/interchange) on Wednesday at 7PM. Come one, come all!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Dancing through the waves

A woman plays in the foam of the Pacific near San Francisco. Click to enlarge.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Redwoods: They are Tall

Shot this on a recent trip to Muir Wood. Old growth Redwood forests are:

A: Really, really dark (the canopy soaks up a great deal of the light, even on a sunny day)

B: Unbelievably tall. Seriously, until you've seen them for yourselves, it's hard to imagine. When you see something taller than a football field is long that's also older than Julius Ceaser, it blows your mind.

Even the above photo doesn't really do it justice -- though the wide angle can pull them all in, you don't get the sense of scale. The only photo of redwoods I've ever seen that captured their size was a huge National Geographic foldout spread, in which the photographer shot a panorama of the tree by winching the cameras up on a pulley system and taking photos the whole way up.

Click to enlarge.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Keeping the Horizon Straight

Keeping the horizon straight is quite a challenge in San Francisco! Click to enlarge.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Today's photo is of a sailboat near San Francisco. Shot from Hendrick point on a (sadly) hazy day. Click to enlarge.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Which do you like more?

Both of these images were edited with Photoshop CS5. Which do you like more? Click either to enlarge.



The photos are of the Leland Stanford mansion in Sacramento, California. While I'm not allowed to explain exactly how this image was made, they are composed of 17 images each.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

At the Ocean

My wife meets the Pacific Ocean at Rodeo Cove near San Francisco, California. They get some surprisingly large waves out here -- much larger than I remember from the Atlantic beaches I've seen. Click to enlarge.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Corn Silo

Today's photo is a corn silo between Kearney and Grand Island, Nebraska. This is actually a panoramic photo of several photos stitched together in order to boost resolution. Nebraska has some amazing and towering industrial buildings, thanks to agriculture.

Click to enlarge.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Silver Oak Wineries

This is a CS5 edited image of the wine rack at Silver Oak Wineries in Napa Valley, California. Home of some of the darn tastiest Cabs in the universe, they've also got a rather beautiful display building. Click to enlarge.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

A few candids and portraits

I was testing out some Provia 400 a week ago in the EOS 1N I found at a flea market in Denver and am surprised how much I like the tonal response and fine grain of this film -- I don't typically think of 400 speed slide film as something that's going to reproduce terribly well. This stuff was great. These are a few candids (and a couple of obvious not-so-candids) of family as they sat around and chatted in our living room.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Which do you like more?

I'm still playing with some new HDR algorithms and going back and reworking old HDR shoots -- between 1 versus 2 and A versus B, which two images do you like more? Click any to enlarge.

Image 1:

Or Image 2:



Image A:

or Image B:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Kearney Bank Robbery

Some jackalope tried to rob the Kearney, Nebraska Wells Fargo today; he took around 30 or 40 hostages for a couple hours with a shotgun. This is a shot of him surrendering (click to enlarge). Article here: omaha.com/article/20100210/NEWS97/100219980

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Which is better?

Been messing around with HDR and comparing algorithms lately -- which do you prefer, image one or image two?

Image one:

Image two:

Monday, January 11, 2010

Grain Silo

This is a some what punched up (digitally) panoramic image of the Gibbon, Nebraska Farm Service Center. (The original is around 6,000 pixels by 6,000 pixels; who needs a medium format camera when you have stitching?) This is a massive grain silo -- Nebraska may be short on skyscrapers, but it's hard to believe sometimes how many of these towering monoliths you see dotting the landscape. When you get close to them, you feel like you're in some Western European manufacturing district or something. Click to enlarge.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Late Harvest

Nebraska got off to an extremely late harvest this year, due mainly to getting a lot of moisture late in the season -- so late that a lot of farmers still hadn't cut any corn out of the ground by the time the year's first blizzard came around.

Some, though, made the deadline -- and one thing you can count on right after harvest in Nebraska is haybales. This farmer laid his haybales out in a particularly interesting pattern, at least to me.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Penny's Diner

On our way back from Colorado, fellow photographer Darren Addy took a little detour to show me an extremely cool old piece of nostalgia in North Platte, Nebraska -- a real life old-fashioned highway diner. Click to enlarge.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Green Truck

I just got back from a trip to Pueblo, Colorado with my father-in-law, who was picking up some darkroom equipment there. When we were done with business, we headed west out into the mountains and stumbled into a wild little town called "Guffey" -- population 26. Guffy has, no doubt, one of the more amusing Wikipedia entries out there -- it's definitely a town with a sense of character, even if that character seems straight out of Northern Exposure.

The town was littered (literally) with old vintage trucks, cars, firetrucks, wagons, you name it -- all there to complement the host of buildings still left from the mid 1800's when the town was founded. I think if a Hollywood location scout ever happens upon this place, he or she is going to make it famous. You couldn't dream up a set this elaborate.

This photo has been post processed a bit, as you can see from the sky, mostly by burning it down, down, down until nothing was left but tree silhouettes.

Click to enlarge.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Creepy Crawler

After a long hiatus, I'm finally refiring up this blog.

Today's photo is of a millipede at the Lincoln Nebraska Children's Zoo -- kindly taken out of the tank by an employee. The brave soul handling the creepy crawler is fellow photographer Josh Fiedler.

Zoos are actually great locations for animal photography; you'll find species of animals up close that you'd have to spend thousands of dollars to fly to remote locations and view from long distances otherwise. They're not in the wild, but they're still great subjects for a camera.