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Would like to fly in my beautiful balloon?

Last Sunday I covered the Color the Skies hot air balloon festival at the Mistlin Sports Park in Ripon. It brought back memories of when I was a young photo student in college and some friends and I went to the Great Reno Balloon Race in Nevada. We drove through the wee hours of the [...]

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I need a vacation

Summer has pretty much come to an end and a school has started up again and. Our vacations are now just memories and all we have left are the photos we took on our travels. The subject of the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment is vacation/travel. This will be sort of the photographic version of [...]

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True blue

The blue hour, the time of twilight just after sunset and right before dusk when the sky turns a deep saturated blue, is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. It’s that depth of color that makes photos taken at this hour so appealing. There are challenges to photographing at this time chief [...]

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True blue

The last Readers Photo Challenge assignment explored the time of day know as the golden hour. This month’s challenge is what’s known as the “blue hour.” Like the golden hour, the blue hour occurs twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening. Unlike the golden hour, it happens about an hour [...]

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The devil is in the details

When I was a young photo student my instructors told me that there were always pictures within pictures. They would show a student’s photo of an overall scene as an example and then, using their hands, crop into a tighter portion to show how the student missed the show by not getting close enough. Many [...]

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Take me out to the ballpark

I know a lot of people love baseball, but I’m not a big fan of the game. It may sound funny coming from someone who’s photographed hundreds of games over the course of a 30-year career, but I don’t. Years ago I photographed a cropduster pilot who once described his job as “hours and hours [...]

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A tip on tips

I once heard a feature story on the radio about holiday cooking traditions. A woman said that she cut the end off of a roast before cooking it because that’s the way her mother did. Her mother said she did it that way because that’s how her mother did it. Finally she asked her grandmother [...]

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Our fine furry friends

I recently had an assignment to photograph Chenda Ouk of Stockton who had adopted a cat named Cupid from the Stockton Animal Shelter. Cupid had been shot in the head with an arrow and was saved by the shelter. The cat was understandably a bit skittish and I managed to get just a few frames [...]

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Turning a frown upside down

Getting a good a portrait can be a daunting task. There are a number of things that one has to consider. Composition is one. Lighting is another. Then one has to often figure out the proper settings on the camera for a correct exposure. It’s no wonder that many people may forget one last thing: [...]

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Piggy backing

In March I photographed the World of Outlaws dirt track racing event at the San Joaquin County fairgrounds in Stockton. I wanted to travel light so I left my camera bag with most of my gear in the trunk of my car. Using only a belt bag (sort of like Batman’s utility belt only not [...]

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