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As good as gold

For a few weeks every February photographers from all over gather to view Horsetail Fall off to the side of El Capitan at sunset. The falling waters catch rays of light of the so-called golden hour turning them into a cascade of what can look like liquid fire spilling over the fall. Ask any number [...]

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Golden years

“Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.” – Horace Mann Back in the 1980s when I was a photo student at Sacramento City College (SCC) I became good friends with fellow student Randy Allen. He went on [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge results: Pets

Pets can be our friends, companions, confidants or even family members. And as such we often take pictures of them as we would any friend or relative. The trick is to get a great photo of them rather than just a quick snapshot. That was the challenge of the pet assignment. 64 photos were sent [...]

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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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Smiling faces

Only one day left until the deadline for the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Smiles. Get your photos in before time’s up. _______________________________________ The Rules: 1. Entries can be emailed to Type in “Smiles” in the subject line. 2. Photos have to be shot between May 12 and May 25. They can be posed [...]

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Smiles, everyone

When my son was in kindergarten I volunteered in the classroom. The teacher found out I was a photographer and she put me to work taking headshots of her 20 students. With most of the kids it was pretty easy to get them to smile but there was this one boy who was a challenge. [...]

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Going wild

One person’s weed is another person’s wildflower. I have a perennial battle with bindweed. Part of the morning glory family it has half dollar-sized white blossoms and crawls along the ground in vine-like fashion. In my backyard, where it likely came in as a hitchhiker on my dog after a walk, it snakes through the [...]

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Wild and wet

There are just two of days left for the Readers Challenge wildflower assignment. While Saturday’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, there’s a chance of rain on Sunday. But don’t let that deter you because a little wet weather can be a boon for photographs of wildflowers. A light sprinkling of rain can add a [...]

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Wildflower assignment reminder

There’s less than a week left in the Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Wildflowers. You don’t have to travel far out into the country to get a shot. There are many places within or close to city limits that you can go to find flowers growing in the wild. I got this shot of a milk [...]

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