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“No man needs a vacation so much as a man who has just had one.” – Elbert Hubbard I know I just came off of a vacation but I’m taking a few more days off. I’ll be back on Dec. 12. See you then.

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I dream a dream

I had a dream the other night, and it’s unusual that I remember any of my dreams. What’s also notable is that this is the first one I can recall that was related to photography. It started with me showing up very early in the morning at an elementary school. My assignment was to get […]

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Working it

One of the things that I’ve learned in my 26 years of photography is that, no matter how good or bad the photo possibilities are, you don’t give up on getting a good shot. Even if you’ve found a good picture you don’t necessarily stop there. Whether I shoot for an assignment or an enterprise […]

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Just the right moment

Maybe it’s me, maybe I’m just not satisfied with what is, but even when I come across what’s seemingly perfect, I wait for something better to come along. Often it doesn’t, but when it does, it can be well worth it. It had been foggy most of the day when it burned off late one […]

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Rule #2: In the (good) light of day

The second rule of photography that my college instructors came up with was: “always have light.” It’s an obvious truth that you can’t shoot pictures without it. Whether in the middle of the day or the dead of night, from candles to strobes, you need light to make a picture. An addendum to the rule […]

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Pursuit of an untamed waterfowl

These photos should have been volleyball pictures. Sometimes circumstances dictate which opportunities are open to us. Fishermen cast their lines in the waters of the San Joaquin River during sunset at Dos Ries Park in Lathrop. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: 17-55mm @ 32mm. Exposure: 1/25th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 400) My old photo instructors told […]

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Twilight’s last gleaming

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec., @ f/5.6. ISO: 200) One good thing about showing up at the Chavez game too early was that I was able to take advantage of the late afternoon/early evening light. Although the sun went down completely before the start of the varsity game. I was able […]

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“…Show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekhov

“…The sun’s still shining in the big blue sky But it don’t mean nothing to me Oh, let the rain come down Let the wind blow through me I’m living in an empty room With all the windows smashed And I’ve got so little left to lose That it feels just like I’m walking on […]

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White bird

As the suns sets in the west, a seagull takes flight near the water tower at the Port of Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/8000 sec., @ f/22. ISO: 200) During this chilly time of year we confine ourselves in the warmth of our homes, cut off from the outside world. When […]

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In the (afternoon) light of day

With the help of a setting sun, Kayley Alvarado, left, and Elena Montano cast long shadows while practicing with the Manteca Area Soccer League’s girls 8-under Cheetah Girls team at Chadwick Square Park in Manteca. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 300. Exposure: f/7.1 @ 1/250. ISO: 200) “Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have […]

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