Horrific Air Quality in San Francisco

Wednesday When I landed in San Francisco mid-week before last, I wasn’t paying much attention. I try to zone out on the plane: listen to music, watch Netflix, or just sleep. I find that makes the long flight seem shorter. I was in “the zone.” Unexpectedly, the cabin filled with the acrid smell of smoke, and I remembered the California… Continue reading

Storm Chasing in 360º Video

I supported a 4k 360º video camera project on Kickstarted back a couple of years ago. Hopefully the Sphericam will enter into production this summer. The camera will be amazing, shooting in 360º all around instantaneously while automatically stitching the video together in real time. When you watch a 360º video, you can use your mouse to move around, looking… Continue reading

Time Lapse Composite

I wanted to do something a little bit different with this time lapse of the fog blasting through the Golden Gate; so, I decided to make a time lapse composite: Room with a View. I shot a picture of the view from the living room. It was bright outside; so, it wasn’t possible to expose for both the outside and… Continue reading

West Peak, Mount Tamalpais: Mother Nature’s Drama

A week ago today I was hunkered down on the west peak of Mount Tamalpais. I felt as though I were on top of the world because the wind was blasting dense fog straight toward me, just barely over my head. I could reach up and almost touch this ceiling of fog. Coming from the Pacific Ocean, the rapidly moving… Continue reading

West Peak, Mount Tamalpais: Somehow I Just Knew…

I had to get to the top of the west peak of Mount Tamalpais as quickly as possible. The weather conditions looked as though they could be an interesting subject for shooting: time lapse, photos, and panos. The dark clouds were blasting in from the north Pacific Ocean. They hung low in the sky—just above the mountain’s peaks. When I… Continue reading

Scared the Hebegebees Out of Me

I swear! I must have greatly angered the weather deities! I’ve been experiencing too many weather events of late! I tweeted on March 31st that I saw, no, experienced a dramatic lightning strike just outside the window of my office. Here are some of the details… Just as it struck, the really loud sound of the torrential rain stopped. Total… Continue reading

The Difference Just 14 Miles Can Make

From time to time I’ve noted, with some interest, the microclimates that abound here in the Bay Area. Yesterday I had an unusual experience, even by Bay Area standards, with how very different these micro climates can be! Just before dinner at my favorite pizza place—Mulberry Street Pizza, in San Rafael, we took a walk in the nearby marshlands (McInnis… Continue reading

Of Biblical Proportions…

We frequently walk along the breakwater in the evenings after dinner out. It’s our “us” time—a quiet time in a beautiful area, frequently all alone with the gentle surf, the clanking tack of the sailboats, the barking seals and the caws of the seagulls. Sometimes we get to hear the fog horns in the area as well. This particular walk… Continue reading