San Francisco Gay Pride: You Haven’t Lived until…

I confess, I’m not much of a parade person. I don’t hate parades; I just don’t like them. They simply don’t do anything for me. I’ve been to Atlanta Gay Pride a couple of times. Whatever. Not worth going back. But San Francisco knows how to throw a party, let me tell you. The Bay to Breakers Race is insane… Continue reading

Quality, Reflected, Warm Light

I’ve always thought that one of the most important elements in photography is the quality of the light in the scene. It’s the difference between “Oh, that’s nice.” and “Wow! That’s glorious!” Since I so very, very rarely shoot in controlled lighting environments, I generally get whatever I get when it comes to lighting. I mean, I have the apps… Continue reading

California OJ

Yum! Everyone loves OJ, right?! It’s delicious. And OJ from California is at least as good as OJ from Florida. This past weekend was especially busy and delightful. It included lunch at Sconehenge (bakery and sandwich shop) and car buying. We hated having a gasoline powered car—and not for any liberal-minded, save-the-planet reasons, though we certainly have those, too. We… Continue reading

Celebrating Easter Late

A couple of weeks ago I was in a drug store and passed a shelf that had, of all things, Easter candy on sale. I would have thought that stuff was all gone by now. But, to my utter delight, they had Russell Stover’s chocolate Easter bunnies (solid chocolate) on sale for 90% off. Yes, you read that right: 90%… Continue reading

A Little Video Lens Experiment

I shot this when I was last in San Francisco. I went up to Mount Tamalpais. It was so green! This video demonstrates what an anamorphic lens does (comparing it to the iPhone camera lens by itself), shows the effects of a polarizer filter and a neutral density filter on the Moondog Anamorphic Lens, and has some Prisma image output… Continue reading

Time for Something a Little Different…

Perspective, point of view, is everything, isn’t it. Ideologically to be sure, but I’m speaking from a purely visual standpoint. For all of the visual information we perceive, we are really very constrained in what we experience through our eyes. We almost always see things from the same height, in a limited color pallet (granted its millions of colors) compared… Continue reading

Tripping Out in the Marin Headlands

You know, I discovered the Insta360 Nano camera that shoots in 360º—panorama photos, panorama videos, livestreams in 360º… This little camera rocks! It stitches in real time. Now, it’s certainly not the picture quality of my Canon 5D DSLRs, but it’s instant, it’s crazy small and light, and this counts for a lot. So last weekend I took it up… Continue reading

Actual Innovation

So much of what passes for innovation is little more than swapping whose bank accounts profits go into while putting others out of business. Yeah, Uber, I’m looking at you! The convenience of your app: yeah, innovative. Everything else: all that is hideous about capitalism! But Tesla… Now these guys are innovative! They are seriously changing personal transportation! Their impact… Continue reading

What Just Happened?! [Updated]

Pianist Denis Kozhukhin I was completely unfamiliar with Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, which pianist Denis Kozhukhin performed last tonight. Words fail me in describing this musical experience. The piece is insanely difficult, filled with explosive, muscular rhythmic dissonances that create a complex musical texture accompanied by powerful, angular, quasi-a-tonal melodic machinations that survive the fray generally… Continue reading