Greed and Unchecked Capitalism…

You were probably taught to revere our economic system: capitalism. You were probably taught that “socialist” Europe was evil, and communist Russia was the worst. And, like me, you ate it up. That’s what we were supposed to do. Well, hmm… This is what we all bought into: This home located at 1062 Plymouth Drive in Sunnyvale, Calif. recently set… Continue reading

Hiking the Tam

Making a Fog Timelapse We went hiking on Mount Tamalpais this past weekend, twice, actually: both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was especially interesting because we had intense fog (the marine layer) down below us and an overcast sky above us. The motion of the clouds and fog was fantastic. Having anticipated this, I had brought a tripod to shoot a… Continue reading

Learning Out Loud

I was interested in exploring shooting anamorphic video with the iPhone 6s+1. In fact, I was interested in seeing how far I could push video with the iPhone generally: nighttime, directly into the sun, etc. I also wanted to try mixing some 360º footage into the my little project to see if significantly changing perspective in a normal “flat” video… Continue reading

Awww, Shucks!

Yay for Vimeo! They present video in the correct aspect ratio without letterboxing, unlike YouTube! All that effort to produce 1:2.39 aspect ratio content, and then YouTube adds that hideous black letterbox! Come on Google, get up to speed here! And what’s with the thumbnail that’s not in the correct aspect ratio at all?! Anyway… Shot on my iPhone this… Continue reading

#SevenDayPhotoChallenge: Photo 5

O dear! Today was so busy, I almost forgot! I’m getting my Day 5 photo posted just before midnight! I chose something entirely different: a partial panorama in that this photo is really many photos stitched together spanning about a 180º view. The actual completed image is over 25,000 pixels wide by over 3,000 pixels tall and can be enlarged… Continue reading

Substitute Teachers (Important for Educators)

With heavy and relentless marketing efforts, it’s no wonder we easily get things confused. I came across a stenciled sign in San Francisco that contained only the words in the first 2 ideas presented below. The sign got me thinking about how we easily substitute something in our minds for something it is not. We actually make this swap without… Continue reading

The Ongoing Quest for a Fresh Selfie

Selfies. What a concept. A photo to represent our online presence. I think it’s ultimately kind of weird, frankly. But today the selfie is, well, a way of life for some people who seem obsessed with taking them. To each his/her own I suppose. I must admit that I like seeing current photos of people I know, especially if I… Continue reading

Back from San Francisco

Yes, we bought a little place back in San Francisco, and I spent this past week setting it up—well, mostly. The special-order furniture has yet to arrive, but the basics are now in place. I’m always amazed at how much time is required to set up even the smallest apartment, especially when you don’t know the area. When it’s all… Continue reading

SFO Embarcadero

We just returned from a quick trip to San Francisco (SFO) and stayed at a lovely hotel on the bay in Sausalito, The Inn Above Tide. (Highly recommend the inn! All of the rooms are on the water and have an incredible view!) We were treated to lunch at Boulevard Restaurant. Nancy Oakes is the executive chef and owner, and… Continue reading

I Was a Strange Child…

with a huge imagination. I grew up on the Gulf Coast, and virtually lived at the beach. As a little kid I had this crazy desire to see the Gulf of Mexico without any water in it. I wanted to see the seafloor. I was conflicted, however, as I feared this would kill all of the sea life. I know,… Continue reading