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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

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

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

Lyft vs. Uber

So, Lyft vs. Uber… I was a slow adopter of ride sharing platforms, but once I started using them, I began using them a lot. I use them a great deal to travel to and from airports. I first began using Uber. But, the more I heard about Uber, the more I disliked the company. The CEO strikes me as… 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