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Atlanta Eclipse Watch, 2017

I was too lazy to do it correctly. I just went outside and used my selfie camera on my iPhone to take pics of the sun at different times through the eclipse. Obviously even at .97 eclipsed, the sun was still far too bright for the iPhone selfie camera sensor. It just blew out the white levels on the sensor.… Continue reading

That Basket of Deplorables Is the New Face of US Terrorism (Updated)

Peter Cvjetanovic, 20, told KTVN that he traveled from Reno to Charlottesville. Read the story here. I’m late to learning the details of what has transpired from the Nazi and White Supremacist terrorist attacks that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I refuse to use the term “Alt-Right.” These are militant, white, Nazi terrorists that want to usher in to this… Continue reading

Bathrooms & Sundry Other Tidbits: Delta Airlines vs. Air New Zealand

I have flown a lot, too much, waaaaay too much actually. The vast majority of my flights (at least 96%) have been on Delta or one of its sky team partners. Sadly, I have always found the bathrooms on Delta’s domestic and international flights to be filthy. The toilet floors are almost always sticky, and I can’t recall a flight… Continue reading

Love Is Love: In a Heartbeat

Esteban Bravo (left) and Beth David (right) [LA Times]With over 22,000,000 views in just one week, this little animated short by computer animation students, Esteban Bravo and Beth David, has taken the internet by storm. The young creators of the project said they wanted to challenge the notion that LGBT content is not suitable or appropriate for young audiences. The… Continue reading

Darrell Lackey Said It Better than I Ever Could

I have often blamed the hardened, heartless, even godless American Christian Evangelicalism (focused on greed and hatred) on the failed leadership of that cult’s faith expression. In their continued and successful efforts to get rich and rule politics, the leadership of that movement have left untouched, undiscussed, and unenlightened some of the most critical and truly significant issues of our… Continue reading

Barry Manilow Concert at the Fabulous Fox Theater

This past week my adorable, sentimental hubby asked me if I wanted to go to a Barry Manilow concert at the Fox Theater. I loved Barry’s music as a young man back in the day, but, for some unknown and utterly ridiculous reason I had some weird preconceived notion about what his concerts out in Vegas were like: a once… Continue reading

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