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New Zealand ’17: Day 04 – Rotorua (Sun)

Lodging: Koura Lodge Date During Trip: July 2, 2017 Today we decided to go to the Waimangu volcanic valley, which is a self-hiked tour of this seismically active region. You begin up high and hike down to Lake Rotomakariri, about a 3km distance. We were unprepared for the natural drama that was about to unfold before us. Last night at… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 03 – Waiheke Island to Auckland to Rotorua (Sat)

Lodging: Koura Lodge Date During Trip: July 1, 2017 This morning we catch the ferry, return to Auckland, pick up a rental car, and drive down to Rotorua. The weather is a bit wet this morning, but the cloud cover is higher. The view of the bay outside the window where we have breakfast is lovely in the heavily overcast… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 02 – Waiheke Island (Fri)

B&B Lodging: Breakfast at The Beach Lodge Date During Trip: June 30, 2017 I feel rested this morning! I got up while Steve was off running and taking some wonderful photos of sunrise. I then went outside and shot a few photos with my Canon. The tide was out. Large mudflats. Sunlight was great. Fog rising around sail boats sitting… Continue reading

New Zealand ’17: Day 01 – Waiheke Island (Thu)

B&B Lodging: Breakfast at The Beach Lodge Date During Trip: June 28/29, 2017 Air New Zealand Thing 2 on Air New Zealand OK. I guess it’s Wednesday, but I’m not really sure1. I actually slept on the plane during the night. The seats in business class do this most bizarre transformers kind of thing. The flight attendants have to do… 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

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