Am I Now a Professional Photographer?

I’ve always thought you were classified as a professional when you got paid to do something. You were considered an amateur when you did “whatever” without financial payment. I’m not sure where I got this notion. Through the years I’ve had people offer to purchase my photos for various reasons. I always turned them down. I didn’t shoot photos for… Continue reading

Pano: Hotel Blue, Sydney Australia

The Pano he Hotel Blue is an interesting historic building built on the docks in Sydney in the late 1800’s. It has a cool vibe, and I mean that figuratively as well as literally. During the winter, the long main, long corridor of the hotel opens to the outside near the center. The cold morning air had filled the corridor… Continue reading

San Francisco Bay Entrance As Seen from Fort Rathbone

Yesterday I went out to shoot some more pole panoramas using a different lens (my favorite panorama lens, Canon’s EF 8-15mm fisheye) which requires a completely different mounting system (read: different hardware than what I used day before yesterday and the different settings that accompany that lens and mount). For my future reference: The settings to minimize parallax for this… Continue reading

So, What Have I Learned?

Panoramas are such fun to shoot and create. But this is some really deep territory. Not only am I learning about various ways to physically shoot panos (Currently I’m enamored with arial and kite panos. Check out this stunning arial pano of the Eiffel Tower!), various optical characteristics of the different pano projections, stitching tricks (including HDR and normal outputs),… Continue reading

Another Pano from Mount Tamalpais

I absolutely love the views from the top of Mount Tamalpais! The fog below adds a very unique ambience. As far as you can see in any direction: no development, just mountains and gorgeous rolling hills. This pano was short further north along Ridgecrest Blvd.… Continue reading

Ansel Adams (Me) at Work Atop Mount Tam

Steve took a picture of me today (right) while I was setting up to shoot a panorama. He published it to Facebook. A friend of his said I looked like Ansel Adams. (I’ll take that compliment though completely undeserved.) Another friend of his thought I was setting up to shoot (kill) some poor living creature (called a pano?). No, no,… Continue reading