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June 30, 2007

Everybody knows the moon's made of cheese

Mmmm, cheese.

This is a straight crop. I can zoooom now, but I can't zoooom quite enough to capture a nice, crisp moon image. This is the best I could come up with. About 24 hours before the full moon.

June 29, 2007

Matchstick Macro

I got all sorts of neat toys in the mail today. I will tell you about them in future entries. Here is an extreme close-up of a wood matchstick. There is no full sized version, as I just cropped this image from the original.

June 28, 2007

C-H-A-R-D-O-N-N-A-Y is tough with seven letters

June 27, 2007

Scrabble Sunset

A sunset scrabble game at the farmers' market.

I always like to add a little disclaimer when I do any significant editing on an image, and this one had a some work done to it.

June 26, 2007

Orange Flower

I didn't feel like taking pictures today, but my friend Melanie sent me this one a few days ago. I liked it so much I wanted to share it.

She asks you email her for permission before reproducing the image, so creative commons does not apply to this one. Thanks.

June 25, 2007

The Kitchen Sink

I had jury duty today. I was excused without being called. I just sat around listening to them ask all the other people questions. It was not quite as boring as I imagined. Both the lawyers and the judge had a great sense of humor and were cracking jokes the whole time.

I tried to take some pictures of the courthouse on my way out, but the nice men with machine guns kindly told me to move along. Hurray paranoia!

So I give you a picture of the kitchen sink. That guy in the middle? That's me!

I only adjusted the colors a bit with photoshop, no crazy effects were used - only what came out of the camera.

June 24, 2007

Filoli Garden Redux

A big purple vine growing up on the mansion. From the Filoli Center several months back.

June 23, 2007


Kind of boring? Yea.

June 22, 2007

Extend an olive branch and get it chopped off

Right outside my apartment there is a street lined with olive trees, for maybe five or six blocks. Yesterday they did the worst pruning job I've ever seen. Just chopping these giant branches right in the middle on only one side of the trees. They look so lopsided and sad now with these giant bare branches sticking out into nowhere. Every single tree was like this, for all five or six blocks.

Is this the standard way to prune olive trees, does anyone know?

June 21, 2007


Just a peach I got at the market on Wednesday. I was going to slice it open and photograph the inside, but I don't want to get my white tag board all juicy.

I still need more lights for my light tent. The colors tend to get washed out when I try and correct for lack of lighting.

June 20, 2007

Canon RC-1

I got a new toy for my camera. A Canon RC-1 wireless remote. This lets me trigger the shutter without touching the camera. It is much smaller than I expected.

Speaking of toys for my camera, the lens I've been eyeing is on sale for a couple more weeks. This one went on sale too, but I'll have to settle for the 4.0L non-IS for now.

June 19, 2007

Sunset, Take 1

I biked out west of Davis Monday evening to take pictures of the sun setting. I shot in RAW with multiple exposures with the idea of doing some HDR stuff, but I am too tired to figure it out, and my camera was inadvertently in ISO 1600 for the entire 2GB collection of images, doh. Here is the best I have to share at the moment. Maybe something better later this week.

June 18, 2007


Clear skies make for some harsh shadows in my photos. I decided to just go with the flow and photograph the shadows.

June 17, 2007


Careful, the water might be slippery when it is wet.

Forgive me for the title. The owl must have collaborated with the duck you see swimming in the background.

June 16, 2007

Hella Hot?

Summer is here, and my plastic patio chairs are 133°F according to the little wireless indoor/outdoor thermometer I have sitting on them. I decided to bring the light tent outdoors and see what temperature it actually was with my Taylor High-Temperature Instant-Read Pocket Thermometer. One hundred and one degrees fahrenheit, in the shade. Dare I say it is hella hot outside?

June 15, 2007

Cool shades, Greg

This is Greg, he seems to strike a pose every time I aim my camera at him.

I was going to make a Ponch joke, but when I googled for a picture to steal, I noticed that CHiPs didn't issue mirrored lenses. Michael Jackson on the other hand...

June 14, 2007

Spin and Grin

I think this is the last of the triathletes I am going to share. I'll come up with something more creative for tomorrow.

June 13, 2007

Sad Racer

This kid looks a little bummed. I was positioned near the end of the course for these guys, so maybe he had a rough go at it.

Eventually I'll get tired of posting pictures of the little triathletes with training wheels and go take some real pictures.

June 12, 2007

In the Zone

While there may be training wheels on the bike, the little girl is most certainly in the zone.

Look at that expression, priceless!

June 11, 2007

Stay Vertical

I was a corner marshal at the 2007 Positive Energy Kids Triathlon on Sunday. A number of the 6 and under group rolled on past sporting some training wheels. Rock on little man.

June 10, 2007


June 09, 2007

Drive by Fooding

Yoink - An exclamation that, when uttered in conjunction with taking an object, immediately transfers ownership from the original owner to the person using the word regardless of previous property rights.

June 08, 2007

Strawberries in a Beaker

I am feeling a little photographically uninspired this week. I got half a flat of strawberries at the farmers' market on Wednesday and they taste amazing. I put a bunch in my beaker and stuck it in the light tent.

I learned today that strawberries and coriander (cilantro) share a lot of the same flavor components so they go really well together.

Since I usually google my goofy titles before I use them, I also learned that it is pretty easy to get the DNA out of strawberries without any fancy lab equipment (although they do suggest using a beaker - who the heck would have a beaker in their house??). I am going to eat all my strawberries' DNA, thankyouverymuch.

My favorite application for strawberries is marinating them for a couple hours in a bottle of red wine, honey, lemon zest, and a dash of ground black pepper (yes really - pepper - just try it!). My friends, this is the path to strawberry shortcake nirvana.

June 07, 2007

Hedge Art

These are just hedges someone planted and groomed to look like they're weaving through one another. I took all these pictures on a very bright day and the colors were washed out. I was able to digitally fudge them back into the interesting range.

June 06, 2007


This is about a block from my apartment. The buildings are university ones and all the mailboxes belong to the domes. I took maybe a half dozen of these trying to get a nice one with a car driving past (like this one!). This is when some crazy lady plowed her ginormous SUV up on the sidewalk and started verbally assaulting me for standing there with a camera. She didn't approve of night photography I guess.

June 05, 2007

Waterproof Camera

I made some subtle adjustments to my "light tent" and was able to get a decent picture of this waterproof camera with a highly reflective plastic casing (not an easy task without a light tent!). I bought it to bring river rafting. I went to three different "1-hour photo" places in Davis on Monday to try and get the pictures in here developed; they all had "broken" photo processing machines and told me it would be anywhere from 3 days to a week to get prints back. I finally convinced Rite-Aid to just process the negatives and digitize them to a CD. What a huge hassle this film stuff is. Sadly, the picture of the camera itself is more impressive than any photos that came out of the camera.

June 04, 2007

Reflections of a Silhouette

I was leaving work late one evening and when I flipped off the light I had visions of an iPod ad.

June 03, 2007


I am going rafting today. I thought a shot of this little turtle would be fitting.

June 02, 2007

Arthur St

Another night picture. I'd take pictures of the stars or something, but we have all these streetlights and junk, so you get to look at those instead.

June 01, 2007


I tried to take some night pictures, being a full moon and all, but people get a little crazy when they see a guy with a camera. I need a "photography is not a crime" t-shirt (or bullet-proof vest).