Sonoma County Engagement Photos – The Beautiful Beltane Ranch, Glen Ellen, California and Muir Woods National Monument

In April, I was asked by a close friend to shoot his engagement photos. The friend and his fiancé live in Walnut Creek, near San Fransisco, and offered to foot the bill for me to come up there and give them some beautiful photographs. He told me about a couple spots that he had in… Continue reading Sonoma County Engagement Photos – The Beautiful Beltane Ranch, Glen Ellen, California and Muir Woods National Monument

Magic Lantern, Raw Video and the Importance of Workflow

In my last post I mentioned that I have a Canon 5D Mark III running Magic Lantern firmware. I made that choice and installed the firmware before I had even shot with the camera. I read an extensive amount about the so-called hack, and, even though it is risky because it could void the warranty on… Continue reading Magic Lantern, Raw Video and the Importance of Workflow

The Art of Taking Breaks: Part 5, Digital Problems, Analog, and Doing What You Love

You’ll recall in an earlier post I wrote that when I purchased the Sony DSC-F707, and that it came furnished with a Sony Memory Stick with 128 megabytes of storage. Cards at that point in time hadn’t progressed too far into high capacity. In contrast, recently I purchased a compact flash card of 64 gigabytes… Continue reading The Art of Taking Breaks: Part 5, Digital Problems, Analog, and Doing What You Love

The Art of Taking Breaks: Part 4, Deployment and My First Digital Camera

I survived my second deployment to Alaska, and my first deployment to Alaska at sea. After seeing Alaska during the summer, I came to see it much differently; beautiful, green, snow-capped, and peaceful. I came to truly love being out at sea. It was June, so the weather was much more tolerable for a Southern… Continue reading The Art of Taking Breaks: Part 4, Deployment and My First Digital Camera

The Art of Taking Breaks: Part 3, Station Hopping, Cognitive Dissonance

Station Hopping During bootcamp, we were given a “wish list” or ADC (Assignment Data Card). This is the time you write down all the dreamy locations you might want to go for your first venture into Coastie life. Essentially, you pick several districts ranging from the East Coast, to the Great Lakes, Alaska, California, the Pacific… Continue reading The Art of Taking Breaks: Part 3, Station Hopping, Cognitive Dissonance

The Art of Taking Breaks: Part 2, Bootcamp’s Most Valuable Lesson

Bootcamp The last summer of childhood was superb. I surfed (bodyboarded) nearly every day, and the time that wasn’t spent in the water was spent with friends. It was the best summer of my life, by far. What’s more, my father was very supportive of my decision to join the military and wanted me to… Continue reading The Art of Taking Breaks: Part 2, Bootcamp’s Most Valuable Lesson