The Evolution of a Landscape Photo

“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” – Ansel Adams Ansel Adams’ most famous prints were printed many different ways over the course of his lifetime. You can see the evolution of his artistic vision (not necessarily better nor worse) over the course of his lifetime by how …

Happy Mother’s Day

I’d like to wish all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day. Last year, I took my mom and grandma to the Almansor Court Champagne Brunch in San Gabriel which was great, but I wanted to do something different this year. To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, I took them to Sherman Library & …

Canon Trick: Teleconverter

As mentioned in the previous blog post, certain Canon lenses do not autofocus with the 1.4x teleconverter on crop sensor cameras. There is a simple trick to get around this issue however. Just simply tape over the three closest pins to the left of the red lens mount dot. The Canon 400mm f5.6 lens essentially …

Will You Marry Me, Crystal?

On Friday night, I walked out onto the scenic vista at Pelican Point, Crystal Cove State Park before heading back to the trail when I passed this couple pushing their baby in the stroller to the scenic vista. I didn’t think anything of it until I rounded the corner below when the other people going …

A Day in the Life of a Baby Wood Duck

My new addiction to bird photography is growing. What I am posting here pretty much sums up why I find this type of photography to be so exciting. I took these over the course of three hours at the Cal State Fullerton University Arboretum on Thursday afternoon. Picture: Baby Wood Duck Chick (Aix sponsa) With …

Corona Del Mar: Attack of the Camera Nazis

Several months ago I wrote on my blog about 1st Amendment rights after reading an O.C. Register article about the city officials of Newport Beach citing photographers for taking pictures at Little Corona Del Mar Beach. Well now that I have first hand experience of being hassled there, now I can back up my claims …

My First Week With the 20D.

I love almost everything about the camera though the 9 point AF system takes a while to get used to. My other cameras are of an older technology so selective AF wasn’t an option. For landscape the AF was not a problem since I manually focus a lot of landscapes and landscapes aren’t usually confusing …