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  • Mon, 06 Apr 2020 01:17:38 +0000

    My Photo at Digital Camera World

              One of my photos is now on Digital Camera World website!  A few months ago I submitted a couple of photos to a Guru Shots photo contest and ended up placing in the top 102 photo in their Striking Shots Competition.  This photo is now on the Digital Camera World website, #43 of 102.  Kind of cool…

              The photo was taken in August of 2016 at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.  We arrived late in the afternoon and took some shots, checked in to the hotel and grabbed dinner.  After eating, we went back to get some early evening and night shots (that’s when this was taken) and saw their inspiring evening ceremony to retire the flag.  After a good night of sleep, we went back in the morning when it opened and it was practically empty, my girls loved that the best as they could run anywhere they wanted.  This gave a chance to get shots in all different lighting, different clouds, and it makes my photos look like I’ve made several trips!  I’m not sure when, but this is definitely on the list to do again someday!

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  • Tue, 31 Mar 2020 05:01:50 +0000




    SALE!       unnamed        SALE!


    Peak Design is having a 20-40% sale on everything (except tripods) from March 31 – April 6.  Over the years I’ve come to like messenger bags more and more because all my camera gearScreen Shot 2020-03-31 at 13.02.28 is right in front me when I need it.  Peak Design’s Everyday Messenger (at left) is about the best  messenger bag I’ve ever used, period!  If you’re looking for a bag, for photography or anything else, check out PD’s Sling, Tote, TotePack, Backpack, or new Backpack Zip while they’re ON SALE!  When it comes to any of these bags, the one thing I love is the ability to customize.  While there is no perfect bag, these come about as close as I’ve ever come.  As a side note, these bags can be used for more than photography!  PD’s new Travel Tripod launches on April 7th and all profits will be donated to coronavirus relief and climate change!

    The other piece of Peak Design gear I’ve used religiously since 2013 is their capture system.  Nothing I’ve used has been with me as long as these.  I’m never fumbling

    Screen Shot 2020-03-31 at 13.33.21Capture & Clip

    with tripod plates or any type of strap, ever!  PD’s straps and cuffs are all seamlessly interchangeable by using PD’s tab system to connect everything.  It’s rare when I’m out that someone doesn’t me about my camera hanging off a backpack strap!  Since I’m not very good at explaining, I made the short video below, in real time, to show just how effective these are and exactly how they work.  I’m all for anything that makes photography easier and allows me more time shooting, and that’s exactly what PD equipment does.



    Lastly, Peak Design makes quality gear, I’ve using the same Capture to hang my camera on bags since 2013 and it works like the day they arrived!  Don’t miss a great chance to pick up some awesome gear, so please check out this upcoming sale!



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  • Tue, 25 Feb 2020 03:23:45 +0000

    Verny Park Backup Plan
    Today was a good day of shooting in Yokosuka, although it meant going with my back up plan of shooting in Verny Park.  I’m very fortunate to live in Japan and especially love shooting the western coast of the Miura Peninsula.  Why? because there are seascape shots, harbors, plus rock formations and on a clear day Mount Fuji is visible.  It’s a good thing any time you can have this snow-capped, iconic, mountain in photos.  The problem is that it’s not always visible, the solution?  Well, about two blocks from my house is a place where, between buildings and hills, is an unobstructed view of Mount Fuji.  On days when I can see Mt. Fuji, I drive to the other coast; however, when it isn’t visible it’s time to go with the backup plan and today that plan was to shoot at Verny Park right here in Yokosuka.  Verny Park is located on Yokosuka’s harbor, across from both a US Navy base and a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force base where ships of both nations can be found.  Not to mention the park itself with people, a fountain, some interesting Japanese architecture, and a host of things to shoot.  These are all iPhone 7+ shots of today, so it was a good day!



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