Christmas in SoCal

Merry Christmas ğŸŽ„ from Seal Beach, California. It wasn’t a hot day, but warm enough to surf and play in the sand a few days before Christmas.

Driving at Night

I recently came across Will Yurman’s A Day A Photo project, where he has posted a photo a day for 15 years and going! Sadly, I haven’t posted anything for 8 months, so this post will start off a new effort to post more frequently. I’m going to try a daily photo and see how… Continue reading Driving at Night


A set of autumn photos from around town. Who says California doesn't have seasons and changing leaves. Ok, might not be to the extent of a New England Fall, but I'll take what we've got.

Town of Colma

Colma is a small town a few miles south of San Francisco. The city is one of the stops along the El Camino Real and the adjacent railroad line. With just 1,500 residents, Colma is the smallest city in San Mateo County. The Colma Station, pictured above, now sits at the Colma Historical Museum  moved… Continue reading Town of Colma

Salsa Festival

The Redwood City 10th Annual Salsa Festival featured hot sauce and salsa dancing, I focused on the sauce. The salsa tasting competition included 8 competitors from mild to spicy, though none even got close to my perfect spiciness, defined by: The perfect salsa is just hot enough that you can't stop eating, because when you… Continue reading Salsa Festival

New Almaden

One of the reasons for the Bay Area's prosperity and growth is from the mercury mines in south San Jose. The New Almaden Quicksilver Mine was the largest, richest mine in California history, more than any gold mine. They  were named after mercury mines in Almaden, Spain. There is still a small town tucked down… Continue reading New Almaden

Twelves #9 – City Beautification

I quite enjoy the art projects and surprises around Redwood City. The painting of utility boxes is a great idea turning unsightly but necessary utility boxes into canvases for artists. Another fun art project in Redwood City is the various shadows on the ground. They are little surprises scattered about the city, such a delight… Continue reading Twelves #9 – City Beautification

Lost Lake by Day

At our company meetup, Alex and Matt challenged each other to photoblog more often. The challenge was also put out to the company, thus my official first entry in the #photomattchallenge at least one photo every other week to my site. Also, I will only use the new Gutenberg editor which is a new editor for… Continue reading Lost Lake by Day

Twelves #8 – Sturbridge

Old Sturbridge Village is a re-creation of an 1830’s New England Village, a large outdoor living history museum. The village sits on 200 acres and consists of 40 original buildings you can explore, including homes, meetinghouses, a school, country store, bank, pottery and glass trade shops. Sturbridge Village is a great way to see how… Continue reading Twelves #8 – Sturbridge

Twelves #6 – County Fair

A Day at the County Fair is the June set for my Twelves project. This one ended up being a little more challenging since I was at the Fair to enjoy with my family and photography was secondary. Lots of great opportunities but my attention was more focused on my kids and enjoying it.

Twelves #5 – Flash

For my fifth installment of twelves project, I focused on non-natural light in the form of off-camera flash. You can see my setup in initial post, and also two updated articles in basic portrait and moving around posts. It turned out to be relatively easy to get good results, primarily two things getting the flash… Continue reading Twelves #5 – Flash

Non-Natural Light

I haven’t been able to get good results using a flash, ever. My photos usually end up too bright, too dark, or just bad with weird reflections. I was inspired at the Shutterfest conference to improve this deficiency, see previous post. Shutterfest has a ton of hands-on tutorials, light setups, and off-camera flashes. I was… Continue reading Non-Natural Light

Twelves #3 – Spring

The third installment in my Twelves project was focused on Spring and includes three looks at Spring time. There is something a little magical about Spring, coming out of winter, all the trees and flowers wake up and blossom to greet the new season. We had some much needed rain and a colder winter in… Continue reading Twelves #3 – Spring

Twelves #1 – Construction

Construction is the first set in my new Twelves series, producing a cohesive set of twelve photos each month for the year. The San Francisco Bay Area is seeing a great deal of construction from housing to office buildings everywhere around the bay you see lots of growth. Back in 2000, I worked in an… Continue reading Twelves #1 – Construction