USA Ghana

A great win for team USA against Ghana. Heading to Manaus now to face Portugal. We were able to transmit live from the field using the ethernet port on the D4. Made for lighting quick uploads direct from the field to our editor. Fun!! Here’s a few from the match.

 

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Posted in USA Soccer, World Cup 2014

Brazil Favorites so far

A little downtime in Natal before the first press conference and training for the USMNT at the  stadium. Here’s a few of my favorites so far. Got lucky with the remote of Neymar’s ball and net for the goal, then, he also ran towards me after scoring. Better to be lucky than good they say!

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Posted in Sports, World Cup 2014

USA vs Nigeria

Nice warm up match for the USA tonight against Nigeria. Looking forward to Ghana in Natal on the 16th!

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Posted in Sports, USA Soccer

Yosemite Workshop 2014

Just seeing the images from the students from the Stanford CSP Workshop and we are have some great images coming in. I’ll share the gallery here once we have our final selects.

An amazing weekend, started off with a Spring snowstorm that left dozens of tourists stranded on 41 going out of the park. We helped a handful of travelers stuck in the snow and were lucky we were driving a 4 wheel drive.  We experienced snow, clouds, sun, rain, and wind on this trip, which made for really stunning images.

Here’s one from Saturday morning from tunnel view.

Looking forward to the next one trip!

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Posted in Nature, Photography, Stanford, Workshops

COLOCASIA esculenta ‘Blue Hawaii’ I think!

As I was wondering the grounds of the Royal Hawaiian hotel I ran across the COLOCASIA esculenta ‘Blue Hawaii’ plant, I think! Nice light reflection off of buildings nearby gave it a nice soft box looks. Great lines, color and contrast.

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Posted in Nature

Redbud on the Merced River

Went looking for Cercis canadensis, or, Redbud as it is known, on the Merced River just below Yosemite last week. Found some nice specimens and will definitely be heading back next year around this time. Looking forward to the Dogwoods blossoming in late April, just in time for the CSP Yosemite Workshop!

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Posted in Nature, Stanford, Workshops

Garrapata Calla Lilies

Took a run down to Garrapata beach with my good friends Dayton Mistfeldt, and Dave Bernal today. We decided on a change of venue to Garrapata instead of the Firefalls in Yosemite today, and I’m glad we did. We were the only photographers there and spent a great day shooting some amazing views. I always kick myself for not spending more time down there. Big Sur is a gem and you can almost feel the presence of Ansel Adams and Brett Weston still there, wandering it’s coves and beaches, capturing nature at its best.

Here’s a classic view that’s been done before, and I really enjoyed doing it myself. Great to experience making these types of photos and the practice of making the image. I’ll put this one in my photo recipe book, and hopefully apply it to a scene down the road and come up with something new.

I used a Lee Filter 3 stop graduated neutral density filter to darken the sky and help balance the exposure with the flowers.

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Posted in Nature, Photography, Technique

Camranger Test Stanford Volleyball

Had the sports class out for the Stanford Volleyball game yesterday. Big thanks to the Stanford ops and media staff for letting the class shoot the game. Everyone was super helpful and made us all feel very welcome.

It was also a great chance to test out the camranger: http://camranger.com wireless control and image transfer unit.  I picked it up last Dec as I had no luck getting nikon’s WT-5 to work. I love Nikon, but they really need to work on their wireless access for the pros. Anyhow, the camranger allows you to plug into just about every modern camera, Nikon or Canon, so it’s a great universal option.

I was able to send 4 photos to the Stanford Media Director from the court, during the game in about 5 minutes using the camranger and my iPhone. I even used the built in iPhone cropping and editing tool to work on the images.

So, no laptop needed. I did not have to caption images, but, there are programs out there you can use to do so. That will be my next step.

It’s a long way from shooting events in Maples for the Associated Press, hand developing the color film under the bleachers, and scanning the film on a portable leaf scanner that weighed 30 pounds!  3-5 images took about an hour to process film, dry, scan, caption and send.

I like technology!

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Posted in Photography, Sports, Stanford, Technique, Workshops

On the Coast

Took a drive down the coast today from Half Moon Bay to Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz today. Huge swell coming to the Pacific Coast right now. Although I missed out on getting the scenic shots of Mavericks I was looking for, I found a nice spot to shoot the incoming rollers from a bluff above Pescadero. Great spot, and will head back for better light at a later date.

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Posted in Nature, Photography, Surfing

100th Rose Bowl Stanford vs Michigan State

A tough loss for Stanford at the Rose Bowl this year. A great season though, especially with a couple losses earlier in the year that all but made the Rose Bowl seem unattainable. It really came down to a game of inches there at the end.

I brought the 200-400 instead of my trusty 400 2.8 this time to test it out. I’m on the fence. I miss the sharpness and the bokeh of the 2.8, but, I made some images I could not have made with the straight 400. I’ve also been giving Aperture a go as well as I’m trying to swear off the Adobe cloud subscription. Just say no! :)

I’ll give it the real test this month with some daytime soccer.

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Posted in Photography, Sports, Stanford, Technique