Frozen Fountain

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Water droplets from a fountain

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One of our stops a few weeks ago on a wine tasting trip to Napa was Peju Province Winery. They have some excellent wines, but before we got to the tasting I stopped at the fountain outside to just experiment a bit. It was a very bright, sunny day, so I was able to set a very high shutter speed and still keep the ISO low. A large aperture kept the depth of field shallow to accentuate the droplets along a narrow plane. I will post the exact numbers later, in case anyone is interested. Don’t have them with me right now.

Dancing Water 2

Click on these pictures to get the best view. The enlargements give more detail, sharper and clearer. I especially like the capture of the one very small bead of water near the center of the picture below.

Dancing Water 3

These shots were made with the camera hand held. Though I would recommend using a tripod whenever possible, I didn’t have one with me on this trip, and I was using a mega-fast shutter speed to freeze the water.

As always, your comments are appreciated.

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Bernie Sanders – The Independent Choice

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Last evening, Marcie and I hosted one of the approximately 3,500 house parties held across the nation to support Bernie Sanders’ White House bid. We had about 35 people crammed into our small house. It seemed like a good opportunity to dig into the archives and post one of my pictures of Sen. Sanders. This one was taken at the 2011 California State Democratic Convention during Sanders’ keynote address to delegates.

I work hard at keeping this blog free from politics, though I occasionally break with my self-imposed rule, so there will be no commentary here. Just a picture of someone who could really shake up the presidential race.

For those who are interested in such things, this image was taken with a Canon 30D with a 50mm lens. The aperture is f/2.5, shutter speed 1/100, ISO 400. Processing was done using Photoshop CS5.

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A New “Energy” Gold Rush is Taking Place — With or Without You!

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A new “Energy” Gold Rush is taking place, right here, right now, and Marcie and I have decided to get on board. But this opportunity is too great to keep to ourselves, so we want to share it with you.

My reason for starting my Ambit Energy business is really very simple. After almost 15 years of a one-hour each way commute I did the math and putting 500 miles on my car every week didn’t add up. Two hours tacked on to an eight-hour day didn’t add up. Spending hundreds of dollars in gas every month just to go to work didn’t add up. So I made a decision to retire. The problem with retiring at my young age is that it will result in a 40-50 percent pay cut, so I needed to fill the gap. Enter Ambit.

I want to retire while I am still young and healthy enough to enjoy my retirement. Ambit will give me the financial freedom to do that. As an Ambit Energy Independent Consultant, my wife and I can earn an income in our spare time, allowing us to enjoy our retirement.

Want to know more? Great. What you should do first is watch this video either here or on this page. Then, do me a favor and fill out the form here. This is a great way for us to start a conversation about your interest in Ambit Energy or enrolling as a consultant.

Of course, you can always send me an email or call/text the number on the video page. More information is available on my Ambit Energy Website.

Thanks for watching and reading, and for indulging this break from my regular blog postings.

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A Day at the Bay – Half Moon Bay

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Red Sail

Red sail at Half Moon Bay

It was one of those occasions where our anniversary and Father’s Day fall on the same day. To mark the occasion we took a day trip over to Half Moon Bay to enjoy something new for us. That’s right. We have never been to Half Moon Bay even though it is only about an hour and a half drive from home. Oh yeah, we’ll be going back.

Crab and Seafood to Go

Pretty sure that is not a crab.

Keeping with the times, this fish has apparently decided to self-identify as a crab. Should we be concerned? There are no proven links between fish identity confusion and humans, who are usually just confused.

Three boats

Three boats – Half Moon Bay

There is just something about small boats like these I saw tied to the dock. I really like the greens and blues, and will admit to bumping up the saturation just a bit. I was also using a polarizing filter on most of these shots, though it is not the norm for me.

Half Moon Bay marina

Half Moon Bay marina

You can really see the effects of a polarizing filter on this shot. Without it the sky would likely be washed and the highlights in the boats would dominate. The filter also helped the water to be more defined.

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans playing follow the leader.

Before turning for home we stopped along the beach and I was able to catch pelicans flying up the coast in search of dinner.

Over the beach

Over the beach at Half Moon Bay

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Pretty bird, ugly lake

Black-crowned Night  Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

One of the things I like about living where I do is that I can get up in the morning, take a stroll a couple blocks down the street, and see wildlife. In a previous post I wrote about the egret that has been at the lake several mornings. In this post I feature a Black-crowned night heron, and as much as I want you to see the bird in the photographs, it is not easy to be blind to the deplorable condition of the water in Yosemite Lake. Pretty bird, ugly lake.

Black-crowned Night  Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

If this heron could cry, I am sure it would. I will just leave it at that. There just aren’t words. Almost every day I walk down by the lake and manage to see beyond the pollution, taking in the beauty that I know is there. Yes, I have been part of community efforts to clean up the park, but only so much can be accomplished by volunteers, and health and safety concerns keep volunteers from completing some of the most needed tasks.

Another reason I don’t have much to say on this is what this blog is essentially about. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll let them speak.

Black-crowned Night  Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Stockton has incredible potential and is slowly moving forward, but there is much work to be done.

Leave a comment and tell us what story these pictures tell you.

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