Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


A few days ago, for some unknown reason, we were visited by a variety of hummingbirds all day. Previously, I'd see one for a few miutes every week or so. No idea what convinced them to come by in those numbers that day. One or two have been back a few times since, but nothing like the other day.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

UC Berkeley Extension X405 Digital Photography Fundamentals

Assignment 02: Take lots of photos

Posting all the pictures in a Picasa album is easier than copying things back and forth on usb memory sticks (mainly because I just discovered that I need to upgrade to a much bigger one ...). Here's a link to the album, unfined and unfiltered:

Resized Bottle

Turn out the lights ...

Assignment 03: Over/under exposures


Assignment 04: Randomness


Pano of Pier 48

Assembled from 3 images using Photoshop CS2:

Pano of South Beach Marina breakwater

Assembled from 2 images in Photoshop CS2:

Artist links and other misc

Whitney Hubbs
Noah Wilson
Paul Wackers
Richard Prince
Jeff Koons

Tourist Club

Lulu publishing

Discount Builders' Supply

Friday, November 23, 2007

Before the spill ...

Some low-res views of the Bay Bridge from before the Cosco Busan incident. Not sure how it would look now ...

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Captain Crunch

Hanjin Shipping's Cosco Busan waiting for repairs in San Francisco Bay on Nov 8th, a day after the cargo ship hit the Bay Bridge en route from Oakland to South Korea: Story at SFGate

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A few random photos from Singapore

Album: Singapore

Grafitti in Singapore ?!?!

I was quite surpirsed to see graffiti in Singapore:

but it turns out that it's part of a youth center skate park, that I think is setup by the city. Maybe somebody got official permission to do this graffiti? But what happens if somebody else comes along and tags it?

Big Bird Redux

A slightly better image of the Airbus A-380:

Saturday, October 06, 2007

More San Francisco Fleet Week backstage

Album: SF Fleet Week 2007, 10/06/2007

SF Fleet Week Airshow, Saturday 10/06/2007

What's in a name?

I don't know much about marketing, but it seems like not being able to decide on which name to use for your new waterfront (actually, canal-front) condo development is probably NOT going to help pull you out of the housing slump, especially when the choices are bad and worse ;-)

Friday, October 05, 2007

Super-jumbo or super-dumbo?

It's Fleet Week in San Francisco, and we have a nice view "backstage" - out where the planes regroup and make some of their turns setting up for another stunt. I noticed a few planes from the early part of the airshow go by today while working at home this afternoon, so I was keeping an eye and an ear out for the Blue Angels and had my camera out just in case it got interesting. I noticed a fairly large plane coming around, and initially thought it was a cargo plane. Then I got a better look:

An Airbus A380 (MSN 009) is in town for a "fitting" at SFO as part of a "function and reliability" flight tour. It's in town for several days, and did a few passes in today's airshow. I managed to capture a few shots as it was setting up for it's first pass. Unfortunately, nothing to provide scale, but it's definitely big and seemed relatively quiet (at least at low speed). Of course, the interesting questions will be how it performs in actual service, and if it ever becomes commercially viable or becomes another Concorde.

Here are a few more photos "backstage" of the A380 and the Blue Angels' performance in today's show:
SF Fleet Week Airshow, Friday 10/5/2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Big Island

Keck Observatory at Sunset: from Hapuna Beach State Park, Big Island, Hawaii

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Album: London

London Eye, UK Parliament, Big Ben, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Millenium Bridge, St. Peter's Cathedral, St. Pancras Railway Station, etc.
London - January 2007

Thursday, September 06, 2007


There's some heavy cloud cover this morning in San Francisco, and smoke and haze from the Moonlight Fire in Plumas county (and probably also from the fire in Henry W. Coe State Park), making for some nice colors during the sunrise:

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Natural Bridges State Beach

Album: Birds at Natural Bridges SB, Santa Cruz, CA:

Natural Bridges


Swanton Berry Farm grows some of the best strawberries anywhere. Organic berries, union labor, pick your own if you like. They also have blackberries, olallieberries, and assorted other produce.
Swanton Berry Farm

Thursday, August 30, 2007

More photos of the Lunar Eclipse

Progression of the eclipse on August 28, 2007:

2:00am PDT:
2:31am PDT:
2:48am PDT:
2:51am PDT:

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Lunar Eclipse

Moon during the full eclipse on August 28, 2007 (with σ Aquarii):
From Lunar_Eclipse...

Monday, August 27, 2007

Beware the Pirates of Gerlach!

Album: Burning Pirate 2007, Black Rock Desert, Nevada

More info about Burning Pirate at: Burning Pirate

Such a cute kitty!

Album: Sebastian, Los Gatos (but there's only one Sebastian!), CA


MLB All-Star Game events

A couple of photos from the MLB All-Star Game events in SF:

New Homeland Security alert system???
From Home_Run_Derby
Hit it my way!
From Home_Run_Derby

Friday, August 24, 2007

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Not just a bunch of banjos ...

Album: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2006, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass '06

Slideshow: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2006, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA