Free Ebook: Photography 101

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Birthday Photo Tour: Day 1.

Joshua Tree Natl Monument from Road
Joshua Tree Natl Monument from Road

Looks like your making good use of your birthday present to yourself…some nice pix!

Astronomy and Law

So Saturday was my birthday (fifty-one and still having fun!).  So I bought myself a new (fairly inexpensive) camera and I wanted to see how it would do.  The first stop was Joshua Tree National Park.  This is a great place to visit.  However, there was trouble on the horizon…. (insert ominous music here).


At the main entrance, there we started our journey.


Of course, you have to take some images of the Joshua Trees.


Dark clouds!!!!


Big rock (and dark clouds!!!)


Great tree at one of the hiking trail heads.


On the way to Keys View, a look back at the park shows …..  RAIN!!!!


Clouds about to rain on my parade (and birthday…Nooooooo!)


At the parking lot of Key’s View.  From here you can see Mt. San Jacinto (covered by clouds) and the San Andreas fault.


You can also see the entire Cochella valley from the same spot.

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One Day, Two Camera Shows

Photography is an expensive hobby!

Photograph the Night Sky Photograph the Night Sky

Astronomy and Law


So this weekend started out on a bad note.  Well, bad for my wallet at least, great fun for me!

Night Sky Photo Workshop flier (GMARS-2013)

I was looking around for a good low light lens for the upcoming Night Sky Photography workshop that my astronomy club is putting on September 7-8 (if you are in the area you too can participate…its $120 to learn from one of the masters of the craft Dennis Mammana).

20130824_132934_5So as I was perusing the Samy’s Camera store ads, I noticed that they were having a Photo Expo at the Pasadena Convention Center…Yeah!!


Right as you walked in to the Expo, there they were…my dream lenses!  No, those aren’t telescopes (although they could be), they are just really long lenses.  The Sigma above what their 400mm F2.8 monster.  The Canon 400mm was surprisingly light for all the glass in the lens.   Both were sharp edge to edge.  However, I…

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