Date News Item
June 11, 2002 Steve got creative (and a little foolhardy?) and rigged up a pseudo-delescope with some of his camera gear, and managed to capture a sequence of photos of the recent solar eclipse.
April 11, 2002 Steve just added to his camera kit a wonderful lens from Canon, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS (is that a mouthful or what?). Come see his first photos from this wonderful new toy!.
Aug 14, 2001 Steve, Doreen, Max and Sam were invited to spend a week with some friends at a lovely and historic chateau in Southern France's Provence region. We were in the town of Puyricard, about 15 minutes north of Aix en Provence. The chateau belonged to a certain Cardinal Grimaldi back in the 16th or 17th century, and has some still-standing ruins of the original structures surrounding the present-day swimming pool.
Aug 14, 2001 Steve and his friend Stuart were priveleged to get a couple of amazing seats for another amazing Giants baseball game. Come see all the fun in words and pictures.
Aug 1, 2001 Max and Sam were invited to be the official "bell ringers" at last night's San Francisco Giants baseball game. Come see all the fun in words and pictures.
Jan 18, 2001 I'm using my new Canon EOS D-30 to record some of the action at our Golden State Warriors games. My photographs are probably property of the National Basketball Association or something like that...like I care!
Dec 1, 2000 I have a new toy! Yipee! My loving and indulgent wife has given me a brand new Canon EOS D-30. This is, for all intents and purposes, a full-featured 35mm SLR, but in its belly lurks a digital imager, and what it does is amazing. My first few photos with it were a kick, and I'm fast falling in love.
June 1, 2000 Some of my friends have asked me how I manage to get attractive photographs from my Epson Photo 1200 inkjet printer. After telling the story to several of them, I decided once and for all to write a few notes down.
May 2, 2000 In the spirit of social activism, non-violent protest and family values, Doreen asked that our family fly to Washington, D.C. to participate in a Mother's Day event called the Million Mom March. We did it, and naturally, there's a web page with words and photographs from the trip.
May 2, 2000 We just returned from a wonderful week in Costa Rica. Check out the travellog in words and photographs...
April 2, 2000 As promised below, I've scanned some of my favorite photos from our Safari to Southern Africa with my Polaroid SprintScan 4000. These are representative of the 12 rolls of print film and 49 rolls of slide film I shot over there.
July 20, 1999 Wow. We just returned from 12 glorious days in Southern Africa. I've posted a web page that displays some of the 100 or so photos I took with my Nikon Coolpix 950.
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My Story

I got my first camera when I was about 10 years old. I've never been much of an artist, so I delighted in being able to turn my lifelong love of gadgetry into an art form. My first camera was an old Konica rangefinder, and I remember that there were weeks where I would save nickels and dimes in the hope of being able to afford a roll of film (Tri-X) and the requisite black and white proof sheet (about $4.00 if I can remember back that far). I never took any classes or anything, and my hobby fell by the wayside for long periods of time, especially when I discovered baseball, girls, and cars. But I always enjoyed the artistic challenge and the gratification of seeing my work in print, so I never strayed far.

I bought my first "real" camera (a Canon AT-1) in 1979 to record my first real road trip with a girl (see above). We were heading from my home in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles to San Francisco, and then to Yosemite. As I remember, it was a little disorienting being in a hotel room with a girl for the very first time, and I don't think I ever actually took any pictures on that trip. But that camera and I took thousands of pictures over the next 18 years. I replaced that camera with my current camera (a Canon EOS-5) in 1997. I suppose I'm a "Canon guy" if you must know, but I can't really claim to care a lot about the eternal Nikon vs. Canon debates. I just use Canon cameras because I like them. I've never used a Nikon, but I bet I'd like them, too.

Last year for my birthday, my adoring and indulgent wife Doreen bought me my first digital camera. I had finally arrived at that magical place in my life where I had a toy that satisfied three key personality flaws: my hunger for gadgets, my lack of artistic ability with anything non-electronic, and my need for instant gratification. I am, as they say, happy as a pig in mud.

I've assembled a list of my favorite photography-related sites on the web...check 'em out. Read on, and thank you for visiting...

Analog Digital Photoshop
My favorite camera sites:
  • B&H Photo
  • Canon 35mm SLRs
  • Canon Press Releases
  • I'm enjoying my friendship and frequent exchanges with my newly-found cousin in Brooklyn, Bill King, who is not only a great artist and photographer, but a really nice guy, too!.

     

    I love digital cameras. I've owned a few of them:
  • Sony DSC-F1
  • Olympus D-320L
  • Olympus D-600L
  • Nikon Coolpix 950
  • Canon EOS D-30
  • The Canon EOS 1D is my current digital camera
  • I use Thorsten Lemke's GraphicConverter for batch manipulations, such as generating thumbnails.
    I am such a Photoshop neophyte (a newbie in geek lingo) that I hate to offer any advice on this most elegant and magical of software tools. Suffice it to say I'll point you at a couple of useful places I've gone to get info.

    Some of my friends have asked me how I manage to get attractive photographs from my Epson Photo 1200 inkjet printer. After telling the story to several of them, I decided once and for all to write a few notes down.

    Here's an example I did to demonstrate the effects of my favorite Photoshop tool: the rubber stamp, or cloning tool.

    Some useful Photoshop links:

  • Haus of Photoshop
  • Adobe's Photoshop Tips
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