In Gear
20May 14

In case if you’re going to update your NEX’s or Sony A7 cam using MacOS, be aware that you may easily brick it. After multiple trials I’ve finally revived mine. Here what I did:

1. Turned of the cam. Removed the battery.

2. Put battery back. Turned on the cam. Connected it to the Mac.

3. Started the update app (NEX-6 firmware 1.03).

4. Clicked Next and then Run update.

5. It’s very important(!!!): don’t do anything on the computer while update runs. Don’t switch to another app. Keep your Mac awake!

That’s it. Thanks Sony for wonderful software that may brick any cam with such ease!

Why local gallery is undergoing (endless) rebuild, I keep posting new photos on 500px and flickr.



and here:


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Highway 280. Potrero Hill. San Francisco.


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Sharp Turn. San Francisco. Lombard Street.


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Back in Business!

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In Big Sur, California, Ocean
22Jan 13

Blog was moved to new server and got sick because of that. Kudos to Dreamhost support for fixing it! WordPress went through an upgrade (again). Let’s test new media management capabilities. Here’re new photos from the old place. Pfeiffer Beach revisited.

P.S. Obviously wordpress ruins colors after resizing pictures. It does not “like” color space if it’s not sRGB. Oh well…

Natural Bridge. Sunset #2















New Look

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In News, Site Update
4Mar 12

Yes, we’ve got a new look. Actually our previous theme was hacked. We looked at other themes and stopped on the same old theme (slightly updated) with white background. Hope you like it.
Bad news. Comments in the gallery were lost because. Not sure how it happened. Most likely it was a result of miscommunication between us and the hoster. mysql database for gallery was very slow because of spam messages and unsuccessful attempt of cleaning it up. After all those experiments we’ve removed old comments table and forgot about that. Backups don’t have old version of comments either. Sorry about that. Comments are currently disabled in the gallery. We’ll reenable them eventually.

Moonbow Revisited

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This year in Yosemite is special. A lot of water and floods. Usually moonbows are more intense during snowmelt in May. This year because of late spring and rainfalls in May, snowmelt reached maximum in June. Waterfalls are still abundant in July by the way.
Here’s my attempt to reshoot moonbow in 2001. Waterfall was very strong, you can tell that from the picture. I have not seen bow that long in other pictures actually.

3D Animation Short, Victoria produced produced all by herself (Vimeo)

Natural Bridge in the Fog

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In Big Sur, Nature, News, Ocean
12Sep 10

As you can tell from title picture for this blog, I really like natural bridges. Most popular natural bridge is located in Santa Cruz. Another one is father south down the Pacific coast in Big Sur in Pfeiffer State Park. It’s somewhat hard to find, but it’s definitely worth the effort if you happen to be driving by Hwy 1. Pfeiffer Beach is gorgeous and words hardly can describe it. Long and wide strip of sand framed by sheer mountain ridge, pink sands (yes it’s really pink in some spots!), big natural bridge and rock formation, high and strong tide waves make it picturesque in all respects. Unfortunately Big Sur is famous for its foggy and windy weather. So usually during summer days you should expect beach being covered with thick layers of fog. Photographers however prefer to shoot this location in perfect weather. One classic shot is when sunlight lits up inner side of the bridge. Here’s one of the examples:

fire in the hole

Rock formation on North side of the beach becomes photogenic during sunsets, but without help of sky colors it may look too dull to shoot. Fog is not a helper in that situation.
Anyway, I’ve done my homework and finally was able to find the place. Well, weather was very sunny and warm along the Pacific Coast from Half Moon Bay all the way to Monterey that day, but Big Sur was covered with fog. Pfieffer Beach was not an exception. I did few test shots and was about to leave the beach as weather did not promise anything. To me reward, right before sunset multilayered fog opened up the sky a little and created weird orange saturated ambient light. It lasted literally for couple minutes and then became dull and gray. Anyway, I was able to take several shots of the bridge with orange cast and think they’re worth to show.
I liked the place and will most likely come back there in October/November when fog usually less intense along the coast.

Like always, you have to click on the picture to open up full size version. I like this vertical composition over horizontal which you can find in the gallery as well.


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