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



and here:Β


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Sharp Turn. San Francisco. Lombard Street.


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.


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My frist attempt to photograph well known phenomenon called Moonbow in Yosemite. June’s Moon Bow was perfect in sense of intensity and also because occurred at nights from Friday and Saturday and then with less intensity from Saturday to Sunday which is very convenient for working people like me. πŸ™‚
Anyway, my first attempt of taking picture of bow was close to blow… no pun intended here. First off, me and my friend were too late for event. Second, when we finally arrived to Yosemite valley, we rushed toward the lower fall Vista Point and got lost in the middle of woods. When we reached the Vista, it was already packed with literally hundreds of photographers and tourists. I was impossible to get a spot for picture. It was also a bad idea to be there because lower fall was at its peak and was making everything including lens and camera wet in seconds. I missed on everything: exposure, focus, composition…. When I eventually figured out right composition and exposure, I forgot about focus and clean up the lens. And then bow disappeared. It was sad. Anyway, we’re learning on our own mistakes. I promis not to make same mistakes next year. πŸ™‚

Moon Bow

Looks like Gallery2 is getting obsolete. Actually WPG2 plugin is getting out of date and sometimes pain to work with, as it was not updated in long time and has definite compatibility issues with WordPress 2.7. And, frankly, Gallery2 is way too slow, though it’s one of the most flexible and powerful gallery scripts out there. It’s time to try out alternatives. Here’s a good start point, post about gallery plugins for WordPress:

What do you think?

Rodeo Beach

That’s probably my favorite subject – Ocean Sunset.Β  This picture was actually taken this evening at Rodeo Beach near San Francisco. Gallen Rowell made it even popular with his famous pictures of rock formation on the north part of the beach. This beach is also famous for its black sands. Surprisingly enough this November evening was very warm and windless, though morning was really windy and uncomfortable. Sunset was not as spectacular when after rain horizon got painted in all shades of red, vanilla red and magenta. And today sky was clear. That was my first try to take pictures of famous rocks. I did not try to copy Gallen’s work. In his picture he used very long exposure to wash out waves and water. Also his picture was taken at low tides, so he was able to create interesting foreground with small rocks which were hidden today.

I must admit, my composition is simpler and somewhat boring. But in my picture I was able to capture last rays of sunlight and unique color of sands at Rodeo Beach. Yes, sand there is black! Hope you like this picture.

I can’t give a direct link to Gallen’s picture, but you can easily find it yourself by clicking on Coastal California folder on his website:

RSS Feed

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22Nov 09


I’ve been asked about how to follow updates in our gallery. That’s right, we have RSS feed here and you can easily subscribe to it. Just click RSS icon in the right upper corner. That’s it! We don’t use twitter much to post updates, so RSS is the best way to get updates right to your favorite RSS reader.

Fog came to the city. Usually July-August are the most foggy months in Bay Area. That’s when photographers rush to local mountains and Golden Gate area to shoot pictures of the city and bridges blanketed with fog. Combinations of light and fog are unlimited and unique. If you’re lucky you may catch one of those moments that nobody shot before. I’ve not been lucky yet, but hunt is on and camera is ready. πŸ˜›

Golden Gate in Fog


Aloha from Maui

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28May 09

Good memories from Hawaii… These pictures were taken an year ago, but still new in our memories. πŸ™‚

Lady with a Stick

Maui Sunset

Off the Rock!

Spring in the Sierra

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28Mar 09

Poppies along Merced River Canyon were spectacular this year. Last year fires might contribute to this phenomenon. Michael Frye said it was the best poppies show in 25 years! Last couple weeks 140 Hwy was packed with people watching and photographing flower carpet covering canyon slopes.

Hite Cove trail was spectacular as well. It’s probably still at its peak. If you’re planning to visit Yosemite or Merced River canyon, you don’t have much time. Hurry up. If poppies were abundant last weekend, shooting stars and lupins were just picking up. Red buds were not at the pick either. Snow fall covered Yosemite valley floor on Saturday night. Hope it will not spoil spring and early summer flowers in the valley.

Poppies along Merced River Canyon

Some more pictures from Hite Cove Trail were uploaded in the New Stuff folder here:

Carpet of Flowers

As always I recommend Carol Leigh’s blog for last flowers blooming reports.

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