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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. 🙂
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. 🙂

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 Actually WPG2 plugin is getting out of date and sometimes pain to work with, as it was not updated in long time and has definite compatibility issues with WordPress 2.7.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?

Sony finally showed a successor of popular and highly regarded (according to dpreview) A700. David Kilpatrick as always has a good insight on new gear from Sony.


Besides A7XX and A5XX Sony showed mockups of a new compact equipped with either APS-C or 4:3 lense mount. 2 more DSLR lenses were shown as well.

  • 24mm/f2
  • 500mm/f4 G

Victoria’s site with Animation Demo Reel and Art Gallery is finally up. Check it out!



You would ask how this news is related to this site? The answer is simple, this game is our baby where Aleksandr was a programmer, Victoria – a designer and animator and Diana – tester. We’re proud and happy to announce its release in the App Store.

Our family studio website is

We have a limited number of iTunes promocodes. So if you want to try this game out, let us know.

Here’s few screen shots from the game.




Rodeo Beach

That’s probably my favorite subject – Ocean Sunset.  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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In Gallery Update, News
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.

Little Photo Award

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In News, Photo Contest
15Oct 09

My picture of Santa Cruz Natural Bridge, which is also currently a title banner of this blog, won a Honorable mention at Foster City Photo Contest in Landscape division.

Thanks! 🙂

Natural Bridges

Fall Colors 2009

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Merced River (warm colors)

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Fall colors

Autumn came to theses part of the world! Time to go and take some fall colors pictures. Again, check out Carol Leigh’s blog if you’re looking for best place and time to take your fall season masterpiece.


70 Years of Minolta

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In Gear News, History
25Sep 09

semi-minolta-iii-a dynax-9

Very ineresting article about 70 years history of Minolta and its cameras on Photoclub Alpha:

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