Blog: Words and images

Sleeping sea lions

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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

There are many iconic scenes to photograph in San Francisco: the cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, the “Painted Ladies” Victorian houses, Lombard Street (the crookedest street in the world), Coit Tower, the pyramid-shaped Transamerica building … I have all of those — many times — in my photo files.

But one of my favorite places for photography in San Francisco is the Embarcadero along San Francisco Bay. …

Blue Jay, snowy morning

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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

Blue Jays are large, loud and sometimes aggressive birds but they are very difficult to photograph because they don’t typically stay in one spot for very long.

If you look at a Blue Jay it usually flies off. If you try to focus a camera on a Blue Jay it definitely flies off. That’s the reason I have only about 60 photos of Blue Jays among my tens of thousands of bird photos.

Central Park panorama

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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

Photographing panoramas is pretty easy with a digital camera and Photoshop.

In photography, a panorama is a view that is wider than can be captured with one frame on a traditional camera. In digital photography it’s two or more photos stitched together to make one larger image.

This photo of The Pond in the southeastern section of New York City’s Central Park is made up of six separate vertical photos stitched together.

Facing the morning sun

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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

American Goldfinches are experts at camouflage, changing colors naturally with the change of seasons. 

During their breeding season in late summer, the males have bright yellow plumage and often hang around fields of bright yellow flowers.

In the fall, as the fields shift from bright yellow to shades of brown, all Goldfinches shift to more of a tan color.

Colorful hot air balloons

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There are a lot of subjects I enjoy photographing, things like wildlife, cities and a variety of sports. But shooting hot air balloons, the subject of my featured gallery for November, is near the top of my list.

Unfortunately, our local hot air balloon festival no longer exists. For years, Grove City, Ohio, hosted a hot air balloon festival in August at Beulah Park, a horse racing track in the Columbus suburb. But the track closed earlier this year (Penn National bought it and transferred the license to a track elsewhere in the state to eliminate competition for a new Penn National casino in the area). …