Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Leica is hip...

After many decades of cameras, the Leica rangefinder is still one sexy camera !

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Might as well...

... if you got an ugly entrance and garage door in an alley, make it beautiful.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Old Watch Maker...

Remember those images of the old guy with specks tinkering with a watch or gadget?  Looks like father time has caught up to me.

(Leica M7, Tri-X 400)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016


Passing on the joy of using a Leica rangefinder camera to the next generation.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Corner reaction...

While on the streets.... the dude was trying to score some action, the gal on the right was doing the cellphone reaction thing and the gal on the left (the subject of the advances) was trying to ignore the dude.
Ah.... life in the big city.

Monday, May 16, 2016


The owner of this Mustang repair shop was obviously inspired by Steve McQueen - still one cool dude!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

What you get when...

... you hand a Leica SL over to a bunch of photography, video and art students who I have the pleasure of working with daily.  Shots taken by Kate and Neko

Thursday, February 18, 2016


Today the world has one less soul that impacted the lives of others.  Jim Kardos was a talented bird photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The distinctive and gruffly voice who was not afraid to speak his mind was part of a unique periodic gathering of people at Walnut Creek's CameraWest.

There were times where the straight shooting and crusty method of his personality rubbed those around the wrong way... but at the end, all of us understood his personality and that deep down this was a man of good character.

Although we have not seen Jim for many weeks as he battled that dreaded cancer and that last reports to the gang was that the end was near, I personally take solace that he is now at peace.  Have left behind a collection of images that will live for years to come and that right now he is probably having a pointed conversation with St.Peter or God directly.

You will be missed my friend.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

Friday, December 25, 2015

The Winner for Best Camera is...

.... impossible to name.

Too easy to geek out and pull out charts, recite photographic history or famous photographers.
There's way too much gear envy going on... "oh, you have a ----- mark2.  I have the ---- mark 3".

Remember that the worlds most iconic images were produced on gear that we would think so inferior by today's standards.

The point is this... whatever camera you have.  Master it.  Use it.  The best camera is the one that is being used to capture whatever your creative or reportage heart tells you.


.... when the cat toy you bought for the neighborhood cat is well received !

Merry Christmas 2015....

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The winner is for Best Camera Bag....

Talk to any photographer and you will quickly find that we have an inventory of camera bags of all shapes, sizes, colors, materials, etc...

Don't laugh but at last count I have at least 24... YES 24 different camera bags!

I've finally come down to what I consider the BEST of THE BEST.

My criteria for a bag are as follows:

1.  It can't look like a camera bag.
2.  It can't look like it's worth money (unfortunately too many bad people out there)
3.  It must hold everything I need (and more) = tons of pockets
4.  Must be somewhat slim and form fitting in order to navigate through traffic.
5.  Must be built tough.
6.  Must be comfortable.

THE WINNER IS THE - DOMKE J-803  (the F-803 is similar except it has not as many pockets.)

Bag 101:
Most people don't think about it and I only learned about this from a scientist at the Exploratorium years ago.... straps and weight distribution are really important.

Ever noticed how the exact same stuff put into different bags seem to weigh differently? 
Reason for this is how the weight is distributed.

The Domke J-803 has the shoulder strap goes completely around the bag (from top to bottom).  It's a continuous run of strap.  The advantage, the weight on the strap is from the bottom of the bag and NOT at the sides (like 90% of all bags out there).

A seemingly simple process that pays dividends to your body.

The bag isn't "frumpy" and "bulky".  It holds it's shape and looks like a slim messenger bag with pockets.  It doesn't scream, "look at me, I am made of exotic materials, steal me"

I've tried all sorts of bag designs and materials.  I keep coming back to the Domke J-803 because it just plain works for me.