A slideshow of some of my favourite recent pictures

A love of sunsets, my pups & my marina home is the essential subject of this video slideshow.

The first dog silhouette is of Boeing, my Australian Shepherd who passed away a few years ago.  An array of marina photos and sunsets follows.  The one bridge pictured within is the Richmond San Rafael bridge with Mt Tamalpais in the background.  The bridge is not visible from the harbour but a great sunset just the same.

The last two dog-sunset-sihouettes are of my current family members, Zulu (a 4yo catahoula) and then Sky (a 6yo Australian shepherd). The slideshow ends with a couple of stunning moonrises!

The background music is “Oh! Mio Babbino Caro” sung by Gianni Schicchi.  I’m not really an opera music listener but this piece of music inspired me to get the photos together and there is always the option to turn your sound off if the music doesn’t suit you.

Overall the slideshow is for me to remember special moments and images from the last several months and if they suit your taste you will enjoy as well.

Photo 101: Day 20: Triumph

The theme for the final day of Photo 101 is Triumph. The sculpture I have chosen to share looks to me like someone triumphant. The pictures are a few years old and taken in the the Albany Bulb.  the artist for this sculpture was Osha Neumann, a sculptor and activist lawyer

Urban sculpture @ Albany Bulb
Urban sculpture @ Albany Bulb
Urban sculpture @ Albany Bulb
Urban sculpture @ Albany Bulb
Urban sculpture @ Albany Bulb
Urban sculpture @ Albany Bulb


Photo 101: Day Nineteen: Double

Double image … my favourite shot of my pup Sky against the sunset and then I mirrored it so it likes like double the ‘Sky’ against the sunset of the sky….!

Double the dog named Sky against the sky

Original of Sky against the sunset
Original of Sky against the sunset


Double seats & double plants
The same double plants as viewed from the dock



and again only from my boat


Photo 101: Day Eighteen: Edge

Day 18 of Photo 101 and assignment of ‘Edge’

Had a challenge coming up with something for this assignment. Nothing has really jumped out at me for edges. Here’s the result of casual play – at the bottom are a few other experiments…

ORIGINAL_vertical mast, pylon dock
ORIGINAL_vertical mast, pylon dock


cropped for more edges
cropped for more edges

Today, show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice.

Tip: To make sure your edge packs a punch, use a photo editing tool to check the alignment and adjust the image, if needed, so that your edge is perfectly straight.

As for as my other experiments with edge:

original pylon
original pylon
Pylon straightened -played with B&W
Pylon straightened -played with B&W

Photo 101: Day Seventeen: Glass, Squared

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Incorporate glass in today’s image: a window, a mirror, a wine glass, sunglasses, or something else. It doesn’t matter what form the glass takes.

Today’s Tip: We’ve practiced shooting at different angles and from unique POVs. How can you interact with glass to create an interesting photo?

  • Look through.
  • Look between.
  • Find an unconventional surface.
  • Experiment with your flash both on and off.

Photo 101: Day Sixteen: Treasure

My treasured pups
are the treasures of choice
of course
for the assignment today

Day 16:Treasure

What’s your treasure? Perhaps you found a coat at the thrift store like the one your grandfather wore, or took a once-in-a-lifetime trip through the Himalaya. Maybe you treasure your children, or your cat, or a quiet space in the woods. Show us an image that represents a treasure to you.

Tip: Get close to your subject — either use the zoom function in your camera, if it has one, or physically move closer to it.


Photo 101: Day Fifteen: Landscape

Panoramic view of harbor -click for full size
Panoramic view of harbor -click for full size

Today, snap a picture of a landscape. Focus on the gestalt — the entire setting as a whole, …— rather than a specific subject or focal point within the scene. The setting itself is the star.

I decided to use a panoramic shot for my landscape and then crop it down to be the actual desired image.  See the cropped image below.

Cropped panoramic of harbour
Cropped panoramic of harbour

Tip: Ready to do some basic image editing? After your shooting session, sift through your landscapes and find one that needs cropping. (You can look back to previous shots from the course, too.) Look out for:

  • Stray objects in the background, near the frame’s edges and corners.

  • People around the perimeter of the frame that might have “photo-bombed” your picture.

  • A foreground or background that is too prominent or “heavy.”

  • A composition that is too-centered, with your subject right in the middle, that might benefit from cropping along two sides (in other words, cropping to the Rule of Thirds).