Fresh Salmon for Dinner

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Fresh Salmon for Dinner

A Sea Lion drags his salmon dinner across Morro Bay. Perhaps he wants one of the chefs at a waterfront restaurant to prepare him a scrumptious meal.

These days it seems everyone likes to take pictures of what they are eating or about to eat. Thank you Instagram. The reasoning escapes me. What you’re eating may look great, and I’m sure it tasted wonderful, but I really don’t care to see pictures. Really. You can just tell me that you had a great meal at some fantastic restaurant, and if I’m ever in the area maybe I’ll make a reservation.

Having said that, I want to first apologize for the few foodie pics I have shared, and secondly share with you, not a meal on my plate, but a great fresh salmon dinner that went straight from water to plate. Well, probably not a plate, but the salmon doesn’t get any fresher than this.

Marcie and I were headed home from a trip to Disneyland and decided to take the scenic route and drive up the central coast. We stopped to have dinner at one of our old haunts in Morro Bay. While waiting we took a stroll on the south T-pier. As I was getting ready to snap a shot of a Sea Lion swimming leisurely toward the dock, he suddenly dove. When he popped back up he had his dinner in tow.

As I remember, Marcie had shrimp or scallops and I had a mixed seafood grill for dinner. I didn’t take a picture, but yes, the mixed grill included a small piece of salmon filet.

See more Morro Bay images here.

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Friday Night Lights

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Friday Night Lights

Some of you may know that I am a contributor at Lightstock.com. “Lightstock is a two-sided marketplace that aggregates, curates, and licenses stock content to the faith-based community.” Visit the brief About page to find out more.

When you visit my Lightstock gallery you will find a selection of images that could be used in a church bulletin or Web site, worship slide background, newsletter, you name it. There are a lot of uses.

This image of the lights at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, just went live and is available now. Just in time for the end of baseball season and the start of football season. Use your imagination to find all kinds of uses for an image like this.

One of the best parts of selling images at Lightstock is they let me designate a portion of my profits to help bring children out of poverty through Compassion. As a sponsor of a child myself, this is important to me and gives me one more small way to support something I believe in. So, consider using one of my images at Lightroom on your blog, in your publication, as part of your media presentations, or whatever.

That’s all. Enjoy the image. Browse the site.

Thanks.

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We Can Do Better – Christina Fugazi

We Can Do Better - Christina Fugazi

This is getting posted, not because we can do better or I am supporting Christina Fugazi for Stockton City Council, though we can and I am. It is being posted so I can show off. After I spent an afternoon taking a series of shots of Christina in downtown Stockton, the campaign messaging team went to work to produce a mail piece to be sent to voters. This is the front of the piece. The back also has a picture I made that day, but I don’t have it available at the moment.

What I do have is the original picture the mail piece was made from.

Christina Fugazi

This isn’t the first campaign I have done a photo shoot for. Last spring I got a late call to do a last minute shoot for a candidate for county supervisor. More recently I scored a short flight over Stockton when I did a shoot for another city council candidate. There was also one in Lodi, but I haven’t seen what they used the shots for yet.

My taking pictures for these campaigns or their use of my images does not necessarily mean they have my endorsement. Christina Fugazi does, but I am not very free with my endorsements. Maybe I’ll do an endorsement post closer to election day. For now, just enjoy the pictures. I certainly enjoy taking them.

I am also creating Christina’s campaign Web site. Still a work in process, but I would like to know what you think.

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Strike Three!

Strike three

Strike Three!

Way back in the spring of this year I happened to be sitting in front of the parents of the umpire who was calling the Stockton Ports game. The same umpire in this picture from a game last week. At the game last spring I also made a picture which I sent to his parents in Colorado as a gift. They ended up buy a metal print of it, for which I am grateful. The power of networking.

He was umpiring in Stockton again last week and I was able to get a few more shots. The light was low and I shot at ISO 800. In post processing I decided I like it in black and white for a couple reasons. One, the graininess, though not acute, is more pleasing in monochrome. Two, monochrome reduces the background distraction, especially the player on the right wearing the bright orange jersey. Very distracting. The dark grey stands out much more prominently against the light gray background. And, the best reason of all, I just like the black and white version better.

When you are the artist you get to decide. There will always be critics, but criticism is almost always the result of personal preference. As an artist, you get to choose what you want the final image to look like. Of course, you have to keep in mind that your audience (read potential clients/customers) also get to choose.

Here are the two versions side-by-side for comparison. What do you think?

Comparison

In case you are wondering, I’m going to send a copy of this photo, the black and white version, to his parents too.

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Esther Finds Hope through Compassion

Compassion Works Esther Video from Compassion International on Vimeo.

Abandoned at birth, Esther had already lost hope at a time when kids should be dreaming of their future. Compassion sponsorship has helped Esther and thousands of other children find salvation and discover the power of unconditional love. It has given them hope.

This morning on my way in to work I stopped to get a cup of coffee. Okay, I got a bagel and creme cheese too, but I really stopped for the coffee. As I write this it occurs to me that cup of coffee cost me more per day than what I spend to sponsor Shahana, the young teen we sponsor through Compassion. She lives in India. It amazes me when I think that I can have this incredible impact on a child halfway across the globe for less than the cost of a cup of coffee.

And so can you…

Sponsoring a child through Compassion International is so easy. Go online to Compassion.com, search for the child you would like to sponsor, and follow the prompts. You will receive a packet of information about your child and can begin writing to your sponsored child and developing a relationship that can help lift a child out of poverty, give them an education, health care, and nutritious food. For only $38 per month ($1.26 / day) – less than the cost of a daily coffee house drink – you can sponsor a child through Compassion. I collect more than that in pocket change every month.

Now, I’m not asking you to give up that cup of coffee. I didn’t. It just helps my perspective. What I am asking is that you go to Compassion.com and find out more. I hope you do decide to sponsor a child.

If I can answer any questions you have about Compassion or child sponsorship go ahead and email me, or if we can work it out we can sit down over a cup of coffee and talk about it. My treat.

Thanks…

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