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California Photo Festival


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Just spent an amazing week in San Luis Obispo and surrounding areas at the California Photo Festival from Oct 12-16th.    The festival was put on by Los Osos based Light Photographic Workshops.   Photo instructors were well known in the industry, i.e., Rick Sammon, author of 36 photo books;  Hanson Fong, famous wedding photographer;  Tim Grey, top educator in digital photography;  Rob Sheppard, editor of PC Photo and Outdoor Photographer; Juan Pons, amazing wildlife photographer, just to name a few of the presenters.

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There were seminars, lectures, and workshops in all types of photography from Landscape to Portrait to Lightroom to Marketing.  The most difficult task was deciding what courses as so many were offered.   There were sunrise and sunset shoots set up all over the county from the ocean to the Morro Bay Estuary to the Paso Robles vineyards. Classes were held in every type of photography imaginable, from portrait shooting, to seascape and landscape, macro shooting, to learning Lightroom and Photoshop, IPhone shooting, and way too many classes to mention.

I wanted to learn to used my video in my SLR so I attended a couple of classes in video shooting.  We went to the Paso Robles vineyards at sunrise and shot video of the workers harvesting the grapes and the inside of the plant with all the processing equipment.  Another class I attended was held at the pier in Cayucos.  Sunset was equally as good with horses on the beach.  Great fun shooting the horses racing down the beach.  Models were also brought in and we were able to shoot them dancing in the sand.

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If you have a chance to sign up for the California Photo Festival next year, I highly recommend it.  Website is

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A Romantic Morning at the Palace of Fine Arts

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A few weeks back I ventured to the San Francisco Bay area and had a great time shooting.    After shooting the fogged in Golden Gate Bridge, I ended up at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.    While walking around the beautiful grounds, there was a wedding photographer shooting a couple across the water .    Thinking  it would make an interesting shot of the shooter shooting, I set up my tripod.  What happened next was purely romantic, as I found out later when I spoke to the happy couple.

It turns out  that the future groom to be told his soon-to-be fiance that he was taking her out to breakfast and to dress up a bit.  He had come with the photographer the day before and set up the surprise shoot with the surprise proposal.  When I got there he was proposing on bended knee.  How totally romantic is that?   When I spoke to her later, she said she was totally surprised and worried she had not fixed her hair better because she thought she was only going to breakfast.

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Wedding Proposal

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Testosterone Antlers

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Testosterone stimulates the new growth of antlers, which begins in March or April for mature bulls and in May for younger bulls. Testosterone is the hormone in the bull’s body  controlling the “cement” that holds the antlers secure.   In Spring the testosterone levels drop causing the elk to drop their antlers.    Until late summer, a bull lives peacefully with the other bulls.   Come September, all is not peaceful.   This is the time of the rut when battles for the harems take place.  By October, the testosterone levels drop and and continue until early spring when the antlers fall off.

Why such large racks?  Large racks identifies a bull that is successful in finding food and one who is able  to defend himself against other bulls and predators.  Female cows will mate with the strongest of the males – usually the one with the biggest antlers.  Antlers can grow up to an inch a day in the summer.    At 7 years of age, a bull’s antlers may have six tines each, weigh as much as 40 pounds, and grow to a length and spread of more than four feet.

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