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Hi!  I hope you enjoy the blog which focuses largely on our travel experiences.  Really, though, it is just a justification to take pictures.

I’m a 50-something and was fortunate to be able to retire before 45.  I spend most of my time traveling and learning about various things.

I’m frequently asked if I “miss work”.  The short answer is “Not much!”

I’m based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Primary interests that are reflected in this blog are travel, mountain biking, food, wine, and photography.

Cameras:

Sony DSC-P150 (now pretty much retired with a permasmudge)

Canon G7 (retired 9/2008)

Canon G9, occasionally I have used a Hoya RM-72 IR filter with this camera.

Nikon D90 with Nikon VR 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6, Nikon 70-300 mm VR f/4.5-5.6, Nikon 35 mm f/2, Nikon 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5, Nikon VR 85 mm f/3.5 (“Micro”), and Tokina 10-17 mm f/3.5-4.5

In February 2011, the Nikon D90 was converted to “Super Color IR” by Lifepixel.com.  The photos are color balanced in CaptureNX2.  This camera is capable of hand held IR photography.

“Red and blue channels swapped” means adjusting the color mixer in Photoshop. Blue channel is changed from 100% blue to 100% red (more or less depending on choice) and the red channel is changed from 100% red to 100% blue (again more or less). This is described in more detail in the Lifepixel link. Swapping channels is an interesting though different effect with a “normal” picture.

A Nikon D7000 now takes the role of the unconverted D90 and a Nikon 16-85 mm VR f/3.5-5.6 was added.

15 Comments »

  1. I was admiring your blog and was wondering if I can get you to participate in my dining survey which covers over 8,000 restaurants in the U.S. and Europe. The results of thr 2009 European Survey can be found at :

    http://www.opinionatedaboutdining.com/OADblog.php?ID=10918

    and the U.S./Canadian Survey at

    http://www.opinionatedaboutdining.com/OADblog.php?ID=10768

    If you would like to particpate, just go to ther following URL and register. The pre-approval code is “olive” (without the quotes) and that will give you instant access to the survey. Thanks for your time.

    Steve Plotnicki

    Comment by Steve Plotnicki — December 18, 2009 @ 2:25 am

  2. wonederful blog!!!!!

    Comment by danny — February 7, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

  3. Lucky you! I don’t know anyone who can retire before 45 :(

    I am from Hong Kong, and I must say your pictures of my city really do justice to the place. Actually they make me appreciate my city more.

    Hope you’ll have more great trips in the future!

    Comment by katie — February 9, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

  4. [...] knew this before visiting the park.  Indeed, Joshua Tree was my first real effort at trying out a color infrared modified Nikon D90.  I did not know what to expect when I downloaded the pictures and adjusted the color balance. [...]

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  5. [...] the standard red rock pictures, at least mostly.  I focused my required Sedona photography time taking pictures in the infrared. Ever wondered what Sedona would look like in the infrared?  Why would you?  It is the type of [...]

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  6. Amazing pictures and stories! Sounds like you’re living the life to be sure! I grew up spending time in the outdoors and greatly enjoyed it. Now that I’m done with college I’m really hoping to get back into it. My goal for the year is to sumit Mt. Rainier…we’ll see what happens!

    Comment by Robert J Henry — January 3, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

  7. Great photos, I was wondering if I could get permission to use a couple of them.

    Comment by Trevor Campbell — April 6, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

  8. When i get older i want to be just like you :) You have some AMAZING photos sir.

    Comment by NickKills — April 25, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

  9. Beautiful photos! I’m envious that you get to spend the rest of your life doing what you love.

    Comment by Nyain — April 29, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

  10. I write and publish the Opinionated About Dining Survey. http://www.opinionatedaboutdining.com. I would like to use your beautful photo of the Roasted Pyrenees Lamb at La Cote St Jacques for a slideshow I am putting together for the Top 100 European restaurants for 2012. The slideshow is being published on June 4. You will get credit and a link to your blog on the frame, and a second credit and link at the end of the slideshow. If this is a problem, please let me know and I will use a different photo. Thanks.

    Steve P

    Comment by Steve Plotnicki — May 14, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

    • Steve,

      Go ahead.

      Comment by anotherheader — May 15, 2012 @ 12:20 am

  11. I really, really like your blog – the photos are amazing and so beautiful and your blogs are very informative. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by The Narcoleptic Insomniac — December 10, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  12. Hello! i’m enjoying your blog posts about canal boating in france. we did a trip on the canal du midi (negra to argens minervois) 10 years ago, and we’re looking to do yet another trip in 2014. Of the canals you’ve experienced, is there one that stands out more than the others? thanks for the great blog.

    Comment by jennifer wiber — August 14, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

    • Of the places we’ve cruised, the River Baïse and the Canal du Nivernais stand out. The Canal de Garonne from Buzet-sur-Baïse to the west is pleasant and underrated. By reputation and by our land visits, the Somme and the Burgundy Canal are prime destinations. Check out Locaboat Holidays for their ratings of various hire boat route.

      Comment by anotherheader — August 17, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

  13. HI, I’m an architect working in Pittsburgh and wanted to see if it was possible to use your photo in a graphic we are doing for a space. Your image of the General Sherman tree is spectacular and it would be a great fit for what we are doing. Please let me know if this is possible.

    Thanks,

    Aaron B

    Comment by Aaron Bell — September 6, 2013 @ 2:25 pm


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