Sidney and Seymour

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Corona Heights Park is a great place for dogs to play and for their owners to have a nice stroll with a pretty view over San Francisco. I went there to spar with some moving targets and Sidney and Seymour were more than up to the task. Animated and guided by their owner Daniel, Sidney and Seymour were the most excited but best behaved pair of goofballs I have seen so far.

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Max

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Last week I had the opportunity to shoot an incredibly patient but excitable model: Max. She’s a boxer-shepherd mix and it was just pure joy to work with her.

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Fly with me

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I saw this pair at Fort Funston yesterday. Quite a few birds played with the hang-glider but this seagull had taken the most interest in the strange red and white bird. Later I heard that hang-glider pilots like this spot at the coast because there are often strong winds coming in from the sea that hit a steep cliff. This cliff deflects the air stream upwards and creates stout updrafts, so that the hang-gliders can stay up for hours at a time. Ravens also seemed to like this spot and were doing wild aerial acrobatics, showing the big, stiff bird how it is done.

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Doe-eyed beauty

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I saw this female black-tailed deer in Alum Rock Park in early November. She saw me when she stepped forward from behind a bush, and fortunately paused briefly before she vanished into the bushes in the back, which gave me just enough time to get this shot. Seeing her big eyes made me understand where the expression “doe-eyed beauty” comes from.

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Sanctuary

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I took this picture yesterday on a photo hike in the Oakland Redwood Regional Park. I liked this scene because the tree’s thick branches leaned towards the bench, which made it look like the tree was trying its best to provide a nice, shady roof for tired wanderers.

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Void

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Another picture from Market Street in San Francisco. A long-exposure photograph is a great data-collection tool. It can reveal how much interaction there is with any given subject: the more people are in a given area the stronger their traces become in the picture, or the longer people stay in one spot the more solid their features appear. In this case, no-one was interacting with the homeless person that was rolled into a blanket behind his wheel chair. Yet, a few people passed by so closely to him that they nearly stepped onto the pizza box lying next to the wheel chair.

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Invisible

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I took this picture yesterday on Market Street in San Francisco. Usually people ignore beggars and panhandlers, and pretend that they are invisible. With this shot I wanted to show that people in need are a fixed part of the daily life of every society and especially in San Francisco. To someone begging for money the stream of people walking by must seem like an army of ghosts, in the sense that the rushing masses don’t want to interact with them.

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The Traverse

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Last week we went bouldering in Yosemite National Park. Well, my friend Cyril braved the cold and bouldered, while I took pictures. We had anticipated that it would be chilly, but we hadn’t expected to see so much snow. When it said “Snow chains required” at the park entrance, we thought about turning back. However, when the park ranger at the gate said: “You should be fine with winter tires. It’s up to you!”, we gave it a try and made it to Yosemite Village in no time. There weren’t a lot of boulders free of ice and snow, but we found a couple on which Cyril could warm up and try out some moves.

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Spike

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We found out last week that the bay area can become quite cold at night.  The drop in temperatures turned the humidity in the air to small ice crystals and covered everything with a sparkly layer of frost. I took this picture on a scouting trip to the Blue Oak Ranch Reserve shortly before the sun melted all the ice again. I liked the contrast between the big spikes of this plant and the tiny crystals that formed on them.

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Trace

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Taken on the 4th of January at the Marin Headlands. The trace was produced by about 10 cars and a couple of bicycles going up and down on Conzelman Road over the period of 5 minutes and 15 seconds. In the back you can see parts of Berkeley on the other side of the bay.

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