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San Francisco 2010 with Paul's Photo Print

In April 2010, a bunch of us joined Mark Comon for another photo adventure, this time to San Francisco.  I have been to San Francisco many times but have never taken the time to seriously photograph much of anything.  This was an exercise in shooting several things--street photography, the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and Alcatraz, with a few other goodies here and there.

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Funny Signs III Print

Sometimes I feel compelled to share more signs with you folks...

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USS Midway with Jennifer & Christopher Print

Jennifer and I took Thursday off to ride Amtrak with Christopher to San Diego and tour the USS Midway.  He's fascinated by ships (especially aircraft carriers), jets, helicopters, trains and all that sort of thing, so the day was an automatic winner.

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Disneyland, January 2010 Print

Once again, Jennifer and I take a day to visit the Happiest Place On Earth with Christopher and Brooklyn.

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San Diego Train Trip with Paul's Photo Print

On November 22, 2009, a bunch of us joined Mark Comon from Paul's Photo on a full day Amtrak trip to photograph the San Juan Capistrano Mission and the USS Midway.

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The Arabs Print

I read "The Africans" by David Lamb before and after our trip to Africa and was so moved by it that I had to read his book "The Arabs".  Mr. Lamb not only talks the talk, but has walked the walk in all things Arab and I recommend this book highly for those of you who want to learn why Arabs are the way they are, what Islam is all about--including a lengthy dissertation on the prophet Mohammed--and why we just can't get along.

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Monument Valley & Canyon de Chelly Print

When Mark Comon at Paul’s Photo announced that he would be putting together a trip to Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly, I registered immediately because (1) I had never been to either place, (2) the photographs I had seen of both places were beautiful, (3) Ansel Adams’ photograph of the White House Ruins in Canyon de Chelly has always been one of my favorite photographs, and (4) Robert Hitchman’s excellent newsletter Photograph America covered both in issue #27 (updated in July 2008) and it was inspiring.

 

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Newport Coast Villlas 2009 Print

We have owned two weeks at Newport Coast Villas for several years but this was the first year I was able to join in the fun.

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Sean Peterson & Rachel Beckham Wedding Print

My cousin Steve is really more like my brother, and his sister Susie is more like my sister.  Having no real brothers or sisters, this was always a source of comfort for me when we were growing up. (Did we ever grow up?)  Steve and Betty have two sons, Sean and Jonathan, and Jennifer loves them both dearly.  So, when Sean and Rachel decided to get married, we couldn't miss that one.

 

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Weston Carmel Nude Photography Workshop 2009 Print

Those of you who follow my site know that I'm an amateur photographer, that I've been taking lessons from Mark Comon at Paul's Photo for years and that I've been on numerous photo adventures with Mark.  You would also know that I'm primarily a landscape guy who also photographs animals and, at social functions, people--as well as my grandchildren, of course--and dabbles in portraiture with my son-in-law with our small studio setup.  It was with some trepidation, therefore, that I signed up for Mark's nude photography workshop at the home of Kim and Gina Weston in Carmel.  Kim is the grandson of Edward Weston, arguably one of the most famous photographers in American history, and Kim is an excellent and well known photographer in his own right.  Yikes.

 

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Andy Katzman & Sarah Cowan Wedding Print

We couldn't miss this one.  Andy is our surrogate son, Sue is Andy's other mother, Andy's parents David and Milly are dear, dear friends of ours, Jennifer & Duane are goods friends of Jenn and Phil (Jenn being Andy's cousin), etc., etc. 

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The Special Powers of Grandchildren Print

We have all imagined ourselves with special powers to do this, that and the other thing at times.  Small children today are especially tuned in to such powers, as they watch Star Wars and various animated movies in which the heroes have special powers of some kind.

 

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Chicago Print

I've been to Chicago many times, but Jennifer, despite the fact that she's been all over the world, had never been there, and neither had Duane.  When we planned to go to Taryn's wedding, we decided to spend two nights in Chicago on our way back home.

  

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