Sunday, March 30, 2014

Small Victories

When I first started this website it was briefly fashionable to use hyphens in domain names.  The idea is that it would help search engines parse for keywords.  At some point the search engines got smarter and it's an idea that went by the wayside.

This domain was registered at that point -  And it's been a pain ever since.   If people search for it, no problem, but put it on a business card and 9 times out of 10 somebody will mess it up, especially with the email address.  Unfortunately a domain squatter grabbed the version without hyphens and it was never worth the trouble/cost of recovering it.

Luckily that whole business model seems to be winding down and people aren't sitting on every possible domain name anymore.  It became available and I was able to register

I'm going to keep the ones with the hyphens as the main domain and just redirect web and email traffic, but at least I can put that on business cards or just tell somebody the domain without a lot of grief.  It doesn't redirect every possible URL - just the main domain and the email - but that's enough for my purposes.

It's a small victory but nice.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

New Pictures: Summer

The shots are edited and up.  Usual drill, pictures are at a steep discount for a few days to reward people who keep an eye on things.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Post Shoot Notes: Summer

I actually took these a couple of weeks ago, but just got a chance to start looking at them.  As usual this is just an early shot that I liked, it may or may not end up being a keeper depending on what else is in there.  I'll try to get the set edited and up before Christmas...

Update: And another shot at the end of the shoot...

Friday, November 01, 2013

11x14s on eBay

So the good news is that over half the prints I listed two months ago sold out.  The better news is I listed a bunch of 11x14s, which is something I haven't done in years.  You may have to scroll to the bottom to see the new stuff.  It's time to get a new camera so purchases right now are especially appreciated.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


In addition to selling prints here, I sell them on eBay.  I basically just have a selection of 8x10s that automatically relists if there are unsold items.  I never pay a lot of attention to it unless somebody buys something, and then I ship out that item.  Well, I actually looked at my account today and they'd all sold except a single picture.  Not exactly a great selection!

Anyway, I listed some more that I happen to have handy.  They're all prints I like so check 'em out.

Other than that, I'm pretty mortified that I've only done two nude model shoots in the last year.  I've done some portrait work and other kinds of photography and still remember which way to point the camera but model shoots just haven't been working out.  I've had some correspondence with models about shoots, but have had some problems with flakiness, or people not quite having the look I want or whatever.  Plus, laziness.

So my apologies for that and my thanks for the people who have been buying prints or just checking in occasionally.  I'll see what I can do about getting some new content up sooner rather than later.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

New Pictures: Maria

  Whew! I just uploaded a new set with Maria. This was something of a "social shoot" - if you're a photographer and you get together with an old friend who models it's natural to take some pictures.  I also used this opportunity to try out an area I haven't shot in before.  As a result, it's kind of a small set, but given how long it took me to process it that's maybe not a bad thing.

As usual, I set it up to use low prices for a couple of days to reward regulars who are kind enough to keep an eye on this space for new stuff.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Little updates

I did a shoot!  I'll try to get some post shoot notes up in a day or two.  I actually did the shoot just before going on some travel so I didn't follow the usual routine of posting something right away since I knew I wouldn't start editing until I got back.

Looks like about half the pictures I put on eBay sold.  The rest are on autopilot, relisting themselves every week, but I'll probably pull them down and list something else shortly so if you've been waiting don't assume they'll be there forever.

My Canon S100, which is a point and shoot I keep in my pocket to generally take pictures of the kids when I don't want to carry the SLR has now broken twice in the last year.  Both times Canon covered it for "free" by which I mean they didn't reimburse me shipping it to them and I was without a point and shoot for six weeks each time.  They keep returning the same unit so I'm sure it will happen again.  Definitely not pleased with any aspect of this - Canon's design flaw in this particular model, the way they're handling returns, the lack of communication.  When they shipped it back they never told me so it just showed up.  Nice to have a camera that would cost 3-4 hundred dollars to replace sitting on my porch with no idea it was coming.

And of course this always happens at the worst time - it was a real pain not having a compact camera during Christmas and my post-Christmas travel.  The iPhone cameras are surprisingly not bad but there's still a ton of blurry kids-running-around shots if the light levels drop at all.

I'm due to get a new full frame SLR for my portrait work, and I almost bought a 6D which looks just about perfect for me on paper but I just don't trust Canon enough to spend that much until a camera's been out six months or so.  So maybe I'll get one this summer.  We'll see.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

eBay pictures

As regular readers know, I have mixed feelings about eBay but it's basically a form of advertisement for the website that also brings in some cash, so from that perspective I can't complain.  I've had a few items auto-relisting over the summer but most of them sold so I decided to load it back up with quite a few images since it's getting more to the active time of year (partially people spend more time online when it gets dark so early).  Basically same deal - I'll set them all to auto-relist for a bit and probably won't add any more until they're pretty much all gone.  So if you want one, get it sooner rather than later.

Anyway, if you're interested, check 'em out.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Lia sale ending soon

Just wanted to give people a heads up that the first-couple-of-day cheap prices on the Lia pictures to reward regulars ends tomorrow, basically at whatever time I get around to changing it.  After midnight tonight PST it's fair game.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Whew!  I just uploaded a batch of pictures of the lovely Lia.  As I sometimes do, I set them at outrageously low prices for a couple of days to reward people who have kept checking in regularly through my slow period.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Quick gear note

I mentioned the other day that I liked it that there were more full frame camera options from Canon but not the pricing.  Interestingly enough B&H and Amazon both lowered prices on the 5D cameras.  The Mark II is down $100 and the Mark III is down $300.  I'm still going around in circles about the best option - the 6D splits the difference in price and looks great on paper but by the time they get in people's hands and I see some real-world results and get in line to buy one it'll be... spring?  And I assume they'll be done blowing out their supply of Mark IIs long before that, so who knows what's the right thing to do.

Monday, October 22, 2012

More Lia

I'm back from a couple of days in Yosemite and making progress editing the Lia pictures.  As I write this we're having our first storm of the season.  It's actually a great time to do outdoor shoots in the sense that the air is clear and everything looks nice.  But on the minus side if it ends up being a wet year you can enter into this rescheduling hell (I've shot in a light rain but anything past that is kind of a waste of time even if your gear can take it).

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Post Shoot Notes: Lia

Hey, I actually did a model shoot.  This is Lia.  Definitely nice to get outdoors early in the morning and get some great shots.  I'm behind where I wanted to be for this year even with a reduced schedule but it's progress, anyway.

I'll see what I can do about getting everything edited and online sooner rather than later.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

More full frame options

I mentioned before that I was disappointed that the Canon 5D Mark III came in at $3,500.  I paid something like a third of that for my original 5D and was disappointed that there no longer seemed to be a niche for a full-frame sensor camera that didn't have every bell and whistle other than that and was pretty affordable.

So then they came out with the 6D, which was supposed to fill in that niche.  But it's $2100, which is a big improvement but still a big increase, and anyway nobody has them in stock.

But in a bit of good news, they're blowing out the 5D Mark II cameras via instant rebates.  And you can get it today at Amazon.  $1800.  It's tempting.  I haven't really sat down and done a 6D versus 5D Mark II comparison but if what you want is a full frame SLR for the lowest price I don't think we're going to see anything cheaper any time soon.

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