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Monday, February 6th, 2012
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Richard Beebe: February 2012

February 2012

The "new" year is 1/12th passed into history. The year's first holiday is behind us, as is the first "unofficial American holiday" with our Superbowl. Onward into February.

My wife and I enjoyed some new camera work in January, still needing to create an opportunity for this month.

Resurrecting a forgotten series of low key personal location workshops for the months ahead.

On another front: I'm back looking for employment...not fun.

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Monday, January 23rd, 2012
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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
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Friday, January 6th, 2012
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Richard Beebe: January 2012

January 2012

My wife and I welcomed the new year with little "escapes" on the 1st and 3rd days of the new month and new year.

My first image added this year - Davenport California - was recorded on the new year's "day one." It preceded a seafood dinner in the small coastside town of Capitola, south of San Francisco by an hour and a half, and this preceded a wandering pause in downtown San Jose, California, to enjoy their annual "Christmas in the Park" where the downtown plaza is all decorated with warmth and good cheer for the holidays, for the day's last photography. (some will be added, as well)

I'll follow this with our second outing, about 48 hours later, to the heart of San Francisco Bay.

Best Wishes... Happy New Year!

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Sunday, November 27th, 2011
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Saturday, November 26th, 2011
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Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
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Sunday, October 30th, 2011
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Monday, September 26th, 2011
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Friday, September 9th, 2011
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  • Fri, 10:10: For those friends in/around Tracy... I have the new Beginning Photo class starting up NEXT week.. Thursdays, … http://t.co/pBYwHYu
Thursday, September 1st, 2011
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Friday, August 26th, 2011
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Thursday, August 25th, 2011
5:54 pm
RBeebePhoto: Hello 500px!

Hello 500px!

After browsing my photographer-friend Jeff Sullivan's page here, I decided there is strength enough within my own camera work and background to start a presence here.

I'm growing my photography outlook...some friends would say "Finally!"

Most of my "commercial" work is focused on one place: Tracy, California's Grand Theatre Center for the Arts. It's where I teach photography. It's where my camera work is employed in their quarterly class catalogs, the annual events brochures, the refurbished web site, and their on-site displays and presentations. It's a fun mix of photo-documentation, photo-journalism, creative collaboration with other instructors' own classes and activities: visual arts, dramatic arts, music, dance.

This has also brought attention back to more-established background of landscape, nature, city/urban, portrait (including model-involved imagery) and figure.

Hello 500px! I look forward to my time on the site!

:) Richard Beebe

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Current Mood: creative
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Friday, July 22nd, 2011
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Friday, July 15th, 2011
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Saturday, June 18th, 2011
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Happy 36th, Welcome Back, Reintroduction & whatever else

The "Happy 36th" is for me and my wife...as of Monday. Under the category of "This is us" would belong this portrait, done maybe two years into our tenure...

The "Welcome Back" would be the choice to essentially re-activate my writing and posting here, after a lag of a couple years, give or take. Actually, it's probably been longer than that since I was a regular contributor to my own page here. I guess I'm a little "scattered" - adding more imagery to my Flickr account, keeping in better contact via my Facebook page (where I've even found a few of my LJ friends), adding to my photography FB page (where, if I'm good, I include the technical info of the images posted, for those curious about such things), still updating some new imagery into my DeviantArt gallery, adding periodically to my Panoramio page (where images can be linked to Google Maps), and stopping here very rarely. Like my friend Shiva stealingtime_  Sharifi noted, there's a bit more flexibility to post images here than there is over on Facebook.

Fitting into the "Re-introduction" would be the following, continuing the welcome back...
In the intervening two or so years, I've added regularly teaching several classes at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts to my list of activities, as well as being the venue's principal photographer...

I'm also reviving another teaching outlet with a series of small-scale personal photo workshops, focused primarily on location-portrait image making...
...in a variety of interesting and challenging settings, whether here in the middle Central Valley, or in the more intriguing topography to either the west, into the East Bay hills or even to the coast, or to the east, where the Valley transitions into mountains and forest.

Gathered up into the Whatever Else is the reminder to self to rediscover thinks once taken for granted like html coding to add interest into a post.

Current Mood: awake
Thursday, August 12th, 2010
10:26 am
Perseid Meteors - night sky photography
Best viewing: midnight to dawn.

Required stuff, for photographers: willingness to be out - with camera - when everyone else is fast asleep; tripod; WA lens; camera capable of 30-sec exposure; extra batteries; a DARK sky (especially to the E and NE); and the LUCK of pointing your camera... the right direction, at the right time, and have the shutter open!

The fastest ISO may work against you to some degree, since the image quality will be poorer (more grainy) than a slower one. The nice thing about working digitally: you can experiment and view the results on-the-spot.

With most dSLRs, a manual exposure of 90 seconds or more may bring "noise" into the image. Camera and sensors differ. Again, testing (beforehand or in-the-moment) can determine how far you can push your shutter speed luck. I've consistently had good luck with the camera's 30-sec max, or manually with 60-second times. Past 60-90 seconds, you'll have very short star trails in place of more pinpoint stars. 20-30 seconds will preserve the "points" of light.

If you have a remote cable release, you can do continuous shooting of frame after frame:
(1) "burst" mode;
(2) turn the "noise reduction" programming off (which usually takes as long to process the image as it does to expose it);
(3) lock the remote "open" (which will also hold the mirror locked-up between frames, too).

Film cameras can record exposures going from seconds, to minutes, to an hour or longer. As the time increases, the stars become streaks or trails of light, appearing as arcs around the North Star or its equivalent in the southern heavens. Some cameras shutter releases will lock with the shutter button depressed, locking the shutter open and the SLR mirror up.

We lose the crescent moon early in the evening - which is both good and bad:
* the fainter meteors (and stars) will be visible;
* any landscape under the stars will be more silhouette because of the lack of moonlight illumination on it.

The higher elevation you can find, the darker the night sky. A few hundred feet is better than sea level. A couple thousand feet is better yet. Find a high mountain area and you'll get lost in what were once familiar constellations!

There's a start.

Current Mood: happy
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