Performance, Photography

Edwardian Ball 2010

This past Saturday, Petrice, Rae and I attended the 10th Annual Edwardian Ball in San Francisco. The event was held in the Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center, which was — in my opinion — a better venue than the other ones we’ve been to in the past: The Great American Music Hall in 2007 and the Cat Club in 2005.

In place of the top hat and corsets from previous years, Rae and I decided to wear our Qing Dynasty era costumes from our documentary film Autumn Gem. Fortunately for us, these outfits were from the same timeframe of the Edwardian Era (turn of the century, 1900s). We received several, “Your costumes are great!” comments from people in attendance. Rae and I had just watched the pilot for Caprica, and I remarked to her that it felt like we were in the virtual nightclub from the beginning of the episode!

Although I took a few photos during the event, I concentrated mainly on video Saturday night. Between all the waltzing, the crazy costumes and the on-stage performances, there was plenty of great moments to capture. The off-stage lighting was quite dim, making focusing a challenge. For those interested in technical details, I shot the video with my Canon EOS-5D Mark II camera, 24/1.4, Nikkor 50/1.8, 135/2 lenses, and a Zacuto Tactical Shooter with the Z-Finder eyepiece attachment.

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COBA, Journal, Photography

Final COBA Meeting

After seven and a half years of running Camera Owners of the Bay Area, I called it a night on the user group Wednesday evening. It’s been an incredible ride, one in which I’ve made many new friends in the photography community. When I started COBA, there weren’t many face-to-face user groups focusing on Digital SLRs. Also back then, Digital SLRs were expensive, starting at $3000 for the Canon EOS D30. Now, you can get a quality DSLR for under $500, less if you buy used!

COBA has covered numerous topics over the years, camera announcements, software techniques, hardware reviews, trip reports, sensor cleaning, bags, do-it-yourself gadgets, RAW processing applications, and much more. I went through a presentation detailing all of the meeting topics from the entire history of COBA. 7.5 years in just 30 minutes! I was amazed by the breadth of topics covered; even in the sessions that repeated themselves over the years, people learned new things.

Moving forward, I’ll try to organize some annual gatherings of COBA members. I’ll see many of them at the local Smug user groups, also held at SmugMug headquarters in Mountain View.

Until the next COBA gathering, enjoy these photos taken by Rae, from the final monthly COBA meeting!

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For Sale: 1Ds Mark II and 1D Mark II

The 1D Mark II and 1Ds Mark II have served me well, but they are now looking for a new home! I’m selling the bodies individually or as a package for an unbeatable price. If you or anyone you know is interested in picking up a high-speed and high-resolution camera combination, let me know!

I’m including extra batteries for both cameras, the AC adapters, DC couplers, and body caps. Both cameras are in great condition and will serve their next owner (maybe you!) very well.

  • 1D Mark II and 1Ds Mark II Combo: $4500
  • 1Ds Mark II (~24000 actuations): $3500
  • 1D Mark II: $1500

The 1D Mark II is an 8-megapixel camera that shoots at an awesome 8 frames per second. The 1Ds Mark II features a full-frame 16-megapixel sensor. Use the 1D Mark II to capture high-speed action and the 1Ds Mark II for portraits and landscapes.

I recently had a brand-new shutter installed on the 1D, so it’s ready for your 8 fps action!


iPhoneDevCamp 3 Group Photo


iPhoneDevCamp 3 Group Photo

COBA, Photography

Final COBA Meeting and COBA Celebration Potluck

The August 2009 and final regular meeting of the Camera Owners of the Bay Area (COBA) user group will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, at SmugMug headquarters in Mountain View from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.


  • 19:00-19:30: Sign-in and mingling period
  • 19:30-20:15: COBA Retrospective
  • 20:15-21:00: COBA Celebration Party and Potluck

COBA Retrospective

At the July 2009 meeting, I announced that the August 2009 meeting of Camera Owners of the Bay Area will be the last regularly-scheduled meeting of the user group. When I first started COBA — then called Canon Owners of the Bay Area — back in January, 2002, there were few, if any, user groups focused on the emerging digital camera market. Seven and a half years later, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t own a digital camera or DSLR! And today, there are numerous user groups catering to all types of photographers and subjects. For instance, I plan to attend the SMUG user group held each month at SmugMug headquarters. There’s also several clubs in the San Francisco and East Bay.

During the meeting, I will present a slideshow of highlights from over the years. COBA’s very first presenter, Jim Rose from Canon, will also be on-hand to share some of the Canon products demoed at COBA.

I do plan to hold an annual reunion for COBA members. Be sure to join the COBA Facebook Group to hear about future meetings!

COBA Celebration Party and Potluck

I hope you’re not getting misty-eyed over the prospect of no COBA in the future. Instead of lamenting COBA’s end, let’s focus more on celebrating the past seven years of digital photography and the friendships made with a COBA Celebration Party!

Beth from SmugMug has graciously provided us delectable snacks during each COBA meeting. Let’s pay her (and SmugMug) back by participating in a COBA Potluck. Bring a dessert, snack, or beverage to share with your fellow COBA members.

Meeting Location

COBA is meeting at SmugMug offices in Mountain View.

67 E. Evelyn Ave, Suite 200
Mountain View, CA 94041