COBA, Photography, Qiu Jin

Autumn Gem at April 2009 COBA Meeting

Following a presentation on advanced SmugMug topics, Rae and I screened AUTUMN GEM to the assembled crowd at the April 2009 Camera Owners of the Bay Area user group meeting. They’ve been hearing about this project for the past year and a half, and it was great to finally be able to show them the fruits of our labor.

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Photography, Technology

Shutter Curtain Failure


We’re having the house painted this week, and so I had this idea of doing a time-lapse sequence of the work being done on the house. I set up my 1D Mark II on a tripod by the pool, hooked up the DC coupler and the timer remote controller. Shooting at an interval of 5 seconds per photo, I figured I’d have a great sequence to share.

Hours after I set it up, I returned to see that the camera was shut down, even though the DC coupler was still firmly in place. Power cycling the camera with a battery, I realized with horror that my shutter had failed! Here are some photos of the sad, non-operational camera now. I guess it’s time to turn it into Canon for possible repair, no?

This is why you have backups… for your data and for your computer and photography equipment. You never know when something is going to break on you!

AllThingsD, Apple, Photography

Photographing the iPhone 3.0 Event

iPhone 3.0 event

I was at the iPhone 3.0 event today at Apple’s Town Hall this morning, covering the event with John Paczkowski for I ran into a number of people that I know from both development and media circles, including Raven Zachary and Eric Savitz. The crowd was comprised of about 60% developers and 40% media.

When I shot the MacWorld Keynote this year for All Things Digital, I was missing a critical piece from my computer and photography kit, a BixNet battery to power my Cradlepoint EVDO/Wi-Fi router. Without the battery, I had to manually transfer images from the camera to the computer to SmugMug. At the time, I was pretty efficient, but I wish I could have removed those extra download and upload steps.

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COBA, Journal, Photography

Wireless Photography and Sensor Cleaning Recap

Richard takes a photo during the March 2009 COBA meeting

We had a great meeting at the March 2009 COBA meeting, held at new location at SmugMug headquarters. I gave a presentation on my mobile photography workflow, demonstrating how I use a Cradlepoint CTR-350, EVDO modem, and a Eye-Fi wireless card to immediately send my photos to my laptop and computer.

Using this setup is a great way to document an event like COBA. In the past, if I did not transfer, annotate, and upload the photos the night of the meeting, chances are, they would never get uploaded to SmugMug. Now, all I have to do after the meeting is right a quick post and caption the photos!

Following my presentation, J.C. Dill and Landon gave a good talk on their sensor cleaning saga. They’ve used many products, but have now settled on using products from Dust-Aid. I had an opportunity to clean my 1Ds Mark II sensor; there were several spots that were removed after using Dust-Aid. A few ones lingered, but they are on the edges and I don’t mind them as much.

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COBA, Photography

Wireless Digital Photography and Sensor Cleaning at March COBA Meeting

The March 2009 for the Camera Owners of the Bay Area (COBA) user group will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at SmugMug headquarters in Mountain View from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

Meeting Location

As a reminder for those who were not able to attend the February meeting, COBA is now convening at SmugMug offices near downtown Mountain View.

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


  • 19:00-19:30: Sign-in and mingling period
  • 19:30-20:30: Wireless Digital Photography
  • 20:45-21:30: Sensor Cleaning

Wireless Digital Photography at Events

What do you become when you combine your digital camera with an Eye-Fi wireless memory card, an EVDO modem and an EVDO/Wi-Fi router? You’ll transform into a walking, talking, snapping, wireless digital photographer! Come and see how this set up can be used during your future event photography jobs: weddings, parties, and conferences.

Information on this setup can be found at

Sensor Cleaning

Most recent DSLRS have features to combat sensor dust. Despite their best efforts, these features sometimes don’t completely rid your sensor of dust, prompting you to go in manually to finish the job. JC Dill will be demonstrating several sensor cleaning products, including Dust Aid. If you have any products that you find useful, bring them to the meeting to share!

Photography, Politics

Jared Polis – Freshman Congressman


Jared Polis is featured on CNN today in an article on Freshman Congressman. When I was photographing the final week of his Congressional campaign, I asked him about the possibility of documenting his first 100 days of his Frosh year. The biggest stumbling block I saw was getting access to the real meat and potatoes of life on the Hill. For a single photographer, that would have posed a big problem, but if you’re CNN, I guess you can get the access you need!

Documenting Jared’s journey to the Capitol was an extremely rewarding experience. The trip came together very quickly at our friend Dave’s wedding a few weeks before the election. Sitting at our table, I asked the best man, “So, who’s documenting your election?” Jared responded that they’ve been so busy, they haven’t had anyone really doing it. I jumped at the opportunity to say that Rae and I should come up to Colorado to help out. Soon enough, I found myself in Colorado for a whirlwind week!

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