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

COBA, Journal, Photography

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and Printing Shootout at July 2009 Meeting

The July 2009 meeting of the Camera Owners of the Bay Area (COBA) user group will be held this Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at SmugMug headquarters in Mountain View from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

Note: This meeting was originally scheduled to happen in June, 2009 but had to be postponed until this month.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Richard Ressman takes photos as a volunteer for an infant bereavement organization, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. Parents of stillborn or dying infants need only call Dr. Ressman and he will drive to a local hospital, set up a small studio in a hospital room, take photos and produce prints as well as a CD and DVD that the parents can treasure. At the June 10 COBA meeting, Dr.Ressman, an Area Coordinator and Certified Trainer for NILMDTS, will present information and photos highlighting his experience with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. Attendees will be given information should they be interested in joining and working with the organization. (

Richard Ressman bought his first Nikon camera in 1969 as a Surgical Intern in Chicago and has been taking photographs since. He developed and printed his first photos in his eleven by seven foot Intern’s call room. In 2002, he changed careers from that of orthopaedic surgeon to full-time photographer. Exhibits include three photos in the eMotion Pictures Exhibit sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons which traveled to San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, and Madrid, Spain. He had a photo of Bo Diddley in the 2008 eMotion Pictures Exhibit in San Francisco.

He practiced orthopaedic surgery for thirty years before becoming a full-time photographer. He did everything from operating on fractures to replacing arthritic knees and hips. Dr. Ressman recently traveled to Viet Nam to donate all his unused surgical equipment. He got two companies to donate thousands of dollars of equipment, and as a volunteer taught surgical techniques to surgeons in Ho Chi Minh City. His reason: The Vietnamese people suffered enough during the Viet Nam-American war and he wanted to give something back to the Vietnamese people. It was a rewarding experience for everyone involved. He now calls himself a Photosurgeon: that’s an orthopaedic surgeon who aspires to do photography on the cutting edge. Some of his work can be seen on his website

How Accurate Are Your Prints?

How happy are you with printouts from your printer or from your favorite print provider? At the last COBA meeting, we had a long discussion about various printers and printing providers. Now’s the time to test and compare them with your fellow COBA members!

  1. Go and download the 60MB COBA Test Print Photo from Sam Linville
  2. Print an 8×10 photo. Either do it yourself at home or take it to your favorite print shop. Do not perform any color correction yourself in Photoshop.
  3. If you are having this printed out, try to get two copies done at different times.
  4. Compare with your fellow COBA members, who will be doing the same!

Perhaps after this meeting, you’ll change print providers!

Meeting Location

COBA is now meeting at SmugMug offices in Mountain View.

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


Dardy's Housewarming Party

Dardy held a housewarming party to christen his new place, which looked suspiciously like his old place (only seven doors down). I ran into several people whom I haven’t seen or talked to in years, like Eriko, David, and Helen. Last week, I returned my key and finally closed my PO Box at Stanford. I’ve had this mailbox for the past 12 years and have been checking mail at Stanford for the past 16 years. For me, this was the end of an era — no more lingering connections to Stanford. As for Dardy, it’s the start of a new era for him… the homeowner’s era!

Here are photos from the event!

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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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