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

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