Monday, January 29, 2024

An honor to be featured on NBC news!

To celebrate the 6 month countdown to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, NBC has started their marketing machine to get everyone excited about the upcoming Games. As part of that campaign, NBC sent a reporter down my way about 3 weeks ago and interviewed me for a couple of hours to create a profile on me for the 6pm news. 

That piece ran on Friday evening as me and my friends watched at home. I was not nervous during the interview process, but I was a little nervous about how they would edit the video and what they would say. As it turns out, I think they did a nice job with the segment. Phew!

I thought I would share this with all of you. You can click the image below or just click here to see the segment.

Luckily they showed more of my images, than my ugly face! 😀


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Friday, January 26, 2024

2024 Summer Olympics in Paris: The planning, the challenges, and the future.

Today is the 6 month countdown to the Opening Ceremony of the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. For those of you who have followed my journey through the last seven Olympic Games here in the blog, I am excited to share yet another experience with you all. And this one should be amazing!

As always, my goal is to share the behind-the-scenes of the Games as well as my daily photos and the stories behind the images.

We are now six months from the start of the Olympics, but the planning process has been going on for almost two years now. Let me tell you a little bit about that process and some of the challenges I have faced already.


The credentialing process is where it all starts, and the applications started in the middle of 2022. Each National Organizing Committee (NOC) gets a small number of credentials for the Olympics. As you can see from the chart above, there are numerous media credentials which can be applied for. As a photographer, I always apply for the EP level credential, which gives me access to all the venues. As it turns out, credentials for the Paris Olympics are in even higher demand than a normal Olympics. I am guessing that this is due to the fact that this is the first Olympics since 2018 where we will not be locked down with Covid restraints, but mostly because the Games are located in the amazing city of Paris. 

In February of 2023, I got the email approving my EP credential. That always puts a smile on my face.


Once I received word from the USOPC that I was getting my EP credential, the next step was to wait for the Paris Organizing Committee (POCOG) to contact me about housing. The weird thing was...I never got any email messages from them. Around the middle of last year, I reached out to them to see when the housing process would start. I was SHOCKED to hear that the process had started and ended already! Knowing that press housing (which is subsidized) was going to be in high demand, I started to panic. I reached out to the housing group and let them know that I was never informed of the housing options. After a month of stressing, they got back to me and said that they would let me know if anything opened up. I waited...and I waited...and then decided to work on a plan B. I researched the venue maps (above) and started reaching out to AirBnB places and other online options. I found some good places but they were all at least an hour away from the key venues. An hour commute here at home might be doable, but not at the Olympics when every minute counts.

About the same time that I was researching for other places to stay, the housing committee got back to me with some options. I had heard from my contacts at the USOPC that the housing options were not good. When I looked at the hotel options they gave me (in a reasonable price range), the hotels were really bad. Some of them had reviews that said "don't go out after 10pm as it is too dangerous", "most of the rooms have air conditioning that is broken" and one review showed the hotel with garbage piled up in the hallway. Yikes!

I knew that beggars can't be choosers, but I wrote back to them and asked if they had any other options. I ended up selecting a place that is within the price range, looks OK, and I am just going to hope that it is livable for 3 weeks. Heck, it has to be bigger than my hotel room in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics!


Once the housing crisis was solved, I knew that is was imperative to get flights booked as early as possible. I usually fly United Airlines, so I called them and got flights for the exact dates and times that I wanted. That was easier than I expected it to be.

Credential Processing

It had been nearly a year since my EP credential was approved and last month I received the final application forms and I had to submit my photo. Here is the headshot that I submitted. I know that I don't look happy, but just like with passport photos, we are not allowed to smile.

The Schedule

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has already posted the daily competition schedule, for all the sports that will be happening over the 3 week time span. I will use this, as well as a more detailed schedule (when that becomes available) to plan my days. I will be contractually shooting for USA Water Polo (men and women), so those games will take a priority over the rest.

Opening Ceremony

For the first time ever in Olympic History, the Opening Ceremony will not be held in an arena. Instead, each team will be floating down the Seine River on a barge. I have heard that there will be more than 160 boats floating along the route. I am VERY excited about this since it gives me a chance to capture the ceremony with a totally different look.

This is an artist's rendering of what it might look like. 

From what I have heard, they are going to give away free access to the public along this floating parade route. This is very exciting, but also means that the crowds in and out of the area are going to be massive.  The big question for me is...will I be able to get a photo position with the Eiffel Tower in the background (which is what I really want)? 


You would think that I would have a signed contract with the team well before going through this whole process, but that is not the case. Since I have worked with the team for so many years, and I have their word that we are working together once again, the contract process usually comes towards the end for me. We just signed the contract about a week ago. I should mention that I make this really easy for the team since I do not do this for the money. I do this for the love of doing it!


For those of you photography enthusiasts, I know what you want to ask me right now. You want to know what camera equipment I will be using in Paris. I can tell you this: I will be using Canon cameras and lenses. Which ones? I am not sure yet. But stay tuned and I will tell you more when I can. How is that for a tease?

Moving forward

We are officially 181 days until the Games begin, and I promise to keep you all up to date as the final plans come together. And of course, I will be blogging daily from Paris, showing what I photographed and sharing the crazy stories as they unfold. To get my blog posts sent directly to your email, click HERE to subscribe now. 


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Thursday, January 18, 2024

The first San Francisco photo tour: A great success!

As many of you know, I have been teaching photography all over the world for many years now, but I have done very few photo tours within the United States. After repeated requests I decided to start a photo tour of my home town, San Francisco, late last year. October tends to be the best weather in the city, so I picked that time for my tour. 

Having never lead a tour in San Francisco, I did have reservations about where I should take people and how to handle some of the logistics. Obviously, I know the city inside and out, but I wanted to make sure that we could fit in all the best locations for photos and make sure that we captured everything that the city has to offer, all within 3 days. I also wanted a nice place to stay, to provide good transportation, have a driver so that we could easily get out anywhere we wanted (without worrying about parking), and I wanted a security person to watch us and the vehicle while we out taking photos.

After a lot of planning, all the pieces came together and the first San Francisco photo tour went off amazingly well. I had a small group for this first outing, which was ideal for the trial run. And now I want to show you some of the images that we captured on the trip.

I had made a list of all my desired locations, and I separated them out based on weather conditions. Since we had overcast weather on the first day, I decided that our first stop would be the cable cars. I knew the best location to get photos of them coming and going in numerous directions, allowing us to photograph them from different angles and with different backgrounds. I showed everyone how you could get a nice shot of the cable car looking down California Street, with the Bay Bridge in the background.

I figured that the darker skies would be perfect for getting photos while motion panning these iconic cars. I suggested camera settings and everyone had a great time trying to capture photos like this, showing the cable cars in motion.

I even suggested that they try showing motion by rolling the zoom of their lens as the cable cars came up the hill towards us. I had never tried this myself and it was really fun for me to try something new too!

Here are some of our group hanging out with Eli, our security guy.

Our next stop was Chinatown. I knew that the city had recently replaced some of the hanging lanterns with newer and brighter ones, so we headed for that spot to get photos of this iconic area.

There are lots of murals on the walls in Chinatown, so I used those as backgrounds to take portraits of each of my guests. I should mention that, for this trip I used the following gear:

We stopped at one of my favorite Chinese bakeries for some food and then walked to the famous fortune cookie factory. Both for photos of them making the cookies, but also so I could buy some of these tasty treats for everyone. 

We drove down Lombard Street (also known as the crookedest street in the world), and then headed to a spot on the opposite hillside to take photos with our long lenses.  Here is a photo taken while zoomed way in...

...and here is a photo taken from the same location but zoomed back out. I like both of them and how they tell a different story from the same place.

As I mentioned, on the first day, we had dark clouds and rainy conditions, but that can also make for great photos. We used those cloudy skies for a dramatic background behind the Golden Gate Bridge.

I showed everyone how you could zoom in with our long lenses and get this photo showing the extreme curve of the bridge.

While they were taking photos of the bridge, I was having fun taking pictures of them.

Very near to that same location is my favorite staircase in San Francisco, so we stopped by there for portraits.

The next stop was Golden Gate Park to capture some of the beautiful flowers.

Once again, this gave me an opportunity to teach. This time explaining the benefits of selective focus and clean backgrounds. 

Right before leaving, I saw this squirrel climbing one of the plants. I quickly locked in focus and got this funny shot.

I really wanted to do night shots, but the weather was not cooperating. So we had a nice dinner and packed it in for the night.

On the second day, we woke up to clearer skies and no rain. I knew that the remaining clouds in the sky would be beneficial for a long exposure shot, so we headed for the Palace of Fine Arts. We set up our tripods and had some fun experimenting with different shutter speeds. For this shot, I was using a Tiffen 10 stop ND filter and had the camera set for a 13 second exposure. This long exposure neutralizes the water to accentuate the reflection and shows great movement in the clouds.

We made our second visit to the Golden Gate Bridge, this time from a different vantage point.

Since we had rain the day before, there were puddles on the ground. I saw that this could give us good reflections, and so I showed everyone how you could get down low on the pier to get a reflection of the bridge. I always strive to get something different from what the average person with a camera would take. I really like this photo.

Our next stop was to the Painted Ladies, which are probably the best known victorian houses in the world. We took the standard photos of these houses and then I pushed everyone to try motion panning. We waited for different cars to drive by and followed them with our lenses at the exact same speed. I saw this SFPD car drive by and thought that it showed a classic San Francisco scene. This was taken at a shutter speed of 1/15th of a second.

Looking at the previous photo in the eye-piece of the camera, I noticed that I wanted to show more motion blur. For this shot I slowed the shutter speed all the way down to 1/8 second. It is not easy to get a photo like this (where the background is in motion but the car is in perfect focus), but it is a lot of fun to teach and see people push themselves to get one. 

After lunch we walked though the Haight Ashbury district of the city and photographed the classic "Hippie" environment. These people made me laugh, but also provided a teaching opportunity. Specifically, how to interact with people and get permission to take their photo quickly and in a fun way.

At that point, the weather was clearing nicely and so we went to one of my favorite vantage points over San Francisco. 

Speaking of favorite spots. As I planned the tour, I knew that this was a night photo I wanted everyone to get. There is no way to park in this spot, but we had our van and driver, so we could have him drop us off if needed. We drove out to this spot and it started raining. I was really disappointed. We waited to see if it would clear up, but it was not looking good. At the very lat minute, I jumped out of the vehicle to see if there was any chance of a shot, and the rain stopped! I ran back to the vehicle and told everyone to get their gear and capture this moment before it passed. We had great visibility, interesting clouds, and the deep blue skies! We were all shocked that we got this beautiful shot on a night which showed almost zero promise of a photo. 

The next morning I decided to call and audible and added a last minute addition to the tour. I took everyone to the coastline to get some photos at one of my favorite beaches. 

Everyone loved this added stop.

On our third day we had very clear skies, so we went across the Golden Gate Bridge to get photos from the other side of the bay.  From this location, the light on the bridge was not good for a photo, but I saw this view of the city through these sailboats and encouraged everyone to take a photo like this, showing a different perspective of San Francisco.

I wanted to wait for better afternoon light on the bridge, so we stopped for a nice Italian lunch in the quaint town of Sausalito. The food was great and it was a nice break for the everyone.

When we got to the Marin Headlands to photograph the bridge, the sun was now behind us and and in the perfect spot for photos like this.

You can see from this photo, that the sun was in a spot where photos to the left were ideal, but in this direction, the light was not good. Well...good enough to get a photo of them shooting...

Having the late afternoon sunshine on our side of the bridge made for perfect photography conditions. We started towards the top of the mountain...

...and then had our driver take us down to each vantage point, getting a lower shooting position each time. I encouraged everyone to shoot images wide and also zoomed in.

I really like using the suspension cables as leading lines in photos, and I showed everyone that we did not have to have the entire bridge (or even the towers) in every photo. I also reminded them to make sure that the key buildings (Pyramid and Salesforce Tower) were visible through the cables. 

On our last evening, it was clear enough to get night shots from Twin Peaks. We had made numerous visits to this vista point, and I really wanted people to get a night shot looking down Market Street. It was a really great ending to three days capturing images in my home town. 

For those of you interested, come join me this year (also in October) for the second photo tour of San Francisco. You can find information on this on my photo tour page.


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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

These are NOT my images from Costa Rica!

I have been leading photo tours to the rain forest of Costa Rica for many years now and always love being there to share this amazing place with other photo enthusiasts. Each time I am there I get a chance to see what my photo tour guests are capturing, and honestly I am blown away! I had an idea to share some of their favorite images in this blog post. You have seen many of mine here on the blog, but I wanted you to see what others are taking home from this awesome trip.

The images that you are about to see were captured with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and Fuji cameras and by people with a wide range of experience, from the first time camera user to more experienced shooters.  As the leader of the tour and teacher, I could not be more proud what they captured in their cameras.

With that said...let me share their images with you!

We all love capturing images of the frogs. Cindy did an awesome job with her camera settings, composition and waiting for this perfect pose.

In the same reptile area, Susan was inspired by one of my photos that I showed on the first day (using the frog's shadow) and grabbed this awesome shot. I love the creativity of this photo!

Many of us were photographing these birds, but only Carl caught this awesome moment. I love this pose so much. Good job making the teacher jealous Carl! And with an Olympus camera too. :)

Carl also grabbed this perfect shot of a dolphin jumping high into the air.

You can't go to Costa Rica and not get a photo of the hummingbirds, as difficult as this might be to capture. Jack nailed this shot.

This photo taken by Anthony, is one of my favorites from the last trip. Anthony stood his ground and waited to see if this Howler monkey baby would make an appearance, when many of us had moved on. He was rewarded with this incredible shot with the baby looking up at mom. So good!

This shot, taken on our reptile day, is another favorite of mine. Jack got down low and photographed this Eye-lash viper looking right at him. Perfect timing. with the tongue out!

Jack also grabbed this shot of this Red-eye tree frog climbing to the top of this ginger plant.

Here is a really nice shot of this Three-toed sloth. We had nice diffused light at the time, and Cindy took advantage of that. Even though the sloths move very slowly, they are not easy to photograph, since they are often deep in the tree branches and in darkness. Cindy caught this sloth looking right at her.

This awesome photo of two Spider monkeys was taken by Laura. Prior to going to Costa Rica, Laura has never used anything other than a little point-and-shoot camera or her phone. This time she was using a loaner Canon R6II and a Canon RF100-500mm lens. Not to shabby for a complete novice!

This photo is pure art created by Art. I love the way he took advantage of the light and background to create this image. the tongue was all the way out, and shows just the right amount of movement. I know he is proud of this one.

When we are out photographing toucans, I always remind my guests to look for the nut toss, which they do quite often. Nancy was ready and grabbed this photo at the perfect time. 

Nancy also captured this great shot of a Howler monkey and baby. You will notice that there is catch light in the eyes of both monkeys. Something else I teach people to look for.

Nachiket captured this beautiful photo while eating breakfast one morning. Gotta love that!

He also grabbed this moment with these two Yellow-headed caracara eating on a branch. It wasn't until later that he zoomed in and noticed they were eating a crab.

Speaking of eating, Nachiket grabbed this fun image of a Squirrel monkey eating. I normally look for photos with the eyes open, but this photo works perfectly with the eyes closed.

As you can see, eating in the rain forest is a common occurrence. For all of us too, since the food is so good! 😀  John photographed this Howler monkey who was foraging for tasty leaves. This photo has great composition and great focus on the eyes.

John also captured this nice photo of bats which were perched high above us in the leaves. 

The challenge with photographing snakes is to get them in the right position, and try to get their tongues out. Nachiket was firing his Canon R3 at really fast burst rates to get a great shot like this.

In all my years of traveling to the rain forest and photographing sloths, this is the first time anyone has captured a sloth kiss. Even better that it was between a mother and baby. This is a perfect moment captured by John.

And speaking of perfect timing, John also photographed this heron at the right moment to capture the fish perfectly between the bill of the bird. I love this photo.

Bob did a great job capturing three Squirrel monkeys eating on one branch.

Most of the time we see iguanas on the ground or on tree branches, but Bob caught this portrait of one with blue skies in the background. 

The Scarlet macaws always attract our cameras and lenses! Susan captured these two hanging out together on the property of the resort. Getting a nice shot of these amazing birds is good. Getting numerous posing together makes it even better.

This photo was also taken on the property of the resort. Similar to Anthony's photo, this shot of the Howler monkey and baby is awesome. The two were in perfect late afternoon sunlight and posing for Susan at this moment. 

We all took turns photographing this Eyelash viper, and Susan got it just right. Not only did she take a great photo, but she did an excellent job in the retouching process to make this final image.

We did not see as many White-face monkeys on this last trip, but Anthony managed to grab this shot as one was foraging for food in the trees above us. I really like the pose and the great catch-light in the eyes.

I am not sure if Carl purposely slowed the shutter speed of the camera, or if the butterfly was moving so fast that it created this blur, but I really love the motion in this photo.

This snake is really small, but Art was able to get perfect focus on it's face as it came towards him. This is not easy to do, and he nailed it. I always emphasize the importance of a clean background and Art got that one just right.

Here is something different. When photographing the reptiles, one of the red-eye tree frogs jumped off the leaf and landed on Eduardo (our guide's) face. Jack captured this funny moment.

Emma, one of my guests from Australia, got this really nice photo of a Kingfisher. I really like the complimentary colors, the leading lines and the selective focus of this image.

She also grabbed this photo of a Scarlet macaw coming in for a landing. The timing of this photo is excellent with the talons extended and just about to grab the palm fruit. Emma listened to my advice and increased her shutter speed significantly in order to freeze this beautiful bird in flight.

Here is a third image from Emma, giving us perfect front-on shot of this Squirrel monkey.

Art was directly underneath this Howler monkey (which is fine as long as you watch out for falling branches and the monkey's bathroom break), and took this photo with the monkey's tongue sticking out. I really like the framing of the greenery in the foreground and background.

These next three images were all taken by Laura. Remember, she is the one who had no prior camera experience. She really learned a ton on this trip! I love that she nailed the focus on the butterflies face and got down low to get a nice clean background.

I really like this photo of the Red-eye tree frog for the same reasons. Great focus, clean background, and she waited for a really nice pose of the frog. 

If any of you have tried photographing dolphins jumping in the wild, this is no easy task. You have to anticipate where the dolphins might jump, or quickly focus on one in the air, all while holding a large camera and lens steady. Laura got this beautiful photo of a dolphin mid-air, all while holding a Canon R6II and RF100-500mm lens steady. 

On our days off, many of my guests (and myself) will walk the resort property looking for more great photos. It was during one of those times that Art patiently waited for the hummingbird to feed and captured this awesome photo.

We see both Two-toed and Three-toed sloths in the rain forest. Mike did an amazing job of capturing this Three-toed sloth in the tree, with both feet and both hands in the frame.

Mike was also one of the few people who spotted this colorful crab by the water. 

As you can see, my guests loved photographing the Eye-lash viper from low angles. I love that Art zoomed in so tight for this portrait of the snake. Tongue out and perfect focus on the eye. He chose to shoot this at f/8 to get enough focus on the face and tongue, but also let the background go completely out of focus.

If I sound like a proud teacher, then you are reading this correctly. I really could not be more proud of the work of my guests. 

I always start my Costa Rica photo tour with a presentation showing images I have captured and I explain my thought process for those images. I talk about camera settings, clean backgrounds, catch-light, distractions and so much more. And these images show that that they listen and learn. I love it at the end of the trip when everyone has made new friends and has beautiful photos like these, but more importantly I love the excitement they have as they head home to review and retouch their images. 

If you are interested in joining me for one of my photo tours to Costa Rica, you can check my tour page. The 2024 trips are filling very fast, and may be full by the end of this month, but I am adding new trips for 2025 (which will be added to the tour page soon).


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