Archive for September, 2009

Starry Backyard

I’ve been wanting to shoot the stars since I got my 85mm f/1.2 but it was way too bright in Orange County and since I got back to SLO, I’ve been pretty busy and I’ve also been too lazy to go too far at night… but I was surprised when I got pretty decent photos from my backyard! I can’t wait to shoot in Montana De Oro at night!

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Its amazing how many stars you can still see from our backyard...

You don't have to go far to shoot the stars in SLO

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Tabs in Vim

Did you know vim supports tabs?

try vim -p foo bar to open the files foo and bar in tabs.

alternatively, the :tabnew bar command opens the file bar in a new tab

:tabs lists the tabs open.

:tabnext to visit the next tab.

For more information, visit the vimdoc site.

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American Heart Association Heart Walk

Sept 13 - American Heart Association 5k Walk

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Over 6,000 Walkers/Runners

I went to shoot my sister running in the Heart Walk at the OC Great Park today. Good weather, good run, good photos.

Shannon near the finish

See the full set here.

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Canon 5D Mark II Memory Stick

5dmk2 Memory Stick

This is way to awesome… too bad its nearly $140 for a 4 GB memory stick.  I guess everything Canon is expensive 😛  Anywho, looks like the famous Vincent Laforet nabbed one for himself!

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Yosemite Trip, Summer 2009


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This past weekend, my friends and I took an awesome trip to Yosemite. For our 3 day trip, we planned on hiking Cloud’s Rest when we got there on Saturday, Half Dome on Sunday and go relax and rafting in the valley on Monday before we drive home.

Sept 5 - Driving to Yosemite!

So to get there early enough to do Cloud’s Rest we decided to leave SLO at around 5am and drive to Tenaya Lake where we’d start our hike.


Unfortunately when we got there, the road to Tenaya Lake was closed due to the fires… so change of plans…


We decided to stop at Bridalveil Falls and explore that area since it was on the way into the valley…


There was nearly no water left coming down the falls so we were able to climb all the way into the base of the waterfall!


Nick ventured into the icy cold waters :)


We also stopped to get some food Nadia really seemed to enjoy…

Tent Cabin in Curry Village

Then met up with Eric and Angie to hike around Mirror Lake… which was also completely dry!




Beautiful greenery

On the hike I found this squirrel who was lit just perfectly by a ray of sun that broke through the trees above…

Can't leave Yosemite without a squirrel pic


On our way back to Curry Village, we encountered some deer near the campgrounds…


It was interesting that we saw more deer here than during our Half Dome hike. All the hikers must have scared the deer away from the trails :(.


We also encountered some assholes who decided to litter beer cans all over the ground… so Nick heroically ran to recycle them :)


Then we took a nice drive up to the top of Glacier Point where we got a good view of Half Dome.


There were some pretty amazing views from up there and we even packed an awesome dinner Nadia made for us to enjoy with the scenery!


The next day we began our hike before the sun rose… at 5 am, we left Curry Village.


Amazingly, even the Mist trail was dry…

Mist Trail

It was freezing once we got up to Nevada Falls… I think the temperature was in the 50’s or 40’s!

Nadia and Nick

After many more hours of hiking, we were close… nearly to the top!

Almost there!

We then stopped for lunch and rested up our feet for the long hike up the stairs…

180 on the way to Half Dome

Up the stairs

and then up the cables…

Half Dome

a super steep climb, nearly 60 degrees maybe at some points.


But we finally made it to the top!

360 Half Dome

Nadia at the top of Half Dome!

We made it!

And stood on inspiration point…

Nadia on Inspiration Point

Top of Half Dome!

And jumped some more….

We on top of the world baby!

We even saw a man in a Kilt on top of Half Dome!

Man in Kilt on Inspiration Point

Then it was time to go down…


Almost a straight plunge down…



Better not let go :)

Hold on tight...

After making it back down, we hiked to Nevada Falls…


where we cooled off our feet in the awesome water…

Dippin' our feet in the water.

and filled up our water bottles….


and jumped some more…

Nevada Falls

Sept 6 - Hiking to Half Dome

then we continued our journey back down…


By the time we got back, it was already dark… so we started hiking before the sun rose and got back after the sun set. It was an epic hike that took over 12 hours climbing over 5000ft in approximately 16 miles.


The next day we had anticipated rafting, but since there’s hardly any water left in the river… that was closed for the season. We ended up touring the awesome architecture of the Ahwahnee Hotel and then hitting the rocks at Bridalveil Falls again.

Sept 7 - Leaving Yosemite

And alas, it was time to say goodbye to the beautiful place and drive on home!

All these photos and more are in this slideshow below and in this set on

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Blog Upgrades: Scaling Images

I hacked this theme I’m using a little to hide/show the sidebar. This allows me to put larger photos on my blog posts. Some day when I have some free time I’ll make my own theme which incorporates a fancier version of this… but here’s what this hack can do:

Example 1: I can have a link at the top of a blog post to hide the sidebar and grow the image.

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#72 Flying above SLO

Example 2: I have a toggle button on top of the sidebar to show/hide on any post.

(click on it!)

Example 3: I can link to a blog post with the sidebar hidden by setting hide=1

Link back to this page with sidebar hidden
LInk back to this page with sidebar showing

Incase anyone is interested, this is the code I used to resize the images. This code uses on the moo tools framework. The resize_all function takes an integer sz for width and a boolean instant (optional). The instant variable allows you to resize the image without the moo transition effects (this would be useful if you wanted the images resized on load).

const SZ_SMALL = 633;
const SZ_LARGE = 900; 
function resize_all(sz, instant){
   if (null == sz){
      sz = SZ_SMALL;
   if (null == instant){
      instant = false;
   for (x=0; x<document.images.length; x++){

      h = document.images[x].height;
      w = document.images[x].width;

      if (w > 600){ // ignore tiny images
         factor = sz / w;

         nh = factor * h;
         nw = sz;

         if (true == instant){
            document.images[x].height = nh;
            document.images[x].width = nw;
            document.images[x].set('morph',{duration: 'short',});
            document.images[x].morph({height: nh, width: nw});

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