Photography tip: Sunset glimmering off San Francisco’s shoreline


The wet sand, revealed for a few seconds at a time as the San Francisco Bay’s waves recede, reflects the golden rainbow sunset.

Play with your camera’s focal point, angle, and elevation (I squatted for this photograph) to capture the sunset dancing on the sand in different hues.

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Photography tip: Flowers floating on clouds

I love photographing reflections — especially in pools of water, like puddles or ponds. Reflections always catch my eye and dazzle my mind.

While I was attending my friend’s wedding yesterday at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, I stooped down to shoot this photo of ruffled flowers floating in a glassy pool lined with glazed Spanish tiles almost a foot beneath the edge of a rough-brick patio. Lots of contrasting textures. As your eyes move down the photo and deeper into the ground, what you’re looking at becomes more ethereal. The flowers float on — then almost melt into — the cotton-candy clouds strewn across the stunning blue sky reflected in the pool.

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Inspiring do-it-yourself travel video

“3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38,000 miles, 2 cameras, and almost a terabyte of footage … all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning, and food into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films.”

I’ve watched this video four times since its producer posted it a week ago.  This 60-second video flipbook is my favorite of the three short films.  And it’s the only one that doesn’t include narration or even snippets of cameo-role conversations.  The storytelling and the cinematography stand out as vibrantly stunning yet stunningly simple.

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