Thursday, April 29, 2010

JPP Daily Photos

Check out my photo

Go to and vote on my photo if you like it! thanks


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Photography News


New website that lets you submit your photos for their travel magazine.

Chance to get some exposure and maybe some free, viral marketing. Here's how it works,

"We are a Travel Magazine interested in showcasing the world through your eyes. If you like travel photography and writing, Picsean is the place for you!

Upload images, write stories, and share with us the best of the culture, people, places, food and more from your travels. You get paid when we feature your work in our magazine and website."


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

JPP Daily Photos

Got this link from my twitter. Some darn good looking rain theme photos!

0 Rain Photography Examples -


Monday, April 26, 2010

Photography Webinar

My friend tremainephoto posted this twitter link to a free photography webinar, check it out.

creativeLive is the coolest thing since sliced bread. Vincent Laforet + free webinar = nerdo wetdream


JPP Daily Photos

Here's some photos I took from this past saturday's TechCU corporate party at Dave & Buster's in Milpitas, CA.

The food was good and the games were fun!


Friday, April 23, 2010

Financial News

Brenda Isom's new book describes actions America must take to stop the assault on personal wealth

Read more: 'Hope: The New System Emerging After the American Crisis' Provides Answers to the Economy's Biggest Threat to Main Street America

To further emphasize the truth in her book, I found this statistic in an MSNBC article today, "Obama hasn't changed, but the country has."

"U.S. households experienced losses of wealth measured not in hundreds of billions (as Obama predicted at Cooper Union) but in trillions (more than $14 trillion by April 1, 2009). For each of the six months starting in November 2008, more than a half million jobs vanished."

I highly recommend anyone interested in the truth of about whats going in our economy (and how to make positive changes to avoid it from happening again) read Brenda's new book.


Photography News "3 New Nikon DSLR’s Coming"

Nikonrumors says that they have info Nikon will be announcing 3 new DSLR’s, possibly even before the end of this month. Read more here.

Posted by MattBallard. Thanks to Matt for the latest news!


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Photoshop Tips

jensfab has a nice video on how to use photoshop actions. thanks to jen!


A Word on the recent Airline travel dilema

"Alain de Botton, the recent writer-in-residence at London's Heathrow Airport (that there is such a thing speaks volumes in itself), penned a reverie about what the world might feel like if planes were grounded forever and we were forced back into travel that spanned days, weeks, months.

"Those who had known the age of planes," he wrote, "would recall the confusion they had felt upon arriving in Mumbai or Rio, Auckland or Montego Bay, only hours after leaving home, their slight sickness and bewilderment lending credence to the old Arabic saying that the soul invariably travels at the speed of a camel."

And when an ashy volcanic cloud from a distant land — something elemental and ancient and out of place — slows our bodies, our baggage and our lives to that speed as well, there are lessons. They're unwelcome lessons, because they tell us that we're not as in control as we'd like to believe.

That sometimes, without our flying machines and the world they serve up to us so seamlessly, in the end we are the powerless victims of our own 21st-century expectations."

I thought this MSNBC article summed up nicely my thoughts in my previous blog entry on the Icelandic volcano eruption and its affect on airline travel.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

JPP Daily Photos

I found a few more amazing photos from the Icelandic volcano. When I see these photos it reminds of that quote, "HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE NATURE SCORNED".

For me, this event reminds me that no matter how advanced, how much technology we Humans invent-We are still subject to Mother Nature's power.


Monday, April 19, 2010

Awesome meteor video

Photo Tips

For those of you who are in Europe, there's a good opportunity to take some fantastic sunset photos due to the Icelandic volcano eruption last week. The volcanic ash cloud has already produced some amazing sunsets that can be viewed mostly in Europe. Though there is a slim chance that we in the USA may see them too this week. MSNBC has a great article on this rare event. So yea, keep those cameras handy if you see those rich colored sunsets!

Here's a sample photo I snagged from the article.


Photo Tips

Yet another great article from David Saffir. Especially something near and dear to my own photography heart. To wit, black & white photography!

B&W photography is almost a separate art form of photography. Its not as simple as setting your digital camera to the B&W settings and click! taking the photo. Nope, its as much as viewing a subject in color and visualizing how it would like in B&W. Things such as the different shades of grey, hues and contrast make a B&W photo a B&W photo. What I find that helps a lot is having as much control to manipulate the settings. Granted I already have a great set in Lightroom plus some photoshop actions. But! David Saffir's article shows more in-depth way using Nik's Silver Efex Pro software on how to achieve it.

As always, I highly recommend you check out the article yourself. I know I'm going to take one of my previous favorite Yosemite photos and try to use his technique with Silver Efex Pro.


Photography News

Wow! I totally missed it but last week was Adobe's world wide launch of the new CS5 suite. I've just barely got used to CS4 in the last year and now they have the next version. Sheesh, guess I have to check it out and see whats new and cool.


Friday, April 16, 2010

Photo Tips

Found this great website that has free photoshop actions and other stuff.


Photography Products

From my twitter account:

str8photography $30 Instant Savings on Select Tamron Lenses

Since I'm using a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens, I can testify to their sharpness, speed and quality all at a low price!


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

JPP Daily Photos

Here's Miley having a pistachio ice cream last Friday. It wasn't as messy as a three year old normally would be having ice cream!


Friday, April 9, 2010

Go screw yourself Apple

This was posted on my Social Media blog but I figured I should post it on my personal one, too.

Normally I don’t post technology news here but on my personal blog but this recent article is relevant to anyone using today’s technology. Plus Adobe’s Platform Evangelist, Lee Brimelow, is using his blog and the press picking up the article to get his message out (Hello can you say Social Media!).

Getting back to the original topic, the reason this steams me is I am an avid user of Adobe’s products including Flash. While I am not a user of Apple’s very popular products like the iPhone and the iPad, I am an admirer of their innovation and popularity. However I am peeved at Apple’s, and by extension Steve Job’s, insidious ploy to not allow Flash to work on their products. From the iPhone to the new iPad. For me this has implications as my main photography website uses Flash. I know of literally thousands (if not millions) of websites that uses flash too. So this hits me on a personal level. Now if the premise of Lee Brimelow’s article is correct, Apple is not doing this for the good of the public or the little developers. Nope they are doing this to control the market, squeeze more profits and give the boot to a potential competitor like Adobe. Hello? Doesn’t this smack of anti-competition? Where is the US Department of Justice in all of this? You would think they would already be announcing some sort of anti-competitive investigation on Apple.

On the other hand, I do applaud Adobe’s stance on this situation. Instead of retaliating as Lee Brimelow suggests they could do, “Many of Adobe’s supporters have mentioned that we should discontinue the Creative Suite products on OS X as a form of retaliation. Again, this is something that Adobe would never consider in a million years. We are not looking to abuse our loyal users and make them pawns for the sake of trying to hurt another company.”

In short, we should be supporting the guys at Adobe that develop apps that help artists, photographers, etc. We should not be helping a company that puposely cuts out a company that could help them make their products even more amazing.

To paraphrase Lee Brimelow, “Go screw yourself Apple!”


P.S. I added the “!” to Lee’s phrase as a way of completing the sentiment.

Cool Technology News!

As a follow-up to my recent post on the "Solar Impulse" maiden flight, Daniel Maxson of Community at Newsy was kind enough to forward me a link with more detailed info including "speculation about the implications of the project for future commercial flightspeculation about the implications of the project for future commercial flight."

Thanks to Daniel for the new info!


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Technology News

Newsweek has a funny article on the iPad which I wholeheartedly agree with. The title of the artitcle is, "How Important Are Apple's Updates to the iPhone and iPad? Very." By Daniel Lyons

C'mon, how come Iphones and now the Ipad does not support Adobe Flash?! Well the writer of this article pretty much answers this question and a whole lot more. Read it, if you don't believe me.

P.S. Yes this is probably the most content I've blogged ever today. 8P

JPP Daily Photos

I posted this on my SM blog website but I thought I'd also post these delicious morsels on my personal blog here. Mmm-mmm!

You can order these delicious goodies on Gluten Free Gourmet's website.

In the near future, I'll post the local groceries and restaurants that serve Gluten Free Gourmet's menu items in the South Bay Area.


website update

I've added a feature photos section to my website This will be a page that links to other websites hosting my photos.


Cool Iphone app for photos

From my friend tremainephoto

iPhone model release app, pretty cool photo friends


Photography Products

Ronald R. Martinsen posted a cool review of a laptop thats designed perfectly for photographers' and graphics artists'.

Whats more, at the end of the article he gives a discount code for one of the models available to purchase from Lenovo. Check out the full blog article here.

I may have to add this to my wishlist. sigh.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Photography News

Got this from my twitter:

mashable Google Gets Sued by Photographers Over Google Books -

Interesting. I wonder how the lawsuit will end up. For google or for photographers. Hm.


Photography Tips

From my photo tip of the day link.

"The effect of applying a neutral density filter is similar to lowering the ISO setting on a digital camera. In most cases, you should only use a neutral density filter when your ISO is already at its lowest setting. (Apr 7, 2010)"

Good thing to know. I've always heard other photographers talk about using ND filter for certain situations (i.e. taking flowing water photos of a creek or river or any moving body of water) but now I know exactly why thanks to this tip!


Cool Technology News!

Solar plane soars, slowly, on first flight

Swiss team's goal is to promote renewable energy over oil.

PAYERNE, Switzerland - A solar plane with wings as wide as a 747 and the power of a small motorboat took to the skies for the first time Wednesday, cruising a mile high at bicycle-like speeds for nearly 1½ hours in a step toward becoming the first sun-powered aircraft to circle the world.

In its maiden test flight, "Solar Impulse" — designed by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard's team — completed a series of turns, slip maneuvers and bank angles reaching 5 degrees. Most importantly, it proved able to take off and land.

The team plans to fly it around the world in 2012, the goal being to show that renewable energy can replace fossil fuel.

Click on the link above for the rest of the article....


Monday, April 5, 2010

JPP Daily Photos

Well here are the photos from Easter Sunday Family get-together with Miley center stage. Enjoy!


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Sunday

Happy Easter Sunday everyone! Don't eat too many chocolate easter bunnies. 8P


Thursday, April 1, 2010

I forgot

Happy April Fools Day!


Free Photoshop Action from SPArtists

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You have to sign up on their facebook page and go to their wall to see the code. Once you have the code, go to their website and choose one of their grad card template. That's it. It's a $19.00 value for free!