Microscope Holding Upgrade

I just recently got the chance, again, to post microscope images of some failed handlebars. While I’m not into having failures, it’s nice to use my neat setup microscope. Images like the ones that I took are extremely difficult to obtain. Holding a handlebar (or portion of a handlebar) the long way, rigidly, under the … Read more


In the last few years I’ve been needing real microscopy in my home shop. Fiber laser engraving, electronics projects, and analyzing 3D printing failures prompts this. There’s seeing and then there is really seeing. I feel foolish that it took this long. Had I known how much of a difference 90x magnification would make in … Read more

The Happy photo shoot.

I’m getting old. Fuck. A simple intercept ride to do a photo shoot. We were going to cut through Tamarancho, ride Split Rock, hike up Repack, and meet Ronen at Happersberger. We did that but the heat of the day and my fitness crushed me. I had no spunk and was in no mood to … Read more

Why wait?

Waiting around for wireless data to get to my computer is frustrating. We’re all impatient. We want all the data, now! These days we consume data at rates unimaginable just a few years ago. Video downloads, video uploads, gigabyte data hosts, it’s a massive load. It’s one thing if you are using technology properly and … Read more

The National Air and Space Museum

In August this year, I was lucky enough to take a break from work and meet up with my father (he came up from Florida) for a week in Washington, DC. I chose that spot as it was nice to not go to Southern Florida again to spend time with my dad but also to spend … Read more

Canon LP-E6N Battery

The cover came off of the battery for my Canon 7D Mark II. I figured I’d post some photos so others can see it’s guts. Canon LP-R6N: Panasonic Energy (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. YU12013-13012 DC 7.2 V (3.6 x 2) 1865 mAh (Li-ion) 14Wh 2014 11 Two Panasonic NCR18500A batteries marked Li-ion MH12210. Dimensions: 18.5mm (0.71″) Diameter … Read more

Huck to Flash

Brian Tyson called me up yesterday just as I got home from work. I was a little haggard and just wanted to chill. “Pete!” He said. “Let’s do a night photo shoot! I have a shot I want.” I was not in the mood. I protested. “Another day?!” He eventually won me over. I was … Read more

April Fools photo shoot.

We got out to one of our favorite trails to do a photo shoot this Sunday. Perfect weather. Great dirt. Much stoke. Ronen, John, Shea, me and Annie the dog put our time in trying to get some good shots. I wish the focus and bounce were as much a match as our efforts. On … Read more

UCSC 2016-02-21. Girls, Girls, Girls!

Rode down in UCSC again. Out on a nice date ride. Distractions galore as there were about a hundred women riding the trails at the same time. Oy. Got 3 crappy videos from the day. I forgot the good camera. Sad face. These shots definitely needed the wide angle lens.

Folsom 2015 Photos

Went to the Folsom Street Fair again this year to enjoy the sights. I was taking photos with my new Canon EOS 7D Mark II and a EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens. The 7D’s autofocus is so fast and the shutter so quick, it’s a joy to shoot. The little pancake lens is super light and … Read more


On Friday last week, it finally happened. My camera was knocked out of my hand and was sent into the ground with all force. Parts flew. My brand new frame and my best lens, the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L Mk I (not the Mk II). It was a worst case scenario. The shock was staggering. I couldn’t believe it. … Read more

Action photo weekend

I got a new camera chassis this weekend so Ronen and I did some shots on Saturday. A nice little trail in Marin. Great for photo practice. I got a Canon 7D Mark II. It’s supposed to be amazing and it seems that way. I need to get a lot better at taking photos to … Read more

Samsung Galaxy S6 Camera

  My current phone, the Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920V) has an incredible camera in it. It’s currently on of the best! With the recent update to Android version 5.1.1 (Lollipop, Verizon) I am able to produce RAW image files. My preferred camera app is Camera FV-5, it gives me full control over my imaging. Mobile adjustments … Read more


This was super cool. May 1st, 2013. 7:30am. I’m riding my motorcycle to work the nicest way I know how. Marin back roads and twisties. Getting from Fairfax to the Golden Gate Bridge is awesome. Bolinas/Fairfax (BoFax) Rd. to Ridgecrest Blvd. to Panoramic Hwy. to Rt. 1. People take long vacations to ride these kinds … Read more

Tactical Photography!

I’m not a great photographer. I don’t really claim to be. I use photos to document what I see. This means I need to keep a camera close by. Camera phones are a nice tool for folks, but a real camera high resolution (18MP APS-C) and interchangable lenses is irreplaceable. The help with this I’ve … Read more

Canon EOS-M and the cell phone upload

I’ve been putting off a new camera purchase for a few years. When my last ‘point and shoot’ died, I was left with my Canon 40D DSLR and a camera phone. I love the 40D but it’s really not fun to have with me all the time. Also, it’s pretty dated compared to even the … Read more

Pinhole insanity or f/64

Geeking out on camera stuff lately. An interesting project is the quality Canon EOS pinhole lens. I’ve got it completely engineered and the hard parts solved. I just need to get up off my butt and make it. It’s funny how some simple projects sit. Maybe posting this will spike some interest. Designed around 34mm EF-S … Read more

Textiles are the new black.

To manage all the gear that goes to the range when I’m  shooting, I finally broke down and bought a proper range bag. I searched around and found that one of the most recommended bags is in fact one of the cheapest. The MidwayUSA Competition Range Bag ($44.99, #259680). I got one. It’s a fantastic … Read more