Merry Christmas, Everyone!

November 27th, 2017 by Matt

In the spirit of the season, here is a favorite Christmas composition of mine from years gone by. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

I took this photo (sans lights!) on a cross–country motorcycle trip during the summer of 1999. I got really lucky, photography–wise, when I hit a thunderstorm in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I was able to take a series of about eight shots of the Grand Tetons that I am really proud of. This shot is a natural for a bit of Christmas cheer!

Wishing you and yours a very, Merry Christmas!

Grand Tetons Christmas

Grand Tetons, Pine Tree, (and Christmas Lights!)

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Going…Going…GONE!!!

February 20th, 2015 by Matt

Mikey's First

Mikey’s First “Over the Fence” Shot!

Little League Baseball 2015 has started;… and Mikey has started the season, literally, with a “Bang!” Here is his first “Over the Fence Shot” in a recent practice. Proud Dad here!

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Natural Swing

July 29th, 2014 by Matt

Mikey's Swing

Mikey’s Swing

Mikey Kills It!

Mikey Kills It!

With all the fun I had watching (and photographing) Mikey playing baseball this past year, I am even more amazed at his natural swing at the plate! I wish I had this good of a swing when I was in baseball! (I know. This is at least a little of a Dad’s pride coming through, but I wasn’t the only one to see it!) This kid hits the ball with power, joy, and a resounding “THUMP!”

Both of these shots show the ball leaving the bat. In the second shot, you can even see the dust spray off the bat just as he hits it! I am proud of these shots, but even more proud of the boy who hit them!

My son has always been a naturally strong kid. There are numerous “Mikey” stories I could tell, but here are just two:

1) Mikey was just two (2!) days old and the lame new dad (me) was trying to get him to take a pacifier (binky) to sooth him. He was having NONE of it! He actually grabbed the binky out of my hand and tossed it away! A two day old kid did that!

2) We were in the car driving down to San Diego to visit family. I was driving. Mikey was not even one year old yet. He was sucking on a Dum-Dum lollipop, of course in his car seat in the back. All of a sudden, he figured he was done with the lollipop. I saw him throw it, kind of a flick of his arm. It was a blur. I could barely see it moving. I hear a “crikt”… IT CRACKED THE WINDSHIELD! Yikes!

I’ve always had the feeling that he was physically special. He is a natural in martial arts. (He gets his flexibility from his mom, thank God. Not me!) He has always been a tall kid. He is fast. (Again, Mom, not me!) And he got strength from both of us. I really look forward to the future to see what he does next! I’m sure it will surprise me!

Here are links to a couple of Mikey’s Padre games, (game 18 and game 16), if you are interested!

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Little League – Baseball At Its Best!

July 29th, 2014 by Matt

Mikey's First Homerun!

Mikey’s First Home Run!

Probably the best thing that happened in the past year, to me, and probably to the rest of my family, is my son Mikey playing Little League baseball. I played as a kid and was a big baseball fan for many years. (Go A’s!) But his decision to play baseball took us be surprise. We didn’t push this on him. Somehow, he decided on his own that he wanted to play.

So, last December, I went and signed him up for our local little league (Rancho San Diego Little League, Go Dawgs!). As a first–time player at 7 years old, he was “drafted” into a Minor “C” team where the coaches pitch to the kids. There are no “outs” officially, and no score is kept. Also, there are only 3 innings and the whole team gets to bat. Also, no negativity by players, parents, or fans is allowed, only positive comments.

And I was AMAZED at how much fun everyone had! The kids had FUN! They ran hard, they couldn’t wait to get up to bat, and baseballs were flung about everywhere but to the right base! And kids applauded their competitors, too. EVERYONE had a great time: kids, parents, and coaches. What an awesome example to set for young kids playing sports!

I also had an absolute BLAST photographing every game! I got to see my son’s first home run (and 2nd, 3rd, and 4th!). And I could see the kids getting better with almost every “at bat”! It was really inspirational to watch. My hat is off to the coaches! They really gave my son, and every other boy on the team, an awesome introduction to the game. And more importantly, they showed the kids the way to conduct themselves on the field. I’ll always remember this team (Go Padres!) and Mikey’s start in baseball.

And, as a bonus to all this, the experience rekindled my love of the game! I now happily watch MLB.tv on our trusty Roku 3. (Wow, what a way to watch! I can now watch A’s games, in San Diego, anytime I want!) And I really look forward to next year to see what Mikey will do at bat! Go get ’em Mikey!

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More Beach Fun…in Maui!

February 11th, 2013 by Matt
Mikey’s Paradise!

Mikey’s Paradise!

More beach fun…this time in Maui! It was my son’s first trip there (July 2012), and of course he loved it! (Who wouldn’t?) We stayed in the building behind the trees and rock wall in the background. What an awesome place! The island in the background is Lanai, Larry Ellison’s new purchase! (Must be nice…)

You can see a few more favorite photos from the trip at this link.

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Mikey at the Beach

February 8th, 2013 by Matt
Beach Mikey!

Beach Mikey!

Boy, time flies when you’re trying to survive in this economy!! But this is who I do it for…my son!

This is a favorite photo (cropped it to make it a closeup) I took a little over a year ago on a trip to Morro Bay with my family. We arrived at the beach close to sundown. The light was fantastic and the weather was pretty warm for December! (Or maybe it is just the warmth I get from the memory. Maybe both!) But I absolutely love this one.

Take a look at the original here. Which do you prefer?

Hi Mikey!

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New Year’s Eve Hike to Iron Mountain

January 5th, 2013 by Matt
Iron Mountain Hike

View North from Iron Mountain

I took a fantastic hike to Iron Mountain on New Year’s Eve, 2012. What a fantastic, clear day! These photos really showcase the beauty that we have in San Diego. Truly memorable!!

Also note that these photos were taken with an iPhone 4S! These phones are excellent for capturing sharp, clear outdoor photos. (Indoor photos are another story, though!)

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Mammoth Snow Trip with the Family!

December 27th, 2012 by Matt

Mammoth Snow Trip!

This is the first White Christmas we’ve had in awhile, and it was awesome! We had blizzard conditions for the first two days, so there was plenty of “play in the snow fun” to be had!

I’m also displaying a test of Picasa Web Album’s “Embed Slideshow” feature. (If you’re looked at a nice blank box, you’re using an iPhone or iPad. Sorry! Here’s a link to the images.) Basically, you can easily set up Flash slideshows from the photo albums you’ve uploaded to your Google account. Pretty nice! There are multiple size options for the shows (This is the 600 x 400 pixel size) and you can even have it display the captions you’ve set up in your albums, as I’ve done here. (I do wish you could change the basic background color to something other than black, though. Having a white background would really blend into most websites better. It would also be cool to be able to adjust the font attributes, too.)

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Snow Day on the Sunrise Hwy in San Diego!!

March 26th, 2012 by Matt
Snow Day!

Happy Son and Dad

Talk about weird (and fun!) weather! These photos were taken on March 18th on the Sunrise Highway just off of Hwy 8 in San Diego!

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Photography by Stephan Zirwes

August 19th, 2011 by Matt
Loading Dock

Industrial image by Stephan Zirwes

Take a look at photographic images by Stephan Zirwes. I’ve always been interested in natural and man–made abstract photography and have done some of it myself (see images Golden Green Abstract, Study In Diagonals, and Rock and Lichen Abstract #4). Stephan’s images are beautifully done, and when elements give you a clue as to the scale of the image, it is especially striking. This photo is one of my favorites, but please view it on Stephan’s website as it needs to be seen at a larger size to get the full impact of what you are looking at. I think his industrial images are especially striking.

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