Simple Yet Not Easy

Dr. Michael Sparkhul is a veteran surgeon in Ventura County. His experience in the operating room led him to invent a simple device for protecting a patient's face during surgery. Rather than elaborate about the why's and wherefore's of the Saving Eyes face shield,...

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Western Seagulls of Anacapa Island

On May 13, I went with two friends to East Anacapa Island, the smallest of the chain that comprises the Channel Islands National Park. Western sea gulls were nesting practically everywhere. Many nests are just inches off the foot path. One was right in the middle,...

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Moving an MRI: Delicate and Muscular

The Ventura County Medical Center began constructing a new hospital in 2013, and I have been keeping a photographic chronicle since demolition of the old structure began. There have been many fascinating moments watching the new facility come together. In December, I...

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Whetting the appetite at 65 mph

When you pass a billboard, you have an average of seven seconds to read it. Sometimes less, as with the billboard on US 101 northbound into Oxnard. Because of the Del Norte freeway overpass, the billboard is not visible until you pass under it, cutting the time to get...

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A visit to earth’s oldest living organisms

California has the tallest peak (Mt. Whitney) in the continental US and the lowest point (Death Valley.) It also boasts the tallest trees, the biggest trees and the oldest trees. The latter are the Bristlecone pines, located in the White Mountains, one of which has...

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How calamari gets to your table

Calamari is not one of my favorite foods. Once or twice I've had it fixed perfectly and it was a delight, but it's usually like tasteless rubber. That said, I'm always curious about how things are done and the work people do. So I was pleased to be able to photograph...

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Young, talented and nimble

My assignment was simple: shoot an image to promote an event by the Victory Gymnastics Academy in Newbury Park, CA. The academy offers instruction to kids who come for fun and exercise, and to those serious about competing in the sport. My subjects were the latter,...

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Meet you at the station

Debates once raged on photographer websites about whether it was impure to rely on Photoshop to make an image. Purists argue: get it in the camera. Of course any smart shooter, given the chance, prefers to shoot a final image in camera and be done with it. But...

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What makes a scenic image endure?

What makes a scenic photograph interesting enough to hold interest over time? Portraits are easily explained because the human face can register and communicate many things at once and be open to interpretation that keeps us looking. The Mona Lisa is exhibit A. But...

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