Kite surfing

Sometimes you plan a photo shoot, other times you stumble into one. I had just finished an assignment in downtown Ventura and decided to check the Santa Clara River estuary (near Ventura Harbor) for birds. I have had good luck at that location. Birds were mostly MIA,...

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Viva Las Cortes!

When I was hired to photograph a newly constructed subsidized housing development in Oxnard, I expected something plain and simple. Something the government would build.I was delighted when I did my first of three shoots at the site. It looked like a very nice...

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Chicago Comes to Calabasas

The words "high school musical" may conjur images of kids trying hard to act and sing with parents and friends putting a happy face on it. Not when the production it's a Calabasas High School production. When I photographed this spring's production of "Chicago" I had...

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Painterly Light at Morro Rock

After a great fish dinner at The Galley in Morro Bay, my wife and I watched the marine layer come and go, at times obscuring the 581' high "volcanic plug." It comprises one of the "Nine Sisters" of volcanic peaks in San Luis Obispo county (central California). I took...

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Modern Medicine’s Fantastic Voyage

One term you don't hear much anymore is "exploratory surgery." Advances make it possible for doctors to look inside the human body without cutting it open. I was on hand at the Ventura County Medical Center to photograph its first EBUS (Endobronchial...

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Trains, Lanes & Automobiles

  Some assignments take an hour, others may last several weeks. For about six weeks I traveled most of Ventura County chronicling all things pertaining to transportation in the county. I worked for the Ventura County Transportation Commission through their...

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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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