Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gear question

One of the plastic adjustment knobs broke on my cheap Slik tripod and it looks like I need to buy a new one. Does anyone have recommendations on a decent and inexpensive lightweight tripod for both location and studio?



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Santa Margarita North

I merely chronicle...

A guy gets pushed onto the subway. A photographer squeezes off a couple great shots but makes no attempt to save him. Interesting discussion going on in New York.

"New York Post freelance photographer R. Umar Abbas, who was on the platform at the time, didn’t try to assist Han, but he did have time to squeeze off at least two shots. He says he tried to warn the train operator by firing his flash."

At least he nailed the exposure...Seriously, what a douchebag.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Glorie de Dijon

I've had a thing for old garden roses for quite awhile.  This Tea-Noisette was introduced in 1853.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Show Hanging

The Shutters Photo Show at the Pinell will be hung on FRI, Nov 2. The time will be noon. The time was previously posted for 10:00 AM. Please note the change. If you have a little time to help come on by!!

Thank you,

Mike Reardon

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Taken on my recent trip to Kauai. Bali Hai Sunset and Hanalei Sunrise

Monday, October 8, 2012






There will be a one-man show of my digitally interpreted photographs at the “Gallery” in Calumet  Photographic’s Retail Store  (830 W. Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA.*).  The show, titled “ HOMIES AND OTHERS” will last  from November 3rd  through December 2nd. An opening reception will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, December 11th.


*The Calumet Store may be reached off Interstate 15.  Exit West Valley Parkway.  Go East two blocks to Tulip.  Turn left and enter the first driveway into the mall on the right.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fallbrook Shutters Photo Show

As all of you know by now, the FB Shutters 3rd annual photo show will be at the Pinnell Gallery in November. The Blue Heron is going to be out of town quite a bit this month so I have volunteered to help get the show off of the ground.

Here's the schedule:

Thursday, November 1. Drop your work off at the Gallery between 10 AM and 4 PM. The owner, Jennifer, should be there to receive it.

The frames will be hung by a wire securely attached to the frame. No alligator clips. Please write your name on the back of each piece, the name of the work and the price you would like to sell it for. Remember, the gallery takes a 40% commission. If you do not want to sell a piece, write "NFS" on the back.

Friday, November 2, 10 AM. Hanging. Jon Harwood has volunteered to help Mike Reardon. If you have time, please drop by and give us a hand.

Saturday, November 3, 4 PM to 7 PM. Artists reception at the Gallery. You may be asked to bring some wine or an appetizer.

Take down of photos. At the end of the month, to be determined.

Questions: Contact Mike Reardon ( Sano Guy) 760-217-2744;

Sunday, September 30, 2012


Where the Plastic Flowers Grow

Clothes seller, Long Beach swap meet

I am leaving for Spain this week. Somebody should meet with Jennifer and make sure that everybody is on board. I would make a checklist if I were you. Good luck and have fun everybody.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


A really great friend recently turned me on to this 16gb Lytro light view camera. F2 all the time. 8X optical zoom. The light view camera reads the entire light field instead of a single focal plane. The picture saves to what is called a living picture file. You can sharpen any point of light in the image capture, leading to a lot of different possibilities manipulating depth of field. You can continue to refocus perpetually.

As a point of example I focus here on both the flower and the motorcycle on the same shot. Not a great shot but sufficient for purposes of illustration. I have just started to mess around with this thing. I think that it will be pretty cool.

Lytro, Inc. is a light field camera startup company founded in 2006 by Ren Ng, a light-field photography researcher at Stanford University. Light field photography (also known as plenoptic photography) captures all the available light in a scene going in every direction. It works by breaking up the main image with an array of microlenses over an image sensor. The camera software then uses this data to determine the directions of incoming light rays.