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My Top Ten From 2013

As 2014 takes it’s first breaths, I am doing what can now be considered an annual tradition: compiling my top photographs from 2013 and participating in Jim Goldstein‘s annual compilation of photographers top images from the past year. A renowned photographer, blogger, author and fellow Bay Area resident, Jim has been putting out the call to photographers since 2007. Every January he posts a directory that has steadily grown and included 300 photographers in 2013. The 2014 directory will be posted to his blog on Tuesday, January 7th 2014. If you want to see some amazing photography, you’ll find it in abundance in the links he shares.

Separating the best from the good or average photographs is a part of my editing process and isn’t difficult, but narrowing down my favorites from the year to just ten images is not as easy as it may seem. Choosing the best of the best always proves to be a challenge, one I almost prefer to not do. Why not just enjoy them for what they are instead of proclaiming some as extra special as if they were sprinkled with fairy dust? But when you get down to it, some are simply better than others, although better is in the eye of the beholder.

Some of the photographs I consider my best get fairly indifferent reactions from other people, while other photographs that I don’t think of as very strong get overwhelmingly positive feedback. So in order to make the process more democratic, I just closed my eyes and randomly picked ten…just kidding. What I did was choose the my personal favorites from the year that was 2013 as I see it today. A week, a month or a year from now I may have different favorites, but for right now, these are the top ten.



The Last Ride




Cascade 3




The Ruby and the Pearl




In the Days Still Left




A Beacon For Your Soul




Duster




Fade




Cascade 6




Shake the Loneliness and Shine the Light




Emerge

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The Photographer’s Guide to the Golden Gate Bridge Now Available From Peachpit Press

The Photographer's Guide to the Golden Gate Bridge - by Rob Dweck

It is with great pleasure that I share the news that The Photographer’s Guide to the Golden Gate Bridge is now published by Peachpit Press and available for download via their online store for $4.99. I initially released the ebook earlier this year as a PDF file, and now through Peachpit it is available in ePUB and MOBI formats as well.

I never imagined that the ebook would be distributed by a major publishing company and am eternally grateful to several people for making this happen, especially Ted Waitt at Peachpit and photographer extraordinaire Brian Matiash for unknowingly hooking us up. Thank you both!

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New eBook Released Today: The Photographer’s Guide to the Golden Gate Bridge

The Photographer's Guide to the Golden Gate Bridge by Rob DweckI’m thrilled to announce that today marks the release of my first ebook: The Photographer’s Guide to the Golden Gate Bridge. In the book you’ll find detailed descriptions of over 15 locations, with tips on technique, lens choices, best times to shoot and how to deal with weather. It also includes over 25 photographs to inspire and assist you in getting the best images possible.

And best of all, it’s free until May 31st. With the upcoming Google+ Photographer’s Conference and 75th anniversary celebration of the bridge, I wanted to make the book available to everyone attending these events.

Find out more and download your copy at goldengatebook.com.

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Riverfront Art Gallery Photography Show

Three of my prints on aluminum have been accepted to the “Showin’ On The River” juried photography show at the Riverfront Art Gallery in Petaluma, California. The show runs from March 7th through May 6th and with a reception on Saturday March 10th from 5PM to 9PM. The show features the work of several talented local photographers and I highly recommend visiting the gallery to see the work of these fine artists.

When:
March 7th – May 6th
Wednesday – Sunday

Where:
Riverfront Art Gallery
132 Petaluma Boulevard North
Petaluma, California 94952

More information is available on the Riverfront Art Gallery website or by calling the gallery at
(707) 775-4ART (775-4278).

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Winter Open Studios at Studio 333

Studio 333 Open Studios

Studio 333 in Sausalito is holding their annual Winter open studios on December 9th, 10th and 11th. I will be there over the entire three days, so If you are in the bay area, please stop by, say hello and check out my work as well as the work of the many other talented artists displayed in the gallery.

Where:
Studio 333
333 Caledonia St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

When:
Friday December 9th, 6PM – 9PM (Opening reception)
Saturday and Sunday December 10th & 11th, 10AM – 4PM

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Todays Guest Blog Post on Rick Sammon’s Blog

Today I am honored to be the guest blogger on Rick Sammon’s blog. I’ve been a huge admirer of Rick for years. His books, workshops and videos have helped me and countless others become better photographers. Not only is Rick a Canon “Explorer of Light,” a title bestowed by Canon to only 62 exceptional photographers in the world, he has also published 36 books, several iPad apps and teaches workshops worldwide.

I was fortunate to assist Rick at the California Photo Festival where he led workshops, classes and gave presentations that left everyone amazed and inspired. Spending time with Rick was one of the highlights of the festival for me and I’m thrilled to be his guest blogger.

You can read the post here.

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My Cover Photo on the Spring California Parklands Newsletter

California Parklands Newsletter Spring 2011Renowned photographer Chase Jarvis says that the best camera is the one you have with you, and after seeing the cover of the Spring 2011 California Parklands Newsletter, I agree. When I received an email from the California State Parks Foundation saying that they were considering one of my photos for the cover of their Spring newsletter, I was surprised because the photo they wanted was taken with my iPhone.

Flashback to July of last year, my friends Craig and Alison were visiting and my wife and I took them and their 2 children Eric and Abigail to Angel Island State Park. Anyone who has been to Angel Island knows that it’s one of the most beautiful destinations in the bay area. Situated off Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay with 360 degree views of the surrounding area, there are photo opportunities at every turn.

On this day I chose to leave the camera at home and just enjoy a beautiful day with my friends. No fussing with shutter speeds and apertures, no lugging twenty-five pounds of gear on my back, just a great day in the bay. When we stopped for lunch, I pulled out my iPhone to snap a few photos of the two children running around, playing and doing the kinds of things kids do. Not only did I not expect to ever print this photo, I never imagined it being on the cover of anything! I’m not about to ditch the camera gear that I’ve invested in over the years and shoot exclusively with my phone (although my back would thank me if I did), but I may be using my iPhone camera a bit more often.

And even when I am hauling a truckload of gear on my back, I won’t complain. After lunch, Eric and Abigail couldn’t keep their eyes open, so Craig picked them up and carried both of them to the top of Mount Livermore. If I had to haul that much weight, I’d need a sherpa.

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Studio 333 and Marin Open Studios

Since February, several of my aluminum prints have been hanging in Studio 333 gallery in Sausalito. Studio 333 is participating in Marin Open Studios, an annual event that occurs over the next two weekends. I will be at Studio 333 as part of the open studios both of these weekends. If you are in the bay area, please stop by, say hello and check out my work as well as the work of the many other talented artists displayed in the gallery.

Studio 333Where:
Studio 333
333 Caledonia St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

When:
Saturday and Sunday May 7th & 8th, 11AM – 5PM
Saturday and Sunday May 15th & 16th, 11AM – 5PM

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Storm Brewing at Badwater wins 2nd Prize in Ansel Adams Gallery Contest

Last month I received an email with the news that “Storm Brewing at Badwater” won 2nd prize in the Ansel Adams Gallery National Park Photo Contest. What makes this award so special is that it’s not coming from John Doe’s gallery, it’s the gallery that bears the name of the MOALP (Mother of all Landscape Photographers). (Yes, I know he’s male-but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s the MOALP.) (Also, no slight intended towards John Doe if someone with that name indeed does have a gallery.) (I know this is the fourth parenthetical clause in a a row. I’m a photographer, not a grammarian.)

You can see the other beautiful winning photos at the Ansel Adams Gallery website. If you can’t live another day without “Storm Brewing at Badwater” hanging on your wall, please contact me to order a print.
Storm Brewing at Badwater

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Auction to Benefit California State Parks Foundation

Earlier this month I mentioned that a photo I shot in China Camp State Park won California State Parks Foundation July Photo of the Month. They sent me a nice prize package including a gift certificate for a one year Frequent Visitor Membership, a Lowepro camera bag and a credit at Adolph Gasser Photography Online Imaging. I already have a CSPF membership and plenty of camera bags, so I’m auctioning the entire prize package on eBay, with all of the proceeds going to the CSPF. The entire amount of the winning bid will be given to the State Parks Foundation.

With the current economic situation and budget crisis, it appears that the Governor is going to follow through on his threat to close over 100 of our beautiful state parks. While we’re all feeling the pinch these days, it would be tragic to see these parks close, so every dollar helps. For more details and to place a bid, please see the auction page at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170373930739.

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