A few weeks ago, after homeschooling, my family and I went on a walk on the Ravenswood Trail where we hunted for geese and bird bones.

This little used trail traverses through tidal slough, tidal marsh, bay shoreline, and a managed wildlife pond. Water is drawn down in the summer for nesting birds like American avocets and snowy plovers. The Moseley Tract, owned by the City of San Jose, provides some of the best birding along the route.

Here is the picture I chose to edit for this post: the original non-edited picture on top and the final print-ready photograph  at the bottom.

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Updated: May 7

I crossed the Dumbarton Bridge for the first time in 1995. It was at night. Driving alongside the water shimmering in the moonlight was pure magic. I fell in love instantly. 20 years later, I moved to the Peninsula just a few miles away. I am hooked on this place. I can't stop going back for photo trips or for family hikes. You will find huge power lines, a PG&E electrical substation, birds, salt ponds, levee trails, the Dumbarton road and rail bridges, the Palo Alto Baylands on one side, the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge on the other. And more power lines and more birds... A photographer couldn't ask for more! On a clear day, you can see the San Francisco skyline.

The levee trails are the perfect location for a photo trip or a walk during the shelter-in-place months. The trails are beautiful and deserted. I went on there last Monday. I arrived at noon during low tide and left at 6:30pm as the water was rising. The wind was so strong all day that I didn't realize how hot the sun was. I came home with sunburns and 3556 photographs!

The trails might have been empty, but I wasn't alone. I saw hundreds and thousands of birds bathing, hunting, napping, gliding, and soaring. They did not get the social distancing memo. I am still learning my birds, so I might have missed a few species, but these I could recognize: white and grey egrets, American avocets, snowy plovers, gulls, geese, migrating western sand pipers and more. If you pay close attention, you might catch a glimpse at a few bat rays hunting in shallow waters.


Video on location:


The road bridge was almost empty. I got a few shots without cars. A rare opportunity.


Here is the picture I chose to edit for this post: the original non-edited picture on top and the final print-ready photograph  at the bottom.

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Hello reader, and welcome to my very first photography post.

Why a blog now?

This blog will be a great platform to keep you updated on my new photographs and projects. As I am ready to take my photography to the next level, what better time to start blogging but today? Photography is now my full-time job, when the twins permit it.


What will it be about?

Think of this blog as my "photo trip" journal. As I am able, I will disappear from home for a morning or afternoon (a full-day if I am lucky) for a photo trip. I will choose a specific location, shoot there as long as my body will let me, and I will take as many pictures as I can. Back at home, I will blog about where I went, what got me interested that day, and hopefully share some interesting anecdotes. I will post a video taken on location as well as a few unedited images. Finally, I will post a fully edited photograph. That way, you will get an idea of my process.


During the shelter in place months, I make sure to take photo trips in sparsely populated trails, within only 5 miles of my home. I travel with mask and gloves, and keep my distance when passing by a ranger or a lone hiker. 


I hope you will enjoy my posts and my art. I would love to know what you think, so please ask questions and share your thoughts! Stay healthy and safe!


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