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Archive for December, 2007

Leo Carillo Sea Cave on Christmas Afternoon (#158)

Leo Carillo Sea Cave

Leo Carillo Sea Cave on Christmas Afternoon (#158), Dec. 2007
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Heather and I spent Christmas afternoon at the beach!

Leo Carillo beach has some great sea caves when the tide is low enough.  I was shooting some pretty boring shots of this one when this kid ran through.  I waited for him to get out into the sunlight on the other side, and snapped this shot.  Hope you like it!


Here’s another photo I took with the new 100/2.8 Macro lens yesterday:


I came upon this little crab while I was looking for starfish to photograph.  An instant after I snapped the shutter, a wave came in, nearly engulfing me and my 5D, and he was gone.

It’s been a long time since I shot with a 100mm lens, and I had forgotten how shallow its depth-of-field is.  I guess I’m gonna have to pay more attention to depth-of-field with this lens.

An early Christmas present!

Because our spare time has become so precious, Heather and I have been making a point to get out of the house on the weekends. Lately we’ve been going to the beaches around here, where she looks for beach glass and I take photos. It’s a really great way to unwind.

Today she gave me an early Christmas present for our trip to the beach — a Canon EF 100mm/f2.8 Macro lens! I had a great time taking it for a spin at Abalone Cove Beach in Palos Verdes, which has some wonderful tide pools.

Here’s a starfish I found stranded a little ways up the beach:


And here’s the best piece of beach glass she found today:

Green Beach Glass

FYI, JPG Magazine thinks pubic hair is genitalia

I got this in an email from JPG Magazine today (emphasis mine):

Michael —

Thanks for participating in JPG, but your photo, “Shadow Play,” had to be removed from the site. Some of the most frequent reasons for removal are:

* Inappropriate content. We’re okay with artful nudes, but no genitalia.

Please be sure to read the photo guidelines before uploading again.

Note that once a photo has been deleted from the site, it’s gone. It cannot be reviewed again.

Please don’t take this personally – it’s not! We just want to keep the JPG site focused on the kind of photography that we print in JPG Magazine. Try again with a different photo!


— Paul, JPG Editor

ps – Do not upload the same photo again.

WTF? Genitalia?

Here is the photo they removed:

Shadow Play
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OK, yeah, the pubic hair is clearly visible. Is that genitalia? Well, I don’t think so, obviously. I’ve read JPG’s posting guidelines. I thought about it before I posted this photo. But I remember thinking to myself, “Um, self, this surely isn’t what they mean by genitalia. Is it?”

Well, yes, apparently it is.

I don’t want to go on too much of a rant here. I like JPG Magazine, and they have the right to publish whatever they think is fit. But maybe genitalia isn’t the right word to use in their posting guidelines. C’mon, there must be a million better, less subjective words they could use.

So anyway, dear readers, what do you think? Is pubic hair genitalia or not?

My favorite photo of Julie


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A recent comment on one of my photos of Julie Simone reminded me that I haven’t posted many photos from that shoot, even though it was almost 4 years ago. So here’s my favorite photo of Julie.

What do you think of it?


Near Cambria, Dec. 2007
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