fine art landscape photographer Phillip Nicholas Photographer. Guide. Teacher. Ask Phillip Nicholas, who moved to Menlo Park from El Portal just outside Yosemite a few months ago, which hat he most enjoys and he can't quite narrow it down. "My passion is teaching," he says. "But that said, I love to go outside for the photography and then come in and teach. Being out in the elements with a camera in hand is really important to me." With his fiancée enrolled in a PhD program at Stanford, Phillip is involved in a number of pursuits now that he's landed in suburbia. He's working at Mike's Camera in downtown Menlo Park and guiding some photography workshops through Stephen Oachs' Aperature Academy. Half Dome by Phillip Nicholas While in Yosemite, he worked at the Ansel Adams Gallery. "There's still a sense of family there," he said. "Ansel's son Michael pops into the Gallery several times a year, and his son Matthew was my boss." Phillip, who majored in photographic imaging in college, describes himself as a landscape fine art photographer. He shoots primarily with a Canon, although he said he picks up an old Hasselblad from time to time. He shoots in color, digitally turning some images to black and white. "That gives a fuller image with a wider tonality range," he explained. "Sometimes I pre-visualize the black and white composition, usually because of the contrast I see in the scene." Russian Ridge Open Space by Phillip Nicholas As he did when he was in Yosemite, Phillip is starting to explore the out-of-doors close to his new home in Menlo. "Before I came to California, I saw a documentary on the Coast Range," he said. "I'm intrigued by the Redwoods and the Santa Cruz mountains as they intersect with the ocean. It's a cool clash of earth and sea." Phillip's images are available for purchase on his website. He chose two to share with InMenlo readers: Russian Ridge, Harvest Moon taken this year at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve and Half Dome, Sunset Haze also taken this year at Yosemite National Park. Phillip Nicolas Photographs (c) 2014; used with permission Photograph of Phillip Nicolas by Irene Searles

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“Go Giants!” shout Laurel School kids decked out in orange and black (and some pink!)

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Today was Go Giants Day at Laurel School in Atherton. Kids were asked to wear their orange and black to show support for the San Francisco Giants as they play their first 2014 World Series home game at AT&T Park starting  later this afternoon. We’d say these kids do what they’re told — and very well! Photos by Laura Hamilton

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Oak Knoll School parents organize bike safety check

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We stopped by Oak Knoll School this morning where three Oak Knoll moms — Katie Behroozi, Annette Lewis (both pictured) and Janet Bellantoni — organized a bike safety check. Explained Katie: “Rainer Zaichelein (pictured far right) from Menlo Velo and staff (Christian Parker) are volunteering to inspect the bikes that kids are riding and making minor tweaks/fixes (e.g. truing a […]

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Interview with a vampire: Dracula comes to Menlo-Atherton High School for six performances

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Since first surfacing in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Count Dracula has endured as one of the most iconic figures of Gothic horror. Now his sinister countenance has landed in Atherton. M-A sophomore Teddy Pagee, who has been interested in acting since he was a third grader at Encinal School, stars as the Count in the Menlo-Atherton High School production of […]

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“Go Giants” says this giant of a dog, Cash

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Growing up in Menlo Park, Rob Dell’Ergo was such a San Francisco Giants fan that he ended up working for the Giants in guest services later in life and writing a book about the team’s first season in its current ball park. For today’s “good luck, Giants” photo, we’re featuring Rob’s dog Cash in Giants attire. […]

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Fleet Feet Menlo Park training group celebrate finishing Nike Women’s Half Marathon

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Editor’s note: InMenlo contributing photographers Irene Searles and Laura Hamilton ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon last weekend. Irene trained with Fleet Feet Menlo Park. Last night the training teams gathered for a celebration party. Fleet Feet co-owner Lisa Taggart shared some thoughts: We had 156 people registered through our class. There were 135 race registrations […]

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“Go Giants!” is message of Panda hat clad Halloween scarecrow in Menlo Park

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We liked the whimsy of this dressed up Halloween scarecrow in the front yard of a west Menlo Park home, all set to rally on the Giants in game one of the World Series today. The Panda hat, we think, is the perfect touch!

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Menlowe Ballet’s fall season highlighted by Michael Lowe cultural ballet resulting from Mongolia visit

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Menlowe Ballet’s fall season at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center features contemporary, classical and cultural ballets including the world premiere of Artistic Director Michael Lowe’s Legend of the Seven Suns, which brings to life a traditional Mongolian folktale. Also included are Dennis Nahat’s In Concert and Lowe’s Plague. Performances are Saturday, Nov. 8 at 2:00 and 8:00 […]

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Richard Moran inaugurated as 10th president of Menlo College

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At his inauguration as Menlo College’s 10th president earlier this month, Richard A. Moran said he was “humbled and honored,” and promised to fulfill his new duties “faithfully and to the best of his ability.” He confided that he set his sights on becoming a college president when he was 18 years old. As a teenager, he […]

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Survivor Carissa Phelps is one of the featured speakers at Trinity Church program on human trafficking

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When she was 12 years old, Carissa Phelps was trafficked. She tells that story in her book Runaway Girl. Today, armed with a PhD and MBA from UCLA, she works to provide career development and employment opportunities for runaways and former runaways through the organization of the same name. On November 1st,  she will bring her story […]

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Menlo Park women shine at Nike Women’s Half Marathon today

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Just in: photos of Menlo Park moms who completed the Nike Women’s Half Marathon earlier today in San Francisco. They were among 25,000 participants. The overall winner was Victoria Mitchell of Waverley in a time of 1:19:49, of note as there are men in the race. Pictured top right is InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles and Kathy Oppenheimer […]

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