Photography Explorations

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most volunteers for Baykeeper, which has been advocating for the health of San Francisco Bay since 1989. The organization needed photos of fish, and Robb asked Pietro Parravano, who brings fish weekly to the Menlo Park Farmers Market, how he should go about getting the photos.

Pietro suggest signing up for a trip offered by the Marine Science Institute, which is what Robb did. Here are some of what we’re calling his “fish in the palm of a hand” photos from his day on the Bay. (Note: All the fish used for instructional purposes on the trip were returned alive to the Bay.)

“The trip was a one day sampler of what’s going on in the Bay,” Robb explains. “There’s an Earth Day sampler coming up on April 22, and it’s free!”

Type of fish from top to bottom: Leopard Shark, Northern Anchobv, Staghorn Sculpin, Starry Flounder

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Alan McGee’s photographs examine landscape as metaphor

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“Beauty and Terror: Landscape as Metaphor” by photographer Alan McGee of Portola Valley is the featured exhibit at Portola Art Gallery (75 Arbor Road) in March. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, March 18, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. The show features photographs from 35 years of Alan’s explorations on the beaches […]

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Need some winter cheer? Check out these rain-soaked blooms in Menlo Park

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What’s that? Blue sky and sunshine overhead? Yes, it does feel that it’s been raining forever in Menlo Park. In particular, that was some deluge that started mid-afternoon yesterday and lasted into the early evening. Then came the gusty winds overnight. Reported InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ at 7:30 am this morning: “28.5” is my season total. That […]

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Rain turns Damiani Creek into a rolling, boiling torrent

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We may be blessed with several days of dry conditions, but InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most captured the result of the long rainy period when he ventured out to Portola Valley last Sunday and parked along Alpine Road, which runs adjacent to Damiani Creek. We feature a number of his photographs, including a very wet […]

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Barry Fleisher’s hospital construction photo is honored

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We got an update from Menlo Park-based photographer Barry Fleisher: “I’ve been photographing the construction progress of the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford for almost three years. As part of that body of work, I submitted photographs to the 2016 annual construction photography contest sponsored by Engineering News-Record (ENR), a construction trade periodical. “This […]

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Capture winter scenes of Yosemite easily on an iPhone

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On a visit to Yosemite last week, I had some good photography fun. While I had packed my “big” camera (a Fujifilm X-Pro2 with an 18-55 mm zoom lens), it stayed in my camera bag the whole time we were there. I opted instead to go “nimble” and to take photos exclusively with the camera in […]

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More on the mushrooms popping up all over Menlo Park

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We heard from Menlo Park resident Eric Sabelman who discovered black mushrooms in his yard last year: “The black mushrooms of last February have not re-appeared as yet, but there seems to be a bounty of different fungi enjoying our recent wet weather. I haven’t had time to research what species these are. “The photo with […]

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Painterly-looking, golden leaves provide a spark of holiday tranquility

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most took a stroll around his west Menlo Park neighborhood yesterday, following Thursday’s storm, which pretty much stripped the remaining leaves off of trees. We liked, in particular, the gold leaves near a gate along with the same leaves mixed with pale rose (can’t quite describe the color!) ones sharing space atop […]

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Photographer Merrie Asimow takes her cameras on an African adventure

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Menlo Park-based photographer Merrie Asimow may be most-known for her horse photography, but a 10-day trip last August to Kenya and Tanzania yielded some equally wonderful wildlife photos. She’s a self-described “Nikon person,” and brought two bodies along on the trip — a D750 and D500, along with two lenses, a 24-70 mm and an 80-400 […]

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Big Dish area will be closed for five days in August

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The popular walking destination for Menlo Park residents, Stanford’s Big Dish area, will be closed Monday, August 15 through Friday, August 19. We’re using that announcement to showcase some of InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles photos of the area’s creatures. The closure will allow for coordinated maintenance activities in and around the area. According to a […]

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Capturing the sights at the Menlo Charity Horse Show

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The Menlo Charity Horse Show, which benefits Vista Center for the Blind, continues today through Sunday at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton; the schedule of events is available online. Daily passes are $10; children 10 and under and seniors over 65 are free. We stopped in on Tuesday, the first day of the show, […]

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