National Geographic Photo Workshop – San Francisco: A Review


Kongo attended a National Geographic Photo Workshop in San Francisco last weekend.  This is a review of the workshop.

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Fast Glass


So, Santa found his way to Kongo’s Treehouse in San Diego yesterday and the simpering simian found a wonderful surprise in his stocking.  Kongo got his first true “fast glass” from Mrs. Kongo, a Canon EF 50mm f1.2L USM prime lens.  The monkey has been dropping hints about this piece of camera kit for some weeks and was thrilled to finally get it.  He has other Canon “L” lenses, of course, and he likes them all, but he was really longing for a true piece of fast glass with the depth of field and low light capability that comes with a 1.2 f-stop.  He’s not disappointed and, yes, he has read the reviews that state a much less expensive 1.4 might be just as sharp in some cases but he had his heart set on the big daddy.

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The Green Flash or Weird Things Happen on Photo Shoots


Clever monkeys will quickly observe that the sunset above is NOT a green flash.  Kongo went in search of this elusive phenomena last evening at the Sunset Cliffs overlook in San Diego.  It was a perfect evening for a green flash.  Dry air, clear horizon, and so forth — all the elements necessary to spot the green flash.  Alas is was not to be and Kongo wasn’t the only one looking for the green flash last night.  There were other weird things about this  photo shoot which just goes to show you that monkey photographers have to be ready for anything. Continue reading “The Green Flash or Weird Things Happen on Photo Shoots”

Palomar Mountain


Kongo visited Palomar Mountain yesterday, which is about an hour’s drive from his home in San Diego.  The panorama above, made from three images, is a view of Lake Henshaw and the Santa Ysabel Valley taken from a scenic overlook on the way up the mountain on the eastern road approach.  The small island in the lake is … Monkey Island!   Continue reading “Palomar Mountain”

San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter

Classic Gaslamp Quarter Architecture

While Missy is getting sunburned in Hawaii, Kongo loads up a new camera and heads down to the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego.  The Gaslamp, in the center of San Diego near the waterfront and the convention center (think Comicon) is an eclectic mix of modern, kitschy, slummy, and late 19th Century.  It’s filled with characters, tourists, locals, great restaurants and bars, and shopping.   Continue reading “San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter”