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Weather and photography, the perfect marriage

That was excessively oppressive

I’m a big fan of hot weather.  I know there are others out there just like me. Last week proved that too much of a good thing is not all that great. At least we don’t live in Phoenix or Las Vegas or anywhere in a desert. Death Valley recorded an all-time high at 129 degrees, the highest June temperature ever recorded in the United States. In Phoenix  the mercury topped out at 119 degrees on the 29th of June.… Read More »

Bikes, Snakes, Parades and More

This is not your typical 9 to 5 job.  I’ll prove it. I texted my wife and told her I was on call to photograph snakes.  “Ewwww!”  she texted back.  She doesn’t like snakes.  Can you count the number of snakes in the photo?  No, there isn’t a prize if you guess correctly. I asked Al Wolf of  Sonoma County Reptile Rescue if the rattlesnake (below) could strike while in the tongs. He said no.  Even so, I shot the photo… Read More »

Light the Way Part VII

To take your mind of the horrific shooting in Newtown Ct., last Friday, I’ve put together some photos that show the brighter side of life as we count down the days until the winter solstice kicks in.  Have a great holiday season.   -Kent Porter

A Break in the Rain

True to form, the third in a series of powerful Pacific storms clobbered the North Coast early Sunday morning.  The up-side to the storm was the less than predicted rainfall amounts.  Good news if you live on the Russian River which is forecast to now hit 29.2 feet in Guerneville early Monday, nearly three feet below flood stage Oddly enough, the Climate Prediction Center has placed Northern California in a long term, abnormally dry category.  Hmm. The graphic was published… Read More »

TG it’s Friday Or Maybe Not

After emerging from a food coma Thursday, I was assigned to shoot shoppers tearing through the aisles at Toys “R” Us in Santa Rosa.  In years past, it was a different story.  Black Friday started on FRIDAY and usually started around eight in the morning.  In fact, I’m not sure when the term Black Friday was coined but I do know that it’s much more difficult to fall out of bed at midnight to photograph the event.  Hence, everybody is… Read More »

Here, there but not everywhere

My hiking boots have no soul.  I really mean that; I have no traction left on my work boots.  One hundred miles for hundreds of stories.  That’s what we do here in the photo department. There is no easy way to get to Westport.  It’s a long drive from anywhere on the north coast.  Once there, I had to do the actual assignment.  To get this picture, I waded in to the surf (duh) to shoot.  Pretty simple.  All the… Read More »

Peggy Sue’s Cruise

So far, the weather has been nothing like last year.  Warm temperatures, scant rainfall and outdoor activities have reigned since pretty much the end of April.  So the unofficial start to summer (which officially lands on June 20) kicked off with Peggy Sue’s All American Cruise this past weekend in downtown Santa Rosa. -Kent Porter        

Here, there, everywhere

Photography is habit forming.  The great thing about this habit is the documentation of everyday life.  Photojournalists do what they do, to inform, enlighten. My photography teacher in high school, Harry Hickman, told me once that photography is one thing that a person can do their entire life.  I was 17 and the words have stayed with me.  I really do plan to do this the rest of my life. With that, here are some recent assignments.   -Kent Porter… Read More »


Vacation.  A time to reconnect and unify as a family.  Recharge those batteries if you will.  Nothing like lying on the beach for six days, watching the kid swim and soaking up the sun (with sunscreen).  Of course I did the tourist thing and photographed a few palm trees too.  Notice the shooting star just to the left of the left tree.  You must know that my wife is an incredibly patient woman who puts up with my obsession of… Read More »