Slices of Life: The Blog of Urbin Photography

Observations by Photographer Mark Urbin


This photography shows a slice of history. That tree was up in the Yosemite High Country, near Tiago Pass. It would see it and photography it during my fairly frequent trips to Yosemite.

This year it was gone. I don’t know what happened to it.
It was a plucky little tree growing in between some rocks at the edge of a meadow.

All that remains are my photographs of it.

This photograph is in my book Yosemite: A State of Mind.

August 24, 2008 Posted by | nature photography, Travel, Yosemite | , , , , | Leave a comment

Kites at LAX

Kites at LAX, originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics (∆ncient).

There were really long lines waiting for the security checks at LAX. So plenty of time to admire the kites in the ceiling.

August 21, 2008 Posted by | Travel | , | Leave a comment

Alley by night

Alley by night, originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics (∆ncient).

A quiet alley on a chilly January night.

I should do some more night photography while its still warm out. 🙂

August 17, 2008 Posted by | New England | , , , , | Leave a comment

Improvised monopod for a timer shot


Improvised monopod, originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics (∆ncient).

I had a mini tripod with me, but this post actually was a bit higher and was in a perfect spot to catch the better half and I with some great Yosemite High Country views in the background.

August 16, 2008 Posted by | Gear, How To, Yosemite | , , , | Leave a comment

Down the track

Down the track, originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics (∆ncient).

A view down an abandoned railroad track.

August 12, 2008 Posted by | Black and White, New England | | Leave a comment


I’m a voracious reader, and have devoured my share of photography books.

Here are some of the ones I enjoyed/found useful.

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom book for digital photographers.

The Art of Digital Wedding Photography

Portrait Photographer’s Handbook

How to Photograph Your Life

August 11, 2008 Posted by | How To | | Leave a comment

Why lens filters are important

Why lens filters are important, originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics (∆ncient).

That cracked glass isn’t my Canon 28-135mm IS USM lens. It’s the Ultraviolet filter. I was scrambling over some rocks and slipped. That filter cracked through a camera case, and the lens cap.
The filter did its job. It protected the lens. I removed the cracked glass from the filter. The mounting is still stuck on the lens. I either have to cut it off or send the whole thing to Canon.
That lens has seen a lot of travel and dusty hiking, so perhaps some Canon TLC is called for.

August 3, 2008 Posted by | Gear, Yosemite | , , , | 1 Comment