Hi, I'm Michael Hurder!

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Lick Observatory
My son Dylan and his wife Liz gifted me a very special night at the Lick Observatory for a great evening of photography. The Observatory is normally closed at dusk, so the scientists can get to work on their pet astro-projects, observing the universe as it passes us by. For several nights every year, however, they open it up to a limited group of visitors for fun. The invites are by purchase and my kids bought me a night. I hunted for the best night out of ten to make night images (one with no moon). The night I selected was September 28. I brought my grandson Scott who is also a camera nut and I asked my Dylan and Liz to do the driving, and to fill up the group of four allowed per ticket. As you can see the fog rolled in instead of a starry night. We hung around until 8:30pm, just in case. Conditions got worse (and cold), not better, and we still had to navigate the drive down the mountain in the fog, so we gave up the ghost. We still had fun and learned a lot about the Observatory and their work. This is one I'll try again in the future. The views should be spectacular.
2019
NIkon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
Trains
From the old school steam trains of the Roaring Camp Railroad, to the modern day Union Pacific Diesel -Electric (who knew they could corner like that?😲), and the mighty American Steam Locomotive Big Boy #4014. we love our trains. This album is dedicated to my grandson, Liam, pictured in #s 198 & 203 (with his father, Kenny). Liam is an avid train nut. His brother Scott is in #171. "All Aboard!" Also, who can resist a Redwood Faerie circle? The video is a compilation of all the above in motion.
2019
Nikon D850 DSLR
A variety of glass was used in this set.
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
I've gone on several shoots with Mike's Cameras, a local Camera store. None has been as satisfying as this one. What started out as a rather drab yet still dramatic shoot of the same architecture over and over, suddenly turned magical when they turned on the lights. WOW!
2019
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron: SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2, SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
Big Boy 4014
Big Boy #4014 thrilled America last year with a tour through the states reminding us all of the might of American Industry. What an awesome display it was, and oh man, that deep throated whistle.
2019
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 / SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
A Livermore 4th of July
We are a small city here in California's San Francisco East Bay Community, but we love our country and we love to show it. BOOM!
2019
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
San Diego Harbor #2
VDHA #53 to #248: Our second day of the reunion was spent on a tour boat. These were three incredible hours traveling from one end of the harbor to the other. The US navy was the principle subject but San Diego's skyline and Balboa Park played a great second fiddle.
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
San Diego Harbor #1
VDHA #1 to #52 In October of 2018, we took a trip to San Diego for the Vietnam Dog Handlers Association (VDHA) reunion. Before the festivities started, I took an early morning stroll along the waterfront. This place, San Diego, has everything; from good weather to good food to gloriously gorgeous scenes. A cameraman's delight. PS: Don't ask me about the RV, folks. I really just don't know. 😉
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Sonoma Traintown Railroad
This was a family outing. Here was a neat little display to delight the old and young train buff.
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
A Ferry view of the Bay
San Francisco is a great photo op no matter the perspective. This one is from a Tour boat ride through the bay leaving from Iconic Pier 39 on a Blue and Gold Fleet Ferry boat.
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
A bit of Old Sacramento
I took some Photography courses at Mike's Camera in Sacramento. After the class on Exposure we took a walk through part of Old Sacramento to practice what we had learned. I like Street Photography, old Architecture, and Retro too. I just don't get to do much of it. NOTE: Mike's Camera was looted last night, 5/31.2020. Another small business senselessly destroyed.
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
Livermore #2 - Memorial Day, 2018
Livermore # 144 to # 269 Memorial Day 2018 We remember always the price we paid.
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
San Francisco hosts the Blue Angels
In October 2108 I traveled to Yerba Buena Island on San Francisco Bay to capture the Blue Angels during their practice runs the day before the show. To say it was a spectacular day would be an understatement. WOW!
2018
Camera: Nikon D850 DSLR
Lens: Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
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