To the two guys who stole my Canon EOS 70D, fitted with a 18-135 EFS IS Canon lens, and my Manfrotto tripod on 2 Dec 2014 just outside Chinatown/North Beach in San Francisco. I understand it’s the holidays. I understand there’s many who don’t enjoy the bright lights as others do. I am not rich. It takes me years to pay off some of my photography equipment. That 70D you just stole from me? Though I don’t have it any longer, I’ll be still paying for it for at least another year.
On my tripod is a sticker with http://WWW.FOTOTAKER.NET on the leg of the tripod. I hope you enjoyed seeing my images which is my Vision of how I see the World. By luck, a police officer was around the corner that night so I gave him all the details of the theft. I’ve reported my equipment as stolen at my online equipment register. If you or anyone else takes a picture with my lens OR camera, I’ll be notified that it’s been used. If you sell my equipment you took, anyone who uses it will be eventually contacted by the police and questioned to find out WHERE they obtained it.
My gear serial numbers:
Canon EOS 70D s/n 022021020644
Canon EFS 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS s/n 5602006343
SFPD case 141017879 refers to this theft, so if ANYONE has information about this theft, please contact the SFPD at their non-emergency number 415-553-0123 and advise them you have info about this case. If YOU are the one(s) who took my camera equipment, I ask that you be considerate and return all that you took to any SFPD police station, no questions asked. I’ll happily be paying for a camera that is again in my possession. Regardless of your actions: I wish you a happy Holiday to you and your family.****
PLEASE NOTE THAT I’VE MOVED FROM THIS SITE TO A NEW ACCOUNT AT SMUGMUG.COM AND THOUGH THIS SITE REMAINS ACTIVE, I WILL NO LONGER POST NEW IMAGES HERE AND AM NOW MOVING MY IMAGES HERE TO THE NEW SITE. AM HOPING YOU WILL FOLLOW ME TO MY VERY NEWEST IMAGERY AT FOTOTAKER.NET.
For over two years I’ve been photographing a LOT of the America’s Cup in San Francisco. Those images of America’s Cup are here. The past few months of 2013 are my most recent HOT images of the water action during the Louis Vuitton Cup, The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, AC Finals, and many more images, are displayed here. ALL IMAGES PREVIOUSLY DISPLAYED HERE OF AMERICA’S CUP IS NOW RELOCATED TO MY NEWER SITE.
NOW available are America’s Cup calendars! These are available at http://bit.ly/18rl4Qh and within a week hope to have more as I review a “few” pixs.
To many of you who have supported me in the past, I am honored and grateful for your support, and hoping you will continue to follow my newest images but at the new site. To see me at my new site, just continue going to fototaker.net. I am NO LONGER uploading any images here but monitor this site at least weekly. Thanks for your understanding and I hope for your continued support of my Vision.
I am an artistic freelance San Francisco-born photographer with 40+ years experience behind many viewfinders. I like to think my imagery is unique as I see a different shade of “gray” or color. What I adore capturing are details, objects and go wild over reflections and lines. Though I see in many colors, black and white is still my primary ViSion. My many subjects include architecture, landscapes, sunsets, flora (acHoooo), cityscapes, portraits and even landscapes of the human body…. I’ve also had the extreme honor of photographing the beauty of bodies that have been aged well past 60 years young, to newborn babies and challenged with bodies as vast as a meadow of individuals weighing over 300lbs, or with as little as 100lbs. To me it doesn’t matter, as i love ALL landscapes of the human body.
There is no specific area I dedicate my Vision to – I remain in awe of any and everything. About 99% of my imagery is straight out of the camera. If I add an “effect” it’s usually pre-visualized and entails perhaps removing an annoying STOP sign or cables, or making a Black and White image with selective coloring – that’s about it. I believe in traditional photography with very little added or done to it. That doesn’t mean I do not like digital images that are heavy in HDR and/or effects; it’s just not my game or style. I’m a simple guy and like simple things, dat’s all… ;-)
I still have a A2000 Amiga computer with a Video Toaster within, and my 37+ year old black and white darkroom equipment. :-) I now enjoy using a Canon EOS 7D with a variety of lenses, but everyone knows it’s not the equipment but how it’s used… I love the fog, the snow, the heat and the wind…. I will snap in the rain and the chill, and often stay out hours after the sun has disappeared to snap at night, often without benefit of a tripod though I do have one.
I enjoy music in many styles: C&W, spanish, chill and just regular ballads and folk/pop music. If you thought rap sounds bad, listen to it in another language!! I cook and love preparing american, chinese and spanish foods, and enjoy traveling, driving (with a manual shift, though am stuck with an automatic), eating in or out, and enjoy spanish as well as other wines.
Seemingly a world-traveler during my film-days, I have now lived in SW Andalucia for 16+ years and now travel on an irregular basis between Cadiz province and San Francisco. I am now trying to move my life-stuff from SF back to Spain. When I am not sorting through my thousands of image files and organizing and archiving those, I am busy packing and repacking, trying to get my Life back to Andalucia; if I do not view your lovely images or reply to your kind comments here, trust that it’s not because I do not want but due to lack of time and energy. Once I get resettled in Spain, I’ll still be up to my elbows in boxes but might have more time to see your imagery (unless I’m on a trip somewhere snapping pixs in the fog or high winds!
I’m most happy to talk with other artists and photographers ~ please refrain from using ONLY RBmail and email me directly please: fototaker @t gmail dot com
I am always available for photographic commissions throughout the year no matter my location (San Francisco, West Coast USA and/or Cadiz province, southwestern Spain). I of course have a passport, am experienced and very interested in travel, expedition and adventure proposals, or if you and your group just need a photographer to just snap everyone in a group without the million exchanging of everyone’s cameras – I have done it and can capture the excitement, the sights, and the many unique travel memories of your travels or your group’s adventures! Just contact me for details!
You can own a “piece” of me and my thoughts for just a few smackers to support my Vision and Arte. A sale is many things to me:
~ a compliment of how I see the World and its wondrous scenes,
~ a statement that you like my work enough to purchase is an honor that somewhere on this real-world planet someone will be, and is enjoying my Vision, and most of all,
~ your kind purchase encourages me to create more fabulous images not just for myself, but for You.
All imagery with words upon them are also copyright fototaker.net. Words written are the property of fototaker’s mind and cannot be displayed elsewhere, written or copied, used in part or whole, excluding reviews in which I should be advised prior to its publication, and provided a hard copy. All displayed imagery are owned by fototaker.net and cannot be copied or otherwise used in any type of medium without my express written permission. Please respect these copyright rules or I’ll have to snitch on you and send a platoon of angry armed marines to your living room or work-space.
I am also party to a growing group/organization of fellow photographers who assist each other in discovering misuse of OUR collective imagery. When we see an image of “ours” used somewhere with someone else’s name on it, or in a site WE wouldn’t dare call home to OUR images, we report it to the photographer, plus the authorities. It’s actually quite easier than you think. Unfortunately it’s sad to see how people think it’s perfectly legal and okay to copy a picture or two, put it elsewhere and even under their own names as the artist/photographer. Doing so is just like any other crime virtually or real-world: it’s NOT okay.