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Recent posting (but not necessarily the latest or best)
17th Annual Surf Competition - Good, Bad, and Ugly - Morro Rock, Feb.
Almost all of my new postings are going to Flickr at my
or (for some less serious photos), to my
Picasaweb site (
Photography 101 by Mike Baird (a tutorial, rev. 10/26/07;
01/23/08 Now includes reader Q&A)
This tutorial is included in my 160 page Surf Photography v2.0 book published at blurb.com ==>>
See also my surfmorrobay.com site for more information about surf-related photography.
Elephant Seals of Piedras Blancas 2010 Calendar
The calendar could possibly be used as a fund-raising vehicle for an organization that wants to resell it. Bulk pricing is under $10
Printed : 25 pages, 11" x 8.5", coil binding, white interior paper (100# weight), full-color interior ink
|Some of my own custom made photo sites are:|
|stealthispicture.com||An "open source" photo archive by Michael "Mike" L. Baird --
Ultra-high resolution photos here can be downloaded and printed for personal use
|digitalchocolate.org||DigitalChocolate.org is the same as DChoc.org -- digital chocolate ( 'chä-k(&-)l&t, 'cho- ) -- sweet and pleasing addicting digital photos. See howto.digitalchocolate.org for an article about local (Morro Bay, CA) photographers and their works|
The 38 page 9"x7" color book "San Luis Obispo County California Nature Photographers -- Their Works and Techniques: Interviews with local nature photographers about how they take such great photos" Edited by Michael L. Baird with contributing photographers Joyce Cory, Joe Dickerson, Carol DiNolfo, Rich Hansen, Marlin Harms, Garry Johnson, Teddy Llovet, Cleve Nash, Gary Robertshaw, Dennis Sheridan, and Greg Smith, is available at lulu.com/mikebaird. You can download a free PDF version (17 MB) or order a printed copy at the production and shipping cost of $10.23 + $1.91 = $12.14. As a community service by the books' contributors there is no royalty or profit being made on the sales of this book from lulu.com. Be sure to select "US Postal Regular Media Mail" to get the lowest $1.91 shipping cost.
|Some of my favorite general-use photo-sharing sites are:|
picasaweb.google.com/mikebaird is Mike Baird's
Picasa Wed Album and is the same as picasaweb.bairdphotos.com picasa.bairdphotos.com or google.bairdphotos.com
|A+ Google's Picasaweb is proving to be the easiest-to-use and most functional of all the no-low-cost photo-sharing sites (Note: 10-06 Surprisingly, for a Google-owned site, there is no way to search your Picasaweb, and searching for content or "images" using Google or other search engines usually yields no results - this link page is an attempt to try to force some indexing, and this Google Reader shared page should also index some of the photos)|
is the same as
||A+ Flickr is an astounding "social-network-based" photo-sharing site that may get you addicted - Pros use this to upload essentially an unlimited number of photos of any size. Flickr is now my preferred third-party photo sharing site. For $25 a year one can now (2006) upload an unlimited quantity of full-resolution photos (<=10MB each), and organize them into an unlimited number of sets and collections. I recommend Flickr as a permanent storage solution for the serious photographer.|
|mikebaird.slide.com||Slide.com has an annoying "slide" format - but it is appropriate for documenting some events, and is fun to use for some situations|
|app.tabblo.com/studio/person/mikebaird/||Tabblo has an interesting twist - try it|
|zazzle.com/mikebaird*||Zazzle is included here because it is the coolest way to make and distribute T-shits and mugs with your images|
|lulu.com/mikebaird||LuLu.com is the ultimate destination for self-publishing and print-on-demand - makes it trivial to distribute intellectual property - read my evaluation of alternative self-publishing vendors|
|morro-bay.com/photos-maps||Morro-Bay.com is Morro Bay CA's largest and most trafficked web site, serving one-half million page-views per year from a repository of 20,000 documents. Its Mission is to provide unbiased and unique (mostly non-commercial) information in areas not easily found on other related Morro Bay web sites.|
|Here are some more of my own custom made sites that contain some photos|
|BirdFest.org||Mike Baird's Personal "Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival " Notes Site|
|Docents.info||Docents.info contains current and archival materials related to the San Luis Obispo County Coast Docents and volunteers... (museum activities, communication lists, and photos from AWN walks and awards ceremonies, etc.)|
|MikeBaird.com||Michael "Mike" L. Baird's Personal Web Presence has many personal photos such as those related to my travel in Latin America|
|MorroBay.ws||MorroBay.ws is a "working site" -- documenting, usually via photos, select Morro Bay, CA related projects in progress, including CA State Park docent-related and Natural History Museum projects|
|MorroStrand.com||MorroStrand.com -- Common Birds seen on Morro Strand State Beach, Morro Bay, CA|
|BuffyBaird.com||Buffy Baird's Doggie Bloggie - "the vampire slayer" of Morro Bay, CA - way too many photos of this Cocker Spaniel and her friends|
|MikeBairdCam.com||Michael "Mike" L. Baird Personal Web Camera - "Live" images form Morro Bay, CA (requires Internet Explorer w/ ActiveX control)|
|DigitalRailRoad.org||DigitalRailroad.org -- Doorway to a DigitalRailroad.net Yahoo! Group|
|Baird.ws||This is a list of most, but not all, of Michael L. "Mike" Baird's web sites - many are not listed above but they do contain some photos|
|Miscellaneous "free sites"
One of the most frequently asked questions is "How do I upload and share photos or other large files, for free...? There are now many free (or low-cost) sites that facilitate just this... I review most of them there, and recommend that you try Flickr or picasaweb.google.com/ (and photo.epson.com was okay, but it closes 4/30/08) - all are free and allow storage and retrieval of full-resolution images.
The following (mostly free) photo sharing sites contain small sample galleries I created to test out these services - not much content of interest will be found here. An evaluation of most of these site is found elsewhere.
|(new 9-14-06) PhotoMorroBay.com||PhotoMorroBay.com is a gateway to our local Morro Bay, CA Photographers' Yahoo! Group|
|photomorrobay Yahoo! group||yg.bairdphotos.com is a shortcut to the photomorrobay Yahoo! Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/photomorrobay/ Desc.: A few photographers in and around the Morro Bay, CA area share photos and ideas, schedule informal events, and post news items related to their photography hobby or avocation. Everyone welcome - from beginners to experts.|
|(new 10-12-06) birdsofmorrobay.com||A new effort just starting (10-06) which could take a few years, and may never go anywhere - BirdsofMorroBay.com is the future home of a possible book entitled "Birds of Morro Bay, CA" -- a photo book containing gallery quality prints and some interpretative information|
|Archives||If you don't see something on this page that you saw earlier, it has probably migrated into the archives|
|Temporary file transfer area||This is an "Invitation only" area primarily for the private transfer of some large images|
|About.com featured a dozen of my best bird photos in 2007 (blog) (bio) (gallery)|
|Bookmarks of interest:
* For those who delight in excessive image enhancement, see worth1000.com -- the top creative competition and Photoshop contest site on the web - contains some astounding Photoshop art!
* Here is an excellent QuickTime tutorial on how to use layers in Photoshop (Elements) to dodge and burn (lighten and darken) selected areas of an image - http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/videos/GetYourDodging&BurningUnderControl.mov
* More tutorials like the above at the the thelightsrightstudio Digital Darkroom at http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/digital-darkroom.htm
|Purchase popular photography-related items - magazines, books, software, hardware, camera, lenses... as recommended by Mike Baird|
|Most of my images, especially those posted at Flickr, are licensed for use by attribution. See details:
Photo by Michael "Mike" L. Baird bairdphotos.com by Michael "Mike" L. Baird is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at flickr.bairdphotos.com.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://flickr.com/people/mikebaird/.
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Mike Baird is an amateur photographer in Morro Bay, CA. He publishes many of his photographs and images online, and makes many of his work products available at no cost for non-profit organizations and for some personal uses. The above list of sites is a partial inventory of Michael "Mike" L. Baird's photos. You can search for photos by using the Google search boxes below, or use Google image search and include the composition, including the parenthesis, (baird OR "morro bay") following the term you are looking for, like 'egret' You can contact Mike by e-mailing either mike at mikebaird dot com, or mike [at} bairdphotos d o t com
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|Read reviews of the new 10.1 MP Canon camera called the EOS 400D or XTi (depending on where it is marketed) (with EOS Integrated Cleaning System) at dpreview.com and popphoto.com. News (8-24-06) and Canon Press release Review by Bob Atkins Search for more information.|