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The San Francisco Zoo

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Rica and I visited the San Francisco Zoo Tuesday, and I thought this was a good place to try my new Olympus 40-150mm telephoto lens with a 1.4 teleconverter. This combination provides a maximum focal length equivalent of 420mm, a good reach for sports photography. The Marin Catholic High School football season begins soon, and my thinking is that if this combination can reasonably compete with my usual Nikon D4 setup, I’ll have much less weight to lug around of the sidelines.

The results seem promising as you can judge from these photos. My only concern now is whether my little camera’s continuous focus can satisfactorily track football action. From what I’ve read, this Olympus combination won’t come close to my Nikon D4’s performance, but we’ll soon find out. Marin Catholic opens its season against Cosumnes Oaks on August 29th.


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Ritter Center Portraits

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If you’ve been following this blog you know that the Ritter Center in San Rafael is one of my favorite organizations. The Center serves a wide variety disadvantaged people, including the homeless and families living on the edge of absolute poverty. A good description of the Center’s work is on its blog.

Recently I did a series of portraits of Ritter Clients. My little Olympus OM-D E-M1 did a good job of it. Bloggers who write about photography like to say it’s not the camera, it’s the photographer. But sometimes it is the camera and beautiful subjects. All I did was push the button.

Look closely and see the beauty in their souls.

Ritter Center Portraits

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Written by Ron Greene

June 27, 2015 at 1:32 pm

More San Rafael Streets Team Portraits

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Here are a few more portraits of the San Rafael Streets Team. Stop and say hello if you see them at work keeping the city beautiful. They will be pleased with the acknowledgment and happy to share a smile.

If you’re interested in successful programs of this kind, spend a moment at their website.

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Written by Ron Greene

May 25, 2015 at 11:56 am

San Rafael Streets Team Portrait Project

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Lately, I’ve been working on a portrait series with the San Rafael Downtown Streets Team. After admiring Richard Avedon’s iconic portraits shot against plain white backgrounds, I thought I would try something similar, but using black.

Avedon took hundreds of photos in this style, traveling all over the United States to find subjects for his gigantic 8×10 Deardorff view camera. I’m slightly less ambitious.

I travel less than ten minutes from my home in Greenbrae to downtown San Rafael, where the St. Vincent de Paul free dining room is located. And rather than a Deardorff, I’m using small Nikon and Olympus cameras.

St. Vincent’s dining room is where the San Rafael Downtown Streets Team holds its weekly team meetings, and where I’m using the back alley as a studio.

The San Rafael Downtown Streets Team is one of the few programs for homeless and disadvantaged people that has received almost universal acclaim. If you’re interested in successful programs of this sort, I recommend visiting their website.

Here are two iPhoto snaps from Alvedon’s book, Evidence, to give you an idea of what I mean when I say I got the idea for my portrait series from him.

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Written by Ron Greene

May 12, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Marin Catholic Track and Field vs Redwood and Terra Linda

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Marin County | California 

Here are some of the Track and Field photos I took on April 23, 2015. Marin Catholic, Terra Linda, and Redwood competed on Redwood’s campus in Larkspur, CA.

You’ll find more of the photos at VarsityPix.

Here are the scores as reported in the Marin Independent Journal.

Boys Track

Redwood 77, Marin Catholic 59
Redwood 95, Terra Linda 32
Terra Linda 88, Marin Catholic 41

Girls Track

Redwood 99, Marin Catholic 33
Redwood 105, Terra Linda 27
Terra Linda 84, Marin Catholic 50

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May 5, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Marin Catholic Track and Field Nears Season End

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Marin County | California

Here are some of the photos I took at Marin Catholic’s last two track meets, March 19th and 26th.

All together, Marin Catholic faced five different Marin high schools; Novato, Drake, Branson, San Marin, and Tamalpais. Don’t even think of asking me who won.

Many more photos are at http://www.varsitypix.com.

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Marin Catholic Opens its Track and Field Season

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Marin Catholic hosted Justin-Siena and San Rafael Thursday in its first track meet of the 2015 season. I tried to find the results in the Marin Independent Journal the next day but was unsuccessful. The MaxPreps website was more confusing than helpful.

I have the feeling that winning or losing in track isn’t as big a deal as, let’s say football. The young athletes just seem to be out there having a good time. There were more parents volunteering on the field than watching from the bleachers. Here are a few shots from the day.

As the season progresses I’l try to feature different events. You’ll find more photos at VarsityPix.com.

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March 14, 2015 at 3:03 pm

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