Yesterday, on my way home from Ocean Beach, I almost tripped over this small (25-30) grouping of Western Snowy Plovers. They are a threatened species, and pretty shy when it comes to humans. I was lucky enough to get about 7-8 feet away from them by crawling on my stomach. I wouldn’t necessarily call these portfolio material, but I had an amazing time photographing them, and I’ve never been able to observe them just resting and grooming before.

I shot these with my Pentax K20D and an old 135mm lens intended for my Pentax K1000, so the focal length is shortened. I want a lot more practice with this lens, and these amazing little birds, but this was a great start. Totally made my day.

Kamarose on my roof in Kensington, Philadelphia, 2010.

Kamarose on my roof in Kensington, Philadelphia, 2010.

Laura Jean in her new apartment, 2008. Pentax K20D.

Laura Jean in her new apartment, 2008. Pentax K20D.

Elijah, upstate NY 2008. Pentax K1000, cable release, darkroom manipulations…lo res print scan.

Sunset District, San Francisco, late 2013
Holga, developed by hand, lo res film scan

Sunset District, San Francisco, late 2013

Holga, developed by hand, lo res film scan

parkerreedxxx:

This is me getting naked in Golden Gate Park. I’ve never felt better about being in this body. Photos by alaruephoto

Yeah buddy <3

@ParkerReedXXX being a total stud
August 20, 2014. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

@ParkerReedXXX being a total stud

August 20, 2014. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA