|Message from Bill Adams
About My Photo Galleries
Welcome! This may be the most eclectic bunch of galleries on Pbase, but it certainly gives some idea of everywhere I have been in the last 10+ years when I wasn't at work. Remember, you are welcome to leave a comment or message when you visit.
These photos range from action and nature to celebrity and press photography. The photographs were taken over the years with either a Nikon D2x, D100, D700, or D800 and even a couple with a D70. Recently, I have added a highly pocketable 20 megapixel Sony RX-100 to the mix. I hope you enjoy these images, and return often for updates and additions.
Spring 2013: Our Africa safari has yielded quite a few animal and bird pictures, many taken with a rented 600mm lens.
Fall 2012: Most notable are my hummingbird pictures from Ecuador.
November 2009: I had the distinct pleasure of photographing one of the most interesting people of 2009, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, the airline pilot who performed the miracle unpowered landing of an A320 Airbus with 155 passengers in the Hudson River, avoiding the NY skyline in the process. He was so very gracious to me and the audience. His steely determination and polished flying skills, together with his self-effacing personality made it clear why he has long outlived what Andy Warhol described as everyone's "15 minutes of fame." One of my images from this photo shoot will be on the March/April 2010 magazine cover. I have posted a representative image from the shoot in the Celebrities and Politicians gallery.
April 2009: I added some amazing bull riding images from the Clovis Rodeo. Most of these were taken at night at super-high ISOs. But the action was amazing. Check out the last few rows of images in the Pro Rodeo gallery. And the cowgirl shots are not too shabby, either.
I shot a lot of images of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, including a few taken in a private photo shoot. The San Francisco congressional leader was very gracious and unprepossessing. I am hoping one of these can make the July 2009 cover of the Commonwealth. UPDATE May 8, 2009: One of my Nancy Pelosi private session images will be on the cover and in the lead story of the Commonwealth Magazine. But not in July. In the June issue coming out in three weeks. It is a very flattering portrait and makes a great cover, thanks in part to the great work of the editorial staff. The image they chose to publish on the cover is even better than the one I have posted here.
January--March 2009: My January candid photo of travel guru Rick Steves was chosen for the April 2009 cover of the Commonwealth Magazine. Meanwhile an archival shot of Robert Reich, former Clinton Labor Secretary and Harvard professor (currently lecturing at U.C. Berkeley at the Goldman School) became the March 2009 cover. It was shot with the 200-400mm f4 VR lens.
October--December 2008: I was locked in courtroom drama during most of this time, so very few pictures.
September 2008: Alec Baldwin gave a rousing talk about how his domestic troubles were exacerbated by the unprincipled machinations of the California Family Law System. Meanwhile, I was asked to get a shot that could be used in color on the Big Picture page of the Commonwealth Magazine. The first such image was the Lewis Black mock prayer image. Now, I am hoping that one of my Alec Baldwin pictures will be selected for that prime photo location. On Friday September 26,I will for the second time try to capture California Governor Arnold Schwarzennegar for a potential magazine cover shot. Stay tuned. It will be tough to beat my previous efforts, but it will be fun to try something fresh. Update December 2008: The January cover photo of Gov. Schwarzenegger was taken by my friend Robert Bernstein, M.D. who helped me shoot this big event. His dramatic shot was better than any of mine, and I pointed that out to the editors (who agreed). At least a few of my shots were featured in the article inside the magazine.
June 2008: Lewis Black, the great stand-up comedian and film star, gives some prayerful looks to the heavens, and engages in a great in-conversation program in Palo Alto, CA. [See my Celebrities and Politicians Gallery.] Unfortunately, no tapes were allowed of the sometimes colorful language and repartee, so you just have to take my word for it: it was funny stuff. And Lewis Black was personable and gracious. This won't be a "cover" shot because of the text embargo, but they hope to publish some Lewis Black images in a new photo signature, perhaps in color. Yes.
Update August 12, 2008: This image appeared in its own special full page color spread in the same Commonwealth Magazine issue that had Fareed Zakaria on the cover.
May 2008: My sixth cover assignment comes up on May 27 when I am to try to shoot Fareed Zakaria. For those of you who are asking, "Who?" The answer is that he is the Editor of Newsweek International, a magazine with worldwide distribution, and he is the author of an important new book about America's place in the global picture of the future as other countries and cultures are rising in economic and social importance. Mr. Zakaria does not deal in gross generalizations or platitudes. Instead, he uses a dizzying onslaught of international data and trends to glean what effects they will have on the future of freedom, America's Superpower status, and the apparently subsiding trend in world conflict, among other things. He is bringing predictions about the world of the future to our doorstep, and uses every empirical and analytical means at his disposal to accomplish that goal. Now you know "Who." Now, I just have to try get him in focus after all this build-up. [UPDATE: June 23, 2008: The editors tell me one of my Zakaria photos will be the August 2008 Magazine cover. They even said it was a "strong image." Wow!]
April 2008: My next cover assignment was to try to capture former Secretary of State George Schultz and former Defense Secretary William Perry for a two-person cover for the Commonwealth Club Magazine. I was singularly unsuccessful in getting a shot with both of them in it that could become a cover. So I turned my bunch of Raw Images over to the editors and told them they would need to work some magic in Photoshop if any of these images were to become cover material. Well, lo and behold, they did some editing and claim they got a cover. It should come out around the first of June 2008, so soon we'll all know how they did it. My whimsical shots, like the one where they are warming their hands next to a fake suitcase nuke. The so-called nuke was really my gym bag, which if you get to close, could conceivably set off some sort of olfactory chain reaction. [UPDATE: June 2008: Two of my images, one of each former Cabinet Secretary, were combined in Photoshop to create a dramatic sepia-toned pair of head shots for the June magazine cover. The 200-400mm f4 Nikkor zoom yielded a series of tack sharp images of the two men from long distance to save the day and make the cover.]
February 2008: My posed and candid images of actor--comedian--economist--game-show-host--law professor--TV pundit Ben Stein are up in the Celebrity and Politician's Gallery. One of these two images may make the Commonwealth Club Magazine cover for March 2008!!! If another image is chosen instead, I will post the chosen image(s). UPDATE: Of course,the editors chose a different image, so I have processed and posted it in the gallery. They chose well because I like it better than the saluting image because it captures his warm and whimsical side.
November 2007: There is a dramatic shot of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse taken during a five-minute period in which the beam was shone through the mighty 1872 Fresnel lenses to celebrate the 135th anniversary of the Lighthouse's first lighting. The image appears in both the Favorites gallery and the Nor Cal Nikon Users Meet-up Gallery.
October 2007: Check out San Francisco's tribute to baseball's all-time home run king Barry Bonds. An exclusive reception followed Barry's conversation with KGO-AM 810's Ray Taliaferro, and the VIPs included veteran actor Danny Glover.
Fall 2007: A few new celebrities join that gallery, and a brand new gallery is going up to document our expedition to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. We really saw a lot of wild animals and, of course, visited dozens of geysers and geothermal features. Even better, the Fall foliage was at its peak, so lots of golden aspens frame the scenes throughout the two parks. Also, lots of strange stuff has been added to the In-box in advance of creating some new galleries. Some of my aquarium pictures will soon be published in a special water edition of The Commonwealth magazine.
Summer 2007: Many Little League games have been chronicled in these galleries over the Summer and even into the Fall. I love to count how many of these seven-year-olds swing at the baseball with their eyes closed. They are trying to "use the force" to hit the ball the way Luke Skywalker uses his lightsaber to stop projectiles aimed at him.
February 2007: I managed to get some nice images of Walter Cronkite, the 89-year old former anchorman for the CBS Evening News. Still active for various causes, Mr. Cronkite sat for an interesting discussion with Gloria Duffy, the CEO of the Commonwealth Club. My job was to try to get a picture for our magazine cover. The lighting inside the San Jose Convention Center allowed 1/15 sec. at f1.4. That was not enough for my 200-400mm lens that only opens up to f4. So I slipped in early and put up light stands to the right and left of Mr. Cronkite, and used a third flash for fill from the camera position. This gave me just enough light to get the job done at ISO 200 and 1/50 sec. @ f4. With a sturdy Gitzo 1325 tripod and Markins 20 ball head, this was just enough to get some good exposures. These raw images will be processed over the next couple of weeks, and a few have been placed in the Celebrities and Politicians gallery. UPDATE May 2007: YES! Three images from this shoot were published, including the magazine COVER.
Also my In Box contains some new bird shots from Elkhorn Slough, a wildlife sanctuary along the California coast between Santa Cruz and Monterey, California.
More of the Galen and Barbara Rowell Adventure Photography Awards event at the Nikko Hotel in San Francisco. This time there is a shot of Emcee Doug McConnell, the host of Bay Area Backroads, and some nice shots of Beth Wald, the recipient of this prestigious award.
Be sure to check out the close-up images of actor Robert Redford in the Celebrities and Politicians Gallery. Mr. Redford was relaxed and charming when he came out to support adventure photography and the Yosemite Institute.
A few island shots from Hawaii have been added at the end of the 2006 Nature and Wildlife gallery, including some unusual warm weather penguins.
Some great action shots of the Maui Invitational Basketball tournament follow UCLA's men's basketball team to the tournament title and to the No. 1 ranking in the nation. The cheerleaders captured a lot of attention, too.
Finally, some mysterious "Champions of Justice" appeared out of nowhere, and were chronicled by my son Kevin as they received their awards from the Bar Association of San Francisco. That gallery was set-up so that the other "champions" could download pre-sized pictures of themselves for printing.
Our brief expedition to Utah's canyon country yielded some great memories and a few nice images. We really loved the abundant Jeep trails that took us to exotic locales that are not even on the map. Of course, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks were nearby and served as glorious locales for this fall visit.
Upon our return from Utah, I had to rush to the Santa Clara Convention Center to capture some shots of Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who returns with a new book. The book arrives just at a time when the HP management is in crisis over its investigation of leaks of Board deliberations, leading to resignations of the ensuing CEO, the General Counsel, and others, as well as criminal charges filed by the California Attorney General. Carly was kind enough to sit for a brief portrait session with me. One of these shots will serve as the January 2007 cover of The Commonwealth magazine, the prestigious publication of the Commonwealth Club, with over 20,000 circulation. The shots of Carly are in the Celebrities and Politicians gallery.