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John Finster
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Attended Santa Rosa Junior College
Lives in Redwood City, CA
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have always wanted to shoot pictures of the graffiti on the train cars not far from home. got there this Sat morning around 7am and did :-)
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Pictures from Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay, CA, overcast day. Shot with a Nikon D3300, 35mm F/1.8 lens and CPL filter to improve contrast.
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Las Ilusiones florecen entre los bastidores. E si no fuera por el amor, no habría nada en absoluto.
( I can't take credit for this nice photo)
#love #illusions #backstage
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Lots of growth happening downtown Redwood City and vicinity. Rents skyrocketing.  What will traffic and parking be like a year from now?
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Yacht Harbor at Sunset, Redwood City, CA. 35mm F/1.8, wide open at ISO 200, which is still mind-blowing to me. 
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Beautiful clear, nippy Saturday in the City with a 55-200mm lens for shallow depth of field. Missed lots of great shots due to the narrow field of vision. With some imagination and cropping though, this lens will do until we get a 35mm F/1.8... There were so many people out this winter day following new years; felt like being in New York.  
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Pacific Shores, Redwood City, CA - a very nice place to go for a walk, any time of year. The architecture has a futuristic -- or perhaps actually contemporary -- feel to it. They got this one right.
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We are so lucky to live in California. These are shots from this winter. Winter !!!  Incredible. Incredible, but true :-)
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Learning to enjoy a fast prime lens (Nikon DX 35mm F/1.8). Even an inexpensive circular polarizing filter like mine seems to help the contrast.
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First few shots with a 35mm prime lens F/1.8, CPL filter. In the city, for close-in landscape shots, I imagine an 18-24mm would probably be better, composition wise. I sold my Martin guitar for this lens, and so far, with no regrets. It takes shots that would be nearly impossible with the 18-55mm kit lens. 
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  • Self-Employed
    Independent Contractor, 1992 - present
  • USCG
    Yoeman, 1987 - 1991
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A moderately fragile guy who is aging somewhat well.
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A select few of us are very clever but so incredibly slow to learn.
Education
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
    General
    General aiming for Humanities major. Learned and improved the most in English. Everything else was more like a boring review of high school or prior.
  • American Business College
    AC & R, 1979 - 1979
    Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Home Appliance Repair, San Diego. A great program, six months long, during which time, I donated blood plasma once every ten days or so, lived on brown rice and vegetarian soup, and surfed my ass off. The best time of my life.
  • Lowell High School
    High School, 1972 - 1973
    Mostly solids (4 / semester), the usual college-prep stuff. Favorite courses were in math and language (Spanish). Of all the places I've been since, I remember Lowell fondly as the place where I had the best friends, and regret I couldn't graduate from there and continue to college.
  • Menlo-Atherton High School
    High School, 1973 - 1974
    Briefly enrolled senior year. Nearly graduated 1/2-year early (met credits requirement). Great school at the time, excellent teachers.
  • El Molino High School
    High School, 1974 - 1974
    Math, History, Photography. Had to finish here after leaving Redwood City to meet their county grad-requirements. I hated this high school. It was to me the exact opposite of Lowell. There were some exceptional performers. The run of the mill though were pot heads and proud of it.
  • United States Coast Guard
    Service Schools, 1974 - 1993
    Yeoman Class A School, Boarding Officer Training, Firefighting School, Systems Management School, Human Relations/Civil Rights Training. My first enlistment as a Boatswain Mate ended poorly. My second time around though, I served as a yeoman and excelled in the office especially in computing. It's nice to be thought of highly by the people you serve.
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