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Day on Mt. Tam

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

During my trip to the San Francisco area, I took a little side trip to the mountains north of the bay. Mt. Tam has it all: mossy forests, broad grassy mountainsides, broad vistas to the sea, beach, cliffs and winding roads that you’ve seen many times in car commercials.

At my first stop, I was there all alone until a rental company showed up with chairs for a wedding. Can’t think of a better place with a more fantastic view. There’s a beautiful view of the ocean and even downtown San Francisco from here.

If you ever have a two-seater sports car or motorcycle that you want to take for a test drive, Mt. Tam is the place.

Mickey’s beach is actually a nude beach. But it’s blocked in by a tall cliff that’s littered with rock climbs. Back in the day, I used to climb there on my visits to the area. I actually did an early ascent of the most difficult climb (5.13b) on the cliff. Here’s a view from the top.

The sunset lasted forever.


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Speakertext Startup Team Portraits

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

My younger brother is the CEO of a Silicon Valley startup company called Speakertext. One day soon, they may be big! Until them, I’m one of their chief investors, the chauffeur, company photographer and the guy that buys pizza while they work late getting ready for a big tech conference for which they’ll be providing services.

Well the last three have been my roles during my visit with them over the past few days. Seeing as how only one of them has a car and money is scarce, I help where I can.

Here’s Tyler. He’s actually the most mild-mannered of the team. Not only does he do the coding for the client interface, he also does dishes. Were it not for him, the “Speakercave” - the frat-like apartment where they live and work - would probably descend into complete disaster.

“M2″ is the other Matt in the operation. He does the speech recognition and back-end work.

Matt, my brother and CEO. He’s the mouth of the operation.

The three bro-skies all gussied up for their photo. (Anyone who is cool is a brosky.)

All images were processed through Lightroom using the Photographer’s Toolkit Superpop preset.


John’s Interview Special

Friday, September 24th, 2010

The website Enticing the Light recently interviewed me for the their blog. It’s always fun for me to share my thoughts on photography, process, art and life as a creative. Check it out here: http://enticingthelight.com/2010/09/17/shedding-light-on-john-mireles/


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My Run in Mountain View

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

This week, I’m in Mountain View California - the heart of Silicon Valley. I’m visiting my younger brother who’s the head of a small startup called Speakertext. I try and run every other day so, on my run through his neighborhood, I took my new iPhone along with me to shoot snaps along the way.

Shoreline Park sits right on the San Francisco Bay.

My brother lives literally down the street from Google. You don’t even have to make a turn from his apartment (referred to as the Speakercave) to get to the Google campus.

The Google campus is about the size of a large university. There’s the main buildings and then smaller ones spread out over many blocks. You can tell a Google building by the little yellow and red bikes parked out in front. The company provides them to employees so that they can scoot from place to place.

Although it doesn’t look it, the traffic on the freeway was jammed and moving slowly. I felt so fortunate that I don’t have to be in that on a regular basis.

As I was running by, I glanced into this complex through the metal grate. I loved the symmetry of the stairs and neatly cut bushes so I snuck in and nabbed my shot.

These everyday sights are great inspiration. On my drive up to the Bay area from San Diego, I listened to Bruce Springsteen’s “Greeting from Asbury Park” album. I’ve never been a big fan and this was the first time I really listened to his music. I was struck by his songwriting. One line in particular resonated with me.

Man, there’s an opera out on the Turnpike
There’s a ballet being fought out in the alley

His message is that art exists in the everyday. It’s up to us to see it and capture it. Most of us don’t look for it and thus we never find it. Either that or we look for it in the extraordinary moments and thus fail to see that which is right in front of us. We don’t live life fully as a result.



Monday, September 20th, 2010

My studio manager Jessie, when asked to have her photo taken, shaking her head like a girl in a bar saying no to a Kennedy.