My Niece & Nephew

My niece and nephew with new Apple Macbook

barcalunacyApril 2, 2010 - 11:46 am


I saw that you were one of the winners on Photofriday.

The photo is perfect in every technical way but more importantly it conveys a good feeling.


mannedspaceApril 7, 2010 - 6:28 am

Congrats on PhotoFriday. Well deserved!

TristanApril 27, 2010 - 9:33 pm

Thanks! I appreciate the comments.

Hawaii and the Na Pali Coast

I recently returned from a cruise island-hopping the Hawaiian islands. What follows is a few landscape photos taken from my stateroom balcony of the shoreline I saw pass by.

Kauai Lighthouse

Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Coast

Stormy Moon over Hawaiian Ocean

angelina_michaelSeptember 16, 2009 - 7:10 pm

Hi Tristan,

not that I would know much about photography, but I must say I love this pictures, the landscape is breathtaking and beautifully captured


TristanSeptember 17, 2009 - 8:09 pm

Thanks Angelina!

angelina_michaelSeptember 17, 2009 - 6:57 pm

Tristin, do you have any phtography tips to share? especially while photographing people?

TristanSeptember 17, 2009 - 8:42 pm

Feel free to ask me questions if you’d like ;)

angelina_michaelSeptember 17, 2009 - 11:08 pm

Thanks Tristan

MindyJanuary 19, 2010 - 6:17 pm

Wow! The third shot is my favorite. I haven’t been to HI since I got my new camera I’m dying to go back.

TristanJanuary 19, 2010 - 8:32 pm

Thanks. Yeah, I’d sure like to go back again soon.

Richard PriceMay 5, 2010 - 12:46 am

The third landscape is simply stunning. Well done!


IBM Model M keyboard – a timeless classic

This is a bit geeky but I couldn’t resist. I recently picked up at a tag sale a nearly new condition old IBM Model M ‘clicky’ keyboard (this particular one is from 1991) and it’s the best keyboard I have ever typed on:

IBM Model M

Since this keyboard comes with a PS/2 plug, you can use a special PS/2 to USB adapter to connect it to your current computer, whether it be a Mac (like me) or a Windows or Linux machine. Re-map the Alt/Control/Caps Lock keys in your keyboard control panel to work how you like them and it works like a charm! And it evokes a certain caché with a cool yet familiar old-school retro look and feel:

IBM Model M keyboard

This keyboard has a real cult following and I can see why-the keyboards that come with computers these days feel like total mush. I would highly recommend this keyboard (or the modern day roughly-equivalent one from a company called Unicomp in Lexington Kentucky), to anyone who writes, programs or just uses their computer a lot, which is practically everyone these days isn’t it? You can find them on eBay, and at thrift and computer surplus shops. If you want one with USB built in or one in black, Unicomp would be the place to get that although the build-quality is not quite as good and sturdy as the originals.

The IBM Model M is the best keyboard ever!

For more, check out to this NPR radio story.

UPDATE (April 1, 2010): I’m now using the Space Saver IBM Model M which does not include the number keypad on the right. It’s quite a bit smaller on the desk, which is nice. Having the mouse closer in to the keyboard is surprisingly more ergonomic and quicker as well. It’s my new favorite!

Kurt WeiskeJune 16, 2009 - 12:54 pm

Welcome to the club! I've been using a Model M for years, can't type anywhere near as well with any other keyboard. It does require typing a little more softly at night when people are sleeping, though. :)

robinJune 16, 2009 - 1:49 pm

That's so fun! I remember hearing that story on NPR, too. It is hard to find a comfortable keyboard. Mine isn't quite that clicky, but it is satisfying enough for me. Very fun.

dot tilde dotJune 16, 2009 - 5:26 pm

congratulations on your first ibm clicky! don't forget to swap some keys to astound your comrades!


slashsplatOctober 13, 2009 - 12:02 am

I started IBMs many years ago, and used a Model M (several) for many years. Now use the Unicomp with the trackpoint and love it. My IBM laptops have trackpoints and my main keyboards do too. Keeps my hands on the keys, not scratching meeses.

Really great pix!

Marketing piece for AAA

A while back, AAA commissioned my Golden Gate Bridge in Fog picture for a large corporate conference with a ‘Building Bridges’ theme. Here are a few pictures of one of the finished products, an announcement card; front, back and the envelope. It may be a bit difficult to see in the picture, but the image is printed directly on the card with embossing around it. I think it turned out quite nice! 

AAA Marketing Piece overview
Back of AAA Marketing piece by Tristan Tom

AAA Marketing Piece envelope

AAA also purchased over one hundred framed matted prints of my photograph. Yes, I sell those! Please inquire if you’re interested.

robinMay 21, 2009 - 5:54 pm

That is so cool! Congratulations! Your image is fabulous… and I really dig the fun envelope. What a great card!

TristanMay 23, 2009 - 10:19 am

Thanks Robin! I’m glad you like it.

iPhone pictures

The best camera is the one that’s with you. I always have my iPhone with me because it’s not practical to have a DSLR with you constantly. I enjoy the limitations of the iPhone camera in perpetuating a ‘snapshot ethic’ much in the same way Polaroids did in the past.

This is a gallery of some snapshots I’ve recently taken with my iPhone 3G.

robinMay 12, 2009 - 6:20 am

I really like that first one… very dreamy somehow.

TristanMay 14, 2009 - 9:46 pm


Mark ZemnickJune 14, 2009 - 11:56 am

Hi Tristan,

What plugin did you for these photographs. And what setup did you use. I have been trying to get some of lightbox plugins to work on my blog. But I am running to problems where the thumbnails show, the photos will not pop-up. Thank you for your time.

TristanJune 14, 2009 - 12:03 pm

HI Mark, that's the NexGEN Gallery plugin for WordPress with Lightbox 2 added in as well.

dreamdjinnSeptember 8, 2009 - 7:41 pm

Did you use the normal camera or did you DL and additional app? Love your site….


TristanSeptember 9, 2009 - 9:26 am

Yep, just the camera app and then a bit of Photoshop after.

Great image sequence of a girl receiving a new puppy for her birthday



I stumbled across this great sequence of pictures by someone on by the name of Jill Johnson on Flickr.

This really shows how even a short sequence of photographs can sure tell a compelling story! (click on the thumbnail to the right to view.)

CristiJuly 9, 2009 - 2:07 am

hey, i came across your blog from prophoto blogs and i just wanted to say that i love your work.
and these images you shared on this post actually made me all teary-eyed.

TristanJuly 9, 2009 - 4:27 pm

Thanks Cristi. Yeah, aren't these great?