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January 2021

A Pleasant Surprise

By |2021-01-14T00:51:09+00:00January 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|

My initial destination last Sunday was the Legion of Honor, which is a good subject, but the light didn't cooperate. It was overcast and the flat light didn't make for a good architectural photo. At one point, the sun kind of broke through, which produced dappled lighting—more interesting than the flat, dull light from an [...]

The Impact of Shallow DOF

By |2021-01-05T22:14:10+00:00January 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|

I tried to think of a good analogy for what it was like to capture this image. I was trying to nail focus on the eyes of a very active, constantly moving child, using a 50mm lens set at f/1.4 on a manual-focus camera. I was shooting from only a few feet away. My analogy [...]

December 2020

The Red Dress

By |2020-12-26T19:49:11+00:00December 26th, 2020|Uncategorized|

My wife bought a red dress for my granddaughter, Eva, to wear at Christmas. Here it is hanging on the closet door. I resolved to get a photo of Eva wearing the dress, but with a three-year-old, that requires some planning and patience. We decided to try for a day a few days before Christmas, [...]

Four San Francisco Landmarks

By |2020-12-15T03:40:09+00:00December 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I'm not keen on photographing people wearing masks, and approaching strangers right now makes one even more apprehensive than usual. So, I'm foregoing street photography and instead am photographing buildings in monochrome. Here are four SF landmarks, taken over a couple of weekends. The Palace of Fine Arts is a good subject in just about [...]

November 2020

Cemeteries—Ideal for Monochrome

By |2020-11-17T19:27:39+00:00November 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|

According to its official website, "The town of Colma is known worldwide as 'The City of Souls.'" That's because it has 1,500 residents and 1.5 million "souls" in its 16 cemeteries. I went there early on a Sunday to photograph the cemeteries in monochrome. Driving around among the tombstones and mausoleums was stressless and enjoyable, [...]

Early November in Wawona

By |2020-11-12T22:42:07+00:00November 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I've been to Yosemite a couple of dozen times, but not for a few years. I traveled to Wawona in early November for three days for a family event, which meant this was not a dedicated photo trip. But I did have my monochrome camera and a 28mm fixed-lens color camera. I shot with both, [...]

October 2020

That Journey Quote

By |2020-10-25T17:41:43+00:00October 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I found a bench I could isolate against the sky, and thought it would be a good monochrome subject. So I took this shot. Graphic, but too simple. I added a person and tried a couple of poses. Better, but not yet there. I decided a symmetrical composition would work, so I tried the following [...]

September 2020

Boxing at Lake Merritt

By |2020-09-29T23:41:10+00:00September 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I drove to Lakeshore Avenue in Oakland this past weekend, intending to look for street photos there, but when I arrived, I saw there were lots of booths set up around the shore of Lake Merritt. Apparently, every weekend since the pandemic started, this has been taking place: kind of an ad hoc street [...]

All About the Subject

By |2020-09-21T02:25:04+00:00September 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

This post is an outlier because there's just one photo, and it's not monochrome. This is Eva, my granddaughter, last weekend, wearing the new hat and shirt my wife bought for her in San Diego. To try something different, I put a border around it in Lightroom that makes it look matted. The portrait technique [...]

August 2020

Performer in the Park

By |2020-08-29T22:58:29+00:00August 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I was walking around Balboa Park in San Diego near sunset, looking for street photos, and finding nothing worth shooting. I took one last walk down the main pathway and, at the end, found a woman practicing what I later found out, by talking to her, are her circus routines. In a strong eastern European [...]

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