March 2019

Night Photography in Union Square

By | 2019-03-04T18:58:51+00:00 March 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Low-light photography is the other reason, besides defocused backgrounds, for paying extra for fast lenses. So, taking advantage of that, I walked around Union Square and Market Street on Saturday night shooting with an f/1.7 lens wide open. This busker at the edge of Union Square was singing songs from the Great American Songbook ("Cheek [...]

February 2019

Street Photography in San Francisco

By | 2019-02-18T19:12:20+00:00 February 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|

After the storms of the past week, Sunday was clear and cool in San Francisco. I walked all over the place—Union Square, the Embarcadero, Chinatown, North Beach and the financial district—with a street photography mindset. I got four images I think are worth showing. I came across these two men on Market St. They each [...]

Street Photography in Chinatown

By | 2019-02-05T00:31:58+00:00 February 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The streets in Chinatown in San Francisco are crowded during the Flower Fair, which takes place the weekend before Chinese New Year. That makes it hard to get a clean composition. I got only a few semi-keepers from a couple of hundred photos, and even for those, I thought there was too much going on [...]

January 2019

Late Day Light in Sonora

By | 2019-01-16T05:29:33+00:00 January 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

I went to Sonora in Gold Country this past weekend. Bad weather was predicted but never materialized and the weather and light were great for photography. This is the Sonora court house in late afternoon light. This the St. James Episcopal church, "The Red Church," right on Highway 49. (Yes, it's red, but I photographed [...]

December 2018

An Art Deco Masterpiece

By | 2018-12-17T00:52:38+00:00 December 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|

On Saturday I went to the Paramount Theatre in Oakland and took the tour, which is offered twice a month on the first and third Saturdays. It costs only $5 and lasts two hours. There were about 10 people in my group. The guides explicitly tell you that you're free to photograph whatever you want. [...]

San Francisco Architecture in Monochrome

By | 2018-12-05T01:33:01+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I walked around downtown San Francisco on Sunday in beautiful weather and photographed not people (well, very few people) but buildings. It's not an original observation, but monochrome works especially well for architecture. And in post, I can easily turn skies almost black, which gives the images with light or white buildings a lot of [...]

November 2018

Union Square at Christmas, Version 2

By | 2018-11-27T21:11:50+00:00 November 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I went into San Francisco about a half hour before sunset last Saturday night. I took some photos—none of them good—from ground level in Union Square, then took the elevator to the fifth floor of the Macy's building to get this elevated perspective. This is a three-shot pano with a 28mm lens. I knew about [...]

Mexico Part 3—Here, There and Everywhere

By | 2018-12-05T18:51:16+00:00 November 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Here's my last posting of images from the Oaxaca trip. These were taken in various locations. Oaxaca City. She was surprised that I wanted to take her picture, but was happy to pose for a second. Oaxaca City. The night before Day of the Dead. She was posing for money, so I put some [...]

Mexico Part 2—Day of the Dead

By | 2018-11-11T23:52:45+00:00 November 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

This set of photos was taken in and near Oaxaca City and has the Day of the Dead and celebrants as subject matter. I took this from a vantage point looking down on the square in front of the Oaxaca Cathedral during a band concert in early evening. I asked if I could take [...]