May 2021

Roaming the Tenderloin

By |2021-05-14T22:50:14+00:00May 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|

I know the Tenderloin isn't the most photogenic, or safest, neighborhood in San Francisco. But it borders Civic Center, where I often go to photograph the government buildings and walk up and down Market Street. This past Sunday, instead of heading "down" to Market St., I headed "up" from Civic Center into the Tenderloin. I [...]

April 2021

Sunday Afternoon in Martinez

By |2021-04-28T17:52:52+00:00April 28th, 2021|Uncategorized|

I've visited Martinez many times because it's close, the downtown is picturesque and uncrowded (especially on a Sunday afternoon), and all the picture-worthy sites are within walking distance of each other. Incorporated in 1876 (!), the town has lots of history (birthplace of Joe DiMaggio) and well-preserved historic buildings, like the John Muir National Historic [...]

March 2021

Weather Makes the Difference

By |2021-03-30T22:13:12+00:00March 30th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Before heading out early last Sunday morning, I listened to the local news. The weather report said it would be a warm day, but the Golden Gate Bridge was very foggy. I've photographed the bridge many times, in all kinds of weather, but fog is always promising, and very San Francisco. So even though [...]

One Environmental Portrait

By |2021-03-20T19:59:41+00:00March 20th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Very early last Sunday morning, I walked to the end of Pier 14 in San Francisco. It's a good spot for capturing the city skyline, and I've done that many times. On that day, I found this young man with his guitar looking out at the bay. I liked the composition from behind, so I [...]

Dog Shows How to Pose

By |2021-03-09T22:36:04+00:00March 9th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Walking along the Embarcadero last Sunday morning, I came to a small grassy area near the Cupid's Span sculpture. Dogs were playing on the grass, and one, a Vizsla, whose name, I found out later, is Lyra, was scouting for birds to chase. At the end of a low concrete wall, she was posing perfectly [...]

January 2021

Finally, Some “Bad” Weather

By |2021-01-31T22:56:38+00:00January 31st, 2021|Uncategorized|

We finally had a rainstorm last week—we need the rainfall—and one result was ground fog the next morning. I saw it on my morning walk when I reached the top of a small hill, so I hurried home, got my camera, and drove to another, higher location. I walked down a trail there and found [...]

Walking the Embarcadero

By |2021-01-23T01:39:14+00:00January 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

For my Sunday morning outing, I went into San Francisco to walk the Embarcadero. More and more often, I'm heading  into the city, because it provides the most variety of subjects and the most photogenic environment. And I get there so early—at sunrise—that it's easy to walk around and come across very few people, which [...]

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 [...]

December 2020

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, [...]

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