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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Unreal in Two Different Ways

By |2020-08-19T22:03:11+00:00August 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Here are two photos of the Immaculata Church on the campus of the University of San Diego. Neither one shows the church as you'd see it if you went there, because one is black and white and the other infrared. I went to the church at sunrise, but the light was wrong: It's a sunset [...]

Scripps Beach in La Jolla

By |2020-09-07T00:22:29+00:00August 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Since I'm visiting La Jolla, I went to Scripps Beach to photograph the famous pier, and found a few other good street-photo-type subjects. The view looking out to the ocean along the length of the pier is about as popular as Tunnel View in Yosemite—everyone takes this shot. Here's my version: I talked for [...]

July 2020

Morning Light on City Hall

By |2020-07-14T18:03:25+00:00July 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I drove into San Francisco on a Sunday morning, intending to photograph the Palace of Fine Arts. But as I drove past the Civic Center, San Francisco City Hall caught my attention. It was front-lit by the rising sun at about 8 a.m. and positively glowed. So I changed plans, parked there, and shot [...]

June 2020

George Floyd Protest March

By |2020-06-09T21:02:07+00:00June 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I went into Oakland this past Sunday, more to get out of the house than with any specific photo plans. I drove downtown and began walking around the area of Broadway and 14th through 18th. I came across this young man painting a mural, talked to him for couple of minutes, then asked to take [...]

May 2020

Cirrus Clouds on a Windy Day

By |2020-05-10T22:38:59+00:00May 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|

For six weeks now, it hasn't been possible to get out and do street photography, or really any kind of photography away from home. But a few days ago, a hiking trail near my house, which had been closed for weeks, was reopened. So, noticing photogenic cirrus clouds this morning, I walked part of the [...]

April 2020

Story-Telling Composites

By |2020-04-15T04:59:55+00:00April 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Since I can't get out and do any street photography, I've been using myself as the actor in story-telling composites. The most time-consuming part is coming up with a concept that's simple enough to be doable, but not so simple that it's dull. So here are three I did last week. BTW, thank goodness for [...]

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