May 2018

Three Trips to Oakland

By | 2018-05-02T23:33:05+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

I'm making Oakland my go-to street photography destination because it's quick and easy to get into downtown and there's a real variety of people to photograph there. The images in this post are from three separate trips. I asked this man to pose for me in front of the mural. This was shot with [...]

March 2018

Cloudscapes—Finally

By | 2018-03-05T05:11:27+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Because we've had no significant storms here in the Bay Area since January, it's been impossible to take photos of the cloudscapes that trail after them. We finally had a storm on Thursday and Friday, and it produced some excellent clouds. This shot was taken Saturday from Grizzly Peak Boulevard, above Berkeley, a road with [...]

February 2018

People and Murals

By | 2018-02-27T22:18:34+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Street photographers are supposed to compose with a scene and actors. I modified that last week to a backdrop and, well, people. Not even really actors. There are lots of murals in downtown Oakland that make good backdrops. I found a couple of people to pose in front of them. I need to work more [...]

Street People in Oakland

By | 2018-02-05T01:47:07+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

There weren't a lot of people out and about in downtown Oakland today because everyone was at Super Bowl parties. So maybe the street people stood out even more. Here are two I talked to and photographed. I could see this man's tattoos under his unbuttoned shirt and started talking to him about them. He [...]

January 2018

Seascapes in Monochrome

By | 2018-01-14T19:52:02+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The beaches and rocky shoreline in Pacific Grove are great photo locations. I went there last week to shoot seascapes in monochrome. There are plenty of rock formations and you can get close to them on the beach—but the challenge is finding a good composition. I took many shots with a 10-stop ND filter to [...]

Story Telling

By | 2018-01-02T23:36:32+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

I went back to the racetrack one more time to capture some images that tell the story of a day at the races. I didn't have a good "establishing shot," that is, a shot showing the viewer where the portraits were taken. I took a couple: one of the entrance to the racetrack and [...]

December 2017

Oracle in Infrared

By | 2017-12-31T19:12:12+00:00 December 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

I was leaving a meeting in Redwood Shores yesterday and drove past the Oracle headquarters. "Huh," I thought, "that would make a good IR shot." Since I had my converted IR camera in the trunk, I pulled into the Oracle parking lot and took a bunch of photos. If the trees had been leafier, [...]

Drawing on a Personal Image Bank

By | 2017-12-24T22:08:23+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Howard Schatz has talked about the importance or utility of having a "personal image bank" of images you've seen and stored in memory, which you can use as a source of ideas for your own images. Walking around San Francisco on Thursday, I passed a building with massive pillars. Individuals or small groups of people [...]

Done with One Approach

By | 2017-12-16T03:34:27+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Last Sunday was my seventh time going to the track to shoot spectators. People have been very willing to pose and I've enjoyed the experience. The track now takes a break for a couple of weeks and I'll wait to hear back from my client about what he'd like to do with the photos [...]

More Than Enough Choices

By | 2017-12-05T17:55:12+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

It was a bright, sunny day at the track last Sunday, unlike the previous Sunday when it was overcast and perfect for outdoor portraits. I took only one shot in the direct sun because it was a group and I couldn't avoid it. You can see why it's a bad idea. Even with bringing up [...]