September 2018

Four San Francisco Neighborhoods

By | 2018-09-17T18:18:02+00:00 September 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I went into San Francisco yesterday with a vague idea of what I wanted to shoot. I knew I wanted to arrive early at Mission Dolores because it's a white building that would be front-lit and would stand out in black and white against the dark sky. Beyond that, I thought I'd walk into the [...]

An Ideal Black and White Subject

By | 2018-09-11T23:42:55+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park is apparently just behind the Golden Gate Bridge among San Francisco's most-photographed structures. It's definitely a picturesque building in a beautiful park setting—and a great subject when you're shooting with a black and white camera. I got there just after sunrise on a Sunday, when there were [...]

Chapels Centuries Apart

By | 2018-09-06T20:50:08+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|

On a family trip to Sea Ranch in northern California, we stopped at Fort Ross, site of an early 19th century Russian settlement (1812–1842). This is the Russian Orthodox chapel at Fort Ross, shot with the monochrome camera and with a warm tone added. A fence with each post different from the next surrounds the [...]

August 2018

Late Lighting on Telegraph Avenue

By | 2018-08-27T20:13:20+00:00 August 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I traveled down Telegraph Avenue from close to the UC Berkeley campus to where it ends at Broadway in Oakland, looking for subjects. The best I found were the buildings on the east side of the street that were front-lit by the low sun. I had a red filter on my monochrome camera to make [...]

At the Railway Museum

By | 2018-08-13T17:22:09+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Yesterday I went to the Western Railway Museum in Suisun City. I arrived when it opened at 10:30 on Sunday and certainly beat the crowds: There was nobody else there. I planned to take black and white photos of the old trains and to focus on details. That's pretty much the way it went. I [...]

July 2018

The Monochrome Gate Bridge

By | 2018-07-24T03:43:54+00:00 July 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|

There are a few million photographs of it in color, so I chose to shoot it with my monochrome camera. The light was favorable for long-exposure black and white photography. But that wasn't exactly unexpected—San Francisco in the summer at 8 a.m. is usually overcast. This is a 25-second exposure with a subtle selenium tint. [...]

June 2018

Soft Light on Bricks

By | 2018-06-07T20:43:34+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Fort Point is a masonry seacoast fortification that sits under the south anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge. I've seen many photos of its interior but hadn't been there for a long time. So I went this past Sunday, after the triathlon crowd had left, and photographed the interior. I used my monochrome camera because [...]

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 [...]