December 2018

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 [...]

October 2018

Gloomy Weather on Mare Island

By | 2018-10-15T23:27:32+00:00 October 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I arrived before sunrise at Mare Island in Vallejo on Sunday, hoping to get early morning light on the old buildings there. No such luck. It was overcast and stayed that way all morning. So I shot in monochrome. I've been there before and had a couple of subjects in mind, like St. Peter's Chapel, [...]

September 2018

Old Oakland in Black and White

By | 2018-09-26T22:50:10+00:00 September 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I drove into Oakland early Sunday morning specifically to photograph the court house front-lit by the rising sun. But it was overcast, so I had to wait. I know—it's just a building, which is not the most exciting subject, even though, having been built in 1936, it is historic. But I really like the [...]

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 [...]