December 2019

Oakland Museum Art

By |2019-12-03T17:04:02+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Camera clubs disqualify images that a judge determines to be "photos of someone else's art." But if you put your spin on such subject matter, that's OK. Fortunately, this isn't a camera club competition. Here are two photos of other people's art from the Burning Man exhibit currently at the Oakland Museum. Named "Trocto," [...]

November 2019

Bay Bridge, Early Morning

By |2019-11-19T18:25:50+00:00November 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

I drove across the Bay Bridge early Sunday morning to catch the 7 a.m. shuttle from Treasure Island to the Yerba Buena Island viewpoint. The shuttle didn't get there till past 7:30, so my plans for catching the earliest light on the bridge went by the wayside, but it was still directional early morning light [...]

July 2019

Hunting in Downtown Oakland

By |2019-07-11T20:43:12+00:00July 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|

On Sunday in the late afternoon, I went into downtown Oakland with no plan to shoot anything specific. As usual, I had my monochrome camera, so I was mainly looking to do street photography—or portraits, if the right opportunity came along. There was a nightclub on Broadway where a few people were gathering outside before [...]

June 2019

White Suit in B&W

By |2019-06-13T23:10:25+00:00June 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|

I went into Oakland early last Sunday to beat the heat. My plan was to photograph the skyline from across Lake Merritt. I took some average skyline photos, then drove a short ways to be able to shoot the courthouse from across the lake—like this. The rower helps. Back at my car, I spotted a [...]

December 2018

An Art Deco Masterpiece

By |2018-12-17T00:52:38+00:00December 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|

On Saturday I went to the Paramount Theatre in Oakland and took the tour, which is offered twice a month on the first and third Saturdays. It costs only $5 and lasts two hours. There were about 10 people in my group. The guides explicitly tell you that you're free to photograph whatever you want. [...]

October 2018

Practicing for Day of the Dead

By |2018-10-22T18:27:24+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

To practice for my trip to Oaxaca in a week, I went to a Day of the Dead celebration yesterday at the Oakland Museum. Lots of bright sun, which is great for the event, but not for people photography. I managed to either find people in the shade or maneuver them into it, which helped. [...]

September 2018

Fantasy Figures on a Black Background

By |2018-09-30T18:45:43+00:00September 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I went to Kraken Con yesterday in Oakland. It's the fourth comic book / video game / movie / TV series-related event I've photographed. They've all been a success, mainly because the people wear such great costumes and are more than willing to pose for photos. I've learned that an uncluttered background works best [...]

Old Oakland in Black and White

By |2018-09-26T22:50:10+00:00September 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 [...]

August 2018

Late Lighting on Telegraph Avenue

By |2018-08-27T20:13:20+00:00August 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 [...]

June 2018

Photographing the Port from the Water

By |2018-06-23T22:08:23+00:00June 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

We took a 90-minute tour of the Oakland Harbor on a Blue and Gold boat, which, for a photographer, means a chance to see the port facilities and container ships from a vantage point you can't get from land. It was late in the day, so the sun was low. That translated into some [...]