December 2018

An Art Deco Masterpiece

By | 2018-12-17T00:52:38+00:00 December 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+00:00 October 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+00:00 September 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+00:00 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 [...]

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 [...]

June 2018

Photographing the Port from the Water

By | 2018-06-23T22:08:23+00:00 June 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 [...]

Cosplay at Comic Con

By | 2018-06-12T00:08:18+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

It's easier to photograph people at events than elsewhere, and it's especially easy at Comic Con, where many people are dressed in costume and are happy to pose. I went to San Francisco Comic Con (held in Oakland) on Friday, stationed myself in front of a black curtain to use as a background, and asked [...]

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 [...]

April 2018

An Alternative SF Skyline View

By | 2018-04-19T17:31:19+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The shot of the San Francisco skyline from Treasure Island is hard to beat, but I've done it (and seen it done by others) an awful lot. Here are just three examples of my own shots over the years. So I went to new spot last night with a couple of other photographers. Called Port [...]

Four More Oakland Street Portraits

By | 2018-04-03T04:08:49+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

I was back in Oakland last Saturday evening walking around looking for interesting people to photograph. The end-of-day light helped a lot. I got three portraits I find acceptable and one very good one. I talked to this man for a while before asking him to stand in front of this black wall. This A's [...]