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 [...]

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 [...]

October 2017

Oaklandish

By | 2017-10-16T17:06:24+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

That's the name of a store in downtown Oakland. I went into the city yesterday in the late afternoon to find some street photography subjects. (Not that it has anything to do with photography, but I have to say the weather was absolutely perfect. Oakland has great weather.) I shot near the Oakland Marriott, where [...]

September 2017

Straight-Up Photojournalism

By | 2017-09-11T03:56:08+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I went to the rally in Oakland yesterday to protest Trump's decision on DACA. I agree with the cause, and saw an opportunity to shoot a bona fide journalistic subject. There were plenty of photographers there—legit news media as well as amateurs like me—and it was a good event for photography, with close access to [...]

June 2017

Street Photography—Father’s Day Portraits

By | 2017-06-19T02:32:04+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I went into downtown Oakland early today because it was predicted to get over 100 degrees in the afternoon. On previous Sunday visits, I'd noticed all the nicely dressed people going to early church services and my plan was to ask some of those church-goers if I could take their photo. So that's what [...]