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. [...]

November 2018

Union Square at Christmas, Version 2

By | 2018-11-27T21:11:50+00:00 November 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I went into San Francisco about a half hour before sunset last Saturday night. I took some photos—none of them good—from ground level in Union Square, then took the elevator to the fifth floor of the Macy's building to get this elevated perspective. This is a three-shot pano with a 28mm lens. I knew about [...]

Mexico Part 3—Here, There and Everywhere

By | 2018-12-05T18:51:16+00:00 November 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Here's my last posting of images from the Oaxaca trip. These were taken in various locations. Oaxaca City. She was surprised that I wanted to take her picture, but was happy to pose for a second. Oaxaca City. The night before Day of the Dead. She was posing for money, so I put some [...]

Mexico Part 2—Day of the Dead

By | 2018-11-11T23:52:45+00:00 November 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

This set of photos was taken in and near Oaxaca City and has the Day of the Dead and celebrants as subject matter. I took this from a vantage point looking down on the square in front of the Oaxaca Cathedral during a band concert in early evening. I asked if I could take [...]

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. [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]