September 2018

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 [...]

Metal Works of Art

By | 2018-08-22T01:14:50+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

I was in Napa for a wedding last weekend, and because the ceremony wasn't till the afternoon on Saturday, I went downtown to the the Main Street Reunion car show. I've photographed classic car shows before, always thinking I'm going to get interesting photos, but I never do. I shoot details, themes (like hood ornaments, [...]

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 [...]

Rare Animal Sighting in the Presidio

By | 2018-08-05T21:07:05+00:00 August 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I was walking at the Presidio on Tuesday and came across this rarely seen animal, a Northern Short-Eared Rugrat. They are habituated to humans, so I was able to creep up close and get this shot. For me, the lighting, expression, pose and setting all work in this image. I'll keep an eye out for [...]

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. [...]

Collecting Characters

By | 2018-07-15T18:06:02+00:00 July 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Continuing to indulge my Comic Con habit, I went to a smaller show in Concord yesterday. Many fewer cosplayers, but as always, the ones who were there were happy to pose. Also as always, the lighting was pretty bad: there's not much of it, and it casts unflattering shadows. I can improve it in post, [...]

My Fifth Fourth

By | 2018-07-04T22:39:51+00:00 July 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I've now photographed the Fourth of July parade in Orinda five times. I'm not getting better, but it's still worth a try. Lighting is tough—it's often a bright, sunny day—and, like all parades, the backgrounds are busy. But the colors pop and people don't object to having their photo taken. Here's the Little Mermaid. If [...]

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 [...]