May 2018

Creative Subjects at Bay to Breakers

By | 2018-05-21T22:56:20+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|

I did a poor job of planning for taking photos at this year's Bay to Breakers. I didn't have a plan for the kinds of photos I wanted, or at least no plan beyond my standard one of taking street portraits. I hadn't scoped out locations or come up with an approach to get a [...]

Cinco de Mayo in the Mission

By | 2018-05-12T03:33:34+00:00 May 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Cinco de Mayo isn't a major holiday in Mexico, and turns out it wasn't in San Francisco, either. I went to the "celebration" there, but it was really more of a small street fair with the usual vendors of cell phone services, chiropractic care, Scientology and the like. So I left and ended up walking [...]

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

Flashy Night Photography

By | 2018-04-22T22:49:30+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

I went to a workshop on night photography last Friday night. I don't use flash much (apparently, I've got a lot of company in that) so this was a chance to learn more about how to shoot movement at night with a flash. We mostly photographed a group of skateboarders. They were happy to perform [...]

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 [...]

March 2018

Morning and Afternoon in the City

By | 2018-03-26T23:10:20+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I was in San Francisco early in the day, because we stayed overnight, and late in the day, because I had to return to get my phone, which I left at the hotel. (Tony Bennett needs to update the song for the 21st century: I Left My Phone in San Francisco). I'm no longer excited [...]

Meeting the Emperor in San Francisco

By | 2018-03-14T22:12:21+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Photo educators and workshop leaders frequently exhort newbies to venture out with their cameras because one never knows what one might come across—like Norton I, Emperor of San Francisco and Protector of Mexico. I was in SF on Sunday, haunting the Embarcadero looking for images, and had just taken a forgettable shot of something or [...]

Cloudscapes—Finally

By | 2018-03-05T05:11:27+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Because we've had no significant storms here in the Bay Area since January, it's been impossible to take photos of the cloudscapes that trail after them. We finally had a storm on Thursday and Friday, and it produced some excellent clouds. This shot was taken Saturday from Grizzly Peak Boulevard, above Berkeley, a road with [...]

February 2018

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 [...]

January 2018

Seascapes in Monochrome

By | 2018-01-14T19:52:02+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The beaches and rocky shoreline in Pacific Grove are great photo locations. I went there last week to shoot seascapes in monochrome. There are plenty of rock formations and you can get close to them on the beach—but the challenge is finding a good composition. I took many shots with a 10-stop ND filter to [...]