April 2021

Sunday Afternoon in Martinez

By |2021-04-28T17:52:52+00:00April 28th, 2021|Uncategorized|

I've visited Martinez many times because it's close, the downtown is picturesque and uncrowded (especially on a Sunday afternoon), and all the picture-worthy sites are within walking distance of each other. Incorporated in 1876 (!), the town has lots of history (birthplace of Joe DiMaggio) and well-preserved historic buildings, like the John Muir National Historic [...]

March 2021

One Environmental Portrait

By |2021-03-20T19:59:41+00:00March 20th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Very early last Sunday morning, I walked to the end of Pier 14 in San Francisco. It's a good spot for capturing the city skyline, and I've done that many times. On that day, I found this young man with his guitar looking out at the bay. I liked the composition from behind, so I [...]

January 2021

Finally, Some “Bad” Weather

By |2021-01-31T22:56:38+00:00January 31st, 2021|Uncategorized|

We finally had a rainstorm last week—we need the rainfall—and one result was ground fog the next morning. I saw it on my morning walk when I reached the top of a small hill, so I hurried home, got my camera, and drove to another, higher location. I walked down a trail there and found [...]

Walking the Embarcadero

By |2021-01-23T01:39:14+00:00January 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

For my Sunday morning outing, I went into San Francisco to walk the Embarcadero. More and more often, I'm heading  into the city, because it provides the most variety of subjects and the most photogenic environment. And I get there so early—at sunrise—that it's easy to walk around and come across very few people, which [...]

A Pleasant Surprise

By |2021-01-14T00:51:09+00:00January 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|

My initial destination last Sunday was the Legion of Honor, which is a good subject, but the light didn't cooperate. It was overcast and the flat light didn't make for a good architectural photo. At one point, the sun kind of broke through, which produced dappled lighting—more interesting than the flat, dull light from an [...]

December 2020

The Red Dress

By |2020-12-26T19:49:11+00:00December 26th, 2020|Uncategorized|

My wife bought a red dress for my granddaughter, Eva, to wear at Christmas. Here it is hanging on the closet door. I resolved to get a photo of Eva wearing the dress, but with a three-year-old, that requires some planning and patience. We decided to try for a day a few days before Christmas, [...]

Four San Francisco Landmarks

By |2020-12-15T03:40:09+00:00December 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I'm not keen on photographing people wearing masks, and approaching strangers right now makes one even more apprehensive than usual. So, I'm foregoing street photography and instead am photographing buildings in monochrome. Here are four SF landmarks, taken over a couple of weekends. The Palace of Fine Arts is a good subject in just about [...]

November 2020

Cemeteries—Ideal for Monochrome

By |2020-11-17T19:27:39+00:00November 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|

According to its official website, "The town of Colma is known worldwide as 'The City of Souls.'" That's because it has 1,500 residents and 1.5 million "souls" in its 16 cemeteries. I went there early on a Sunday to photograph the cemeteries in monochrome. Driving around among the tombstones and mausoleums was stressless and enjoyable, [...]

Early November in Wawona

By |2020-11-12T22:42:07+00:00November 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I've been to Yosemite a couple of dozen times, but not for a few years. I traveled to Wawona in early November for three days for a family event, which meant this was not a dedicated photo trip. But I did have my monochrome camera and a 28mm fixed-lens color camera. I shot with both, [...]

October 2020

That Journey Quote

By |2020-10-25T17:41:43+00:00October 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I found a bench I could isolate against the sky, and thought it would be a good monochrome subject. So I took this shot. Graphic, but too simple. I added a person and tried a couple of poses. Better, but not yet there. I decided a symmetrical composition would work, so I tried the following [...]

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