September 2022

Lots of Driving in Iceland

By |2022-09-23T01:06:56+00:00September 23rd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Over 10 days in Iceland, we drove 2,127 kilometers in our rental car—that's 1,322 miles. More driving than I wanted to do, but it was necessary to see all the sights in the south and west (and pretty far east) of the country. The distances between the main sights were long, and there was hardly [...]

New York City—So Much to Shoot

By |2022-09-23T00:31:20+00:00September 23rd, 2022|Uncategorized|

On a recent trip to New York City and Iceland, I brought two cameras, each with only one lens: a 28mm and a 50mm. (The 28 is a fixed-lens camera, the 50 was on an ILC.) I shot a lot more with the 28, which, not incidentally, is a more feature-rich camera (including autofocus) than [...]

August 2022

Portraits from Dore Alley

By |2022-08-02T00:38:19+00:00August 2nd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Up Your Alley (also known as Dore Alley) is an annual leather and fetish event in San Francisco, known as the little brother to the much-larger Folsom Street Fair. This is the second time I've gone there to photograph the day. The attendees are friendly, and without exception, happy to pose for portraits. This year, [...]

May 2022

The Ferry Terminal

By |2022-05-19T23:46:12+00:00May 19th, 2022|Uncategorized|

When I have my monochrome camera with me, I'm always on the lookout for good black and white subjects. Heading to a meeting in Marin County, I passed the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and thought, well, there's one. These photos were taken about 9 in the morning. I put an orange filter on my camera [...]

Three Artist Portraits

By |2022-05-13T00:08:34+00:00May 13th, 2022|Uncategorized|

My group of portrait photographers recently got the assignment to photograph artists working in a building in Marin County that's dedicated to artist studios. I visited three artists there, and did environmental portraits of them in their studios. Two of the spaces had very good natural light, and even the third had acceptable lighting. I [...]

April 2022

Portraits With a 28mm

By |2022-04-26T01:14:59+00:00April 26th, 2022|Uncategorized|

I see this topic discussed on photo forums from time to time: Can one make good portraits with a 28mm lens? The most open-minded respondents always say that you can make a good portrait with any focal length, and I agree. Maybe 85mm is perfect for head and shoulders shots, but, depending on the subject [...]

Stepping Back in Time

By |2022-04-12T18:42:38+00:00April 12th, 2022|Uncategorized|

I have several antique clocks inherited from my father. Some work, some don't. I decided to get one repaired, but finding someone who repairs clocks that are over a hundred years old isn't easy. From my watchmaker, I got the name of Dorian Clair Antique Clock Repair in San Francisco. I called Dorian and made [...]

March 2022

SF Skyline from Treasure Island Ferry

By |2022-03-30T18:04:53+00:00March 29th, 2022|Uncategorized|

I got to Treasure Island about 7:30 last Sunday morning. Because I knew the sky would be overcast that morning, my plan was to take some long exposures with a compressed dynamic range. I also planned to take the new ferry from Treasure Island to the Ferry Building. But its first departure was at [...]

Nighttime at the Refinery

By |2022-03-07T18:41:23+00:00March 7th, 2022|Uncategorized|

I went with a couple of photo friends to the C&H Sugar refinery in Crockett this past weekend. Our intent was to shoot the refinery at the blue hour, when the building's sign is lit up and there's still some light in the sky. When we arrived around 5:30, the scene looked like this: Soon [...]

January 2022

Granddaughters in Color

By |2022-01-14T00:58:38+00:00January 14th, 2022|Uncategorized|

I know this is primarily a site for black and white photography, but I DO have a color camera and mostly shoot my grandkids with that. It also has the advantages of being an autofocus camera, which my monochrome camera is not, and has a fixed 28mm lens, which gives me a better chance of [...]

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