March 2020

Embarcadero Street Portraits

By |2020-03-08T21:25:21+00:00March 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I had an "assignment" from a group of photographers I meet with to take three street portraits. I went to a couple of locations in the past few weeks, but didn't come away with any portraits I liked. In one case, I didn't get any at all. So I went to the Embarcadero in San [...]

February 2020

Chinese New Year Community Street Fair

By |2020-02-10T19:46:20+00:00February 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|

This is another event where street photography is easier than usual. Lots of people are milling about, and most aren't paying any attention to you. I got there early, before 9 a.m., when the light was coming from a low angle. I looked for compositions like this, but never found a great background. The front-lighting [...]

Death Valley Sand Dunes

By |2020-02-05T19:04:41+00:00February 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Several guides for photographers that I read before going to Death Valley rank two or three locations ahead of the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes as photo subjects, including Badwater Basin and Zabriskie Point. But for someone like me, shooting in black and white and using only wide-angle and normal (50mm) lenses, the sand dunes were [...]

January 2020

Found Subjects

By |2020-01-13T23:51:08+00:00January 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|

With no specific photo goal or subject in mind, I went to three towns on the shore of San Francisco Bay this weekend. Crockett, Martinez and Port Costa are all three fairly close together. Crockett and Port Costa are towns that time forgot, and seem stuck in time about 50 years ago. Martinez is small, [...]

December 2019

Fort Baker in the Rain

By |2019-12-28T20:14:30+00:00December 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Intending to capture the Golden Gate Bridge on a cloudy, gray day, I went to Fort Baker at the northern end of the bridge with my monochrome camera. It was cloudy, all right, and rainy. So I sat in my car for about 45 minutes, reading on my phone, waiting for the rain to [...]

Low-Light Street Photography

By |2019-12-22T01:42:09+00:00December 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

I went into San Francisco late in the afternoon (3:30) last week to do some street photography. The challenge was trying to use my normal street settings in low light. I normally dial in f/11, 1/250s, Auto ISO, and focus at 6 feet on my 35mm lens—but very quickly, as the light disappeared, I had [...]

Postprocessing Serendipity

By |2019-12-10T02:56:29+00:00December 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Last Thursday was a foggy day, so I went out early in the morning to try using the fog as a blank background to isolate subjects. I was looking for trees standing alone, with the idea of turning them into silhouettes in monochrome. I never really found that, but instead remembered a statue in a [...]

Oakland Museum Art

By |2019-12-03T17:04:02+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Camera clubs disqualify images that a judge determines to be "photos of someone else's art." But if you put your spin on such subject matter, that's OK. Fortunately, this isn't a camera club competition. Here are two photos of other people's art from the Burning Man exhibit currently at the Oakland Museum. Named "Trocto," [...]

November 2019

Bay Bridge, Early Morning

By |2019-11-19T18:25:50+00:00November 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

I drove across the Bay Bridge early Sunday morning to catch the 7 a.m. shuttle from Treasure Island to the Yerba Buena Island viewpoint. The shuttle didn't get there till past 7:30, so my plans for catching the earliest light on the bridge went by the wayside, but it was still directional early morning light [...]

October 2019

The Salesforce Transit Center Oasis

By |2019-10-15T15:36:03+00:00October 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Because the Salesforce Transit Center has been open for such a short time, everything is clean and new, unlike what you find in other public spaces in San Francisco. The sidewalks are pristine, the drinking fountains work, the bathrooms are clean, the greenery is neat and trimmed, and the tables and chairs in the courtyard [...]