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 [...]

September 2019

Fiesta de las Americas

By |2019-09-18T02:52:49+00:00September 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Last Sunday the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District held an event in San Francisco called Fiesta de las Americas to "celebrate the independence of various Latin American countries and commemorate the culture, arts and music found from Patagonia to the Artic Circle." It was in the Mission District on 24th Street between Bryant and Folsom. At [...]

Market St. Street Photography

By |2019-09-14T22:10:16+00:00September 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Along with the Embarcadero, Market St. is my favorite location for street photography in San Francisco. It's always busy and there's always a range of people, including shoppers, tourists, businesspeople, performers and others. I was in the city on Thursday to see a photo-related movie (Jay Myself) and stayed after to shoot around Civic Center [...]

Back to an IR Mindset

By |2019-09-09T20:49:09+00:00September 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

My infrared (IR) converted camera was stolen out of my car in July 2018, and I haven't done much IR photography since then. I could have, using an IR filter on my normal cameras, but that requires long exposures and a tripod. The results often aren't great if you're including trees in the composition because [...]