November 2018

Mexico Part 3—Here, There and Everywhere

By | 2018-12-05T18:51:16+00:00 November 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Here's my last posting of images from the Oaxaca trip. These were taken in various locations. Oaxaca City. She was surprised that I wanted to take her picture, but was happy to pose for a second. Oaxaca City. The night before Day of the Dead. She was posing for money, so I put some [...]

October 2018

Practicing for Day of the Dead

By | 2018-10-22T18:27:24+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

To practice for my trip to Oaxaca in a week, I went to a Day of the Dead celebration yesterday at the Oakland Museum. Lots of bright sun, which is great for the event, but not for people photography. I managed to either find people in the shade or maneuver them into it, which helped. [...]

September 2018

Fantasy Figures on a Black Background

By | 2018-09-30T18:45:43+00:00 September 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I went to Kraken Con yesterday in Oakland. It's the fourth comic book / video game / movie / TV series-related event I've photographed. They've all been a success, mainly because the people wear such great costumes and are more than willing to pose for photos. I've learned that an uncluttered background works best [...]

Four San Francisco Neighborhoods

By | 2018-09-17T18:18:02+00:00 September 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I went into San Francisco yesterday with a vague idea of what I wanted to shoot. I knew I wanted to arrive early at Mission Dolores because it's a white building that would be front-lit and would stand out in black and white against the dark sky. Beyond that, I thought I'd walk into the [...]

August 2018

At the Railway Museum

By | 2018-08-13T17:22:09+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Yesterday I went to the Western Railway Museum in Suisun City. I arrived when it opened at 10:30 on Sunday and certainly beat the crowds: There was nobody else there. I planned to take black and white photos of the old trains and to focus on details. That's pretty much the way it went. I [...]

Rare Animal Sighting in the Presidio

By | 2018-08-05T21:07:05+00:00 August 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I was walking at the Presidio on Tuesday and came across this rarely seen animal, a Northern Short-Eared Rugrat. They are habituated to humans, so I was able to creep up close and get this shot. For me, the lighting, expression, pose and setting all work in this image. I'll keep an eye out for [...]

July 2018

Collecting Characters

By | 2018-07-15T18:06:02+00:00 July 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Continuing to indulge my Comic Con habit, I went to a smaller show in Concord yesterday. Many fewer cosplayers, but as always, the ones who were there were happy to pose. Also as always, the lighting was pretty bad: there's not much of it, and it casts unflattering shadows. I can improve it in post, [...]

June 2018

Cosplay at Comic Con

By | 2018-06-12T00:08:18+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

It's easier to photograph people at events than elsewhere, and it's especially easy at Comic Con, where many people are dressed in costume and are happy to pose. I went to San Francisco Comic Con (held in Oakland) on Friday, stationed myself in front of a black curtain to use as a background, and asked [...]

May 2018

Good News / Bad News at Carnaval

By | 2018-05-28T19:09:25+00:00 May 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I won't keep you in suspense: The good news is that Carnaval is a spectacular photo op. Everybody's in a good mood, all the people wearing elaborate and very colorful costumes are happy to pose for photos, and it was a warm, sunny day. (I guess that last one is good news for the scantily [...]