September 2018

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 [...]

Creative Subjects at Bay to Breakers

By | 2018-05-21T22:56:20+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|

I did a poor job of planning for taking photos at this year's Bay to Breakers. I didn't have a plan for the kinds of photos I wanted, or at least no plan beyond my standard one of taking street portraits. I hadn't scoped out locations or come up with an approach to get a [...]

Cinco de Mayo in the Mission

By | 2018-05-12T03:33:34+00:00 May 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Cinco de Mayo isn't a major holiday in Mexico, and turns out it wasn't in San Francisco, either. I went to the "celebration" there, but it was really more of a small street fair with the usual vendors of cell phone services, chiropractic care, Scientology and the like. So I left and ended up walking [...]

April 2018

Flashy Night Photography

By | 2018-04-22T22:49:30+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

I went to a workshop on night photography last Friday night. I don't use flash much (apparently, I've got a lot of company in that) so this was a chance to learn more about how to shoot movement at night with a flash. We mostly photographed a group of skateboarders. They were happy to perform [...]

Four More Oakland Street Portraits

By | 2018-04-03T04:08:49+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

I was back in Oakland last Saturday evening walking around looking for interesting people to photograph. The end-of-day light helped a lot. I got three portraits I find acceptable and one very good one. I talked to this man for a while before asking him to stand in front of this black wall. This A's [...]