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 [...]

An Ideal Black and White Subject

By | 2018-09-11T23:42:55+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park is apparently just behind the Golden Gate Bridge among San Francisco's most-photographed structures. It's definitely a picturesque building in a beautiful park setting—and a great subject when you're shooting with a black and white camera. I got there just after sunrise on a Sunday, when there were [...]

August 2018

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

The Monochrome Gate Bridge

By | 2018-07-24T03:43:54+00:00 July 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|

There are a few million photographs of it in color, so I chose to shoot it with my monochrome camera. The light was favorable for long-exposure black and white photography. But that wasn't exactly unexpected—San Francisco in the summer at 8 a.m. is usually overcast. This is a 25-second exposure with a subtle selenium tint. [...]

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 [...]

Soft Light on Bricks

By | 2018-06-07T20:43:34+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Fort Point is a masonry seacoast fortification that sits under the south anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge. I've seen many photos of its interior but hadn't been there for a long time. So I went this past Sunday, after the triathlon crowd had left, and photographed the interior. I used my monochrome camera because [...]

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 [...]