August 2022

Portraits from Dore Alley

By |2022-08-02T00:38:19+00:00August 2nd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Up Your Alley (also known as Dore Alley) is an annual leather and fetish event in San Francisco, known as the little brother to the much-larger Folsom Street Fair. This is the second time I've gone there to photograph the day. The attendees are friendly, and without exception, happy to pose for portraits. This year, [...]

July 2022

Out of Focus—On Purpose

By |2022-07-24T21:34:23+00:00July 24th, 2022|Uncategorized|

I went to a workshop taught by Mark de Paola, a New York-based fashion photographer and filmmaker, whose style for his personal work—and often his commercial work—is to take photos where the main subject is out of focus. You can see examples on his website. His justification is that science has shown that "the entirety of [...]

MIRA Building Detail

By |2022-07-05T23:16:26+00:00July 5th, 2022|Uncategorized|

The MIRA building, at the corner of Spear and Folsom streets in San Francisco, is pretty irresistible for photographers—even if they're not into architecture. The twisty-turny facades make for striking images, whether you're photographing the entire structure (which isn't easy, given that you can't back up very far) or details. Here's the whole building: I [...]

June 2022

Musée Mécanique

By |2022-06-21T23:40:51+00:00June 21st, 2022|Uncategorized|

On my customary weekend trip into San Francisco two Sundays ago, I visited the Musée Mécanique on Fisherman's Wharf. Wikipedia describes it as "an interactive museum of 20th-century penny arcade games and artifacts. With over 300 mechanical machines, it is one of the world's largest privately owned collections." It's definitely a time capsule—a bit [...]

Photos Everywhere at Carnaval

By |2022-06-02T00:22:55+00:00June 2nd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Last Sunday I went into San Francisco to photograph Carnaval. I've done it four times before, and each time I learn something I can apply for next time. The event always yields great photos, including portraits of the performers before the parade, performers during the parade, the backdrop of the Mission District, and [...]

April 2022

Stepping Back in Time

By |2022-04-12T18:42:38+00:00April 12th, 2022|Uncategorized|

I have several antique clocks inherited from my father. Some work, some don't. I decided to get one repaired, but finding someone who repairs clocks that are over a hundred years old isn't easy. From my watchmaker, I got the name of Dorian Clair Antique Clock Repair in San Francisco. I called Dorian and made [...]

March 2022

SF Skyline from Treasure Island Ferry

By |2022-03-30T18:04:53+00:00March 29th, 2022|Uncategorized|

I got to Treasure Island about 7:30 last Sunday morning. Because I knew the sky would be overcast that morning, my plan was to take some long exposures with a compressed dynamic range. I also planned to take the new ferry from Treasure Island to the Ferry Building. But its first departure was at [...]

November 2021

Scouting Trip to Fort Point

By |2021-11-30T03:32:02+00:00November 29th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Even though I said I wasn't going to be a den mother for the field trip to Fort Point next Sunday, December 5, I felt I should still go there and gather some useful info for our visit. I've been there three times before, so there wasn't a lot new. But I've included some [...]

May 2021

Four Street Portraits in North Beach

By |2021-05-19T18:58:34+00:00May 19th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Along with the Embarcadero, North Beach in San Francisco is at the top of my list of places to go in the city for street photography. This past Sunday, I walked around for a few hours, and came across several people I had short conversations with before asking if I could take their photo—my standard [...]

Roaming the Tenderloin

By |2021-05-14T22:50:14+00:00May 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|

I know the Tenderloin isn't the most photogenic, or safest, neighborhood in San Francisco. But it borders Civic Center, where I often go to photograph the government buildings and walk up and down Market Street. This past Sunday, instead of heading "down" to Market St., I headed "up" from Civic Center into the Tenderloin. I [...]

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