March 2020

Clouds Through a Red Filter

By |2020-03-27T00:36:43+00:00March 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|

A red filter on a camera shooting black and white film, or on a digital black and white camera, darkens blues dramatically. So shooting big, puffy white clouds against a blue sky makes for very dramatic black and white images. This is an athletic field near me. I used layers and masks in Photoshop to [...]

Embarcadero Street Portraits

By |2020-03-08T21:25:21+00:00March 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I had an "assignment" from a group of photographers I meet with to take three street portraits. I went to a couple of locations in the past few weeks, but didn't come away with any portraits I liked. In one case, I didn't get any at all. So I went to the Embarcadero in San [...]

February 2020

Chinese New Year Community Street Fair

By |2020-02-10T19:46:20+00:00February 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|

This is another event where street photography is easier than usual. Lots of people are milling about, and most aren't paying any attention to you. I got there early, before 9 a.m., when the light was coming from a low angle. I looked for compositions like this, but never found a great background. The front-lighting [...]

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 [...]

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

Folsom Street Fair

By |2019-09-30T01:35:52+00:00September 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|

At the fair, there are thousands people in leather and chains, with tattoos, who are showing plenty of skin, so you think you're going to easily get lots of keepers. Doesn't work out that way—at least not for me. I arrived around 11, when the fair opens, found a decent background, and stayed there for [...]

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 [...]