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 [...]

An Alternative SF Skyline View

By | 2018-04-19T17:31:19+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The shot of the San Francisco skyline from Treasure Island is hard to beat, but I've done it (and seen it done by others) an awful lot. Here are just three examples of my own shots over the years. So I went to new spot last night with a couple of other photographers. Called Port [...]

March 2018

Morning and Afternoon in the City

By | 2018-03-26T23:10:20+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I was in San Francisco early in the day, because we stayed overnight, and late in the day, because I had to return to get my phone, which I left at the hotel. (Tony Bennett needs to update the song for the 21st century: I Left My Phone in San Francisco). I'm no longer excited [...]

Meeting the Emperor in San Francisco

By | 2018-03-14T22:12:21+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Photo educators and workshop leaders frequently exhort newbies to venture out with their cameras because one never knows what one might come across—like Norton I, Emperor of San Francisco and Protector of Mexico. I was in SF on Sunday, haunting the Embarcadero looking for images, and had just taken a forgettable shot of something or [...]

November 2017

Making the Most of a Gloomy Day

By | 2017-11-29T20:52:57+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|

It was a rainy day at the races last Sunday. I went anyway, intending to get some detail shots and maybe some indoor shots. The overcast sky did make for an evenly lit wide shot of the track, with no people in the foreground. I decided to take photos of some track employees. Here are [...]