December 2018

San Francisco Architecture in Monochrome

By | 2018-12-05T01:33:01+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I walked around downtown San Francisco on Sunday in beautiful weather and photographed not people (well, very few people) but buildings. It's not an original observation, but monochrome works especially well for architecture. And in post, I can easily turn skies almost black, which gives the images with light or white buildings a lot of [...]

November 2018

Union Square at Christmas, Version 2

By | 2018-11-27T21:11:50+00:00 November 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I went into San Francisco about a half hour before sunset last Saturday night. I took some photos—none of them good—from ground level in Union Square, then took the elevator to the fifth floor of the Macy's building to get this elevated perspective. This is a three-shot pano with a 28mm lens. I knew about [...]

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 [...]