March 2020

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 [...]

January 2020

Oakland Women’s March

By |2020-01-20T21:30:50+00:00January 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I got many images I liked from this march, mainly because I learned some helpful lessons from shooting previous marches: If you can get in the middle of the march and walk backwards, shooting people's faces, the photos have a lot more impact than ones you get standing on the sidelines. A bigger or brighter [...]

December 2019

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 [...]

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 [...]

July 2019

Up Your Alley in San Francisco

By |2019-07-31T01:15:00+00:00July 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|

At the suggestion of one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, whom I met by chance in Oakland, I went into SF on Sunday to photograph the Up Your Alley event on Folsom and a couple of other streets. The bright, sunny day wasn't a problem for the monochrome camera like it is for [...]

Hunting in Downtown Oakland

By |2019-07-11T20:43:12+00:00July 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|

On Sunday in the late afternoon, I went into downtown Oakland with no plan to shoot anything specific. As usual, I had my monochrome camera, so I was mainly looking to do street photography—or portraits, if the right opportunity came along. There was a nightclub on Broadway where a few people were gathering outside before [...]

Pride Parade People

By |2019-07-01T18:26:30+00:00July 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

I went to the Pride Parade in San Francisco yesterday. It was my fourth time going. It's true that the event has become much more corporate over the years, but there are still plenty of quirky outfits and characters. Everyone is very friendly. I intentionally brought my monochrome camera. I know the parade and participants [...]