May 2018

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 [...]

Three Trips to Oakland

By | 2018-05-02T23:33:05+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

I'm making Oakland my go-to street photography destination because it's quick and easy to get into downtown and there's a real variety of people to photograph there. The images in this post are from three separate trips. I asked this man to pose for me in front of the mural. This was shot with [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

December 2017

Drawing on a Personal Image Bank

By | 2017-12-24T22:08:23+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Howard Schatz has talked about the importance or utility of having a "personal image bank" of images you've seen and stored in memory, which you can use as a source of ideas for your own images. Walking around San Francisco on Thursday, I passed a building with massive pillars. Individuals or small groups of people [...]

October 2017

Oaklandish

By | 2017-10-16T17:06:24+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

That's the name of a store in downtown Oakland. I went into the city yesterday in the late afternoon to find some street photography subjects. (Not that it has anything to do with photography, but I have to say the weather was absolutely perfect. Oakland has great weather.) I shot near the Oakland Marriott, where [...]

Castro Street Encounters

By | 2017-10-08T04:52:35+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I went to the Castro Street Fair on October 1. Like the Folsom Street Fair, there were plenty of interesting people to photograph, and also like Folsom, I got the best results by talking with people and eventually asking if I could "make their portrait." Sometimes I remembered to say that, sometimes I didn't. The [...]

September 2017

NSFW—Folsom Street Fair

By | 2017-09-27T03:15:56+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

If Carnaval is rated G and the Pride Parade is PG, then the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco is definitely R, bordering on X. And a treasure trove for photographers. I went for the first time this year and had a great day photographing and talking with people. I probably asked 25 people [...]

Straight-Up Photojournalism

By | 2017-09-11T03:56:08+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I went to the rally in Oakland yesterday to protest Trump's decision on DACA. I agree with the cause, and saw an opportunity to shoot a bona fide journalistic subject. There were plenty of photographers there—legit news media as well as amateurs like me—and it was a good event for photography, with close access to [...]

August 2017

Street Photography on Haight Street

By | 2017-08-14T22:50:09+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I went to a workshop on street photography in SF this weekend. The location was the Haight-Ashbury, so no shortage of unusual people in the street. The instructor taught a specific style, with zone-focusing and some other tips. It's not how I do street photography, but it's a useful technique. I was shooting with [...]