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June 2023

Street Portraits Here and There

By |2023-06-11T00:37:24+00:00June 11th, 2023|Uncategorized|

I prefer portraits where the photographer and subject plan a shoot together ahead of time. But I rarely do that. I still like portraiture, though, so I take street portraits. These are somewhere between a planned session and a candid shot. I talk to the subject ahead of time and ask them to pose for [...]

May 2023

Street Portraits at Carnaval

By |2023-05-31T00:52:18+00:00May 31st, 2023|Uncategorized|

For the fifth year, I went to Carnaval in San Francisco over Memorial Day weekend. It's ideal for street portraiture and event photography. The participants are in colorful costumes and are all willing to pose for pictures. Despite that, there are challenges. The overcast day provides even, soft light, but it's also a flat, dull [...]

Two Weeks in Portugal

By |2023-05-13T19:05:40+00:00May 13th, 2023|Uncategorized|

We visited Tavira, Lisbon and Porto during our two weeks in Portugal in April. The people were friendly and helpful, and they all spoke English because they're required to study it in school. We talked with this goat-and-sheep herder in the hills above Tavira. He was selling his animals. I didn't buy any, because I [...]

Semana Santa in Spain

By |2023-05-06T15:33:51+00:00May 6th, 2023|Uncategorized|

I was in Seville, Spain for Holy Week (Semana Santa), April 2 through 8, along with a million other people. The photo challenge was to show the crowds, but also individuals and elements of the event. I shot mostly with a 28mm lens, which enabled me to include lots of environment. But I also had [...]

March 2023

One Good Image

By |2023-03-31T16:23:01+00:00March 31st, 2023|Uncategorized|

I take photos of my granddaughters when they're at my house on Thursdays. Many are not good, for various reasons. Some are mediocre, a few are valuable for documentary reasons, and, very occasionally, one is special. Like this portrait of Eva. I took it with my 28mm fixed-lens camera, when I was seated just [...]

February 2023

Snowy Mt. Diablo

By |2023-02-27T03:59:30+00:00February 27th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Snow fell last Thursday on Mt. Diablo in Contra Costa County—not an everyday occurrence. The day after, I hiked up a steep, muddy trail near my house to reach an overlook on the Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail. These photos were taken with my monochrome camera. I used 35, 50 and 75mm prime lenses, all with [...]

January 2023

Pier 7, Early Morning

By |2023-01-22T00:08:27+00:00January 22nd, 2023|Uncategorized|

Pier 7 is a popular spot for tourists, couples taking selfies, wedding photographers, and me. I've been there at all times of day and in a wide range of weather conditions. The pier provides a perfect example of single-point perspective toward a vanishing point, at which sits the Transamerica Pyramid. Recently, I arrived there before [...]

December 2022

San Francisco City Hall on Christmas Day

By |2022-12-26T20:41:06+00:00December 26th, 2022|Uncategorized|

I drove into San Francisco in the late afternoon on Christmas day to photograph City Hall lit up in Christmas colors. It looked like this at 5:45. before the lights came on. The city turned on the lights at 6 p.m. There was still too much light in the sky for them to be very [...]

November 2022

Halloween on Frenchmen Street

By |2022-11-06T19:06:49+00:00November 3rd, 2022|Uncategorized|

I was in New Orleans on the Friday night before Halloween. I'd heard that Bourbon Street was crowded and loud, so I went to Frenchman Street, which was more sedate. I walked up and down only a short stretch of the street, but there were plenty of revelers out in their costumes. Here are [...]

October 2022

Iceland, Part II

By |2022-10-03T01:47:07+00:00October 3rd, 2022|Uncategorized|

No shortage of images from Iceland to share. This is the photographed-to-death Kirkjufell mountain. I shot at 1/15 second, hand-held. Never used my tripod in Iceland. The Hraunfossar waterfall, also super-famous. Shot at 1/8 second. Colorful outfit at the black sand beach near Vik. Another shot of the black church at Budir. Ideal weather for [...]

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