September 2022

Lots of Driving in Iceland

By |2022-09-23T01:06:56+00:00September 23rd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Over 10 days in Iceland, we drove 2,127 kilometers in our rental car—that's 1,322 miles. More driving than I wanted to do, but it was necessary to see all the sights in the south and west (and pretty far east) of the country. The distances between the main sights were long, and there was hardly [...]

New York City—So Much to Shoot

By |2022-09-23T00:31:20+00:00September 23rd, 2022|Uncategorized|

On a recent trip to New York City and Iceland, I brought two cameras, each with only one lens: a 28mm and a 50mm. (The 28 is a fixed-lens camera, the 50 was on an ILC.) I shot a lot more with the 28, which, not incidentally, is a more feature-rich camera (including autofocus) than [...]

August 2022

Portraits from Dore Alley

By |2022-08-02T00:38:19+00:00August 2nd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Up Your Alley (also known as Dore Alley) is an annual leather and fetish event in San Francisco, known as the little brother to the much-larger Folsom Street Fair. This is the second time I've gone there to photograph the day. The attendees are friendly, and without exception, happy to pose for portraits. This year, [...]

July 2022

Out of Focus—On Purpose

By |2022-07-24T21:34:23+00:00July 24th, 2022|Uncategorized|

I went to a workshop taught by Mark de Paola, a New York-based fashion photographer and filmmaker, whose style for his personal work—and often his commercial work—is to take photos where the main subject is out of focus. You can see examples on his website. His justification is that science has shown that "the entirety of [...]

MIRA Building Detail

By |2022-07-05T23:16:26+00:00July 5th, 2022|Uncategorized|

The MIRA building, at the corner of Spear and Folsom streets in San Francisco, is pretty irresistible for photographers—even if they're not into architecture. The twisty-turny facades make for striking images, whether you're photographing the entire structure (which isn't easy, given that you can't back up very far) or details. Here's the whole building: I [...]

June 2022

Musée Mécanique

By |2022-06-21T23:40:51+00:00June 21st, 2022|Uncategorized|

On my customary weekend trip into San Francisco two Sundays ago, I visited the Musée Mécanique on Fisherman's Wharf. Wikipedia describes it as "an interactive museum of 20th-century penny arcade games and artifacts. With over 300 mechanical machines, it is one of the world's largest privately owned collections." It's definitely a time capsule—a bit [...]

Photos Everywhere at Carnaval

By |2022-06-02T00:22:55+00:00June 2nd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Last Sunday I went into San Francisco to photograph Carnaval. I've done it four times before, and each time I learn something I can apply for next time. The event always yields great photos, including portraits of the performers before the parade, performers during the parade, the backdrop of the Mission District, and [...]

May 2022

The Ferry Terminal

By |2022-05-19T23:46:12+00:00May 19th, 2022|Uncategorized|

When I have my monochrome camera with me, I'm always on the lookout for good black and white subjects. Heading to a meeting in Marin County, I passed the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and thought, well, there's one. These photos were taken about 9 in the morning. I put an orange filter on my camera [...]

Three Artist Portraits

By |2022-05-13T00:08:34+00:00May 13th, 2022|Uncategorized|

My group of portrait photographers recently got the assignment to photograph artists working in a building in Marin County that's dedicated to artist studios. I visited three artists there, and did environmental portraits of them in their studios. Two of the spaces had very good natural light, and even the third had acceptable lighting. I [...]

April 2022

Portraits With a 28mm

By |2022-04-26T01:14:59+00:00April 26th, 2022|Uncategorized|

I see this topic discussed on photo forums from time to time: Can one make good portraits with a 28mm lens? The most open-minded respondents always say that you can make a good portrait with any focal length, and I agree. Maybe 85mm is perfect for head and shoulders shots, but, depending on the subject [...]

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