September 2021

The Carson Mansion

By |2021-09-28T00:01:32+00:00September 28th, 2021|Uncategorized|

On a recent trip north, I photographed the Carson Mansion in Eureka, California. I'd been wanting to shoot it for years, having seen photos of it on the web. Built in 1885 by lumber baron William Carson, it's a Victorian in the Queen Anne style, and, according to Wikipedia, is "one of the most written-about [...]

April 2021

Sunday Afternoon in Martinez

By |2021-04-28T17:52:52+00:00April 28th, 2021|Uncategorized|

I've visited Martinez many times because it's close, the downtown is picturesque and uncrowded (especially on a Sunday afternoon), and all the picture-worthy sites are within walking distance of each other. Incorporated in 1876 (!), the town has lots of history (birthplace of Joe DiMaggio) and well-preserved historic buildings, like the John Muir National Historic [...]

January 2021

Walking the Embarcadero

By |2021-01-23T01:39:14+00:00January 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

For my Sunday morning outing, I went into San Francisco to walk the Embarcadero. More and more often, I'm heading  into the city, because it provides the most variety of subjects and the most photogenic environment. And I get there so early—at sunrise—that it's easy to walk around and come across very few people, which [...]

December 2020

Four San Francisco Landmarks

By |2020-12-15T03:40:09+00:00December 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I'm not keen on photographing people wearing masks, and approaching strangers right now makes one even more apprehensive than usual. So, I'm foregoing street photography and instead am photographing buildings in monochrome. Here are four SF landmarks, taken over a couple of weekends. The Palace of Fine Arts is a good subject in just about [...]

August 2020

Unreal in Two Different Ways

By |2020-08-19T22:03:11+00:00August 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Here are two photos of the Immaculata Church on the campus of the University of San Diego. Neither one shows the church as you'd see it if you went there, because one is black and white and the other infrared. I went to the church at sunrise, but the light was wrong: It's a sunset [...]

July 2020

Morning Light on City Hall

By |2020-07-14T18:03:25+00:00July 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I drove into San Francisco on a Sunday morning, intending to photograph the Palace of Fine Arts. But as I drove past the Civic Center, San Francisco City Hall caught my attention. It was front-lit by the rising sun at about 8 a.m. and positively glowed. So I changed plans, parked there, and shot [...]

January 2020

Found Subjects

By |2020-01-13T23:51:08+00:00January 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|

With no specific photo goal or subject in mind, I went to three towns on the shore of San Francisco Bay this weekend. Crockett, Martinez and Port Costa are all three fairly close together. Crockett and Port Costa are towns that time forgot, and seem stuck in time about 50 years ago. Martinez is small, [...]

December 2019

Oakland Museum Art

By |2019-12-03T17:04:02+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Camera clubs disqualify images that a judge determines to be "photos of someone else's art." But if you put your spin on such subject matter, that's OK. Fortunately, this isn't a camera club competition. Here are two photos of other people's art from the Burning Man exhibit currently at the Oakland Museum. Named "Trocto," [...]

November 2019

Bay Bridge, Early Morning

By |2019-11-19T18:25:50+00:00November 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

I drove across the Bay Bridge early Sunday morning to catch the 7 a.m. shuttle from Treasure Island to the Yerba Buena Island viewpoint. The shuttle didn't get there till past 7:30, so my plans for catching the earliest light on the bridge went by the wayside, but it was still directional early morning light [...]

October 2019

The Salesforce Transit Center Oasis

By |2019-10-15T15:36:03+00:00October 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Because the Salesforce Transit Center has been open for such a short time, everything is clean and new, unlike what you find in other public spaces in San Francisco. The sidewalks are pristine, the drinking fountains work, the bathrooms are clean, the greenery is neat and trimmed, and the tables and chairs in the courtyard [...]

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