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 [...]

A Pleasant Surprise

By |2021-01-14T00:51:09+00:00January 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|

My initial destination last Sunday was the Legion of Honor, which is a good subject, but the light didn't cooperate. It was overcast and the flat light didn't make for a good architectural photo. At one point, the sun kind of broke through, which produced dappled lighting—more interesting than the flat, dull light from an [...]

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 [...]

November 2020

Cemeteries—Ideal for Monochrome

By |2020-11-17T19:27:39+00:00November 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|

According to its official website, "The town of Colma is known worldwide as 'The City of Souls.'" That's because it has 1,500 residents and 1.5 million "souls" in its 16 cemeteries. I went there early on a Sunday to photograph the cemeteries in monochrome. Driving around among the tombstones and mausoleums was stressless and enjoyable, [...]

October 2020

That Journey Quote

By |2020-10-25T17:41:43+00:00October 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I found a bench I could isolate against the sky, and thought it would be a good monochrome subject. So I took this shot. Graphic, but too simple. I added a person and tried a couple of poses. Better, but not yet there. I decided a symmetrical composition would work, so I tried the following [...]

September 2020

Boxing at Lake Merritt

By |2020-09-29T23:41:10+00:00September 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I drove to Lakeshore Avenue in Oakland this past weekend, intending to look for street photos there, but when I arrived, I saw there were lots of booths set up around the shore of Lake Merritt. Apparently, every weekend since the pandemic started, this has been taking place: kind of an ad hoc street [...]

August 2020

Performer in the Park

By |2020-08-29T22:58:29+00:00August 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I was walking around Balboa Park in San Diego near sunset, looking for street photos, and finding nothing worth shooting. I took one last walk down the main pathway and, at the end, found a woman practicing what I later found out, by talking to her, are her circus routines. In a strong eastern European [...]

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 [...]

Scripps Beach in La Jolla

By |2020-09-07T00:22:29+00:00August 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Since I'm visiting La Jolla, I went to Scripps Beach to photograph the famous pier, and found a few other good street-photo-type subjects. The view looking out to the ocean along the length of the pier is about as popular as Tunnel View in Yosemite—everyone takes this shot. Here's my version: I talked for [...]

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 [...]

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