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 [...]

Better Than Posed

By |2021-09-04T20:10:54+00:00September 4th, 2021|Uncategorized|

I like the defocused background that comes with shooting at wide apertures, but the shallow depth of field means it's tricky to get the exact plane you want in focus to be in focus. That's especially true when shooting with a short telephoto—which, for me, is 75mm—at a wide aperture—f/2—with the subject a few feet [...]

June 2021

Portraits of a Tailor

By |2021-06-28T01:15:20+00:00June 28th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Carlos has been my tailor for years, and we see each other often. When he told me he was planning a website for his business, I volunteered to take some photos of him in his workshop. We agreed that the light coming into his shop from a big picture window was best in the late [...]

May 2021

Four Street Portraits in North Beach

By |2021-05-19T18:58:34+00:00May 19th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Along with the Embarcadero, North Beach in San Francisco is at the top of my list of places to go in the city for street photography. This past Sunday, I walked around for a few hours, and came across several people I had short conversations with before asking if I could take their photo—my standard [...]

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 [...]

March 2021

One Environmental Portrait

By |2021-03-20T19:59:41+00:00March 20th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Very early last Sunday morning, I walked to the end of Pier 14 in San Francisco. It's a good spot for capturing the city skyline, and I've done that many times. On that day, I found this young man with his guitar looking out at the bay. I liked the composition from behind, so I [...]

January 2021

Finally, Some “Bad” Weather

By |2021-01-31T22:56:38+00:00January 31st, 2021|Uncategorized|

We finally had a rainstorm last week—we need the rainfall—and one result was ground fog the next morning. I saw it on my morning walk when I reached the top of a small hill, so I hurried home, got my camera, and drove to another, higher location. I walked down a trail there and found [...]

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

The Red Dress

By |2020-12-26T19:49:11+00:00December 26th, 2020|Uncategorized|

My wife bought a red dress for my granddaughter, Eva, to wear at Christmas. Here it is hanging on the closet door. I resolved to get a photo of Eva wearing the dress, but with a three-year-old, that requires some planning and patience. We decided to try for a day a few days before Christmas, [...]

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