Shots of San Francisco taken at night. Some are digital, some are film, all are everyone’s favorite City by The Bay.
So, a couple of weeks ago I posted that I had one of my photos selected by KEH Camera as one of their pictures of the month. Well, this week I had a photograph picked by the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau as their photograph of the week. You can see their posting of it by clicking on the link below:
The shot is of a dilapidated section of Cannery Row in Monterey. I used my Canon 6D with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L lens to take the photograph. It was taken about fifteen minutes after sunset and I did the black and white conversion in Photoshop CS4.
Thank you to the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
I’m not usually one to blow my own horn, except when I’ve got my saxophone in my hands. However, I will make an exception this time around. One of the ways that I put my photography out to the universe is with Flickr. One of the companies that I have purchased gear from is KEH Camera. It just so happens to be that KEH is on Flickr as well and has their own Flickr group, of which I belong. Once a month, KEH posts the top photographs submitted to their group on their blog. About a week or so ago, one of my shots of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park was at the top of the list for their August picks. Click on the link below to see the post on their blog:
Thank you to KEH!
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Yesterday I made my way to the Westamerica Bank branch at 1177 Francisco Boulevard in San Rafael and put my Yosemite exhibit up for all to see. They have never had an artist reception in the past, but the assistant manager is eager to have one for me. So, stay tuned for updates as to when the reception will be…I’m quite excited about it!
Update: The exhibit has ended, and we passed on having a reception as I was out of town most of the time that the exhibition was occurring. This was so I could spend time with my mother who was having some significant health issues.
My exhibit at WestAmerica Bank at One Mitchell Boulevard in San Rafael will be coming down this week. For those of you that came by to take a look, a big thank you. For those of you that have not, do not worry as my exhibit of Yosemite National Park will be going up shortly at the WestAmerica Bank branch located on ‘The Loop’ at 1177 Francisco Boulevard in San Rafael. I’ll update this update as soon as the prints go up at the new location.
Update January 23, 2012: My prints have come down at the branch located at One Mitchell Blvd. However, they will not be going up at the new location until the beginning of March. This is due to the artist that is currently on exhibit at the new location is out of state and broke her leg. As a result, she will be unable to take down her work until she is back and her leg is healed. I will make a new post to let you know when my exhibit of Yosemite prints is up at the new location.
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First, let me wish each and every one of you a happy and prosperous New Year. I’ve been looking back over the thousands and thousands of shots that I’ve taken in the past year to come up with some of my favorites. Some of them are faves for obvious reasons, and some are favorites for personal reasons.
So, take a looks at some of my faves and enjoy!
El Capitan in the Late Afternoon – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro @18mm – Exposure: 1/125 sec @ f/11 ISO 100
Waiting for Spring – Camera: Toyo Field 45CF – Lens: Rodenstock 150mm f/5.6 Sironar-N MC w/Copal #0 Shutter – Exposure: 1/8 Second @f/64 – Tripod: Benro A-169 w/B-0 Ball Head – Film: Kodak Ektachrome 100G Professional – Scanner: Epson V750-M Pro
Yosemite Winter Storm – The Valley Floor in Black and White – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro @50mm – Exposure: 1/30 sec @ f/3.2 ISO 200 – Black and White conversion in Photoshop CS4
Yosemite Winter Storm – Tunnel View No.4 – Large Format Film -Camera: Toyo Field 45CF – Lens: Rodenstock 150mm f/5.6 Sironar-N MC w/Copal #0 Shutter – Exposure: 1/8 Second @f/64 – Tripod: Benro A-169 w/B-0 Ball Head – Film: Kodak Ektachrome 100G Professional – Scanner: Epson V750-M Pro
Yosemite Winter Storm – Branches and Bokeh – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 – Exposure: 1/250 sec @ f/2.2 ISO 200 – Conversion to Sepia Tone done in Photoshop CS4
I’ve always considered myself fortunate to be one of the few that can say that Yosemite National Park is their hometown. Yes, I was born at the hospital in the park back when it was Lewis Memorial Hospital. My father was a park ranger in Yosemite at the time. Unfortunately, I was not raised in the park as my parents divorced when I was quite young. Fortunately, most of my mom’s family has worked in the park at one time or another…I’m about the only one that hasn’t. My maternal grandmother, who recently passed away, worked in Yosemite for fifty-three years. Having family working in the park allowed me the ability to spend a lot of time there over most of the past fifty years.
The above shots were taken in Yosemite over a two day period in February 2011, during a major winter storm that hit the area. I shot with two DSLR’s, as well as a medium format and large format film cameras.
Blue Hour at The Bridge – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro @18mm – Exposure: 30 seconds @ f/16 ISO 100 – Tripod: Benro A-169 w/B-0 Ball Head
This shot was taken on the pier at Fort Point in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which most of is the old US Army Presidio in San Francisco.
Little Shack on the Plains – Black and White No.1 – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro @31mm – Exposure: 1/2000 sec @ f/2.8 ISO 100 – Black and White Conversion in Photoshop CS4
Little Shack on the Plains No.2 – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro @18mm – Exposure: 1/60 sec @ f/22 ISO 100
I came across this old building while traveling through southern Idaho on my way to Wyoming. I shot first with my digital so that I could post them that evening when I got to my hotel room. However, before I could get any shots on film, the sun went behind the clouds until I got tired of waiting for it to reappear and started back on my way. Most landscape shots are done in landscape orientation, but with the wonderful cloud formations in the sky, I feel that the shot in portrait orientation works just as well.
Tango No.1 – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM @163mm – Exposure: 1/1000 sec @ f/4 ISO 250
Tango is a Border Collie that belongs to a friend of mine. I was actually at their house to take shots of a litter of puppies that one of their other dogs had. But, I just couldn’t resist taking a few shots of such a photogenic subject as Tango.
Sabella & LaTorre – Camera: Mamiya C220f – Lens: Mamiya-Sekor 80mm f/2.8 S w/Seiko #0 Shutter – Exposure: 1/60 @f/8 – Film: Ilford Delta 3200 Professional – Scanner: Epson V750-M Pro
Since going back to shooting film for most of my personal and fine art photography, I have been trying out many of the new film emulsions that have come out in the past few years. This shot with taken on my first outing with my Mamiya C220f and was my first time shooting Ilford Delta 3200 film. Many years ago, I wouldn’t have thought to have shot with any film faster than 400ASA because of the grain. However, even though digital has taken a lions share of the photography market, film technology continues to make great advances and now 3200 speed film is just as sharp of 400 speed film from many years ago. I was able to shoot at night, hand held, and have shutter speeds fast enough to not worry about blur from camera shake. While many of the new DSLR’s have the ability to shoot at high ISO settings with minimal digital noise, most of the professional models are too pricey for most peoples budget. I picked up a like new Mamiya medium format camera, with the latest model 80mm lens that Mamiya made for their TLR line for only $300USD. While there isn’t color film available at 3200ASA, I’ve gotten very acceptable results pushing Kodak Portra 800 a full two stops.
Photographer at Hawk Hill – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro @50mm – Exposure: 1/5 sec @ f/3.5 ISO 100 – Tripod: Benro A-169 w/B-0 ball head
San Francisco at Blue Hour – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM – Exposure: 15 sec @ f/7.1 ISO 100 – Tripod: Benro A-169 w/B-0 ball head
After many months of being closed for repair and renovation, Conzelman Road in the Marin Headlands had finally reopened. However, my favorite spot to take photos from no longer has a place to park. So, I headed further up the road to Hawk Hill and grabbed several wonderful shots, including the two that you see above.
United States Coast Guard Cutter Hawksbill – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L w/1.4 Extender @203mm – Exposure: 1/1600 Second @ f/5.6 ISO100
With dark clouds and rain falling on Sausalito for a backdrop, the US Coast Guard Cutter Hawksbill is bathed in sunlight while patrolling San Francisco Bay during the Thursday rehearsal for Fleet Week 2011.
The Blue Angels Diamond Formation on Film – Camera: Canon EOS-1N HS w/PDB-E1 – Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM – Exposure: Not Noted – Aperture Priority Mode – Film: Kodak Ektar 100 Professional – Scanner: Epson V750-M Pro
With a backdrop of grey storm clouds that menaced most of the Thursday afternoon rehearsal, The Blue Angels come roaring over San Francisco Bay in the famous Diamond Formation. Luckily, the weather cooperated during the warm-up for Fleet Week 2011. Not the same could be said for the Sunday airshow as the marine layer coming in through the Golden Gate cause the Blue’s performance to be cancelled.
Visual Distortion – Close Up – Camera: Canon EOS 50D – Lens: Canon EF 400 f/5.6L – Exposure: 1/640 Second @ f/7.1 ISO100
As an aircraft approaches the transonic range, shock waves begin to build up at certain points on the aircraft. These shock waves cause distortion of light waves and a great example of this effect can be seen in this shot.
Shock Wave – Camera: Canon EOS 50D – Lens: Canon EF 400 f/5.6L – Exposure: 1/1250 Second @ f/7.1 ISO100
An F/A-18F Super Hornet from VFA-122’s Tactical Demonstration Team doing a high speed pass over San Francisco Bay during Fleet Week 2011. Strike Fighter Squadron One Two Two is based at Naval Air Station Lemoore and is the Fleet Replacement Squadron which trains pilots and Radar Intercept Officers, as well as maintenance personnel on the Super Hornet. When I was flying with the 194th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in Fresno, we would routinely take our F-4 Phantoms up against the F-18’s out of Lemoore.
The scientific name for what is occurring that causes the moisture in the atmosphere to be visible in the shock wave as the aircraft is in the transonic region of flight is called the Prandlt-Glauert Singularity.
Colors of Fall No.1 – Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (350D) – Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM @200mm – Exposure: 1/250 Second @ f/4.0 ISO200
Homeless and Hungry – Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (350D) – Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM – Exposure: 1/160 Second @ f/2.0 ISO100
One of the things that I try to do when I go street shooting is to include people such as this gentlemen. He may not be as sparkling and shiny as the displays in the windows of Macy’s or Saks Fifth Avenue, but he and others like him are just as much a part of Union Square as Macy’s. I normally do not give to individuals on the street and donate instead to organizations that help those on the street. One exception is when I capture a portrait of them, as at that point in time I feel that they are giving something to me. What I drop in their cup is my way of simply repaying them for showing me a slice of humanity that too many of us choose to ignore in our day to day life.
Thank You – Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (350D) – Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM – Exposure: 1/400 Second @ f/2.0 ISO100
I guess that my being a veteran has me feeling a special bond with this gentleman who was working to make a buck on the street corner at Union Square in San Francisco. Sometimes I wonder what separates myself from someone in his position and to tell you the truth, I don’t always have an answer.
Next time you meet a vet, take the time to shake their hand and thank him or her for their service…especially those that are disabled due to their service to their country.
I took the two previous shots on a day that I went street shooting at Union Square in San Francisco to capture the hustle and bustle of shoppers out making their Christmas purchases. While I did get plenty of those, the images that I got of these two gentlemen seem to be the ones that strike a chord with me the most.
I hope that you have enjoyed my little walk down memory lane. May 2012 bring nothing but happiness and health to you and yours!
For those of you that are in Marin County and interested in seeing some of my work in person, I currently have a nine print exhibit at WestAmerica Bank located at One Mitchell Blvd in San Rafael. There is no end date as of yet and they should be up through the end of January, 2012. I will update this post once an end date for the exhibit is set. All nine of the photographs were taken this past February during a two day visit to Yosemite National Park during a winter storm. The photograph above is one from the exhibit.
December 1st is World AIDS Day and in honor of this fact, many cities across the globe have illuminated major landmarks in red. The City of San Francisco was no exception and did this wonderful job lighting City Hall in a very deep red. I wasn’t able to shoot from my favorite spot in Civic Center Plaza, as the city was in the process of erecting it’s Christmas tree and the unlit tree and hydraulic lift was smack dab in the middle of the shot. So, I moved to the northeast corner of McAlister and Polk. If it looks like I was standing in the street when I took this shot, it is because I was. I did this to keep the electric lines for the buses from cutting across the top of the dome. Luckily there was a couple of available parking spots and I parked my Jeep in one spot while I stood in the spot in front of my Jeep to get the shot.
I took this shot with my large format Toyo Field 45CF, using a Fujinon 90mm f/8.0 SW lens mounted in a Seiko #0 shutter. The exposure is eight minutes at f/64 on Fuji Velvia 100. The eight minute exposure was to maximize the light trails and to try and minimize the ghosting of the vehicles stopped at the red lights. I used a Gossen Lunasix 3 light meter and a Benro A-169 Travel Angel tripod with a B-0 ball head.
This shot is actually from December 1st 2010, as I was unable to make it into San Francisco this year.
As you can see, the trees here in the San Francisco area are reaching their peak colors at this time. I went out yesterday morning in a dense fog and grabbed a couple of shots while I could, as by later today most of the leaves that you see in this shot will be on the ground. There are advisories in place for high winds today that call for sustained winds as high as 40mph (64km) and gusts as high as 75mph (120km).
Located 5 miles south of Pescadero, California is the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Built in 1871 it, along with the Point Arena Lighthouse, is the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States at 115 feet (35m) in height. The old Fresnel light was decommissioned in 1972 when a new aerobeacon was installed and the old light is lit only once a year, except for this year (and possibly next year as well). This is due to a long awaited restoration of the tower.
I took this shot last year (2010) when the aerobeacon was extinguished and the old light was turned on at 6PM. For the first 15 minutes, the Fresnel lens was not rotated, which is what created the wonderful streaks of light in the image. This is done to allow the hundred of photographers and other onlookers the opportunity to take such wonderful images as you see here.
The lighthouse is part of the Pigeon Point State Historic Park and additional information can be found on the official website by clicking on the link below.