A friend once told me that I had it better living in Oakland, because when I go out I get to look at San Francisco but when he goes out he has to look at Oakland. He may be right, but in this picture I got a chance to look at both as well as the beautiful curves of Highway 24.
I got lucky a couple of weeks back and finally caught some early morning fog. I got up very early on a Friday on a hunch and made it over to the headlands. Saw Max there as well. Great morning. More and more I'm enjoying monochrome for my landscapes, and this fits well with my new penchant for B&W.
I saw a picture by Swee Oh recently from a trip to the San Francisco zoo. You can find it here: https://plus.google.com/102390118349128083852/posts/9WtZQmnnxBx . It was inspiring. My family went to the Oakland zoo this weekend, and this is my much poorer imitation of the processing in that image. Swee should really teach a class in how she processes, because I'm really loving the B&W images I'm seeing from her recently. Great job Swee!
I've been very unlucky this Fall. I've been out of town nearly every week or weekend day that had fog, and the ones that did I elected not to get up. I've had very bad luck. This one view from Fort Baker is the only decent shot I've gotten this season
Yesterday evening was shaping up to be a fantastic sunset, but when I got to Fort Baker, I didn't have the view I was looking for. I headed back towards the bridge to go to Baker Beach, but there was a reck, I lost 20 minutes waiting to get on the bridge, and all the best light. I'll take this as a consolation prize though. Beautiful evening at Fort Baker.
I distinctly remember this morning. I was on Treasure Island, hoping to catch the moonrise, photographing furiously around 3:30 AM when I hear my name shouted at me from behind. Scared the living shit out of me. Leave it to Max to see me way out in the underbrush taking pictures while he was walking by. I wasn't expecting to see anyone that morning, so obviously was quite shocked to see him.
From abandoned church facade in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas around 5th or 6th street. This facade was just sitting there, with no church behind it. The window looks out to another house which is either abandoned or in severe disrepair. Sad that nobody is maintaining these old properties anymore right in the heart of the city.
From right outside St. Louis Cemetary #1 in New Orleans. I heard, assuming its true, that they do not use horses to pull carriages in New Orleans by city ordinance, only mules, because mules do better with the heat and workload. This "workhorse" stayed and posed for me while I got this picture of him.
From Berkeley Pier. I've read the old pier extended a mile and a half into the bay, but the current one only goes about a half a mile. You can see the remains of the old pier through the gap in the slats at the end of the current pier, which makes for a really nice foreground for a sunset.
Some day I'll post the original version which has a gaggle of photographers that I cleverly edited out of the photo. As my wife pointed out, this looks like a Sandals advertisement. If so, it'd be a modern one, with one person drinking a beer and the other playing on their cell phone. What a nice day at the beach. #mendopixelstrip2013
Another from the other night at the Bay Bridge. I actually edited this one first, because I hadn't already captured this perspective in a photo I've shared. I wish tail lights were brighter; they'd make for better streaks.d
Sometimes you're just so excited about a photo you can't wait to publish it. I feel this way about this one. I love taking photos of my dog. Sometimes she's just really accommodating of my picture taking. Other times, she's impossible, but last night she was content to lay on the floor and let me continually blind her with my strobe. Seventy captures later, there's a great keeper. I think it's my best Dog Portrait to date.
From the last Drink & Click. While everyone was at the Palace of Fine Arts, I ran to catch the sunset over the Golden Gate which was quite special that evening. This is one of my favorite Golden Images I've taken.
I moved to Oakland over the weekend to my new house where I hope to stay for the next 10 years at least. One nice feature of the new house is that it's literally 5 minutes from Grizzly Peak Blvd / Skyline Blvd in Oakland giving me fantastic views of the city like this. I just received my D600 back from Nikon with a replaced shutter mechanism to (hopefully) solve the sensor dust issue. So far so good, no sensor spots on these shots, but we'll know more in a few thousand exposures.