Time Capsule 


I began my photography journey while working in San Francisco about ten years ago.  I enjoy going back to revisit familiar places and find new adventures.

I like how the man in the back is looking over my right shoulder.  If he were looking towards the front like the rest of the people this image wouldn’t be interesting to me.

North Beach in Black and White

Canon XTi * EF-24-105mm f/4.0L * ISO 100 * 1/640 second * f/4.0

I recently purchased some photoshop actions ( will blog about them later) that have some great conversions to black and white.

I was loooking through my archive this weekend and ran it through an action and really like the shadow detail in the buildings.  I spent quite a bit of time in San Franciso on business so my archive is full of buildings like these.  Hopefully I will have time to process through them – enjoy!

Transamerica Pyramid

Finishing my week long series of my favorite places to photograph in San Francisco with the the Transamerica Pyramid.

This shot was taken from the glass sky bridge on the top floor of the Mandarin Hotel. The glass bridge gives a great perspective of the city. Take the elevators to the top floor and get ready for an awesome view.

Canon XTi
Canon EF-24mm f/1.4L lens
ISO 1600
1/25 second

Alamo Square

Continuing with day four of my week series of favorite sites in San Francisco to photograph with the “Painted Ladies” seen from Alamo Square.

For those who watched the American sitcom “Full House” in the late 80’s should recognize this scene. I wasn’t a big fan of the show but do remember the opening credits that showed these Victorian homes. The Alamo Square park gives a great view of the city. The Muni bus line provides easy access to and from the park.

Canon XTi
Canon EF-24-105mm f/4.0L lens
ISO 400
1 second

Bay Bridge

Continuing with my week series of favorite sites in San Francisco to photograph with the Oakland Bay Bridge or “Bay Bridge”.

Most people focus their attention on the “other” bridge(golden gate) when they are in San Francisco. The Bay Bridge offers some great scenery, especially during sunrise and sunsets. For this photo I wanted to capture the blue/purple sky with the blue water at dusk. Taken about thirty minutes after sunset with a long exposure gave me just what I wanted. Very little post processing was needed, slight temperature change with some clarity boost.

Canon XTi
Canon EF-24-105mm f/4.0L lens
ISO 100
30 second

Coit Tower

Continuing my week of favorite sites in San Franciso to photograph with Coit Tower.

Coit Tower is probably one of the most photographed sites in San Francisco. For this shot, I wanted to show how steep Telegraph Hill is below the tower. I like how some of the homes appear to be stacked on top of each other. This shot was taken on Russian Hill near Lombard Street (“the crookedest street”) facing East. The Powell-Hyde Cable Car line passes directly over Russian Hill on it’s way to Fisherman’s Wharf and provides easy access. I spent about an hour shooting at different locations and this is my favorite.

You can see other shots of Coit Tower on my flickr stream here.

Canon XTi
Canon EF-24-105mm f/4.0L lens
ISO 200
5 second

Photowalking San Francisco Downtown

While in San Francisco this week on business I was able to attend Photowalking Downtown with Thomas Hawk and others. Were all met in the lobby of the Hilton Financial District which was the hotel I was staying in. While waiting in the lobby for everyone to show up (around twenty people) the Manger came and asked what all of us were doing with cameras in their lobby. After explaining what were were doing and that two people in the group were guests she was fine with us there. The Hilton Financial District is the best place to get a photo of Coit Tower.

We proceeded towards the Embarcadero Center then to the Hyatt which has a great view of the Ferry Building. You can check out my set on flickr or others at zooomr.

I have attended a few photowalks lately and one thing that rings true in all situations is that it’s important to be prepared. I wasn’t able to pack my tripod so it was a challenge to get some good low light shots. Luckily I had my trusty Canon 50mm f1.8 lens and a Canon 100mm f2.8 macro that I rented. Photowalking is a great opportunity to get out and shoot in a non-competitive environment.

Canon XTi
Canon EF-100mm f/2.8 Macro lens
1/8 second
ISO 400