Today was my friend Chris Gulker’s 63rd birthday.
I had the great good fortune of meeting Chris a few years before he died in late October 2010. We had a wonderful routine of twice weekly Tuesday/Thursday 1.5 mile walks around his neighborhood. I’d bring along Lily, our Cavalier King Charles spaniel, and the three of us would make the route together. Lily exploring all of the smells and sounds, Chris and I talking about the tech and photography news of the week. It was just wonderful.
Today is Chris’ 63rd birthday. This image is from October 11, 2010 as he was showing me some of his beautiful black and white prints from his years as a photographer in Los Angeles. Such a gentle man and a great teacher.
For about a year, back in 2012, the Raygun Rocket stood along San Francisco’s Embarcadero just south of the Ferry Building. It’s gone now.
This is an image shot with my tiny Canon PowerShot S100 of one of Muni’s F-line streetcars – in a beautiful orange and yellow paint scheme – easing on by the rocket with the Bay Bridge in the distance.
A friend commented on Facebook: “Looks like you shot this in 1950!” Indeed!…
Here’s an image shot with my iPhone 4S on one of San Francisco’s F-line streetcars. On this particular day, Doug Kaye and I were exploring around Fisherman’s Wharf as he was preparing for an upcoming photowalk scheduled for that area. When we were done exploring, we caught one of the F-line streetcars back to the Ferry Building where we then headed for home.
After getting on the streetcar, I capture this quick grab shot one we got moving. Post-processing in the iPhone originally using Snapseed and later in Lightroom and Photoshop – adding a touch of platinum toning.
There’s a wonderful Japanese restaurant in Menlo Park’s Sharon Heights Shopping Center – Mitsunobu. The windows at Mitsunobu have these beautiful wood inlays with lovely curves.
This is a shot snapped quickly at lunch using my iPhone 5s – post-processed using Picturesque and Instagram. Nothing fancy – but I find it pretty none the less with the beautiful color and texture in the wood and the abstract of the screen behind!
Filoli has a wonderful grove of olive trees outside the Visitor Center. I shot this image with my Fujifilm X-E2 – and post-processed it using Photoshop CC, Nik’s Silver Efex Pro, and more. A bit of platinum toning tweaked the color just a bit.
Back in Norway, my last name was spelled with one “s” on the end. Somewhere along the way, after immigrating to the US, my great grandfather decided to add a second “s” to the name – we suspect to make it “easier” to pronouce (ha!).
This is me – at a road sign at Loftesnes, Norway – shot in June 2002 with my first digital camera, a Kodak DC290 with a whopping 2 megapixel sensor. Tweaked a bit in Lightroom 5 and VSCO Film 05. Lots of memories from this trip!
I was looking back through my Lightroom photo archive tonight and came across the original of this image – shot in June 2002 with my first digital camera – a Kodak DC290. I think I probably still have it around here somewhere!
The DC290 had a 2.1 megapixel sensor – and was one of the weirdest looking “cameras” ever made. But I was able to get some beautiful shots of Norway with it on a special vacation to our “hometown” – Loftesnes – just across from Sogndal.
When I came across this image tonight, I loved the composition. It had been sitting in my archive for fourteen years – with me ignoring it. The composition seemed ideal for a monochrome treatment – so that’s what you see here. A bit of platinum toning was applied and a border added.
Brings back memories of being on the boat heading to Sogndal years ago!
I’ve been enjoying going back through my Lightroom photo archive and looking for new opportunities for images.
This is one I came across tonight – I reprocessed it in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 and Topaz Simplify 4 – along with apply a severe crop in Lightroom.
I love the look – brings back memories of our days in Sydney in 2012!
I was looking back through my Lightroom archive tonight – and somehow came across this image shot during a workshop I took up in Sonoma County in 2010.
I’d processed it to monochrome – but hadn’t actually shared it. I love the sweep of the bridge and the tonality of the monochrome image. Let me know what you think!
One of my favorite spots in San Francisco is the Palace of Fine Arts. It’s such a beautiful setting and the people watching is always great as well.
In this image, I’ve used a painterly approach – adding a bit of texture and smoothing out some of the detail. I kept the colors bright – as that’s how I remembered the day.
The monochrome image below – titled “Power and Glory” – provides a different emotional dimension – one of strength and detail.