That Glance

Glance - San Francisco - 2015

My friend Doug Kaye and I were back out on the streets of San Francisco yesterday – after a couple of weeks away. Doug went to Cuba – helping with a people-to-people exchange program there while I was in India. Talk about being on opposite sides of the planet – but with wonderful photographic opportunities at both locataions!

One of our favorite spots in San Francisco is 101 California – and the light yesterday didn’t disappoint. This time of year, it’s mostly about reflected light – from the sun striking buildings across the street and then being reflected back into the nooks and crannies on the other side.

This is a great example. Doug and I were both drawn to this light – and waited for the right subjects to appear. I got lucky with this shot – capturing her glancing back and him – and him with his glasses in his hand looking at her.

It’s all about gesture (thanks Jay Maisel!).

Up Top – Crossing the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata

Up Top - Kolkata - 2015

When I was in Kolkata, India, we went for an excursion across the Howrah Bridge – to the big train station on the other side. I was shooting with my iPhone 6 out the car window – and captured this “up top” image. I loved the subtle color in the image – and decided to leave in color rather than converting it to monochrome.

It’s one of my favorites from the trip!

Walk My Way

Walk My Way - Kolkata - 2015

Shooting out of the car window with an iPhone can be challenging – but it’s also a lot of fun when things come together. This image was shot from the car window with my iPhone 6 on my last day in Kolkata, India. I happened to see him ahead through the front window and fired off a lucky shot. The iPhone 6 helps makes us all great photographers! It’s all about the moment.

Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller

Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller

Tonight I attended the talk by Raúl Cañibano – one of Cuba’s great photographers – at an event at Foothill College organized by Ron Herman. I spent a week in Havana two years ago – in January 2013 – and Raúl was one of the photographers we worked with. He’s an amazing street photographer to watch – very quick on the trigger, knows his settings and image dimensions – and makes beautiful images.

This new exhibition of his work by Ron Herman is beautifully done. If you’re in the Bay Area and interested in this kind of monochrome street and fine art photography, be sure to check out this exhibition!

A Tailor in Kolkata, India

Tailor - Kolkata - 2015

While out wandering one of the neighborhoods in Kolkata on Sunday, I came across this tailor toiling away at his sewing machine in his tiny shop. Shot with my Fujifilm X100T and processed using VSCO Film 04.

Below is a color version – processed using the Kodak Portra 400 film in VSCO Film 06.

Tailor #2 - Kolkata - 2015

Early January Light in the Alleys of San Francisco’s Chinatown

Balance - San Francisco - 2015

On Friday, January 2, 2015, Doug Kaye and I met up for one of our regular photo walks on the streets of San Francisco. We had done a bit of planning in advance using The Photographers Ephemeris which showed that the sun would be streaming down the “north/south” streets of San Francisco beginning about 11:30 AM that morning. These are the streets north of Market St. in San Francisco – such as Kearny, Grant, Stockton, etc.

After meeting at the Embarcadero BART station, we walked over to Sacramento St. and caught the 1-California Muni bus up to Kearny St. where we got off and walked over to Portsmouth Square in Chinatown. We had fun shooting the game players in the park before moving on up Washington Street, eventually finding our way to Ross Alley where the sun was just beginning to floor the street. From there, we headed up to Stockton – but found the light too much on that wide street so we headed back into a few more of the alleys instead – preferring the much narrower streets with the light streaming down on the mostly brick walls of the buildings in this part of Chinatown.

I was shooting with my Fujifilm X100T – using the TCL100 converter which provides a 50 mm equivalent focal length. I also capture some shots along the way with my iPhone 6. Below are a few examples of the fun we had exploring the alleys of San Francisco’s Chinatown – with the low sun angle light at mid-day in early January.

News - Chinatown - 2015

Blue Smoke - San Francisco - 2015

Enroute - San Francisco - 2015

Post No Bill - San Francisco - 2015

Mops - San Francisco - 2015

In the Shadows - San Francisco - 2015

The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center

Muffs - San Francisco - 2015

The holiday ice rink at San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center is a lot of fun. Doug Kaye and I were headed back to lunch at the Ferry Building when we came across the ice rink and started shooting. We had a great time – but, clearly, the skaters were having even more fun!

I especially had fun with the woman with the ear muffs! She was a great subject…

Shot with my Fujifilm X100T.

Muffs #2 - San Francisco - 2015

Muffs #3 - San Francisco - 2015

Proud - San Francisco - 2015

Glance - San Francisco - 2015

Pink - San Francisco - 2015

That Woman Reading on the Platform

Reader - San Francisco - 2014

Doug Kaye and I went exploring in San Francisco today – meeting, as usual, around Embarcadero Center and then heading out. We caught the 1 California bus on Sacramento St. and headed up to Portsmouth Square in Chinatown. Lots of interesting people – as usual – playing games and smoking in the park. From there. we began exploring the alleys of Chinatown – having figured out that the sun this time of year would be coming right down the alleys around noontime. We got intoxicated in one alley in particular – images from that venue yet to be processed!

After a wonderful lunch as usual at Slanted Door, we headed home. As I descended into the Embarcadero BART Station, I saw this woman reading on the platform – just as the BART train was leaving. My iPhone 6 captured the shot – with just enough motion and color to make it interesting against her silhouette.

Another magical day of street photography in San Francisco!