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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Tonight we were out to dinner up in San Francisco with my son, his wife and our two granddaughters. We had a wonderful New Year’s Day dinner!
While walking back to our car – parked on Irving Street – this N Judah Muni Metro streetcar came along and I couldn’t resist shooting the people inside the streetcar. For street photographers, streetcars are yet another “stage” – a place where we can wait and watch for interesting people.
When you’re shooting this kind of scene, you need to just fire away – it’s too hard to see whether the “captives” are noticing you – much less looking at you. Tonight I shot about a dozen images of this streetcar – in about 20 seconds. I came away with two images in which the “captives” were looking at me – and this was the better of the two. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Shot with my Fujifilm X100T in JPEG with Classic Chrome film emulation.
The holiday season for me this year has had an unusual and special quality to it. Our get togethers on Christmas Eve and Christmas day with family and friends were wonderful and joyful. Our 90 year old Mom is in great spirits and we had fun watching her interact with her two great granddaughters as they opened a few gifts (tossing the wrapping paper in the air doesn’t really describe their energy!). Exuberance!
My Dad’s birthday is tomorrow – New Year’s Eve. His father’s birthday – my grandfather – was Christmas Eve. Carl Sr and Carl Jr – father and son. Dad would have been 93 tomorrow – but we’re sure he also shared in our holiday cheer again this year as we constantly had him in our thoughts – and will be remembering him on his birthday tomorrow. Dad died of side effects from prostate cancer in 2010.
Quite a year it’s been – this twenty fourteen. Along the way, there’s been so much joy from new experiences with great people – old and new friends – and those wonderful moments of serendipity that always leave me with that new sense of wonder about how it all just fits together. I try to remember to slow down, step outside, breathe deeply and be in the moment – to appreciate these wonderful gifts of experience.
Best wishes for a wonderful 2015!