Category Archives: Photography – Canon 5D Mark II

Around the Bend at Point Reyes Station

Around the Bend - Point Reyes Station - 2012

Two years ago this week we took a one day workshop at Point Reyes with photographer Marty Knapp.

I tried to emphasize the range of tonality in this image – using a combination of adjustments. I captured it with my Canon 5D Mark II and processed in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2.

This image brings back a lot of memories for me – it was a wonderful day we spent with Marty.

In the Field along Tomales Bay in August

In the Field - Tomales Bay - 2010

In August 2010, I took a workshop focus on Tomales Bay and Point Reyes. One of the other participants – Jack – was shooting with a set of classic cameras. It was a joy to watch him work.

Here’s a shot of Jack taken early on a late August morning along Tomales Bay. He’s shooting the famous Point Reyes fishing boat – aground at Inverness. The morning sun is on his back. I can smell the scene.

Shot with my Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS lens. Post-processed using Lightroom 5, VSCO Film and Photoshop CC with Topaz Simplify 4.

That Garlic Time in San Francisco’s North Beach

The Stinking Rose - San Francisco -2009

Here’s another image from my August 2009 workshop with Chris Honeysett in San Francisco’s North Beach. Shot outside The Stinking Rose with my Canon 5D Mark II.

Converted to black and white in the camera – and tweaked in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC.

Old and New – Columbus and Montgomery in San Francisco

North Beach Hotel - San Francisco - 2009

This is an image that’s been shot many, many times in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood.

On this Saturday morning in August 2009 we had some special light and I captured this image with my Canon 5D Mark II.

Post-processed in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC with a touch of the Oil Paint filter to add a bit of texture.

An Early Sunday Morning on San Francisco’s California Street

California Street - San Francisco - 2009

Three and half years ago – August 2009 – I took my first photo workshop. Led by Chris Honeysett, it was a Saturday-Sunday session. On Saturday, we scoured North Beach – it was amazing. On Sunday, we met early – 5 AM at the Transamerica Pyramid and then walked up to Chinatown and down Grant Avenue to Grant and California. At that corner I captured this image with my Canon 5D Mark II.

I’ll never forget this workshop with Chris – I learned so much about how to see thanks to his teaching. Part of the time, we had our cameras set to display monochrome images on the LCDs on our cameras. That was such a great learning experience – about seeing light and shadow without the distraction of color. I’ve applied that learning many times over.

Point Bonita Light from Battery Mendell

Point Bonita Light - Battery Mendell - 2011

Two years ago this week Doug Kaye and I went to Rodeo Beach and then up the hill to Battery Mendell overlooking Point Bonita Light and the entrance to the Golden Gate. It’s a magnificent view from up there.

Captured with my Canon 5D Mark II with the 70-200mm lens. Post-processed in Lightroom and Photoshop CC with a bit of platinum toning applied.

A Look Back at the Marin Headlands

I went back tonight looking for holiday images from years before. Instead, I stumbled across this image – taken on December 17, 2011 – 3 years ago yesterday – at the Marin Highlands.

On that lovely Sunday, Doug Kaye and I met at Rodeo Beach, explored that amazing area and then headed up the hill to the headlands. While we were fooling around, I caught him taking this shot of me.

What might be different today is that we’d both be using different cameras. In this shot, he’s shooting with one of his big Nikon DSLR’s. And I’m shooting with my Canon 5D Mark II with the big 70-200mm f/2.8L lens on it.

Fast forward three years – I’d be shooting with my Fujifilm X-E2 and, most likely, Doug would be shooting with his new Sony Alpha A7. We wouldn’t be able to detect much difference in our images – in fact, they might be even better.

So much for my search for holiday photos tonight. I’ll try again tomorrow!

Smokey Joe in San Francisco’s Chinatown

Smokey Joe - San Francisco - 2012

This is an image from last year – shot with my Canon 5D Mark II on a photo walk in San Francisco’s Chinatown with Doug Kaye.

I love the gestures of the people in this image – and that guy with the cigarette who I’ve coined as Smokey Joe!

This is a classic example of finding a “stage” – setting up across the street with the camera – and waiting for something interesting to enter the frame!

Post processed in Lightroom 5 with VSCO Film.

Along the Merced River in Yosemite

Three Brothers - Yosemite - 2010

There’s a special spot along the Merced River in Yosemite where, in the late autumn with the river flowing so gently, the reflections are really quite special.

This image is just one example – a monochrome from 3 bracketed images shot with my Canon 5D Mark II back in the fall of 2010. My son David and I spent a very special day with Michael Frye and he took us to this spot as the sun was rising. It was early October when we were there. The river was beautifully calm, like glass, and the sun was just lighting up Three Brothers as we clambered down to the water’s edge with our tripods.

A wonderful memory – one we’ll never forget.

Sometimes, when I’m trying to relax, I try to think about places like this – quiet beauty at Lake Tahoe, the majesty of Yosemite in autumn – it just doesn’t get much better than this.