Category Archives: San Francisco/California

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!).

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!

Captive on Irving Street in San Francisco

Captive on Irving Street - San Francisco - 2015

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.

Light, Gesture and Color

Peppers - San Francisco - 2014

This a quick grab shot from one of my Friday photowalks in San Francisco with Doug Kaye. Shot with my Fujifilm X-E2, we were walking across an overhead walkway looking down at this food truck selling pizzas. These two women caught my eye – the first sprinkling red peppers on her pizza and the second frizzy blond with her 49’ers jacket on.

Combine them with the red shirt and finger gesture from the guy in the food truck and things get interesting!

Ocean Light – A View from San Francisco’s Cliff House

Ocean Light - San Francisco - 2014

Here’s another view from San Francisco’s Cliff House – looking down Ocean Beach. Last Saturday we had the remnants of a rainstorm clearing out – making for interesting clouds, light and shadows.

I captured this image with my Fujifilm X-100T.

Hallelujah at San Francisco’s Cliff House

Hallelujah - San Francisco - 2014

Here’s another shot from my Saturday visit to San Francisco’s Cliff House. As I walked over to this overlook, this guy was working out on the terrace below me – shadow boxing, jumping jacks, he had a beautiful routine – enjoying his space just above the Pacific Ocean.

I captured this shot with my Fujifilm X100T – the first of a couple I tried – as he was doing his jumping jacks routine. I love the juxtaposition of him with the water below – and the seagull in the middle right of the image. I opted to leave it in color – in fact, to enhance the color a bit to better match what I remember.

Solo at Ocean Beach

Solo - San Francisco - 2014

Here’s another view along San Francisco’s Ocean Beach shot from the viewpoints just south of the Cliff House. This is a beautiful spot on great mornings like this – being able to look right down the beach from this perspective.

This image was shot with my Fujifilm X100T with the TLC-X100 teleconversion lens installed. The TCL-X100 changes the focal length from 35 mm equivalent to 50 mm equivalent. It was helpful to have a bit more reach for this shot. The tonality is straight out of the camera – nothing else applied.

I love the surfer, how he’s positioned at the edge of the light with his footsteps fading beyond!