Beware of Curve

Beware of Curve

The title to this post is a maxim from a sign common on the road here in California. It is also good advice when shooting digital photographs or dealing with photographs in post production. Getting the histogram correct as early as possible in the process is probably the most important thing in photography. Here is … Continue reading

Reflections of Oakland

Reflections of Oakland

Short and sweet today. A picture of down town Oakland reflecting off of Lake Merritt. I am going to try to take this picture again, but here is what I am going to differently: I am going to use HDR and bracketing to try to get rid of some of the star patterns around the … Continue reading

Virtual Commute

Virtual Commute

This photograph is from a guest photographer, Amol. The photograph is in response to the post Sleep Train and is another picture capturing humans being themselves. Okay, so the commute is real, but the commuters are only visually there and virtually elsewhere. A comment of how isolated we make ourselves? (read “The Lockless Door” by … Continue reading

Sea Stacks

Sea Stacks

A sea stack is a geological landform consisting of a steep vertical column of rock in the sea near a coast, isolated by erosion. There are quite a few different types, but the ones along the California coast are most often formed by the dynamic tectonic activity associated with the earthquake faults. The picture below … Continue reading

Sleep Train

Sleep Train

On my commute, this morning, I was surrounded by snoring. This weeks seems to have taken more than its normal toll on my fellow travelers. Not a great picture… not much that can be done in post, but an idea that has promise. A pictorial ethnography of urban life in the bay area.

Mealtime Roost

Mealtime Roost

The Red-tailed Hawk youth has chosen the dead (or nearly dead) tree near my house as his favorite lunchtime perch. He was eating a fish when he first landed, but it was just a small fry. By the time I got the camera, he was done eating. Next time I’ll get a picture of his … Continue reading

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

Today’s blog is a picture from guest photographer Ruth. It is a picture of the 2012 Harvest Moon taken at the Russian River. If you can believe it, the photograph was taken hand-held! You got to love the Canon IS lenses!!! The picture was taken just as the moon was about to set and before … Continue reading

Portrait in Time

Portrait in Time

One of the comments on my recent post “A Thousand Ships” was to show the image before and after. Well, I have created a before, during, and after set as well as a movie for your pleasure. This is the picture as it was captured in camera. The original file was in Camera Raw, so … Continue reading

Guts and Glory

Guts and Glory

Not much to say today. Just think that the complexity and blend of form and function in a piano is beautiful and somewhat mind boggling. Not much to say about the photography either. Used a tripod and natural light. The light was diffused by some sheer curtains all along the wall opposite from the piano. … Continue reading

A Thousand Ships

A Thousand Ships

Just a quick post of a portrait of Jennie Camera technique is nothing more that taking a photograph of the model in open shade with a wide aperture to create a pleasant bokeh. The camera was set to full manual and I purposely was over exposing to create a high-key image. In post, I just … Continue reading