Photographing Alcatraz

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Though I have lived in California my whole life, I vaguely remember my parents taking me and my brother to Alcatraz once when we were very young.  I have failed to find any photographs from this visit, so I might be making it up.  Mary also lived in San Francisco for years and failed to take the trip.  We finally made it last month.  Here is what we saw. Continue reading


Another Weekend in San Francisco

The last time we were in San Francisco, we had a great sunset, and the next day we did one of our favorite walks – through Chinatown, along the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Warf, up to Lombard Street and back through Little Italy.  Here are some of our favorite photos. Continue reading

Richard Serra’s “Sequence” at the San Francisco MOMA

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When Mary and I were in San Francisco in February, we went to see the Diane Arbus exhibit at the SF Museum of Modern Art south of Market.  We enjoyed seeing the early works of Arbus, AND, I fell in love with Serra’s giant metal sculpture.  I had my Sony RX 100 and it was plenty of camera for these photos.  Here is what you might see.

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Infrared photos of the Bay Area from an airplane

Downtown San Francisco and the Bay Bridge

A while back, a photographer friend, Ron Black, showed us his infrared photos from an airplane.  They were really cool.  We were hooked.  Now, when we get a chance, we try to get a window seat and pull our cameras.  Here are a few from a flight from Oakland to Ontario. Continue reading

Photography Project: Photographing through a Prisim


Prism photography San Francisco Financial District

I was recently inspired by a Lindsey Adler image,  It was a geometrical abstract portrait she shot on a rooftop in New York City.  Never someone to pass up the opportunity for a project that requires my favorite handy man’s help, I set out to explore this technique with my own interpretation. Continue reading

He saw. She saw. A walk around San Francisco

Pier 7

Pier 7

A couple of Saturdays ago, Mary and I went on a great six mile walk through the east side of San Francisco.  We started in Union Square, walked down to the Ferry Building, then along the water to Fisherman’s Warf and Ghirardelli Square, through Little Italy and finally through Chinatown.  There was a lot to see and photograph.  Here is what we saw. Continue reading

Peter’s Favorite 15 Photos from 2013

#3 Badwater Basin sunset

#3 Badwater Basin sunset, Death Valley, CA

It’s that time again, when Mary and I reflect on all of our great trips from the past year.  We review all of our photos and edit and back them up.  I know Mary always wants me to get down to ten, but herewith, are my favorite 15 photos from 2013.  Which ones do you like best? Continue reading

Photographing Mission San Francisco de Asis (Delores)

Front of the Old Mission

Front of the Old Mission

Mary and I are well on our way to finishing our project to photograph all 21 California missions. We have completed 16 and will finish by year end.  San Francisco de Asis is in the Mission District of San Francisco south of Market.  Though it is in the middle of the city, it has a nice small courtyard, the old mission, and the new church (Delores).  Here is what you might see: Continue reading

Photography Project – Square Photographs

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Last week I shared some of my initial experiments with square photographs. This week, I’ve posted additional attempts while I was in San Francisco. I set out again with my Holga lens and tried to see the city “square”.

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Is that photo real?

The Golden Gate from the Marin Headlands processed in Nik's SilverEffects Pro

The Golden Gate from the Marin Headlands processed in Nik’s SilverEffects Pro

Because of software, especially PhotoShop, the line between photography and art is increasingly blurring.  People are becoming skeptical of what they see.  One of the things that can be frustrating for any photographer when showing photos is the overt or covert accusation that somehow,someway, your photo is “fake” or overly “enhanced” in Photoshop.  Most of the time this is done with a simple question, “Did you Photoshop that?”  Well, of course I did.  It’s called processing.  All photos, whether film or digital, need to be and should be processed.  I think the more interesting question is how much processing is just right?  Too much and the photo starts to look fake or unreal…too little and it looks flat and uninteresting.  Here’s an example. Continue reading