San Francisco

Seeing the light

Y’all know I love me some Urban Exploration, and I still do.  But, after a couple of years of shooting about 95 percent (if not more) URBEX, I’m now mixing things up more and more.  In the coming weeks, months (years?), you can expect to see more variety here, including car photography (I dig cars, especially classics), landscapes, some portrait work, black & white photography, and more.  Yes, there’ll be more URBEX as well.  The other thing I’m looking to do is get some more videos out there for you all, so if there’s something you think you might be interested in seeing in that regard, let me know. At the moment, I’m leaning towards some behind the scenes videos to let you all see what I do to set up shots (got that idea from the great videos Trey Ratcliff over at Stuck in Customs has been putting out on his Youtube channel), as well as some more behind the scenes on how I process my work in Photoshop.

Guardian Fireboat No. 2

I had not really planned to put up a blog post today, but I suppose I should at least try to post something new 5 or 6 times a week, perhaps leaving Sundays as a BLOG POST-free day for me.  While I usually post HDR photography, I started working on this non-HDR shot this morning and liked how it turned out.  I liked it well enough to post on Google + , and it seemed like folks there seemed to dig it, so I thought that you guys who come here to the blog and don’t follow me on  Google + might like to see it as well.  As I mentioned in my  Google + post, I was experimenting with a mix of B&W, high-key, colorizing and, finally, onOne’s FocalPoint software. I may reedit it to fix some mistakes I see, but curious to hear what all of you out there think of this one.

The picture of…

In his book ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, Oscar Wilde writes, “It is an odd thing, but every one who disappears is said to be seen at San Francisco. It must be a delightful city, and possess all the attractions of the next world.”  Well, a delightful city it is, so we’ll most definitely be planning a return trip there very soon, hopefully before the end of September.  There really is more to see, do and photograph than one can shake the proverbial stick at. Take Coit Tower, for example.  I’d seen this structure in many TV shows and movies, including Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’, not to mention the Dirty Harry flick ‘The Enforcer’.  Most of the shots one sees, however, are of the outside of the tower.  Well, I decided to try to capture a little bit of the awesome murals inside.  Like San Francisco, there is so much going on here!

Mr. Telephone Man

Our new friends in the Bay area have one of the coolest old houses I’ve ever seen.  I could spend a full day there exploring and photographing everything.  My youngest daughter was especially fond of the “doll house” (play house) built out back by the previous owner for her daughter.  It has fully functioning water, A/C and more.  Heck, I’d live in that kid’s cottage.  Inside the main house, I just had to grab a shot of this awesome old phone box.  Man I love “retro” eye candy!

Jeepers Peepers!!

There was just SOOOO much to see in San Francisco that it often felt like sensory overload.  Definitely no way could I see all the cool stuff there in one visit, even after multiple days exploring the city.  I’m planning to head back there again in the coming weeks, if only to get to Alcatraz.  Hopefully I can arrange some kind of private tour so I can take my time exploring and shooting The Rock!  From the penny arcade, where I shot this photograph, I could actually peep Alcatraz in the middle of the bay.  I wonder if the cons there could peep this arcade with a good set of binoculars?

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