Near SFO, Burlingame CAWhite Egret on the prowl. Feeding in the shallows of the bay.These graceful birds are ubiquitous around the bay area. Preferring shallow marshy spots to feed. I really enjoy the features, the pure white feathers. And the wispy feathers around the neck and tail. The long neck that can either stretch straight or curve in an S shape. The long black legs and the intense eyes with a hint of yellow. I give you the elegant heron, the snowy egret.
Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica CALate afternoon at Linda Mar. Golden Hour at the beach.Linda Mar might be considered just another beach by locals. It’s right off the highway, a common strand of sand making a nice, mostly calm area to swim and surf. But look deeper, and at sunset you can see the interplay of light in the clouds and on the water. At sunrise and sunset, the beach takes on a more dramatic look. The shadows and colors of the rocks and cliffs come alive.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pescadero CA"Above the waves. Waves crashing on the cliff."Another capture of this scenic lighthouse. Through wind and waves, storms and fag, sun and more sun since 1872, this lighthouse has stood. It is one of the tallest lighthouses on the west coast. Visitors can view the lighthouse, though entry to the structure is closed until restoration can be completed. The housing buildingare utilized as a hostel for overnight stays.
Aquatic Park, San Francisco CAMore from Fleet Week 2021From my vantage point at Aquatic Park, I was able to capture some great images of the aircraft at the Fleet Week Airshow with some iconic features in the background. Not the least of which, the Golden Gate Bridge. First, the United Airlines Boeing 777-300ER flying low over the bay. Fleet Week is the only airshow that features a demo flight of a working airlines aircraft.Next, winging in front of the bridge, Kirby Chambliss in the Red Bull Zivko Edge 540Finally, the Blue Angels flying their new F-176 Hornets in their classic Diamond formation. This time in front of the bridge starting their “dirty pass”. Dirty refers to the aircraft flying with their landing gear down.
Aquatic Park, San Francisco CAImages from Fleet Week 2021I was so looking forward to this year's Fleet Week Airshow after a 2 year covid hiatus. I filled two memory cards with images, nearly 1500 alone on the Blue Angels (which I have just started to cull through). But here are the my first edited images. Flying the flag at Fleet Week. US Navy Leapfrogs skydive demo. The traditional opening act of the airshow.Steep banking over the Balclutha. Blue Angels Fat Albert C-130. This is the second time I’ve shot the airshow from Aquatic Park as it offers so many great backdrops for the images for the planes.Defying gravity … and signs. Lucas Oil Pitts over the Aquatic Park pier. Serendipity to catch Mike Wiskus floating his aircraft low over the water, and the warning sign (albeit blurry), and the seagull seeming to follow along.
Treasure Island, San Francisco CAGolden Hour and Golden Gate Bridge with clouds. View From Treasure Island. My first photography workshop, here’s what you missed. A spectacular sunset that just grew and glowed and begged to be captured. The weather was somewhat uncooperative, but I think I made the best of it. Golden Hour with a storm moving in is a waiting and hoping game, and the waiting sure paid off with some wonderful colors.There were other challenges, namely my broken tripod. I still used it as a platform, but the camera needed to be held stable still. So I held the camera as I took shots on the 2 second timer. I’m going to the Fleet Week airshow on Sunday and I’m not sure if I’ll have my tripod fixed by then, but we’ll go and work it out somehow.Somewhat disappointed there were no participants who showed up for the workshop. But I’m going to plan one a month for the next few months. Watch this space for more information.
Ragged Island AKOrcas near Ragged Island. Layers of landscape, seascape and wildlife.Throwback to 2014. I’ve been searching for this image in my files and finally found it to re-edit. This is from my very first images with my new Canon DSLR camera while I was in Alaska. I was working on a fish processing vessel cooking for a crew of 190. Interesting working with pirates. Never again, though. I worked 12-14 hour days 7 days a week. In the five months I was on the boat, I set foot on land for only about 6 hours total. Quite the experience. As a newbie to digital photography, I wish I had known about saving images in RAW format. But another trip through LightRoom and I am pleased with what I could do to improve the image. I love the layers in this. From the whales in the ocean, to the ragged island to the great peaks on the Kenai Peninsula. Just inspirational. Also note, this is a family shot: Daddy, mama and baby (you can just see the small dorsal of the baby to the left of Daddy’s dorsal.)
Free Photography WorkshopJoin me for a FREE Photography Workshop on Thursday October 7, 6PM - 8PMGolden Hour and Blue Hour on the Bay.For photographers in the greater San Francisco bay area. We'll meet at the parking lot next to Mersea on Treasure Island.Bring your camera, perhaps a tripod, too. Dress warm. You should have a basic working knowledge of your camera. I shoot with Canon and am not familiar with some of the different conventions of other brands. We’ll talk about best settings for sunset and low light, aperture, shutter speed and ISO. We’ll also discuss composition with wide angle or long lens views. And best practices for capturing images for later editing. We'll shoot together and share our experience & knowledge.I'll be using a 50mm lens as well as a 70-300mm lens. Bring whatever you choose to shoot with. To sign up, send me an email. email@example.com.
Palo Alto CalTrain station, Palo Alto CAGreetings in violet at the train station. Rock Purslane among the landscaping.I really like the way my Samsung Smartphone captures close-ups of flowers. It's a Galaxy S10 Note-Plus. 12 mp and it has a "Pro mode that gives a lot of options similar to my Canon.Today on the way out of the Caltrain station in Palo Alto, I caught this nice Rock Purslane in the landscaping. It’s nice to be greeted by vibrant violet flowers on my way to work.
Rockaway Beach, Pacifica CAPower in the mist. Rocks, waves and fog.As the temperature soared just 5 miles inland, the coastline in Pacifica was foggy, cold and gray. Above me, a hint of blue sky, but just off the shore, a layer of thick fog rolled in and out of view. My intention was to get an image of the sun shining on the rock face with the mist in the background. The brown and tan color contrast would have been wonderful. But that wasn’t in the “big” plan. So instead, I caught this image of a wave crashing on a rock in the distance shrouded by fog. And thus the transformation of this images to black and white. So while I love it when a plan comes together, being flexible and capturing what was right in front of me paid off in a dramatic way.
Aquatic Park, San Francisco CAUS Navy Blue Angels. Diamond formation. Here’s a throwback image to the last Fleet Week Airshow performance before Covid. October 2019. Here are the Navy’s Blue Angels in their classic Diamond Formation. I can’t wait for this year's event, and their new jets, the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets. These faster, newer jets arrived just in time for the teams 75 Anniversary season.
Fort Funston, San Francisco CA"The eyes have it. Hang Glider looking down at you.”Two, well actually three great things about fort funston in San Francisco. One is the dogs. It's a wide open, off leash dog park. Two, it's right on the coast. Beach, cliffs, waves -- it's all there. Third, the hang gliders. From the top of one of the cliffs they launch toward the ocean. Each glider has it’s own color or theme. Some strips, some flames, some colorful. And then there is this glider, looking down, ominously .
Filoli, Woodside CAMagnolia blooms. Spring blossoms.Sweet blossom come on under the willowWe can have high times if you'll abideWe can discover the wonders of natureRolling in the rushes down by the riversideman aliveSugar magnoliaRingin' that blue bellCaught up in sunlightCome on out singingI'll walk you in the sunshineCome on honey, come along with meSongwriters: Robert C. Hunter / Robert Hall Weir
Bean Hollow State Beach, Pescadero CA"Big Bang Theory. Waves over rocks."These are the kind of shots I love to take. I enjoy the waiting between the smaller waves. Counting for more or less the 7th wave. The waiting is the bonus. Just sitting on the shore with the sights, sounds, smells & feel of the ocean air. Perfect. Finally, when I see that big swell approaching, I'm poised on the shutter release button - hopeful that I've captured a couple of keepers.
Oakland Zoo, Oakland CA"Gibbon on a wire. Whooping it up.”I could call this shot. “The quick and the loud." The white-handed (Lar) gibbons at the Oakland Z00 are both. With trees and ropes to traverse over, they can get moving pretty quick. Swinging from their arms is their main way of traveling. I caught this guy between swings & bites of his carrot. Oh, and don’t get them started with the “Whooping”. Their vocalizations are very LOUD, generally are indications of their happiness. But they also sing, these gibbons are monogamous and sing together. Bonded couples create their own song with parts for both male and female.