Sunset at Coit Tower. View from the Embarcadero.Pier 27, San Francisco CAFrom my first photoshoot since I got my camera back from repair. Feels SO good! There was not really anything that I could think of to capture. The rain had passed, so the skys were relatively clear, just some insignificant cirrus clouds. The sunset was my time frame for planning. I decided to experiment and take a picture of the Coit Tower with the sun setting behind. Shooting from the Embarcadero more or less westward, into the setting sun. When I arrived at my planned location, I wasn’t expecting to have such a graceful looking brick building to create a nice foreground. The palm tree was cleverly placed as well.
Golden Gate Bridge at Golden Hour. Clouds, sun and sky.Marina Green, San Francisco CAThis is an image I saved with a re-edit. I was able to bring out more of the bridge and the amazing clouds above the scene. It helped that I captured this image in the Golden Hour. This year I’m going to plan my photo shoots to coincide more with sunrise and sunset. The Bay area is beautiful, and even more so when the lights are perfect.
Border Collie. At the dog park.Fort Funston, San Francisco CAIs there anything happier than a dog smile? This guy is happy. He’s at a large dog park in San Francisco, on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco. The dogs (and owners) are allowed off-leash which makes for lots of playful smiles and wags. If you’re in the greater San Francisco bay area and want to set up a photo session for your pet, check out my website (in my bio) and reach out to me. I have a portfolio of dog pics so you can see what my work is like. Parks, pets and pics, what could be a better combo? Fort Funston is a great venue for it.
First light at Gray Whale Cove. Sunlight just hits the tops of the waves.Gray Whale Cove, Pacifica CAPhotography is not always easy. But it can be rewarding most of the time. For this shoot, I got on the road at 6AM to get to Gray Whale Cove by 7. Walking down the many stairs from the road above to the beach, the light was in the “Blue” phase of the dawn. A bit later, the sunlight was on the cliff tops inching down toward the water. It was a good 45 minute wait until the sunlight reached the bottom of the cliffs at the water line. Then just a few minutes more for the light to touch just the tops of the waves. The early start was the hardest part. Well, that and climbing back UP the stairs to the road! But the waiting in between was invigorating. The blue sky, the mist of the waves, the sound of the crashing surf, the clean smell of the Pacific Ocean, the solitude (there were just two other fishermen on the beach with me), all added up to a wonderful morning. I only got a couple of shots worth editing and showing, and sometimes that can be disappointing. But on this day, it was a gift.
Spring Wildflowers. Splash of colorWoodside CAOscar Wilde once said, "A flower blossoms for its own joy." And boy are we ready for some spring blossoms. On this rainy day in the bay area, I thought a quick trip back to May of last year, in the heart of the wildflower bloom, I might bring a lost image back to life. Here’s an example of multiple images I merged in HDR on Lightroom. The result was more than satisfactory. Perhaps the blooms were for the flowers’ own joy, but I’m glad I was there to capture the joy and share it with you.
Basking Pelican. On the rocks above the waves.Bean Hollow State Beach, Pescadero CAOne of the favorite beaches for pelicans to roost on is Bean Hollow and Pescadero. The California Brown Pelican is very plentiful here. (As a side note, the White Pelicans can be found easily around Bodega Bay. A trip for another time.) Our friend here spent a lot of time drying out and preening his feathers. At this moment he kind of stretched and arched his neck back as if to pull out the kinks from his previous acrobatics of cleaning his feathers under his chest.When I have observed these guys, they seem to work in shifts. One flock in on the water, working from the air or on the surface to feed. It’s fun to see them dive bomb to catch a fish. Meanwhile the other flock is on the land, drying off or cleaning themselves. When the feeding group is full, they take off and circle low on the beach. The flock on the land then takes off and re-occupies the fishing spots on the water. Quite a harmonious arrangement.
Waves, rocks, clouds and sunBean Hollow State Beach, Pescadero CAPatience is the name of the game for taking images of crashing waves. I find a good spot and I wait. I count the waves, there is some truth to the old saw that says the seventh wave is the largest in a set. But… which wave is number one? Patience. All will be revealed. Drama is revealed with the tide is in at Bean Hollow Beach. Golden hour is the time to look.