Carnaval Parade

Posted on May 26, 2014

From the Carnaval Parade in the Mission on Sunday. What a wonderful parade, not too crowded, lots of very colorful people and really long! I hope to be photographing from the parade next year as opposed to being on the sidelines.

SONY, ILCE-7, FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
1/125, f/5.6, ISO 100

Water Fountain

Posted on May 22, 2014

I went to a critique last night to show the start of my new street photography book and one comment that has stayed with me was that my prints were too perfect. I’m thinking what the person was eluding too was that because the prints were digital, they lacked a human touch. Maybe printing them with an alternate printing process will be just the thing to give my prints a human touch. Something to look into.

This was taken just a couple minutes before the critique. Because I was going to be in the city by myself, I took the opportunity to do a two hour photo walk and ventured into some areas of the city I haven’t walked before. This was near the Civic Center train station in San Francisco, CA which can be a sketchy area as it’s part of The Tenderloin. I saw the waterfall being back lit from Market Street and made my way closer and after some discovery shots, I framed this one.

SONY, ILCE-7, Canon FD 85mm f1.8
1/1250, ISO 320

From the Hip!

Posted on May 20, 2014

This was “literally” shot from the hip while waiting for a table at a very busy Mexican Restaurant in Los Angeles,CA last weekend. I think she was a little scared of the IR focus light from my camera and she ran off right away after the capture. I was a little afraid she was going to tell her parents I took a picture of her and they would confront me. But everything was just fine and she was running around again in a couple of minutes.

As I just start printing for my next book and I’ve come to realize how dark my images are. So I’m paying very close attention to my histogram in this image. It’s a balance of lighting the shadows while keeping the grain to a respectable level. At some point you just have to embrace the grain and except it for its own beauty.

I’m taking a slower approach to my latest book project and I’m printing out each image and manually putting together the book. This is different from past book projects as the images never left the computer until the printing of the book. So as I print out each image, I’m not only making sure it’s the perfect exposure, I’m also finding nice little things in the image that I missed before. In the end, this slowing down and really paying attention to each individual image will make for a much better book.

SONY, ILCE-7, FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
1/100, f/2.8, ISO 6400

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