Streets of San Francisco

Posted on April 14, 2014

Lately I have mostly been working on our web design business so I haven’t had much time with my camera. However, I thought I would take a moment for a little experimentation in Lightroom as a change of pace…
I wanted to try something very different for me. I mostly work with the normal aspect ratio for 35mm film and I tend to like deep shadows and very contrasty midtones. Therefore, I went in the opposite direction, Cinemascope! It is great for giving movies a cinematic feel and it works great for stills too. For the color processing, I was thinking of the movie “Bullitt” which was filmed in the same area I took these photos, North Beach and Embarcadero. The low contrast film look really adds to the storytelling quality of these images.
I came up with a few shots that look like they could be stills from a movie. So here you go some faux stills from my non-existent “Streets of San Francisco” circa 1968 film.

SONY, ILCE-7, FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
1/60, f/5, ISO 100

A Woman’s Gaze

Posted on March 25, 2014

Even with all of what going on around in the city, I find it amazing that people can have an inner calm about them. As I was waiting to cross the street, I noticed this woman gazing at the advertising billboard. I liked the stillness of her gesture and how she seems within herself as the rest of the traffic walked by behind her. That idea of being so deep within ones self is one of my reoccurring themes and shows up in most of the more successful photos.

My photo walks are more of a meditation than anything else. I have to forget that I’m looking for a photograph before I can really realize the moment and capture it. If I go out and pressure myself into having to find a photo, I normally come home with a lot of captures but no real photographs. Even going out with a specific theme in mind has very limiting results. I found that it’s best to go out totally empty and open to everything. I have to clear my mind and not let it wander toward anything that’s not in the present moment. Focus becomes more important in more ways than one.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/350, f/1.7, ISO 50

Chinatown Fabrics

Posted on March 17, 2014

Something I took in Chinatown awhile ago and just getting around to posting it. This has a cool hand colored feeling to it that I really like. You don’t see much hand coloring going on now days. I’m actually thinking of printing this in B&W and doing some for-real hand coloring with this image

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/200, f/2.8, ISO 50

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