Golden Boy

Posted on March 5, 2014

I just finished a slice at Golden Boy Pizza in the North Beach area of San Francisco and was walking out of the restaurant when I saw this man peeking in the window. The lighting was just right and his hand on the sill completed the composition for me.

SONY, ILCE-7, FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
1/60, f/4, ISO 1600

Sun Break

Posted on February 22, 2014

I took this while attending the APA workshop for photo assistants in Sa Francisco. We were on a break when I saw this person checking their email. I was just amazed by the light coming thru the windows and the gesture. I actually didn’t have my camera at that moment and I made a quick dash for it back at my seat. I fully expected the person to have moved from the spot and changing the moment for the worse but I had to try, it was one of those shots that just has to be taken. I was so surprised to find the scene in the exact same state as when I first saw it. That never happens! I took this shot and then stepped forward to get something closer but this framing is exactly what I saw in my minds eye.

I was actually pretty proud of this shot and I’m a little embarrassed to say I rushed over to Mathew Jordan Smith, the principal photographer at the workshop, and had to show him. He’s in love with his new A7r as well!

SONY, ILCE-7, FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
1/2000, f/2.8, ISO 100

The Riders

Posted on February 20, 2014

This was taken last summer on Market Street in San Francisco. Market Street was one of my favorite places to shoot for my afternoon walk when I was working in the city. There was so much going on, so much to see and people didn’t mind if their picture was being taken. I truly enjoyed my time in the city.

I saw these two couples on a platform in the middle of Market Street waiting for a Streetcar. I wanted to capture the stillness of their poses contrasted by a blurred background of a moving city bus. But their poses take on the feeling of the movement of the bus in the background. It almost looks like they are on that bus. That ties together the foreground and background elements and why I think this image works.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/90, f/8, ISO 125

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