Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Red Light

Colored Lights
Bus shelter at Balboa and Park Presidio, on a damp morning before dawn.

Sun King

Le Roi Soleil
At the Musée Carnavalet

Sunday, March 29, 2009

How I Spent My Day

Fireball V

I stood on Potrero Hill for nearly six hours today, waiting for this shot. A film crew was in town, shooting a TV pilot for a potential series called Trauma, and word was out that there would be a big explosion on Hwy. 280 sometime this afternoon. The window was supposed to be between 1:00 and 4:00, but it actually happened at just a few minutes before 6:00. Along with another dozen other photographers and videographers or so, I was able to capture this shot after hours of waiting.

Then I was featured on one of the local TV news shows (KRON 4), and misquoted by the local paper. Sheesh.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Travel Thursday: The Big Apple

Big Apple
Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville.

...what, is there some other 'big apple' I don't know about?

Travel Thursday

Cabin in the Trees

Traveling on Highway 108 a few days after Christmas, we were headed for a vacation in California's Gold Country. Just past the turnoff for Yosemite and before we reached Jamestown, we saw this abandoned cabin and a few other structures by the side of the road. It was nearly sunset -- The Golden Hour -- and we stopped to shoot a few pictures.



Hole in the Wall

Sunset Trees


Meadow at Sunset

Cabin in the Trees II

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Home Bass

Porch Music II

Most every week I have a new favorite picture; this week, I have two. This is one of them.

Deux Cafés

Deux Cafés

Monday, March 23, 2009

In My Neighborhood

Camera Corner

Camera Corner, inspired by a series of security camera shots I saw in one of the galleries downtown over the weekend. This is on the homeless shelter on the corner of Polk and Cedar.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Green Screen


It's another Shadow Shot Sunday.

Shadow Shot Sunday

Early Morning, Lake 10,620
Lake 10,620 in Kid Lakes basin, Monarch Divide, Kings Canyon National Park (the one in California, not the one in Australia).

Shadow Shot Sunday explained here; last week's entries on display here.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Succulent Radio Flyer

Succulent Radio Flyer

I originally posted this shot on Flickr in black and white, but I've come to think that the color version is actually superior.

Not sure why I'm gravitating away from the b&w and toward the color lately, but I undeniably am. Maybe it's just one of those pendulum-swing things.

Water Towers

Water Towers
The second-tallest structure in Modesto, California.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Travel Thursday: Clear Lake, CA

Clear Lake Pilings

Located north of Napa and the Wine Country, Clear Lake is California's largest freshwater lake. All the usual activities associated with water are found here: boating, fishing, swimming, concerts at Konocti Harbor, meth labs, drowning... but really, it's mostly a nice place to camp and fish and such. There are a number of towns surrounding the lake, like Kelseyville, Lakeport, Lucerne, Finley and Nice. During the summer it's usually crowded with tourists and campers, but in the winter the lodging is cheap and the tourists few. These shots were all taken on a drizzly day in early January at various points around the lake.


The Path Less Traveled


Fallen Leaves, Bare Branches



Kelsey Creek Bridge II

Winter at Clear Lake

Suspended Chord

Suspended Chord
Near the Place des Vosges

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday: Front Gate

Front Gate

Sometimes the picture comes to you, and all you have to do is open the door.

Shadow Shot Sunday explained here; last week's entries here.

Shadow Shot Sunday

Snow Shadows
After taking a week off, I'm back in the shadows again. I thought this one was appropriate for the last Shadow Shot Sunday of the winter: melting snow in Westborough, Massachusetts.

SSS explained here; roundup of last week's entries here.

Paris (Side by) Sidewalk

Side by Side Walk
Portrait of the Artist (& Wife) with a Little Too Much to Drink

This photo is my first entry in Shadow Shot Sunday.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Inside the Bunker

Bunker Interior
Decaying military facility near Point Bonita, Marin Headlands.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Travel Thursday: Sainte-Chappelle, Paris

Ste. Chappelle Interior

Located inside the Palais du Justice on the Ile de la Cité, just one short bridge over from Notre Dame, I believe Sainte-Chappelle is the oldest chapel in Paris (c. 1239). The stained glass and Gothic architecture there are just stunning. I remember seeing a woman climb up the stairs to the main chapel on the second floor, walking in and getting the full experience of seeing it for the first time and immediately bursting into tears at the sheer beauty of the place.


Saint-Chappelle Door Detail

Detail of one of the doors in the main chapel.

Sainte-Chappelle 1st Floor

Stained glass in the first floor chapel.

Sainthood by Sword

All around the second floor, there are depictions of people achieving sainthood in some rather horrific ways.

Ste. Chappelle Ceiling

First floor ceiling.

Ste. Chappelle Columns

First floor columns.

Ste. Chappelle Window

Stained glass in the main chapel.