Saturday, July 31, 2010

Geometry + Algebra

Geometry + Algebra

The underside of a metal catwalk on a late afternoon makes a calculated addition to the Shadow Shot Sunday oeuvre. Multiply that by this division of talented photographers and you can sum up the total experience nicely.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

In My Neighborhood: Lottery Scratcher

Lottery Scratcher

A bit of serendipity with this one, as the stripes on the bus shelter echo the California Lottery logo. In fact, this is probably the first shot I've taken with those stripes that I like (and I've taken a lot).

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Garage Mural

Not a Banjo, Not a Guitar, Not a Dulcimer

A garage painted by local muralist Amanda Lynn (not a guitar or a banjo) enjoys some leafy shade in the middle of a summer day. Must be Shadow Shot Sunday, for me, for Amanda Lynn and for all these talented people around the world.

Shadow Shot Sunday

Blue Shadows
If anyone wondered where I was last Sunday (i.e., Saturday), I was here--Lower Chain Lake, in Yosemite National Park.

Learn about Shadow Shot Sunday, and then join in the fun.

Friday, July 23, 2010


A view from the Schoodic Peninsula side of Acadia National Park.

(I'll have my camera back Monday or Tuesday. Yay! I made such a stink they rushed it.)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

If You Love a Sofa, Set it Free

If You Love a Sofa, Set It Free

People who follow my photostream on Flickr know that I'm obsessed with couches in outdoor settings, whether they be abandoned on an urban sidewalk, tossed away in a back alley or set up in an empty field somewhere miles from anything. I ran across this beauty being carried from a garage sale to a new home a couple blocks away last weekend in the Haight, and took a few shots of it on the move. I really like this particular one, what with the light, the framing of the tree on the right and the couple pausing for a break.

Your mileage may vary, of course.

Are We Not Mannequins?

Are We Not Mannequins?
Part of the decor at the Buckshot, a bar in the Inner Richmond.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pink Meadow

Shooting Star Meadow
Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon jeffreyi) in Crane Flat meadow, Yosemite National Park.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lighting Up the Scoreboard

Lighting Up the Scoreboard

Fireworks light up the bay on a foggy Friday night at the ballpark. Giants win!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Parking Shrine

Parking Shrine

Art in San Francisco casts a shadow and qualifies for the weekly Shadow Shot Sunday exercise. Get healthy, and join the group!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Potting Table

Potting Table
Nikon's keeping my good camera for a month and charging me $250 to make a pretty minor repair.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Red on Red

Pool chalk at the Buckshot, another stop on Friday's photowalk.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Let Us Now Praise Tom Hilton

Stars Fell On Tom Hilton

Apropos of not much, here is the man behind the blog. If it weren't for him, none of this would be possible. I caught this candid shot on last Friday's photowalk, and Tom himself said that he doesn't hate it.

High praise indeed.

Thanks for the Exhibition at which we show off our Pixels, my friend.


At the Dogs Bollix on Clement, one stop on the Friday Night Drinking & Shooting Club photowalk the other night.

Saturday, July 10, 2010



Shadow Shot Sunday: Not missing in action this week. You know it, you love it and so does everyone here.

Shadow Shot Sunday

Orthocarpus Cuspidatus 03
From my road trip up to the northern Sierra last weekend, this is Pink Owl's Clover (Orthocarpus cuspidatus) along the Sagehen Creek trail, Tahoe National Forest.

Read the Shadow Shot Sunday rules, and then participate. If, y'know, you want to.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Season's Greetings

Winnemucca Lake 05 BW
A little virtual cooling for Ahab and other folks roasting back east: ice on Winnemucca Lake, Mokelumne Wilderness.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

In My Neighborhood: Ya Gotta Have Heart

Ya Gotta Have Heart

Seen on the corner of Geary and Van Ness yesterday.

Blue and Wonder

Blue and Wonder

My title is the title of a Richard Buckner song. I was on my way to see him the day I took this, FWIW. Mary objects to the wires, but I think they're kind of wonderful.

I'm currently without my good camera, which I broke and had to send to Nikon for repair. You know the birds are going to go nuts on me while it's away, right?

And while I'm raving with heatstroke, I'll point out to our audience, including that E6 guy who I see has been around, that Flickr has upgraded its photo viewer. Go to a photo's page and click on the photo again, and a magnificent, full-screen lightbox viewer will open. You can then scroll through a whole set of photos. It's pretty great.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Mule Ears

Mule Ears BW
Wyethia mollis along Sagehen Creek, Tahoe National Forest.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rent Me an Angel

Rent Me an Angel 01
Window in a (vacant, I guess) building in Historic Downtown Marysville. Alternate shot here.

Monday, July 5, 2010

In My Neighborhood: Outside Looking In

Outside Looking In

I didn't notice the reflection of the guy looking back out when I took this shot, but when I discovered it in processing, I realized it totally makes the picture.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bass Line Painting

Bass Line Painting

A musician plays the stand-up bass while a painter creates a work on the wall next to him. It's Shadow Shot Sunday performance art! I'll bet most of these people would approve.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Not Just Another Mouth in the Lipstick Vogue

Not Just Another Mouth in the Lipstick Vogue

In my Neighborhood: Traveling in Style

Airstream 02
And what could be more stylish than a vintage Cadillac pulling an Airstream?

Speaking of which, I'm off at the cracko tomorrow (no Shadow Shot Sunday for me, alas) for a wildflower-chasing roadtrip around the northern Sierra. Y'all behave yourselves in my absence, and have a great holiday weekend!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Candy Seller

Candy Seller

Above Yosemite

Yosemite 05
Here's another shot from my flight back from Boston last month. We flew over Yosemite around the latitude of the Tioga Pass Road, and the folks on the left side of the plane probably got a great view of the Valley while we on the right...didn't. But somewhere near the western boundary of the park, the pilot turned sharply south and then turned north again, so we on the right side got this view straight up the Valley (and Tenaya Canyon). That's El Capitan in the foreground, and of course Half Dome near the center.