Here are some pictures from various places in the Bay Area. Mostly I've been going around the area with my Sony a6000 and having fun.
In January 2016 I went to Treasure Island in the Bay with Dean McCoy and Ed Mestre. Then I didn't do a lot of shooting in the Bay Area until I went to Chinatown in San Francisco for a day in June 2016 . After that I went to the Gay Pride Parade. Then I didn't do anything special locally until our camera club visited the 16th Street Station in Oakland in November 2016.
In January 2017 I went back to Forest Home Farms in San Ramon, which I haven't been to in about five years and made a few shots, and in February went to the Chinese New Year celebration again. This time I first went to the festival on Grant Street, then to Portsmouth Square to see some of the locals, and then to the Market Street area to shoot some of the people getting ready. When the parade started I went home.
In March I spent a day in Pacific Grove, making images for a PSA presentation.
In July of 2016 I went to Vancouver to meet my friend Mike Sinclair, and he showed me around the Vancouver area. Then we took the ferry to Victoria and spent a couple of days near there, and then back to the mainland to places like Squamish. We went to several interesting outdoor museums that showed all kinds of old equipment, most of it beautifully rusted. I had a great time and thank him very much indeed for all his help finding pictures of the kind we both love,
In March of 2016 I visited Colombia with a group called Within the Frame. Leaders were Jeffrey Chapman, Winslow Lockhart, and Adam Weintraub. We visited over Holy Week, and experienced some Easter festivities.
In January 2016 I had the opportunity to take a trip to Costa Rica. I was in the city of San Jose and its suburbs with Monica Quesada, and then in Tortuguera and the Tortuguera National park with her husband Tom Enderlin, both of whom were good photo leaders. I wished I had had a longer lens for the park, but I didn't.
In April 2015 I went to Morocco with a group led by Michael Chinnici. It was a very productive trip. We started in Fes, spent a day going to Volubilis, Mulay Idris, and Meknes, then back to Fes. Then a train ride to Marrakech and a couple of days there, and then drive to Essaouira, Safi, and finally El Jadida.
This album contains images from three trips to Oaxaca. The first was a wonderful one with Richard Martin, where he taught me how to make great images using shadows, as well as the other wonderful shapes and colors that come with any Richard Martin trip. Then, in late October 2013, I went with Tino Soriano for the Day of the Dead. We spent four nights shooting in cemeteries by candlelight, and other night shoots in squares in central Oaxaca. Since I have never tried shooting by candlelight before, those shots have to be considered experimental. We also saw a procession and visited private homes. In 2015 I went back again with Richard Martin, and found many more pleasant subjects. I went again with Richard in 2017 and am beginning to post my images from that trip now.
February 2014, I took a trip with Eddie Soloway, where we stayed in a hacienda in the town of Las Trancas, near Dolores Hidalgo (the birthplace of the Mexican revolution). We also went to San Miguel de Allende, where I have been twice before, and Guanajuato, which I have also visited before. In December I went to the town of Ajijic, near Guadalajara with Jill Flyer, and found some interesting scenes in and near there.
In October 2014 I went to Alsace, in eastern France, with my friend Georges Pelpel. It is very colorful, and I do not understand why no one leads photo tours there. As I wandered around Alsace I came to think of it as the Napa Valley on steroids. I also paraphrased a line from Henry V: I love Alsace so well that I will not part with a village of it. I made almost all of the images with my Nex-6 and a Tamron 18-200 mm lens.
In May of 2014 I went to New Orleans on a trip lead by Michael Chinnici and Gabriella McSwain. We stayed in the French Quarter and went to several interesting places. We also ate lots of interesting food.
In May of 2013 my cousin Ed Weil and I went to Istanbul on a photo tour led by Steve Outram (who led my trip to Crete). I particularly enjoyed the Fener and Balat districts, where we encountered other foreigners only twice in six hours of shooting.
In December of 2010 I went on a one-week "humanitarian" trip with a group from PSA. It was the most concentrated and productive week in my photographic career. Then in January 2013 I took another trip with Richard Martin and members of my camera club, and it was even more productive. Here are the results.
I took a photo trip to Kyoto with a group led by Eddie Soloway. He scheduled it so we hit the peak of fall color. But we photographed many other interesting things too. I will post them here as I process them.
A lecture by the Canadian photographer Richard Martin inspired me to start photographing rusted junk cars. I believe that Ernst Haas was the first to see the possibilities in cars like these.
I have also been photographing a large number of unconventional subjects besides junk cars, but that fit in the same category. Harbors are particularly fruitful sources for that sort of thing. I have also found many suitable subjects on and IN the street in my local area.
As part of my work on Rust, Rubbish, and Reflections I have assembled my favorite Reflection pictures in one place. A large percentage of them are made in harbors, particularly in Victoria BC and Iceland. Others are made in streams, puddles, windows, the sides of cars, and so on.
"A travel picture must express the feeling of a time and place, portray a land, its people, or a culture in its natural state, and has no geographic limitations." This may seem clear, but different judges interpret it quite differently.
"Creative photography is producing an image through the use of imaginative skill or originality of thought including the altering of reality. No image should be eliminated from consideration simply because it looks realistic, provided it shows originality of concept." Note: this does not require compter manipulation - unmanipulated images with unusual angles of view or subject selection often win.
These are all images made at Point Lobos State Reserve just south of Carmel, California. I am collecting them here even though they are also shown in other albums, to show what can be done at Pt. Lobos
"The Nature Photography Division is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject matter and certify as to its honest presentation.
In October, 2004 my friend Dan Katzman and I went to the Colorado Plateau, primarily in the Paria Wilderness and the Escalante area, and stopped at Bryce Canyon on the way home. These pictures are from that trip. Then in June, 2010 I went with Dick Stahlke to Santa Fe via Monument Valley and returned via Sedona. The landscapes from that trip are also in this album
Download Autumn in Kyoto I took a trip to Kyoto in November of 2012 with Eddie Soloway. We hit the peak of fall color, and this five-minute Windows executable file shows my favorite images of the trip. The music is from The Best of Kodo II.