Saturday, April 29, 2006

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Untitled Places

In an attempt to put some "form" to my pBase gallery, I regrouped my current work. My favorite new gallery is the one called This Place Has No Name.

This gallery groups together of all my recent images of places that have intrigued me into taking their picture. I do a lot of shots like this.

They typically don't get a lot of attention when I post them online, but I don't care. I'm really enjoy them and enjoy seeing them grouped together. It's like they have a cause now, a raison d'etre.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

US 101

Here's a very small section of US 101, the big gnarly freeway, a portion of which serves as a pipeline up and down the peninsula from San Francisco to San Jose. US 101 follows the entire contour of the western edge of the San Francisco bay. The well worn strecth of US 101, between the two cities, is unremarkable, and ugly, a utiltarian patch of concrete and tar, that is both, hated and cursed, and absolutely necessary.

Bumper-to-bumper at 80 MPH, the passing traffic kicks up dust and trash, the flotsam and jetsom of life, hubcaps careening, spearing toward the shoulder, rubber melting, oil spraying, and billboards.

Tri-X in FX15

Friday, April 21, 2006


With the weather being the way it's been here on the west coast, I find I turn inward, inside, when I can't go outside. So, when inside, when I want to photograph, I look at things closely, closer. How convenient for me, then, that I recently acquired a macro lens, a Nikon 55/2.5, for my Nikon SLR. The timing was good.

If you've visited here before, you're probably well aware that I'm not a flower photographer kind of guy. So...

Here's a shot of some rotting berries!

When I look at these images, I realize just how much I enjoy shooting film. It'll be a sad day when we're no longer able to shoot film...I'd rather not end this post on a down note, maybe on a dark note:

Thanks for visiting!

Nikon FM3A Nikkor 55/2.5 Kodak 400UC, Fuji Superia 400

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

A Bridge (to cleanse the palate)

The San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge from Treasure Island. This shot depicts San Francisco's notorious summertime afternoon fog as it sweeps in over Twin Peaks and Sutro Tower.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Looking For Purple

~Click to see larger~

I sought something purple, but found nothing. I sought something "meaningful," and found this. An image for the weekend.

Minolta CLE, CV 28/3.5, Tri-X

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

My Better Half

It must be half-frame time. Oscar, publisher of Single Coated (the photoblog) posted a delightful half-frame image on his blog, at about the same time I had taken to carrying my Pen Ft with me again. His image inspired me to actually attempt to finish the 36 exposure roll of Kodak 400UC I had trapped in the camera.

The half frame camera is a really wonderful and different format. It is the analog equivalent of the digital point & shoot. At 72 exposures/36 exposure roll, there's really no holding back. Armed with a half-frame SLR, anything and everything is fair game. Shooting with my Olympus Pen FT, and its double-stroke film advance, makes me feel like some 1970's hipster revelling in his cutting edge state-of-the-art doofus gear.

Printing half-frames normally usually results in images like the ones below.

Sure one could scan and size the individual "frames," but the side by side look is so inherently "cool"—like two frames from a 16mm movie, that breaking up the pairings is too hard to do.

Everything takes on such an unusual and cinematic look.

If you're interested in seeing some other photographers who shoot half-frame, check out Keith Goldstein there on pbase and on RFF as Kbg32.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


The Summicron 50/2 is a wonderful lens, a joy to use.

Here's a shot of my son. I love the glow and the bokeh exhibited by the lens. The lens and the boy are both beauties.

Leica M camera, Summicron 50/2, Fuji NeoPan 400

Monday, April 03, 2006

Railyard Outing

I was invited to shot this last weekend with a group of local photographers, some of which are RFF members. It was a great excursion to San Francisco's railyard for old streetcars. The city maintains a "collection" of the cars.

I shot with both color and black and white. Here are some of the early results, a first whack really.

If interested, look HERE for more images.

A special thanks to Allan (Kaiyen on RFF) for putting this offer to shoot with his photo group out to local RFF members. I'm really glad I was able to come along.

I usually shoot alone, so this was interesting.

Details: Kodak 400 HD, Leica M4-P, M-Hexanon 28/2.8