Recent Trip to the Bay Area

Around theGolden Gate Bridge I just spent a couple of weeks in San Francisco, one of my favorite cities in the US. Naturally I shot a lot of photos around the Golden Gate and thought I would share some of them on my blog. Every day began with some serious fog, which of course I absolutely love! I also got… Continue reading

Hiking the Tam

Making a Fog Timelapse We went hiking on Mount Tamalpais this past weekend, twice, actually: both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was especially interesting because we had intense fog (the marine layer) down below us and an overcast sky above us. The motion of the clouds and fog was fantastic. Having anticipated this, I had brought a tripod to shoot a… Continue reading

Time Lapse Composite

I wanted to do something a little bit different with this time lapse of the fog blasting through the Golden Gate; so, I decided to make a time lapse composite: Room with a View. I shot a picture of the view from the living room. It was bright outside; so, it wasn’t possible to expose for both the outside and… Continue reading

West Peak, Mount Tamalpais: Mother Nature’s Drama

A week ago today I was hunkered down on the west peak of Mount Tamalpais. I felt as though I were on top of the world because the wind was blasting dense fog straight toward me, just barely over my head. I could reach up and almost touch this ceiling of fog. Coming from the Pacific Ocean, the rapidly moving… Continue reading

West Peak, Mount Tamalpais: Somehow I Just Knew…

I had to get to the top of the west peak of Mount Tamalpais as quickly as possible. The weather conditions looked as though they could be an interesting subject for shooting: time lapse, photos, and panos. The dark clouds were blasting in from the north Pacific Ocean. They hung low in the sky—just above the mountain’s peaks. When I… Continue reading

Of Biblical Proportions…

We frequently walk along the breakwater in the evenings after dinner out. It’s our “us” time—a quiet time in a beautiful area, frequently all alone with the gentle surf, the clanking tack of the sailboats, the barking seals and the caws of the seagulls. Sometimes we get to hear the fog horns in the area as well. This particular walk… Continue reading

Driving the 50mm 1.2 L Prime

For some inexplicable reason, I’ve considered this Canon lens as a portrait lens. Not until yesterday did I decide to take it out and push it around in the wild. The lens is amazing—offering a huge range of possibilities. The images, though you will not be able to notice from these small JPEGs, are super clean and spot on sharp.… Continue reading

Bitten By Bodega Bay Bug

We spent this weekend up at Bodega Bay. I’ve always thought Bodega Bay was a nice place, but on this trip we found Bodega Head. It’s gorgeous! A mini headlands that is every bit as dramatic! Now, as a result, I’m way into Bodega Bay: headlands with gorgeous hiking trails, whale watching, a lovely calm bay, a thriving fishing industry… Continue reading

San Francisco Bay Fog Horns

We went down to Fort Baker to have a short walk. It was night and completely dark. A dense wall of fog had softly crept in under the Golden Gate Bridge. In this short (30 second) iPhone recording, you can hear: a large ship’s fog horn (first sound) followed by the Golden Gate Bridge‘s fog horn (one low blast followed… Continue reading

Mount Diablo Fires Make for Awesome Bay Sunrise Time Lapse

The fires east of Mount Diablo threw so much smoke and particles into the sky that the sunrises the past few days seemed unusually colorful. On Monday morning I was amazed by the colors of the sky and the fog rushing into the bay through the Golden Gate. I ran into the house, grabbed my camera, and hastily set up… Continue reading