San Francisco or Bust

At the beginning of the month, we headed out to San Francisco for a symphony concert (March 4th). I was especially looking forward to this concert, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. I didn’t know that he would be presented with a recognition from the symphony: This was his 1,500th program at the symphony. His first was in 1974! Additionally, I… Continue reading

Serenity Expedition Now in Progress…

What’s the best thing to do when you’re totally stressed out? Exactly! Go shoot something. And that’s exactly what I did! The fog was crazy; so, I grabbed my new Canon 5D Mark IV and headed for the hills—literally. I’m still very much learning the nature of this camera. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m in shock over it’s low light… Continue reading

#SevenDayPhotoChallenge: Photo 5

O dear! Today was so busy, I almost forgot! I’m getting my Day 5 photo posted just before midnight! I chose something entirely different: a partial panorama in that this photo is really many photos stitched together spanning about a 180º view. The actual completed image is over 25,000 pixels wide by over 3,000 pixels tall and can be enlarged… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Sunset on Overdrive

Those who know me know that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday by far. This past Thanksgiving1 was an extended holiday. Steve spent about a week out on the west coast and cooked his best Thanksgiving meal ever! Delicious. In our typical fashion of trying to minimize waist2, we did’t cook a turkey—just a ham. He cooked on Tuesday; so, we… Continue reading

Video: A Sunday Afternoon (Rescue) in the Headlands

The entrance to the north bay is through the “Golden Gate” under the Golden Gate Bridge. The area was once owned by the military but was given to the National Park Service in the 1970’s I think. Today, it’s commonly referred to as the Headlands, over 66,000 acres of gorgeous, undeveloped wilderness. I rather enjoy roaming around out here. Sunday,… Continue reading

You Live in a Small Town When…

I really like living in Sausalito. It’s the smallest town I’ve ever lived in (between 6,000 and 7,000 residents); yet, I feel as though I live in a big city with San Francisco just across the bridge. And then there is the Marin Headlands in the back yard… But I was recently reminded that I do in fact live in… Continue reading

Interesting Conversations

Live as I was shooting… This morning (written on Tuesday, April 23, 2013) I was up early to shoot a sunrise timelapse of the Golden Gate Bridge from Horseshoe Cove. You meet really interesting people in the early hours of the morning when you’re shooting solo, and this morning was no exception. Bamboo I’m not sure if that’s how he… Continue reading

How ‘Bout Them Headlands

Spoken in thick, often feigned southern accent, a common expression in Georgia was, “How ’bout them Dawgs?!” Not being a sports enthusiast, the expression always left me a bit cold. Yesterday, we spent the morning in the headlands, hiking Tennessee Valley. It too left me just a bit cold, but for reasons related to the ocean breeze. Click to enlarge… Continue reading

Final Pano from the Sistoid’s Visit: Mount Tamalpais

This pano from atop Mount Tamalpais in the Marin Headlands provides another stunning view of the Pacific Ocean, which was partially covered by a thick blanket of fog. In the distance you can see Mill Valley, Belvedere, Tiburon, Angel Island, Sausalito, and the Marin Headlands. The bay area is well-known for its micro climates. Unlike below the fog layer, here… Continue reading

Happy 75th Birthday

Click to enlarge. Yesterday was the official celebration for the 75th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the most visited city in the world. (Paris is number two.) For the past two weeks I’ve been scouting around, trying to find the best place to shoot the fireworks display. Hawk Hill? Slacker Hill? Cavallo Point? Fort Baker? I… Continue reading