Not sure why I was at F2.8 when I can’t focus correctly or quickly on the street. Ugh. Not the best picture, but I like his bow tie (and the bike).
Officer Mark Pineda, California Highway Patrol on Market.
San Francisco’s Pier 39, with the Bay Bridge in the background.
I was reminded of this song (CD here):
I wouldn’t say I’m a super emotional personal person. I’m not good with using words to describe how I feel or what I’m thinking–pictures and music often do a better job.
“Love your neighbor as yourself. (Reference)”
Image info: Forgot to take down this guy’s name. We just chatted a bit while he lit a smoke. Taken somewhere in the Mission. Man, I gotta work on nailing focus. But yay for more orange.
At the local pool
Beijing, China (2010).
Ran into David and his dog Cinnamon yesterday while shooting in the Tenderloin. I suspect the dog would have been just as tall as David if they were standing on level ground. I usually roam the streets with my 35mm, but I had my 85mm on and didn’t back up fast enough so I chopped off the dog’s legs. Oops.
Not sure why, but like the title says, I have a thing for orange. Remember this one?
Anyways, the bikes not even in focus and I chopped off his head and shoes, so nothing special about this picture but oh well. I like orange.
I still need to sell my bike. Maybe I need to wait until the weather gets a little better. Btw, that’s Kim and Melissa (students from 2010) in the background.
Portsmouth Square, San Francisco, CA
Was walking around with Jenny and we both saw this random cleaning cart lit up in the middle of the street. Picture is pretty much straight out of camera. ‘Spot’ted near Chinatown, San Francisco.
Just gots my internet up and running again after about a week. I haven’t posted in a long old time, so here are 2 pictures to make up for it.
EJ, which he said stands for Everlasting Joy. I was out shooting one day and saw him around early on, but didn’t get a chance to chat with him until the end of the day. I took this one sometime last month (still recent enough to include in this project). If I remember correctly, he said he moved here from Florida to die here. I thought people usually do the opposite.
Early, but his name is actually Eric. It was pretty funny how we met today. As I walked by, he said “you can take my picture.” I took one where he didn’t smile, but I liked this one better. :)
Both gentlemen were real friendly and fun to talk to. Good times.
Random chubby kid wearing an emperor’s hat. The lady was really nice and allowed me to take a couple pictures. I think I mis-focused a little.
Seen at the Forbidden City, Beijing, China.
Have you ever ridden in a car or bus and wondered about the other people in the other cars or on the bus with you? Where are they going? Where did they come from? What is their life like? Well, after some brainstorming and beers this weekend, I was challenged to go beyond “observing” people, but actually engaging them. I’ve engaged people on the street in the past, but the new challenge has a different venue–the bus. While the bus is seamlessly weaved into the banality of city life, I’m sure each person riding it has a unique and special story to share. Whether they share it with me or not–we’ll find out! Anyhoo, here’s the one right after we talked about the challenge. I’m actually not too happy with this picture. It’s just “blah” to me, but oh well. Now I have to focus on getting the image AND the interaction.
This is Shirley. Her bag caught my eye on the bus ride home on Saturday. Not only is the bag be-jeweled, it’s be-clocked! There’s a working clock INSIDE the bag! So I approached her once she got off the bus. She was very friendly and said she’s helped a lot of students with their projects since she works at a stationery store across from the Academy of Art downtown. She’s actually been working at that store for 31 years and she STILL works there. Her friend gave her the bag in June as a present for her 83rd birthday.
As seen in front of the Ferry Building, San Francisco.
I haven’t posted up many any black and white photos, at least none that I can remember. I see a lot of street photographers using b/w–guess it gives images that “timeless” feel, as if the images could have been taken in any era.
The image above was taken last week, March 21, 2010.
Mini MINI Cooper (steering wheel on the right side of the car), as seen in Chinatown, San Francisco.
Not sure if I’m doing justice to this whole black and white conversion thing.
I gotta work on capturing smoke. It just doesn’t look the same in the image above as it did in person.
The lighting in the image above was pretty harsh. I didn’t do much to the photo–just caught her as she walked out of the shadows.
A little out of focus. I gotta work on these dog shots.
Chinese New Year is coming up. For those born in the year of the Tiger (according to Wikipedia):
Tiger (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Unpredictable, rebellious, colorful, powerful, passionate, daring, impulsive, vigorous, stimulating, sincere, affectionate, humanitarian, generous. Can be cold, restless, reckless, impatient, quick-tempered, obstinate, ruthless, selfish, aggressive, unpredictable, moody.
One of my former students, Christine, came back from working in China and she brought back a red plush tiger for me to hang in my car. So Chinese-y. Funny how she remembered that was my favorite animal. I love tigers and all, but I don’t know if I could camp out like the guy in the photo above.
Photo taken at the Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, 2009, when my friend Cindy (the one who’s currently into sewing) made me go. Told you she’s artsy-fartsy.