Monthly Archives: March 2015

A short trip

The short trip I took last week was to San Francisco to visit my cousin and her husband. It was a short trip, but we had a lot of fun and covered a lot of ground, largely on foot.  We manged to find most of the hills as well.  It seems, at times, the only way you ever go is uphill.  Both ways.   But we had a good time, sampled some food and treats here and there, took a lot of tourist photos, ( I am the tourist) took a ferry ride to Sausalito, and got a couple of photos of Alcatraz on the way back when the ferry slowed down by the island. (Rock).  We worked our way down the Embarcadero, down the Presidio to the Golden Gate.  We did go out on the bridge, but did not go all the way across this time.  We have to save some for the next trip.  The Tiled Steps on 16th Street and Moraga Street are very impressive and colorful…. all 163 of them.  If you work your way all the way up to the next level…. another 110 steps, you are treated to some spectacular views of the city.  We  also found the “Painted Ladies” houses at Alamo Square.  These are the row houses everyone likes to take photos of.  Coit Tower gives a great view of the downtown area.  And like the hills, we found all of the steps. From Coit Tower, we took the  Filbert Street steps down to the Embarcadero. We did ride the cable car, but it was really crowded, so I was not able to move around a lot for photos. We can do that the next time around.  We also wandered through Chinatown.  One goal was to get images of murals on the buildings as I am working on a book with that as a subject/theme. There will be more to come.

Choices of Bridge

For me the hardest part of this endeavor (blog) is to come up with something to say each time. I am not usually a person of endless words. I have noticed in some of the other blogs that I connect with, these people are good at putting thoughts down on paper/into print. The subject matter I can usually come up with something to show,, just not always a way to explain everything clearly. I’ve been told practice makes it easier. So, I’m practicing. I was out looking for images to record and came across this one. I passed it by, then decided to return and see what I could do with it. One is the original, the others are obviously manipulations of that image. Choose the one you like. Comment on it if you like. Or comment on the process. I may do something like it again. The image captured my attention because of the calm smooth, water, the hard, crispness of the cement bridge structure, and the bare dark trees on the far rivers edge. You cannot see where the bridge ends. This adds a bit to the mystery. It actually touches on an island and continues on to the next state over. It is a bit of a challenge to ride your bike across, as the bike path is in the center of the two spans. I’ve been across it in good weather and bad. Bad being windy. You feel pretty good when your done, but you ask yourself why you do things like this about half way across, when it is easier to go than to turn around and go back. Enjoy! I will be on the road next week, so things will be late I’m sure.

always experimenting

I went out early (not early enough) to get some morning light. It was cold and crisp, just nice to be out, but very contrasty for a photo day. You know the day, lots of light, but all wrong. It’s in the wrong places. It’s in the wrong color. It’s too bright. It’s not bright enough here, but over there it’s too bright. Ahh, the challenges. I did get some images to work with, but they are the ones that test your sanity levels. The other part of the experiment is the computer/program I used. I’m sure I can do other things with the images, even the bad ones and get a decent result for use at some point. I did the work on a Chromebook, and they have limited programs available. But I wanted to see what would happen, as I may need to carry this with me later, so I thought I should check it out now. I hope they work on your monitor, they are not to bad on mine. And they were all taken with a point and shoot. The broken top mountain on the horizon with the park bench is Mt. St Helens. Mt. Hood is hiding in the clouds in the fence image. And there isn’t any fog. It was a clear, flat, contrasty day, but nice to see nature preparing to rework the season to bring back the colors and new growth. Change is in the air!