Saturday, February 27, 2010

2nd half of our DPA workshop in SF

It has been 2 weeks now since our workshop with Digital Photo Academy In the great city of SF.  More shots of wandering around the Embarcadero area of SF from Pier 39 to Hyde St. and back.  We were at this point going to shoot inside Musee Mechanique, and once again, we were all in the same place and getting very different pics.  It has been fun and informative to compare and critique our results.

Angela & myself in the distorted mirror.

Motorcycles, of course!

 Uncle Fester?!

Funny Girl           

Crab on ice.

 We then ventured out to the sidewalks which were now teeming with tourists, go figure, in SF, on a Saturday!  and a 3 day weekend!!  So glad we met early.

I want you to look down the road, up the hill.  This is Hyde St. where the cable cars go up.  It is the middle of the day, clear, but hazy, not good for a great shot but still able to compare lenses, and I put a 100mm-400mm White Lens, oh baby, on my camera.....

Our instructor, Josh and student...

Hyde St.
And with THE lens .....  yes!!!

Time to walk back to Pier 39 for a bite to eat and review what we have done.  Josh pointed out one of the existing signs still over the Cannery Entrance.

A few more pictures after our class and walking around the rest of the day/evening.

Ang at day ending.....

Swan Oyster Depot

We, I, wanted to try Oysters for the first time and had read an article saying that the Swan Oyster Depot in SF was one of the best on the West Coast and also listed as one of the best in the world, according to the author.  So with the address plugged into the gps, and many rounding of the blocks in the atttempt at locating a parking space, we found them and .....they were CLOSED!!  They close at 5:30pm and it was after 6!  Oh well, cleanup time, and Indian food right around the corner made for the end of a great day.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Catch up time.....a peek at SF

I have had the privilege of having our daughter home for almost 6 weeks now and we have been able to do many wonderful things together.  Though the time is never long enough or what you expected, if honest with yourself, it has been full and fulfilling.

She is also a fellow photographer and I continue to learn from her enthusiasm.  She shares her pictures often on her blog and spends way more time devoting to this passion than I can possibly give at this point in time.  Yet, I love seeing her expound her craft and I get to join in.
So I will make a stab at keeping up my blog as well.

And here are some of my photos from the Digital Photo Academy workshop  we took with our instructor, Josh Anon

We arrived early at Pier 39 to avoid the crowds that were sure to show up later.  Everything was fresh from showers and being washed down, so we looked around for interesting reflections.

Store windows had some fun things.

We walked out to look at the water and the sea lions and I remembered that I had read an article in the past month about them vacating this area and how over 2000 showed up off the coast of Oregon!!  This used to be packed with them.

Josh had us try our hand at zoom blurs, many attempts, need many more, but I like the  effect.  Now to work on keeping the center crisp.

And using the Lens Bay Composer
This is going on my wishlist!


Whatcha lookin at?
Actually, shooting the same scenes, objects with other gifted photographers was fun and challenging.  We were shooting the same things, but seeing them differently.  And I must say, that I like Angela's composition on this one better.

Nothing great about the angle, just yummy bread, hard not to reach in and grab a fresh loaf!

They make fun bread sculptures at Boudin Bakery at the Wharf

Inside, and I need to listen to my instructor and make sure I am including the whole sign......darn..

A whole wall of windows with the green bottles inside....

So that is that for now, many more pictures...but back to work tomorrow, my cold and time to "lay around" will have to wait for another time...until then....