We had a few days this week where the temperature in the city was in the mid-70's. I felt comfortable enough to walk around without a jacket. I am out in the streets again with my camera looking around for some type of gesture or an interesting facial expression. Here are two that I like so far. I am still feeling rusty.
Last Thursday, I was able to carve out some time to finally get out and walk the streets with my camera around my neck. I can't tell you how good it felt to be looking and composing within the frame and pressing the shutter. This past year, I switched employment unexpectedly and my attention shifted to learning the new job. Such endeavor took up so much brain power and energy that it depleted my will to go out and shoot. However, I did manage to work on a quieter still life series on the weekends so I was not without my camera for the entire period. I am quite rusty but the good news is that I've reached a point where I am able to put my energies where it truly belongs and focus on taking pictures again. And, by God's grace, I got my old schedule back so I have time to walk regularly.
T sent me a link from NYTimes last week asking their readers to share images of their hometown/city taken with fresh eyes. I had just taken this image that evening and thought: "Why not?" Little did I know that a week later, it made its way to the New York Times' Opinion page! I was thrilled when I received the notification that I wanted to scream in my office pod. Reading through people's comment on the NYTimes Instagram feed, It was very interesting that people mistake this as the Flatiron building in New York when in fact, it was taken at Market & Grant Street in San Francisco. Maybe that is why people find it appealing. This image is actually a part of a series that I've started developing and is still a work in progress. I am actually very pleased with the initial results.
I turned my clock one hour ahead last night. That means spring is here! Sunday Street SF had their first event for 2014 at the Embarcadero today. I dusted my bike off and rode the entire route. This is the perfect way to wander around and just observe people. I am glad to be out there again.
Participants milling about before the event.
The temperature was in the mid 60's and I was wearing a fleece sweater and quilted jacket. Kudos to these people who braved the weather!
I was curious about the San Francisco Polar Plunge event so I checked it out this weekend. When I arrived at the Aquatic park, I asked the policeman what time the event started. "At noon." He replied. I checked my watch and it was only 9:30 am so I walked around the area to kill time.
I was walking on Market Street towards Powell station yesterday when I saw this intense afternoon light slightly angled from the left and steam coming from the underground blowing furiously to my right. I just had to stop and photograph.
This was pretty much the scene out there-people in suits talking on their cell phone.
I heard over the radio that there were some 60,000 attendees for this conference which increased the San Francisco city population by about 7%. In spite of this staggering number, I found myself uninspired to photograph what was going on around me probably because I am not a big fan of corporate america. Nonetheless, I went out there for two days with my camera and tried to get some images that were interesting to me.
Fort Funston is one of the most popular off leash dog parks in the Bay Area. It was my first time there and I couldn't believe the sheer number of dogs and their owners that packed the trail heading towards the beach. (dog traffic, literally!). I had so much fun taking all this experience in and learning about different breeds from my friend Erika who was dog sitting Lucy this past weekend. I did recall a few of them from books I've read when I was a child living in Manila. I was delighted when I was able to identify some of them correctly. I even got to play ball with Lucy at the beach. Although my throwing skills were rudimentary, she chased the ball with such vigor and brought it back sometimes with a bit of prodding. I must say it has been a long time since I had the chance to play with a dog. I really enjoyed it!
Humor is something I look for when I go out in the streets to photograph. It's a way for me to be present in the moment and to focus on the positive side of life.
I happen to pass by this scene as I was walking towards the Plant Cafe at the Embarcadero two weeks ago.
I get a lot of these looks while I'm in the street with my camera to my face. It happens for a split second and then it's over. Sometimes, I only know I have the shot after I review the images. Here are some that I thought were quite interesting.
It's the peak of tourist season in the city and the streets are crowded. Sometimes I get lucky and I happen to notice interesting faces just walking up one street.