We passed by this gentleman who was talking to his buddy seated inside the moving truck. He saw me as I raised my camera to my eye. I decided to make a quick portrait instead of waiting for a moment since he had the right stance and was juxtaposed perfectly with all the other elements within the frame.
I didn't shoot much in a way of street photography when I was in NYC this past week. It was more of an R&R kind of vacation but I still had my camera around my neck in case a moment presented itself. And, this gem did!
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.
Last month, I rode my bike up and down Shattuck Avenue during the Sunday Street Berkeley event. The crowd was smaller compared to last years but I had fun nonetheless. I only wish this event happened more often and not just annually. I love seeing the kids outside playing- something of a rarity these days.
The San Francisco Giants won its 3rd World Series this week and yesterday they had their celebration parade along Market Street. The rain drenched event did not dampen the spirit of the fans. They filled both sides of the street like the last two parades and waited for hours to see their players and cheer them on. I only had a short amount of time to photograph during my break so I captured mostly the anticipation, people waiting around and milling about. I thought the in between moments can also be quite interesting.
Two weeks ago, I rode my bike and cruised through the Great Highway during the Sunday Street SF event. I just love the energy when people are out there interacting with each other. It really makes for great pictures! As I mentioned on my earlier post, I've set aside my camera for a few months so I'm a bit rusty. It usually takes me awhile to get into the rhythm of things. But sometimes, the luck factor shows up serendipitously and a scene just appears before my camera. I can't say this is perfect but just enough things going on here that makes this an interesting picture. It is enough to get me fired up again.
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.
By 10:30am, more people were on the trail and the crowd started to pick up.
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.
My high school friends along with their kids and spouses held a get together picnic at the open lawn behind the oblation at University of the Philippines campus last November. I saw the kids rush to Mamang Sorbetero (Filipino Ice Cream Man) and followed them as they ordered their flavors.
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.
I checked out the last Sunday Street SF event in the Richmond area yesterday. Weather was overcast with temperatures from the low to mid 60's. I suspect this was the reason why the crowds were not as dense compared to the other events I've attended during the summer months. Nonetheless, people still came out to enjoy the farmer's market, the food stalls, the local restaurants and stores along the route. There were many blocks both on Arguello and Clement streets that were empty. I had my bike with me so it was nice to ride peacefully along these areas.
I had planned to catch up some reading this afternoon but that all changed when I saw a tweet this morning that the Berkeley Sunday Street event was happening today. After lunch, I grabbed my camera and stuffed it in my small back pack. I pumped some air on the tires of my bike, packed it in the trunk together with my helmet and drove to Shattuck Avenue. I arrived at 2:00pm and had two hours to cover the entire route before it ended. There was so much going on that it was hard to dwell on every event along the way. Nonetheless, I had so much fun just taking in the moment and enjoying the lovely weather.