Continuing my black and white phase along with night photography, I wandered Chinatown for a while last night. As always, I managed to get distracted by some other shots on the way.
In this case, I used Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 to change into black and white again but with a different look than the North Beach sequence. Still experimenting with what look I like. You can see my selections from the evening here.
Question: Would a Buddha go into bar?
This week I went to an exhibit of Fred Lyon’s photos. Lyon photographed San Francisco in the 1940s and 1950s. I recommend the exhibit which is at the Leica store, 463 Bush, San Francisco.
Seeing the exhibit inspired me to try my hand at some night time photography. So I walked around North Beach for a while. In the spirit of the 1940s, I’ve converted the photos to B+W. Apparently, I’m in a B+W phase now. The Coit Tower picture above is similar to one of Lyon’s photos.
You can see my other choices from the night here.
I spent a couple of days at Pajaro Dunes. I managed to catch some wildlife photos – sadly, no whales yet again – but I did get a full moon and lots of birds. Apparently it’s not my place to see whales up close. I did some some spouting but it wasn’t anywhere close enough for me to get a picture. Still, lots of birds.
I did the early AM thing at Moss Landing yet again. Since it was clear, I could see the full moon setting so that was a bonus. The fishing boats were just returning to harbor around sunrise. Based on the number of pelicans flying around, I assume the fishing was good but I have no idea.
My favorite shots from the trip are here. Enjoy.
Remember my blank trip to the Cowell-Purisma Trail back in March? I made it to the trail this time. It’s only open on week-ends so I arose early and traveled down the coast. Turns out, I had to wait for the gate to be opened. Maybe I was too early. As you can see from the image, it was a little on the foggy side. I only covered about half the trail from the south side. One problem is that the bluffs are unstable – that means stay back from the edge – and from the trail the ocean is not visible. There are no paths to the beach until the far northern end. So I didn’t get a lot. Here’s another shot from today. I might explore the northern end some more but I didn’t find the hike to be particularly picturesque.
Still working on the San Mateo Coast. I wanted a couple more shots of Fitzgerald so I went down early in the morning. Took a brief hike at Pillar Point Bluff County Park, then went to Fitzgerald. The time to visit Fitzgerald is at low tide but that time didn’t work for me so I managed to get there at high tide. I did get some scenic shots of the park and some seals taking a nap on the beach. I’m not good at identifying seals but I think they are harbor seals. Feel free to correct me. One thing that surprised me was that it seemed the seals would look at me when the shutter clicked. At least a couple of them would look in my direction when I took a picture. I was at least 70 meters away and above them so I can’t be sure. The picture on the left gives you an idea how far away I was but remember, it was taken with a wide-angle lens so it is misleading.
You can see the other shots from the day here.