I haven’t posted in quite a while, mostly due to traveling, and trying to catch up on all of the photos I have taken during that travel. Throw in a new computer and the desire to revise my workflow, and well you know how it is.
This night we were heading back across the St. Charles Bridge, from the castle side of the river, while trying to stay warm against the biting cold. Just about the time it started to rain, I spotted this fella and his loyal companion on the side of the bridge.
These were taken last night at game 4 of the World Series. The 1st Sequence is Derek Holland pitching to Albert Pujols in the 7th inning, on his way to 8 1/3 innings of shutout baseball.
This is Mike Napoli’s Three run homer that broke the game open.
Here we have Napoli and Holland discussing their strategy on pitching to A.P.
When were in San Francisco in early September, our hotel downtown had this cool little room off of the bar. I snuck down there one morning to snap this shot. I didn’t ask if the room actually had a name or not…
I took this shot yesterday, from a spot on the side of Conzelman Rd. I had a very small window when the city was visible in the background. Seconds later the entire bridge was once again engulfed by the fog.
After a long wait in line, for an amazing breakfast at Mama’s, I decided to take a few shots of this famous church in North Beach. I was the fortunate that the sky was clear and bright blue, and I really liked the contrast it provided against the grayish-white church. This shot is straight out of the camera. As much as I tried to mess it up in Lightroom, it just looked better the way it was shot.
I took this while I was trying to catch the somewhat elusive “green flash” at sunset. I actually did get a photo of the green flash, but I forgot that I had turned on the bracketing function of my camera for an HDR photo earlier in the day, so it was way overexposed. Since the flash lasts for maybe a second or two, that’s all it took to miss out. Once I realized my mistake i was left with a regular old sunset.
If you aren’t familiar with the green flash, it’s a phenomena that can be viewed on an unobstructed horizon, usually just before sunrise, or just after sunset. There are several causes for this phenomena, but in short it has to due with the way light is refracted in the atmosphere, as the sun sets.
A few weeks ago, my wife took me to San Francisco for a great surprise trip. On this morning, we woke up early and drove across the Golden Gate Bridge, to catch the sunrise over the city. As you can see, the blanket of fog was quite thick, and the sun reflecting off of it made it look like almost like fire floating in the air. We could hear this ship’s horn for a quite a while before we saw it emerge from the haze, when I was able to grab a few shots.
While in San Francisco earlier in the month, we made a visit to Golden Gate Park. The peaceful park was quite a change from the very busy city which surrounds it, and I was pretty amazed by the amount of wildlife that calls this park home. I have been told that this is bird is either called a western gull or simply a gull, and the names seem to be interchangeable.
I wanted to try out my new tele super-telephoto lens, so I stopped by a local pond last night and these fellows were nice enough to pose for me. It’s a heavy lens to handhold in awkward positions, so these are far from perfect, but I think it’s a start, and it sure was fun.