Solitary Reflections on Mono Lake

Back to the Mono Lake collection, this image really evokes the somewhat zen state of mind I get in sometimes when seeking out just the right shot. This was another from the same sunset, in August 2010, as my earlier post. The colors reflecting in the water were stunning, and no one else was anywhere in sight.

I think this might be my favorite of the photos I’ve just had printed for the Urban Bazaar Vagabond fair. Stop by and see it in person; I’ll be there (1371 9th Ave, San Francisco) tomorrow, Oct 16, from 11-5.

Solitary Reflections on Mono Lake

Reflections of a sunset on Mono Lake, August 2010

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Stumbling on treasures

One of my favorite things about traveling is exploring the side streets and back alleys of a town I’ve never seen, discovering new sights and experiences. It was on just such a meander in Lucca, a beautiful little medieval town in northern Tuscany, that I passed a doorway and caught this view out of the corner of my eye. The arches were visually striking, but the feel of the space is what really drew me. The quiet, serene courtyard was empty, with no one around, but the open door beckoned, as if waiting for someone. It was deserted, but felt like someone had just stepped out for a second.

Lucca Archway

Archway in Lucca convent

Photowalk in Golden Gate Park

I went into Sunday’s photowalk not really knowing what to expect, but planning on making the most of it. I was pleasantly surprised to not only make some new friends and have a great time talking with other like-minded photographers, but also to receive some fantastic tips on using light to its best advantage when photographing people, and on bringing depth and interest into your photos when dealing with flat, overcast light. It was a great experience, and I plan to do my best to attend next year’s walk, as well.

This photo was taken in the Japanese Tea Garden, pictured earlier in my blog. Nearly every photographer on the walk stopped to capture this little meditation garden, and each of us caught it in different ways – one of the most interesting things about group photo expeditions like this.

Meditation Garden

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

Quintessential Venice

I went to yesterday’s photowalk not really knowing what to expect, but it turned out to be a lot of fun! I’ll be posting more about it when I’ve had time to process the photos.

In the meantime, for a change of pace, how about a picture from Venice? As overrun with tourists as it is, Venice is a fascinating place, and one I could spend weeks photographing. We were only there for about a day and a half, so clearly we’ll have to go back.

Venetian Gondolas waiting for gondoliers

Waiting for Gondoliers, Venice

Victorian grace in modern San Francisco

Another Golden Gate Park image from a couple of years ago, this time stunning Victorian-era greenhouse, the Conservatory of Flowers. Built in 1878, it’s the oldest building in the park, and is said to have been modeled after the renowned Kew Gardens palm house. It’s well worth a stop if you’re in the park. The building itself is stunning, and the collection of rare and exotic plants & flowers inside is beautifully curated and maintained.

Conservatory of Flowers

Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park

Tales of the Orient

The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is one of those mysterious places you’d never expect when looking at it from outside. There’s a Japanese-style gate, but the foliage and fences surrounding the garden completely hide all sign of the magic inside. When you walk into the garden, it’s as if you’ve been transported across the Pacific to Japan. The garden is exquisitely landscaped and manicured, and although it’s a tiny little enclave, it’s easy to get lost in your surroundings and spend hours in there, finding new tiny little details. I took this a couple years ago, but wanted to go ahead and put it up today, since I’ll be heading to the area tomorrow for the photowalk being hosted by Catherine Hall of TWiT Photo fame. Stay tuned!

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco