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

Mono Lake Tufa

Mono Lake, just east of Yosemite National Park, is an amazing saline lake that nearly disappeared when Los Angeles diverted water from the Mono Basin. The Mono Lake Committee launched a legal battle that ultimately managed to save the lake, and it is nearly back to its former levels, supporting a diverse ecosystem of flora & fauna. It’s another frequently photographed spot in my new home state, and one I finally managed to visit last year on a solo road trip up to Idaho.

Exploring Morro Bay

Morro Rock is a giant solitary rock jutting out of a tiny strip of land that extends out from the Central Coast of California, not too far south of Big Sur. It’s a striking landmark that has been a frequent target of photographers, for good reason.

I came away from my one visit to Morro Rock and its Bay with several photos I was happy with. This is one of them, viewing the Rock from the state park to the north, during the magic sunset hour.