San Francisco Days


 It’s a good day when I find something unique with my lens. Not necessarily the obvious, like the Golden Gate at sunset or the waves crashing at Baker Beach. It’s often the passing moments: a shadow dancing on the sidewalk or a strawberry glistening at the farmers market that, for me, make photography exciting.Seeing. Capturing something in the split second of changing light or fleeting movement. That’s a great day of shooting. 

 

“Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes a precise moment in time.”

~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

 

 

I usually photograph bus stops with people waiting but this empty one posing in the morning light was a satisfying exception. 

 

Urban Landscape, California, San Francisco, Architecture, Urban, City

Bus Stop, Russian Hill

 

 

 

 

Clinker brick is a great backdrop for shadows and light.  

 

Shadow, City, San Francisco, City, Abstract

Clinker Brick and Tree

 

 

 

I walk these steps every day. I wonder if people notice these great lines and textures? 

 

Monochrome, Black and White, Organic, Architecture,

Railing and Ivy, Greenwich Steps

 

 

 

 

Sunlight and fire escapes. Endless patterns.

 

San Francisco, City, Urban, Monochrome, Black and White, City,

Standpipe and Shadows

 

 

The markets.

 

City, San Francisco, California, Portrait

Morning, Flower Mart

 

 

City, Seafood, Black and White, Monochrome, Food

Fish, Chinatown

 

 

 

 

Urban nature.

 

Black and White, San Francisco, Monochrome, City

Urban Views

 

 

 

City, San Francisco, Reflection, Color

Victorian Reflection

 

 

 

 

 

And, of course, the strawberries and sunsets are incredible.

 

Farmers Market, Produce, Organic, San Francisco, California,

Farmers Market Strawberries

 

 

 

 

 

Landscape, California, Sunset, Nature

Sunset and Golden Gate

 

 

 

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”

~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Good Day

 

 

 

 

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70 comments

  1. The bus shelter is marvellous – really nice lighting and sometimes so nice to get these shots with no people in them.

  2. I can identify. When I go out to shoot, it is extremely important for me to find something that I’m fairly sure that no one else has shot before. If I feel that others may have shot it but I still have a golden chance to make it somehow new, I try to shoot it in a way that probably no one else has. It’s getting harder and harder to do this every day but sometimes I’m successful. When I do pull it off, I am very satisfied with the day’s efforts.

    • It’s a good feeling, isn’t it, Allan when you feel you’ve gotten something that’s unique? Or, at the least, conveys a creative moment of shooting. There are so many cameras out there it’s much more difficult to find an uncommon vision.Thanks for your thoughts and appreciation.

  3. So loving these shots….always a sucker for the sunsets…spectacular!!!!
    I find these very calming….I like that..thank U!!! 😜

  4. Yes! The spontaneous little moments of beauty that erupt all around one in the most “ordinary” of places is what keeps me roving with the lens, too. It also makes me a rather atrocious walking partner 😉

    Beautiful images. I loved them all. And the quotes were divine. I love Henri Cartier-Bresson. Fabulous captures. Jubilant cheers,

    Autumn Jade

    • Thanks so much for your thoughts, Autumn Jade. I’m happy that this hit home with you– we’ve all been with the person who can’t believe we’re taking “just one more shot”. 😊 Your kind comments are much appreciated– happy shooting.

  5. So good to walk through your light and shadows Jane!

  6. Stunning series it really was a good day…

  7. I loved Victorian Reflection. A new way to look outside of the box!

  8. All delightful, but the shadows are really a treat. Felt–just a little–that you were showing me around your favorite quiet places.

  9. I love that capture in the puddle, Jane.

  10. Beautiful, beautiful shots, Jane. I never tire of seeing the GGB from wherever it can be seen.

    I commented elsewhere about not having visited the Pacific NW since 2000. Haven’t been to the Bay Area since summer 2001 – well, the closest was Petaluma for a horse show in 2013. I’ll get there one of these days. 🙂

    • Hi David, Yes, I remember your comment about SF. It’s a wonderful city, isn’t it? And I do agree about the GGB… I can’t help myself. 🙂 Hope you get back here soon. Thanks for enjoying these shots!

  11. I have always thought why it is that something in only precious when it is rare…you brought that to live very well, as always. (only dead fish go with the flow). and yes, I agree with Victor..I only like dead plants!

  12. Love the shadow shots, Jane. Looking at them, your imagination sort of goes wild, wondering what could it be around you 🙂 Love the Cartier-Bresson quote – also, a thousand stories can be told within a precise moment in time. The power of photography. Beautiful shots all round 🙂

    • Hi Mabel, Shadow play is a favorite thing to observe and I agree, it lets your imagination go. When thinking about photographing the moment, Cartier-Bresson is my inspiration. Glad you agree. Thanks very much for your appreciation.

  13. Great cross section of the ordinary made extraordinary!

  14. Loved your post, especially the flower vendor. Am having a problem logging into the site from the iPad so my posts aren’t being posted. xox

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  15. Wonderful hidden moments – hard to pick a favorite so I’ll pick two! I love the fire escape shadow and the Victorian in the puddle.

  16. Fabulous photos. I love the sunset and the victorian reflection. Beautiful!!

  17. All quite nice but Victorian Reflection is all at once mysterious and alluring.

  18. It’s so nice when you are able to see beauty in (almost) everything…
    Wonderful photo’s!

  19. Another beautiful series, Jane. I really enjoy your work!

  20. That shot at the bus stop is a classic image that is timeless and shows the interaction of nature and human nature. Well spotted.

  21. You have a good eye Jane…..nice set of images

  22. Wonderful Jane. I used to live by Chinatown and would walk through it each day to work down in the financial district. Great memories through your collection, loved the shadow shots.

  23. Great pics of daily life details that most people wouldn’t see…You have a good eye…(Suzanne)

  24. I’m with you on the sudden moments, Jane! A shadow on a wall, the quickly observed interaction between two people, etc….

  25. A good day indeed Jane. I love your eclectic choice of fascinating photos, each one unique but all sharing your wonderful photographers eye; and a great Cartier Bresson quote. Wonderful post 🙂

  26. I like the diversity of the range of subjects in these photos. It is a bit of a time-lapse look at sketches of a day in the city. The contrast of the hills and the concrete bunkers in the Urban Views photo makes it my favorite of the group. Ω

    • I love your sketches description, Allan. All these pixels really are a time-lapse of our lives, aren’t they? I shot the bunkers for a photography class– very happy you like it. Thanks so much for your kind words, as always.

  27. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos Jane! I really like the beauty you see in everything around you. Thank you!

  28. Ah I love that you couldn’t resist the sunset and bridge!! I love brick walls and ivy but all your photos are atmospheric and surprising x

  29. fishes is my fav even i would like to see them alive :-))

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