On the 6th anniversary of Jane’s Lens, I’d like to thank my family, friends and blogging community for your support and encouragement. Creating photographs brings me great pleasure and your response to my posts has been most fulfilling. A special thank you to my husband Bob, who makes it fun while he enthusiastically scouts, patiently waits and lovingly cheers. It was an exciting year for us with the birth of our granddaughter. Move over Golden Gate, there’s a new kid in town!
I hope you enjoy this collection of favorite images. It’s satisfying to look back on the year and on the creative and memorable moments that I cherish.
Wishing you a fabulous 2018 and may you find peace, beauty, happiness and inspiration.
The Olympic Peninsula is one of my favorite places to visit and photograph. The unfortunate wildfires throughout the Northwest this summer contributed to the unusual effects and light on the landscape. As we approached the lake, it was surprisingly calm and the hazy outline of the mountains reflected on the lake was astounding.
Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 1/250 sec @ f/11, ISO 100. Processed with LR Classic CC.
My quest for the perfect lone California Oak is an ongoing challenge. New Year’s Day last year, my husband and I were scouting around and found this bucolic farm in Carneros and there she was, a grande dame on top of a hill. The wild clouds and grazing cows were an added gift.
Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 1/160 sec @ f/16, ISO 125. Feisol Tripod. Processed in Silver Efex Pro 2.
Californians love succulents and as I walk around the city, I find these gorgeous specimens especially appealing when it’s raining.
iPhone 6S 1/120 sec @ f/2.2. Processed in LR Classic CC.
The quote, “Photography helps people to see.” by Berenice Abbott is one of my favorite quotes. As I was waiting for a movie to begin, I saw these “cyclops” staring back at me.
Panasonic Lumix LX-100, 1/8 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 3200. Processed in LR Classic CC.
The town of Tofino on Vancouver Island, BC is a mecca for surfers but for our family, a wonderful place to vacation and take long walks on the pristine beaches. The early morning tidal pools and reflections were enhanced by the mildly hazy skies from the wildfires.
Fujifilm X-T2, 18-55mm f/2.8 lens, 1/280 sec @ f/10, ISO 200. Processed in LR Classic CC.
The photography classes I’ve taken at the San Francisco Art Institute have helped me to further explore light, composition and technique. This rock had been sitting on the windowsill in my building’s garage for months and I always admired the light. It made for a great still life study for my class and reinforced the idea that there is beauty in the mundane. (Post note: I came home one day and mourned that someone had removed the rock.)
Nikon D800 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens, 1/6 sec @ f/9, ISO 100, Feisol Tripod. Processed in LR Classic CC.
The Mendocino Coast is an exciting place to photograph. This image captures the rugged feel of Northern California.
Fujifilm X-T2, 18-55mm f/2.8 lens, 1/350 sec @ f/11, ISO 200. Processed in Silver Efex Pro 2.
Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, California is the place people flock to catch the sunset. I am particularly taken with silhouettes and went there often to make studies of the figures and trees against the colorful sky.
Fujifilm X-T2, 18-55mm f/2.8 lens, 1/4oo sec @ f/7.1, ISO 100. Processed in LR Classic CC.
I often wander Chinatown in San Francisco for street photographs. I saw this woman in January happily posing and was able to quickly get one shot. The image encapsulates the issues of our time.
Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 1/2oo sec @ f/8, ISO 250. Processed in Lightroom Classic CC.
This image is an example of making a photograph to convey what I felt at that moment– an invitation that the morning is waiting for me.
Fujifilm X-T2, 18-55mm f/2.8 lens, 1/125 sec @ f/11, ISO 200. Processed in LR Classic CC.
The windows of my apartment provide endless photo opportunities and on the rare occasion that we get a good rainfall in California, I make sure that I am looking.
Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 1/50 sec @ f/20, ISO 800. Feisol Tripod. Processed in Lightroom Classic CC.
Calla Lily Valley is a famous spot near Carmel, CA. I was determined to hike down and my husband, a steadfast assistant was by my side. Our first attempt, with our heavy camera backpacks, brought us to a difficult descent on the left side, which was muddy and inhospitable. As I observed the scene, I saw people happily hiking down the right side where there was an easy trail. Ah, well, perseverance paid off…
Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 1/200 sec @ f/16, ISO 160. Feisol Tripod in mud. Processed in Lightroom Classic CC.
The Women’s March in San Francisco was a powerful experience where people peacefully gathered, expressed their views and marched in unity.
Panasonic Lumix LX-100, 1/125 sec @ f/2.5, ISO 100. Processed in Silver Efex Pro 2.
Cypress Tree Tunnel is a famous spot in Point Reyes National Seashore and I must have driven by it dozens of times before discovering it last year. The trees were planted in 1930 to lead to the RCA Maritime Station.
Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 1/30 sec @ f/9, ISO 100. Feisol Tripod. Processed in Lightroom Classic CC.
I haven’t done much panning over the years, and I don’t mean for gold. Using a slow shutter speed, I focus on the subject and sweep the camera along with the movement. Honestly, it requires quite a bit of luck. It looks as though they are flying down Hyde Street when in reality, the top speed in a cable car is about 10mph. A classic San Francisco moment.
Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 1/20 sec @ f/22, -2/3 EV, ISO 80. Handheld. Processed in Lightroom Classic CC.
I love the quiet beauty of the wine country in winter. This first morning of the past year brought frost and fog to Napa and a perfect start to the new year.
Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 1/125 sec @ f/14, ISO 160. Feisol Tripod. Processed in Silver Efex Pro 2.
As you may know, the Golden Gate Bridge is a favorite subject. I turn for my morning run at Fort Point and when it’s a day like this, I happily take a rest and wait for the waves to break.
iPhone 6S 1/1800 sec @ f/2.2, ISO 25. Processed in LR Classic CC.
I joke that it’s difficult to remember anything about the past year except for the birth of our granddaughter, Imogen. The joy of bringing a new baby into the family is a special time for us all. She is such fun and has quickly gotten used to her photo snapping grandmother.
Fujifilm X-T2, 18-55mm f/2.8 lens, 1/550 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 800 Processed in Viveza.
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson