Isolation Meditations


“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

~ Dorothea Lange

 

City, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, San Francisco, Night

City Quiet

 

City, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, San Francisco, Night

Cloud Layers

 

City, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, San Francisco, Night

Night Windows

 

“The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.”

~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

City, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, San Francisco, Night

City Hall Blues

 

City, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, San Francisco, Night, Flowers

Birthday Bright Spot

 

City, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, San Francisco, Night

Sunset Glow

 

“I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs.”

~ Wayne Miller

 

 

Categories: Architecture, City Scenes, Night PhotographyTags: , , , , , , ,

66 comments

  1. Stunning images! You have amazing skill with photography! ❤️

  2. You really have a way with colour (and shadows) Bravo.

  3. These are such lovely pictures thank you 😊

  4. Thank you for these photos Jane. San Francisco is fascinating.

  5. Great pics. Please do check out my blog @:- https://travelrahul.wordpress.com/ for travel related content

  6. Really amazing cloud photo, Jane!

  7. Great cloud captures. I think you get more interesting clouds, sitting there on the edge of the world, with ocean on one side and big hills on the other. We mostly get flat, boring, featureless stratus. I like the quotes too.

  8. “Cloud Layers”, very moody. I’m attracted to “Night Windows”, perhaps it is the voyeur in me, lol. It also has that “Rear Window” appeal. What really jumps off the screen (at least my screen) is “Birthday Bright Spot”. (I assume your birthday.)

    O/T: Haven’t bought the upgrade camera yet. It’s a hardly used Canon 50D DSLR, with a very low shutter counter, two lenses, filters and a camera bag. I’m still mulling if I should spend the money. I think it’s my “tight-fisted with money” side bending my ear. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, David. The night shots I’ve taken always reveal something I didn’t see at the time…a perfectly clear interior of someone watching TV in the last set. As much as I loved the shot, I felt it was a bit too voyeuristic…maybe a series someday. Completely understand about your camera purchase- it’s hard to think ahead or spend in these crazy times. On the other hand, it would bring you joy. 🙂

  9. Obviously, the pandemic has given you time to fine-tune your already-excellent photographs of San Franciso. I love the intimacy and quiet of ‘Night Windows.’ The clouds are beautiful…and the birthday bright spot does just what it must have done for you (?) in this post – a splash of color and joy. The Dorothea Lange quote is a great one! Have a good week, Jane!

  10. Lovely undulatus clouds in #2!

  11. Wonderful story board, Jane. The ‘Sunset Glow’ is spectacular!

  12. Amazing photography, Jane. Your work never fails to captivate, and it’s so lovely seeing it again. Really like your well-thought out quotes too. Every photo taken is most certainly taking in a fleeting moment…even if you take time to compose your shot, it still is all about timing. Also really like how sequenced your shots – from darkness to light. Beautiful sunset to round off the post. Hope you are doing well and take care.n

  13. ..’a lightning instant of give-and-take’… That’s very true! fine shots!

  14. Only one word….STUNNING….xx

  15. Beautiful pictures, my friend. I especially like the birthday flowers, and Night Windows too. And the Lange quote is so very true. 🙂

  16. Beautiful meditations Jane and belated Happy Birthday! 🌺

  17. Beautiful captures Jane. And I love that quote from Dorothea Lange.
    Alison

  18. That beginning quote is absolutely brilliant, to look for the beauty of the world through the lens that truly matters, the lens of the mind and our perception!
    Amazing shot! Great post!

  19. Indeed, Jane, certain days or certain subjects are certainly meditative, your images are proving it. On a specific subject , I can totally forget the outer world , the noise and importance of it, just letting my camera wander around the many options to capture my subject in the best way I would like to capture it. Have a great and productive week, Jane

  20. I like the Dorothea Lange quotation. Same for the lenticular clouds, which I almost never see in Austin.

  21. Engaging photos, Jane. ❤ I love the ranunculus – pure perfection!

  22. Both quotes had it nailed. If that’s what you have for views during self-restraint in distancing, then you can’t be too deprived for the moment. Lucky us to get to immerse ourselves in these favorite urban scenes.
    Sending wishes out to everyone for health and good lens snapping! 😀

    • Thanks, Gunta. Love those quotes, too. We are fortunate to have the city at our fingertips despite having very little contact with others. Oh, the stories behind those windows. Good wishes back to you for happy and healthy days! 🙂

  23. Wonderful pictures, Jane. Just wonderful.

    And, your opening quote from Dorothea Lange “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” Reminds me of Georgia O’keefe’s response to why she painted her flowers so large, “Well, to force people to LOOK of course.”

    And, the Henri Cartier-Breslin quote, “ “The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.” takes me back to Alpha Gallery in Denver in 1992.

    I had a 4’ x 4’ dyptich in oils the gallery priced at $3,600, and was in the front marquis window area, so I could visit in the middle of the night shaking my head with it lit by the security light..

    A gallery patron walked up and interrupted a conversation I was having with a potential buyer quipping off, “I hear you did that in 2 hours. $1,800/hour is absurd.” I smiled, put my hand on the potential buyer’s shoulder with, “Excuse me, there seems to be a mosquito in the room” as I turn to the interrupter-clever-quipper and calmly expressed, “Nope. It took my whole life up to that point.” I laugh because before she could respond, the potential buyer yelled out, “SOLDDDDDDD!” Like a Mexican soccer announcer bellowing out GOLLLLLLLLLLL. I love Hnri Cartier-Bresson’s “lightning instant of give-and-take”… that most likely took his whole life up to that moment. Wise words.

    And your images here? Clicks wise in time. Much appreciated.

    • What a wonderful story, Jordan, and it speaks beautifully about all that goes into a work of art: your life experiences, training and practice, successes and failures. It all weaves into the work we create. Happy you enjoyed these favorite quotes and the images of moments I have seen recently. Thank you very much.

      • You are most welcome, Jane. I was honored to have that memory re-surface. Such a great post about process and finished product both, or the life of the birth of the work when it graduates from us in that “click” wise in time moment.

        I intensely like the way you see.

  24. Beautiful photos, Jane. Love the Birthday flowers. 😍

  25. Isolation leads to meditation, meditation focuses on the beauty of life, which in turn opens the eyes of the photographer, as your amazing photos demonstrate.

  26. I’ve always loved seeing other people’s lights on in the dark. They are especially evocative in these days of isolation.

    • Hi Lex, Me, too, and I am always surprised at what I find when I look at the images. So many stories behind those city windows and it does speak to me, too, of the isolation we are all experiencing. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  27. I agree often words feel superfluous…these photographs feel beautiful for me Jane ~ smiles Hedy ☺️

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