I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in November of 2012. I immediately took advantage of the photo opportunities in this area. These photos I took during a visit to San Francisco. Any photography could spend a lifetime photographing San Francisco. I’m grateful that I got to spend a couple of heartbeats in the city.
Few places have stirred my emotions like the time I visited Wounded Knee, South Dakota. This is a very somber place that marks two very sad moments in our history. Native Americans have been treated very poorly in our history and still do not have a fair voice in our society as of today. I strongly recommend anyone visiting the Great American Landmarks such as Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills in and around Rapid City to take the extra time to drive out to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and visit the Wounded Knee site. You truly can’t know greatness until you also understand the mistakes that were made along the way to obtain that greatness. Here is more information on the Wounded Knee Massacre.
Badlands National Park in South Dakota is located just outside of Rapid City. I visited this park a few times while living there. Everytime I visited I was not disappointed. I took these photos during the Winter of 2011. I virtually had the park to myself and the lighting couldn’t have been better. This is one of those days that I remember very well, because I had such a good time. For more information Badlands National Park, South Dakota please click the link.
I rarely use my cell phone for photography. To me it’s like sleeping in your car. Sure, you can do it but it’s not right. That’s my opinion and I know many others have a different one. Anyway, sometimes I’ll whip out my phone if it’s convenient and snap a shot. These photos are an example of that. I took this in and around Barstow, California. This was during our move to Las Vegas. The phone was a Google Pixel II.
Portola Redwoods State Park in California is a great place to go for hiking and photo taking, of course. The park is home to a redwood tree forest. The canopy the forest provides keeps the ground cool even during Summer months. These photos are from when I visited the park in November of 2013. I shot these with my Olympus OM-1 analog camera using Kodak PORTRA 35mm color film. You can find more info about the park by clicking here.
Here’s a post I made, just because I could. These photos don’t have much to do with each other other than that they were on the same roll of film. The first photo is somewhere in Utah shot from my moving car with my Canon SureShot. The other is Pacifica, California from an overlook heading into the city. The film used was Kodak PORTRA 35mm color.
Just across the Golden Bridge is a recreation area called the Marin Headlands. This is a beautiful coastal area and offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, The Golden Gate Bridge, and San Francisco. I visited this place shortly after moving to San Mateo in the Fall of 2012. These photos are a mix of digital and film. I know! Sacrilege! But, it’s my blog. :)~ Here is more info on the Marin Headlands.
Using film to create film photos was a favorite pastime of mine. These photos are taken in Pacifica, California shortly after I moved to San Mateo. I used black and white film loaded in my Canon A2 camera. This might have been my second ever visit to Pacifica. Anyway, it was my favorite spot.
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve was one of my favorite oceanside places to go while I was living in San Mateo. During low tides Fitzgerald Marine Reserve offered tidal pools that would produce the occasional starfish. There were also hiking trails and overlooks. I had traveled there several times and each time tried to capture something unique. Here are two photos I took on one such visit. My wife posed beautifully for one of them. Here is more info on Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.
This was a pro surfer competition in Ocean Beach, California. I hadn’t moved to California yet and was just visiting when I saw this event. It was a unique experience for me as I stood on the beach shoulder to shoulder with professional sports photographers. Sports photography has always been an interest of mine. I enjoy capturing the action and being on location. Who know? Maybe someday I’ll pursue it. These photos were taken with my Canon 60D.