Bridge and Pier

Last night was balmy and almost tropical on the Berkeley Pier, as Mike and I took pictures of the Golden Gate. This was my last exposure of the evening, at a bit over three minutes.

[142.5mm in 35mm equiavlent terms, 195 seconds at f6.3 and ISO 100, tripod mounted.]

Posted in Photography, San Francisco Area

Orange Poppy and Shadow

This orange Papaver nudicaule is a companion piece to yellow Papaver and Shadow.

Posted in Flowers, Photography


Pears by Harold Davis

Pear, photo by Harold Davis. View this image larger.

This is a photo of pears from our garden. I took the image with my new Canon Powershot G9. For a “toy” camera (and I mean no disrespect), the G9 makes beautiful captures at an impressive 12.1 Megapixel capture size.

I’ve been experimenting with the idea that noise can be beautiful. Just as film grain could be used for aesthetic purposes in the days of analog, noise can be used visually in the digital era. I shot this photo at a high ISO, expecting plenty of noise. Actually, the noise wasn’t as extensive as I had expected, and it was qualitatively attractive noise at that. I post-processed, using the Noise Ninja Photoshop plug-in, for the noise selectively, allowing the central pear to stay relatively noisy, and smoothing the edges of the image.

Obviously, at f/8 there’s more depth of field because of the sensor size than I’d expect from my dSLR (see Sensor Size and Depth of Field).

[Canon G9 fixed lens, appx. 70mm in 35mm equivalent terms, macro mode, f/8 at 1/100 of a second and ISO 1600, tripod mounted.]

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Golden Gate from Point Bonita

From Point Bonita, the Golden Gate and the city twinkled around the bend. What was the mystery boat in the moonlight? A fishing trawler perhaps, or a coast guard ship waiting…lights of a farmhouse (actually, Golden Gate National Recreation Area employee housing) look warm and inviting, surprisingly rural so close to San Francisco.

[30mm in 35mm equivalent terms, 10 seconds at f/5 and ISO 100, tripod mounted.]

Posted in Digital Night, Landscape, Photography

Core of the Anemone

When I posted yesterday’s photo of a pink anemone, I realized I had never blogged this white anemone core from a year ago, and I really like it (so here it is).

Related image: Jet Engine.

Posted in Flowers, Photography