Living in San Francisco, I tend to go back to the same locations to photograph. On one morning, I sat in the car at the entrance to Fort Point near the Crissy Field Pier because of light rain. As I watch cars going into Fort Point, I knew they had to come back as it is a dead end under the Golden Gate Bridge. So I cot out of the car and set up my camera to capture the road into Fort Point with the bridge and fort in the background and the chain in the foreground. The exposure was five minutes at f11. The contemplation and thought process resulted in the following image.
There are some places on earth that you cannot see without getting on a ship. Alaska is one of those places. I boarded a cruise in Seattle and travelled through the inland passage to Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan and Victoria. When there one has the option to sign up for various tours. This cruise line ship happened to be the RubyPrincess, but all of them have similar if not the exact same tours. In Juneau, Mendenhall Glacier is a must. This is the only place I actually used a tripod. Very where else taking photographs were hand held. In Skagway, we took the trip to the Yukon in a bus only to return by train. Beautiful landscapes. Glacier Bay is such a scenic place to raise the camera. The entire ship enters and rotates to view the glacier. Ketchikan we boarded another boat to visit Misty Fjords. Again breath taking. You can see what I captured in photographs in Recent Work. Here is one example.
Four of us photographer types who have the same interest, decided to plan an evening for dinner and to go out near the time of sunset to make photographs. In the conversation, we all agreed that the best work we have done has been at times when each wandered alone in search of inspiring subjects. None the less we went together, maybe more of a social thing then thinking we would find a "keeper". The collaboration was good and we went to two spots. In the end, I found that I captured an image that expressed what I was feeling at the time. It is at Fort Mason in San Francisco. At dusk, the light filters through the windows on the buildings. I had been at ground level before and noticed the same effect and even have photographed it before. This time, the group was above the fort and the windows on the roof was visible as they were lit up by the setting sun and some lights inside. It just gave me pause. After I processed the film and scanned it, I notice the cargo ship going under the bridge. Sometimes, it's just luck. The next step I suggested may be to meet once a month to share prints.
Recently, I experimented with different types of film and using long exposures. Take a look at recent work and images from the waterfront. Those photographs have exposure times of 18 seconds to 3 minutes. The water looks like fog or frost and people in the photographs are blurred, mostly fisherman on the docks. It is interesting to see what emerges on the negatives. Also when I make mistakes, that I learn from them. The image below was exposed for one and a half minutes. The fisherman almost stayed still.
In the past I have been expressing myself photographically mostly in black and white. Every now and then I'll create a color image as the photograph itself just needs to have the different hues visible. Aside from color or black and white, I tend to use whatever is the tool I have at the moment. For example, usually for landscape or cityscape, I will use a view camera or medium format (2 x 2). While walking and photographing, I carry a 35mm either film or digital. Some say that one needs to concentrate on one format, one camera. I guess I don't follow that line of thought. Really, I just enjoy making photographs, no matter what the tool. As John Sexton says, "Whatever melts your butter." Just my own ramblings and thoughts. This image had to expressed in color.