Chasing the fog last Sunday morning 3.12.17 on San Francisco Bay at sunrise with city skyline in background. Beautiful changing color and light, serenity, seagulls etc. at Moore Road Pier, Fort Baker.
This image of the moon rising in New Mexico, taken in 1941, is one of the most famous and popular photographs by iconic photographer Ansel Adams. Much has been written about how the photo was taken ( in a hurry as the light was fading) but I'd like to point out the masterpiece of photographic printing in the analog age, before the infinite capabilities of digital photo programs like Photoshop. Below is a comparison of the final print and a straight, unmanipulated print from the negative. The image on the left is what the the photographer saw and the camera recorded. The final image on the right is the interpretation of the artist and master darkroom printer (Adams). Adams, who was a trained classical pianist, is quoted as saying "The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to it's performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways."
Jazz pianist and singer Buddy Greco died this week at age 90. Often described as a "singer's singer" and a "musician's musician" he had a long career right to the end. Below are some shots I took of him in 1973 in Italy, R.I.P. Obituary
Morning shoot in Sausalito this week. Got off a couple of shots of the bridge but the fog would not cooperate and started getting heavy. Retreated back to Sausalito and got some shots of the fog blanket on the bay....a beautiful morning.
Color image early morning (waning gibbous, 82.7% illumination). The crater Tycho can be seen below center looking kind of like the stem of a melon. The large gray blotch at 3 o'clock is the Sea of Tranquility, site of the Apollo 11 landing.
From November, 2008 .... Conjunction of Jupiter (top), Venus and crescent Moon at dusk, San Rafael, California, 11.30.2008.
Noted San Francisco artist Beniamino Bufano's bear sculpture sits in front of the Ross, Ca. Town Hall in Marin County and has become the town's symbol. A gift to the town by the Flax family in 1971, it originally sat in the courtyard at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. Bufano was a free-spirited artist and politcal radical. In protest of World War I, he cut off his finger and sent it to President Woodrow Wilson.
GATTACA, futuristic sci-fi thriller released in 1997 starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law. Several scenes were shot on location at the Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, Calfornia. Below are some "then and now" location shots.
Steve Douglas, saxophonist. He was a member of the legendary "Wrecking Crew", a group of L.A. studio musicians who performed on countless hit records in the sixties and seventies. A documentary about the group has just been released to theaters (see trailer). I photographed him in my studio in 1992 (above), a year before his untimely death. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Read his full bio here.
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