Not a dandelion

Here’s a black and white rendering of a giant, dandelion-like seed head of a Salsify plant. Also known as Oyster Plant (because the edible root supposedly tastes like oysters), it pops up in our yard this time of year. I’ve never eaten it, but maybe this is the year to give it a try. I wonder if it tastes better in black and white?

Salsify in black and white

Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM at 300mm. 1/800 at f/5.6, ISO 200. Black and white conversion: Nik Silver Efex Pro (version 1).

Canon T2i on wild garden forage.

And then the fog rolled in

After a lengthy heat spell here in the SF Bay Area, the summer fog finally began rolling back in–not great for the city people, but for us living away from the bay it means cooler days are coming. As I emerged from the fog while crossing the bridge, I could tell that a jaunt up to the Marin Headlands would make for a good photo stop. And it was. This image of the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge poking out of the fog was my fave of the 18 shots I took.

Golden Gate Bridge, south tower in fog zoomed in

For perspective, here’s a wider angle shot of the same scene.

Golden Gate Bridge, south tower in fog long shot

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm
First photo: Lens at 85mm. 1/640 second at f/11, ISO 200.
Second photo: Lens at 42mm. 1/400 second at f/11, ISO 200.

Canon T2i above the fog.

Alley doorway at night

It was a HOT 4th of July weekend here in the SF Bay Area. I was back at work today and because it’s still hot I bee lined home. So for today’s photo I went to the well. I took this shot back in February, liked it enough to process it, but I must have liked another better because it never got published.

Alley on a hot night

Lens: Canon 15-85mm at 55mm. 1/8 second at f/5.0, ISO 800. B&W conversion, Nik Silver Efex Pro (version 1).

Canon T2i wandering around town at night.

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