Matyk 1893

This past weekend, I came upon this building while wandering around the flood damaged Czech Village in Cedar Rapids. The distressed look of the whitewashed brick immediately caught my eye, but getting a good angle from street level was difficult. I settled on this one.

Whitewashed brick building in Cedar Rapids

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 27mm. 1/80 second at f/11, ISO 200.

Canon T2i wandering the old Czech Village.

Low tide on a hot day

Yesterday, it was HOT and there was a fire to the east producing lots of smoke that was blowing west towards the Golden Gate. Needless to say, it wasn’t pleasant to be near the bridge. Once I got a little farther north the air quality quickly improved so I stopped at the familiar Mill Valley exit to grab a few perspective shots.

Low tide at the Mill Valley bridge

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 38mm. 1/160 second at f/11, ISO 200.

Canon T2i enjoying the shade from a bridge.

Rail perspective

While wandering around between sets during the late afternoon on Saturday in Cedar Rapids, I grabbed a batch of perspective shots. Why? Because Iowa is super flat so perspective centric vistas abound. Here’s a long shot of a rail line heading out towards a corn processing plant.

Train track perspective in Cedar Rapids

Lens: Canon EF-S 15x85mm at 15mm. 1/400 second at f/11, ISO 200.

Canon T2i looking for perspective.

The Cedar River

This past weekend we were in Cedar Rapids, Iowa playing music at a three day Czech Festival. To say we had fun would be an understatement–we had a BLAST! A big reason why we were there was because of a massive flood of the Cedar River in 2008 which devastated much of the city including most of the old Czech neighborhood. They’ve been rebuilding and are now pushing to revitalize the area. Here’s a shot of a very placid looking Cedar River taken in the late afternoon from the 16th Ave bridge just outside the Czech Village.

Cedar river view, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Lens: Canon 15-85mm at 15mm. 1/100 second at f/11, ISO 200.

Canon T2i on a river in Iowa.

Coming to port

Summer ends in the Bay Area and then it gets hot. It was a toasty commute home today so I just plowed through. This image is from yesterday’s 20 minute shoot up on the Marin Headlands just above the Golden Gate Bridge. I’ve started to develop a thing about shooting into bright light and it’s working for my aesthetic.

Tanker heading towards the Golden Gate

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 85mm. 1/1600 second at f/11, ISO 200. 1/1600 second? Yes, I know. But realize I’m running around hand holding my camera grabbing shots like a mad man all the while thinking, “half way home, time to go, traffic is going to suck.”

Canon T2i facing the light.

Late summer at the Golden Gate

I was back on the commute today, and it was very warm during the ride home. The fog was trying to float into the Golden Gate, but the heat kept pushing it back. The push and pull of the elements made for a bizarre, wispy fog surrounding the bridge. It was one of those kind of shoots where I would focus and wait for a fog pattern that looked interesting before pressing the shutter button. This was the first shot I took. Sometimes it just happens that way.

Golden Gate Bridge with wispy fog

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 18mm. 1/250 second at f/11, ISO 200.

Canon T2i anticipating the elements.

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