I get up at 3:30 AM every work day. I’m on the road at 4:00 for my 65 mile drive. Yes, it’s surreal. My only stops are either for gas or to get some cash at an ATM. My ATM stop is on Taraval Ave. just off 19th. This is what it looks like at 4:50 AM:
Canon G11 in the wee hours.
San Francisco has been shrouded in fog for most of the summer. Makes me glad I don’t live in the city. Today’s “run and gun” photos are apropos of what the tourist have been experiencing. I pulled off just before the toll plaza and snapped these:
Canon G11 and yet another foggy Bay Area commute.
Some days the commute doesn’t reveal anything worth shooting. Today was one of those days. When I got home I figured I could get a shot of something. What I got needed tweaking to make them more “interesting.” I chose two and finessed them in Photoshop.
The top image is one end of our hammock; the other is sun streaks on concrete.
Large files and high resolution open up a lot of possibilities for tweaking.
Today’s commute photo: This scene perfectly suits my mood. I took the beach route for the last leg of the city section of my commute home. This is how Ocean Beach has looked for the past month. But hey, it’s summertime in San Francisco!
Because my commute photos are “run and gun” I don’t have time for filters or a tripod. For steadiness I sat the G11 on the wall that runs along the promenade. Once I had the shot on my computer, I used Photoshop’s “Shadow/Highlight” image adjustment feature to simulate a neutral density grad effect and darken the bright, foggy sky.
Canon G11, and the incessant summer fog of the coastal Bay Area.
After a decade hiatus from cameras I’ve begun to rekindle my interest in photography–this time digital. To get started I needed a camera (obviously), so this past April I bought myself a Canon G11. The G11 is a great little camera. To be able to use filters (mainly a circular polarizer) I added Lensmate’s “A” and “B” adapters.
As an exercise I decided to post a daily “commute photo” on my Facebook page. Because I have a long work commute the idea was “run and gun”–15 minutes max out of the traffic flow to get a shot. It’s made my commute longer, but much more interesting.
I’m a few months into the daily FB posts so my plan is to weave the old in with the new. This is the beginning.
One of my first commute shots was of the bridge over the Petaluma river:
A couple of weeks later I noticed that the bridge had been tagged so I stopped for a shot. This is fully zoomed in:
And here’s the perspective shot, fully zoomed out:
The bridge is very photogenic. 😉
Canon G11, Kenko Pro 1 low profile circular polarizer, and plenty of gas.