No Parking

Today’s commute photos are definitely “run and gun”! It’s a HOT day, the sunlight is HOT, and I’m in a “No Parking” turnout exercising a concept. I couldn’t get right up to the edge of the tunnel in broad daylight, so I settled for a position back at the edge of the turnout where I was sequestered by a large bush. Anyway, this is the Rainbow Tunnel going north up the Waldo Grade just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The exposures are hot because of the intense light, but to get these I turned on the G11s built in 3 stop Neutral Density filter and set the aperture to it’s max (f/8.0) with ISO 200.

This one is a 1/4 second exposure:

Rainbow tunnel cool

And this one is a 1 second exposure:

Rainbow tunnel hot

And like I said:

Rainbow tunnel no parking

Canon G11 running and gunning.


I didn’t stop on the commute today because I’m still recovering from yesterday’s Cotati Accordion Festival. We had a blast playing, selling swag, hanging out with friends and fans, and, of course, swilling a few beers. Long day, big fun, but today I paid the price. Getting up at 3:30 AM was harsh. Tomorrow I’ll be back in action.

Here’s a shot from yesterday.


Canon G11–one day at a time.


Today’s commute sucked. Friday. End of summer for schoolers. Everyone trying to get out of Dodge for their last hoorah. All I wanted to do was get home. No stops, just on a mission. But, there’s always the patio, a cold beer, and the garden!

The G11 is a point and shoot camera with really good depth of field (and excellent macro). Unfortunately, it doesn’t do good bokeh. This first shot is straight out of camera background blur (ISO 100, f/2.8):

Sunflower 1

For this next sunflower shot I used Photoshop to separate the flower into its own layer and then added Gaussian blur to the background.

Sunflower 1

Canon G11 headed towards the weekend.

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