Dear everyone, as you read this I will be hustling back to Houston after a week in Napa and San Francisco. These images were taken in a variety of places around San Francisco and Berkley. Most of the titles are suggestive of their locations.
Anyone following this blog might have noticed I took yesterday off. It has been hectic publishing every day and I have a slow internet connection here. The weather for the last two days has been sunny, cool and crisp. It doesn’t get really cold here. I have been walking around and have been all over the place, but the best shooting seems to be in the area near Union Square. There is simply no shortage of weirdness in this city. It is close to Christmas and it shows with lights and decorations everywhere.
After many wine tastings, and a detour through Marin County, I arrive in downtown San Francisco. The streets here are chock full of people making this an ideal place to shoot. It was raining in the morning and the sun never came out. Lack of direct sun can be beneficial as it avoids shadows across the subject’s face. Ever heard of one camera, one lens? I shot all day with a Nikon D800 and 28mm f/1.8 AF-S lens. That lens is a real honey. It renders well and has very fast AF. ”Soup to Go” was shot in Chinatown.
On the way back to San Francisco the sky was white all day. I was lucky it did not rain but a few drops. By a round about route I traveled to the Point Reys area, Muir Woods and finally, across the Golden Gate bridge. My only hope is these do not look like the usual shots from those places.
On my second day in Napa perfect weather prevailed and I visited a few more wineries. I have to say after tasting about 10 wines my palate goes to hell and I have no idea what is going on. There seems to be a trend here towards giving all the wines a buttery taste which comes from oak. Some of the wineries have been designed to be tourist attractions without regard to wine. One is fashioned after a medieval castle, another has a gondola lift to get to the tasting room. The surprise of the day was at Mumm where they had 27 original Ansel Adams prints hanging in their art gallery on loan from the Adams family. I have never seen more than about half a dozen even in a museum.
How does one find the perfect wine? You go to the source, which is why I went to Napa, California. The quartet of Victorian women I grabbed while picking up the rental car in San Francisco. Several of the interior images were shot at the Bounty Hunter barbecue restaurant in Nappa. The landscapes are, of course, various vineyards with the best views from Artesa. It was raining flood style when I arrived, but the weather cleared up before noon the next morning when I arrived at the Hess winery. There were some detours for flooded roads.