Archive of Scott Loftesness

Scott Loftesness has lived in Menlo Park for over 15 years and is a big fan of most things Menlo. By day, he’s a payments strategy consultant at Glenbrook Partners (on Alma St. across from the Menlo Park Caltrain station). Most days, he frequents Cafe Borrone for either breakfast or lunch – and works out down the block at Axis when he can. During their morning walks together, Scott learned a tremendous amount about photography from the late Chris Gulker– especially about the power of black and white! You can find Scott's personal blog at http://sjl.us and follow him on Twitter as @sjl.

Scott has written 139 article(s) for InMenlo.


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I often meet up with my friend Doug Kaye for a couple of hours of street photography in San Francisco. We often meet  at San Francisco’s Ferry Building and head out from there along San Francisco’s Embarcadero towards Pier 24 (which is directly under where the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge heads out over the Bay).

Pier 24 — a beautiful space dedicated to photographic exhibitions — (one reviewer calls it “the quietly spectacular waterfront cathedral for photography“) has a new exhibition that recently opened titled “The Grain of the Present.” Pier 24 requires advance reservations which we had made a couple of weeks prior.

This particular exhibition “examines the work of 10 photographers at the core of the Pilara Foundation collection — Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Lee Friedlander, Nicholas Nixon, Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel, and Garry Winogrand — whose works share a commitment to looking at everyday life as it is.” It also features additional photography by Eamonn Doyle, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ed Panar, Alec Soth, Awoiska van der Molen, and Vanessa Winshi.

It’s quite a collection of beautiful work,  and the opportunity to see it displayed in the beautiful space of Pier 24 makes for a great experience. If you enjoy great photography, do try to see this new exhibition at Pier 24, just remember that it requires you make a reservation a few weeks in advance. Pier 24’s reservation system helps pace visitor entry further enhancing the experience.

Along the way, both back and forth from the Ferry Building to Pier 24, we walked slowly — cameras in hand — and had fun capturing some moments of street photography. I had my favorite street photography camera long (a Fujifilm X100F) but I never pulled it out of the bag.  I was only shooting using the camera in my iPhone 7 Plus. Sometimes I enjoy going very minimalist, and using just my iPhone puts me in that frame of mind!

Below are some example images shot on the iPhone 7 Plus, post-processed using the Photos app on the iPhone, and tweaked using Google’s Snapseed application — also on the iPhone. This was a totally iPhone photography day! Follow more of my street photography on Instagram.

Four Corners

Bay Glow

Smile

Just Resting

Easy Rider

Little Man

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Capture winter scenes of Yosemite easily on an iPhone

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On a visit to Yosemite last week, I had some good photography fun. While I had packed my “big” camera (a Fujifilm X-Pro2 with an 18-55 mm zoom lens), it stayed in my camera bag the whole time we were there. I opted instead to go “nimble” and to take photos exclusively with the camera in […]

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Everyone loves a parade – especially when it features a slew of old fire trucks

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Earlier today, the Menlo Park Fire District celebrated its 100th anniversary with a parade down Menlo Park’s Santa Cruz Avenue. Under cloudy skies, families were out in force with their kids to watch and wave to the firemen as they paraded and drove a great assortment of both historical and current fire fighting equipment. I […]

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Wandering the cobblestone streets of Rome with camera in hand

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In April, I was in Rome participating in a street photography workshop led by Valérie Jardin. It was a very special week with a great group of photographers from Australia, the UK, Canada and the US. The week in Rome was my third workshop with Valérie, having first joined her in the fall of 2014 in Paris and […]

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Walking the streets of downtown Menlo Park with camera in hand

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Photographer Jay Maisel tells us to “go out empty” when we walk out to make pictures. Last Saturday morning I did just that as I grabbed my camera on a morning of intermittent showers/rain and sunshine. I was helping my spouse run an errand where I’d have an hour or so of downtime. I thought this would […]

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San Francisco Streets – An Evolution in Personal Style

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My interest in photography was rekindled a number of years ago when I bought a Canon Digital SLR and a couple of lenses. That first DSLR was a Canon 30D and it served me well. As often happens with a new hobby, I went in “whole hog” – buying lots more gear along with taking […]

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Classic Color and Cars at the M-A Classic Car Show

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I stopped by the Classic Car Show held Saturday at Menlo-Atherton High School, an annual benefit event for the high school’s baseball teams. Lots of beautiful old cars (and drivers!) in attendance again this year. I snapped a handful of photos while taking a walk through the display – shooting with my Fujifilm X100T rangefinder camera […]

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A storyteller with a camera, Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano’s works are on display locally

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Two years ago, I was fortunate to spend a week in Havana, Cuba as part of a photography-oriented people-to-people exchange. We spent seven wonderful days in the heart of Havana — Old Havana and Central Havana. The best part of my whole experience in Havana was watching and working with several great Cuban photographers who […]

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Nearby: The James Johnston House in Half Moon Bay

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Last weekend I participated in a two day photo workshop in Half Moon Bay led by fine art photographer Chris Honeysett. As it turns out, the first ever photo workshop I ever participated in was led by Chris back in 2009 – five years ago this month. For that workshop, we walked in San Francisco’s […]

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The Wheels of San Francisco

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I was in San Francisco recently doing some street photography with my friend Doug Kaye. Here are a couple of grab shots – one on rollerblades, the other on a skateboard. Both images shot with my Fujifilm X100S. For more images from the day, see my album on Flickr.

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“Capture the mood!” says photographer Michael Frye

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In street photography, it’s mostly about capturing gesture – along with great light and color. In landscape photography, things shift – there’s no “person of interest”, no gesture to catch our eye. So we need to try something different. Landscape photographer Michael Frye suggests we try to capture the mood of the place – a […]

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