Photography

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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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Photographer Stuart Jacobson in taking part in Silicon Valley Open Studios this weekend

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By his own account, Menlo Park resident Stuart Jacobson loves taking photos of wildlife and making big prints. “But my landscapes are probably more successful as not too many people want big photos of animals over their sofa,” he told us when we stopped by today to see his photographs, part of the 2017 Silicon […]

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Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District holds 8th annual digital photo contest

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The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) invites amateur and professional photographers alike to enter its eighth annual digital photo contest. The contest gives participants an opportunity to explore the outdoors while capturing the natural beauty of Midpen’s open spaces. Eligible contestants can visit openspace.org/contest to submit photographs in one or all of four categories: […]

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Nine favorite photos from street photographer Scott Loftesness

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InMenlo co-founder Scott Loftesness is an avid street photographer, who has traveled both near (San Francisco) and far (Cuba and France) to hone his craft in workshops. Here he has picked his nine favorite Instagram photos taken during 2016. You can follow Scott on Instagram here. If you’re a local photographer who uses Instagram, send […]

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Spotted: Sun rising behind Hoover Tower

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InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles took this spectacular photo of the sun as it rose behind Hoover Tower on the Stanford campus during her early morning boot camp. She was perched on top of the McMurtry building patio.

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Newsroom By the Bay students visit Pace Art + Technology:TeamLab in Menlo Park

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Menlo-Atherton High School teacher Betsy Sergeant Snow led a photography class this summer as part of Newsroom By the Bay. “This is the first year they’ve included a photography strand, so I taught four classes a day and was available in the afternoons to consult on workflow, captioning, and support,” Betsy explained. “The campers are divided […]

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Photographer Susan Carnahan participates in wildlife-related exhibit at Keeble & Shuchat

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Menlo Park-based photographer Susan Carnahan‘s photos of cranes are among those on exhibit at Keeble & Shuchat from April 13 through May 11. The show is called Wildlife Beyond Borders and features the work of five other photographers and their photos of endangered animals — gorillas, polar bears, lemurs, songbirds, elephants, and wild horses. The […]

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Spotted: Shoes “listening” to Easter sermon at Trinity Church

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We admit to being influenced by the photojournalists we’ve known who manage to capture an image that’s just a little bit off kilter, which ultimately makes it better than if it had been “perfect”. That is our take on this photo shot during the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett’s sermon during the Easter service this morning at […]

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Palo Alto Photography Forum hosts photojournalist Ed Kashi in its initial lecture

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InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles recently got involved with the Palo Alto Photography Forum Lecture Series, started by Frederica Armstrong. The goal of the lecture series is to showcase prominent photojournalists, whose work, according to the organization’s website, “brings understanding to critical stories and promotes conversations and engagement on global and local issues.” “Being passionate about photography and […]

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Phillip Nicholas expands his photographic focus to pets

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We first profiled photographer Phillip Nicholas when he’d just landed in Menlo Park after living outside of Yosemite. While there he’d honed his landscape photography skills. He was teaching — another passion — at the Aperture Academy, which he continues to do. But some days he has open hours. Inspired by his next-door neighbor, a dog […]

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Atherton photographer Larry Calof is featured artist in March at Portola Art Gallery

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“A Walk on the Wild Side,” a collection of wildlife and landscape photographs by Larry Calof of Atherton, is featured this March at the Portola Art Gallery. The exhibit includes images printed on aluminum, as well as pieces printed on traditional archival paper. After a successful 30-year career in corporate and securities law, Larry rediscovered his […]

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