Photography Explorations

Atherton resident Laura Pitchford journeyed to Chile last fall to visit her niece who is teaching college English in Santiago.

One trip highlight was the chance to have dinner with one of the descendants of Faxon Dean Atherton who was one of the first property owners in the mid- Peninsula. His wife was Chilean, and the town of Atherton is named after him.

The other highlight was the chance to visit three different markets — devoted to fish, flowers and vegetables. Laura knows her way around a camera but had left her “big camera and equipment” home and traveled instead with her iPhone 8.

Featured here are photos from those markets. If the produce and flowers look familiar that’s because  Chile’s climate is similar to California.

Photos by Laura Daschbach Pitchford (c) 2018

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Scott Loftesness proves there’s more than just street photography in Japan

We recently showcased photographs that InMenlo co-founder — and experienced street photographer — Scott Loftesness took in both Tokyo and Kyoto, mostly using his iPhone Xs Max. Emailed Scott: “When I wrote that post, I was focused on my street photography (my current love!) but, as it turns out, I included a mix of both street […]

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Light rain overnight adds up in Menlo Park

InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ report another .1″ Friday afternoon with an additional .05” overnight, “Bringing us to 1.1” season to date. Looking forward to more and more.” Sunny skies should prevail over the next few days with rain returning on Tuesday. During the rain InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most captured the moisture on flowers. We […]

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Capturing street scenes of Japan with an iPhone

I recently traveled to Japan, visiting two of that countries great cities: Tokyo and Kyoto. As an avid street photographer, I was looking forward to hitting the streets with my usual camera gear — Fujifilm mirrorless cameras. Over the last five years, I’ve been fortunate to visit many cities with this gear and have come […]

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Capturing the Blue Angels photographically over the San Francisco Bay

InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most and his wife, Timi, journeyed up to San Francisco last Saturday to watch the U.S Navy Blue Angels execute their aerial maneuvers. The aerial team was here as part of Fleet Week. Robb and Timi’s viewing spot was along the Embarcadero near the Exploratorium. We enjoyed viewing the resulting photos, […]

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Portola Valley resident’s photo wins landscape category in Midpen’s photo contest

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Photographer Scott R. Kline explores how people are “facing time”

Some time after turning 50, InMenlo contributing photographer Scott R. Kline became a bit obsessed about living a long life, at least to 100 if not longer. He read local author Dr. Walter Bortz’s books [We Live Too Short and Die Too Long; Dare to Be 100] and in the course of his work both editorially […]

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Shout out to Irene Searles, named by The Six Fifty as a photographer of note

InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles was named among the “11 local Silicon Valley photographers you should follow on Instagram right now” by  The Six Fifty. Editor Charles Russo writes: “Menlo Park photographer Irene Searles regards her current Instagram series as a visual diary of her life in the last year, which has entailed traveling frequently and […]

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InMenlo co-founder Scott Loftesness participates in “A Soulful Image” photography workshop in Santa Fe

InMenlo co-founder Scott Loftesness is also a serious amateur photographer, one who has participated in a number of photography workshops. Most recently he journeyed to Santa Fe, NM, for workshop titled A Soulful Image led by Christopher Michel. “There were about 14 of us in the workshop,” said Scott,” and most commented that it was […]

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Sunrises and sunsets photographed by Larry Calof is featured exhibit at Portola Art Gallery

“Sunrise, Sunset,” a collection of photographic images of sunrises and sunsets — primarily around the West and Southwest — by Larry Calof of Atherton is the featured exhibit at the Portola Art Gallery in May. The exhibit features images printed on aluminum, as well as pieces printed on traditional archival paper. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, […]

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It’s a photo a day for InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles

The third time is the charm for a project that InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles has tried to do two previous times — posting a photo every day on Facebook and Instagram. She began this year on January 1. “I also try to take a photo every day,” she says. “My rules are that they’re […]

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