Alcatraz Island: Welcome to Broadway!

We’ve seen Alcatraz from the Bay and toured the island. Today, we’re visiting the cellhouse! Take a look at the diagram for an overview of its layout., © Ocean View Publishing Company (used with permission) Shower Room Visitors begin the cellhouse tour in the shower room, located on the floor beneath the cellblocks. Inmates showered twice […]

Alcatraz Island: Welcome to The Rock!

Alcatraz Island Main Road

Now that I’ve shown you a 360-degree view of Alcatraz Island from San Francisco Bay, it’s time to finally set foot on The Rock! In this post, you’ll be following me up the main road to and around the prison, and I’ll be pointing out the buildings and sites as we go. As an overview […]

Alcatraz Island: The Adventure Begins!

Alcatraz Dock and views of Building 36 and the lighthouse from Alcatraz Ferry

So, are you ready to tour “The Rock”? Big question: How can I best share my journey without overwhelming (ummm, boring) you? For better or worse, my solution is to break down my posts by location and to keep words to a minimum 🙂 So, in that spirit, my first post is simply an introduction to […]

Monochromia: Pier 14

Sunrise Pier 14 and Oakland Bay Bridge San Francisco

Originally published on Monochromia. Last fall took me to San Francisco (lucky me!). Getting up at the crack of dawn to make my way to Pier 33 and my trip to Alcatraz, I was rewarded with catching the sunrise through the archway to Pier 14, and as luck would have it, a lone silhouetted gentleman. The early […]

Monochromia: Blanket

Fog pours over Golden Gate Bridge

Originally published on Monochromia. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, October 2014, 6:18PM Eerily, silently, a curtain of fog rolled in and blanketed the Golden Gate Bridge, while the foghorns bellowed their mournful cry. Unforgettable! (Shot from the Municipal Pier at Aquatic Park with its sweeping views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.)  

Monochromia: Nightlight

Door at Alcatraz lit at night

Originally published on Monochromia. This was one of the last images I shot while visiting Alcatraz Island last fall. I was making my way from the prison down the walkway to the pier to catch the last ferry back to San Francisco and the simplicity of this vignette caught my eye. It’s actually one of […]

San Francisco’s Ferry Building

Ferry Building, San Francisco, exterior

(4 photos) Following my trek to Chinatown and my leg-numbing search for an iconic cable car photo on Hyde Street (see Chinatown and Cable Cars), I cried “uncle” to San Francisco’s famed hills, clicked on my Uber app, and headed back to flatter ground near my hotel. In search of a nice glass of wine to ease my tourist-weary […]

Chinatown and Cable Cars: San Francisco, Day One

Dragon's Gate Chinatown San Francisco

(17 photos) Last October, I travelled to San Francisco, my new Nikon D7100 in hand and two photography tours booked – one morning, one evening. I had a blast photographing the major tourist attractions, Golden Gate, Oakland-Bay Bridge, the Painted Ladies, to name a few. This October, I went back, but carried my Fuji X100T. I was excited […]

Visiting San Francisco’s Picturesque Piers

A few blocks east of the hotel where I stayed in San Francisco is the city’s famed “Embarcadero,” the eastern waterfront of the Port of San Francisco along San Francisco Bay. Stretching approximately 7 miles from AT&T Park (home of the San Francisco Giants) to the south to Pier 45 at Fisherman’s Wharf in North Beach, it is lined with renovated […]

San Francisco, Here I Come!

San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate from Battery Spencer

San Francisco Bay from Battery Spencer, Marin Headlands Yup, when this posts, I’ll be at the airport awaiting my flight. My plans? See that white island in the bay in the distance? That’s Alcatraz. I’ll be spending most of Thursday there, taking the first ferry over in the morning and going back on the last ferry […]

After-Before Friday Week 9

Highlighting the creative magic behind post-processed photos 1 video and 7 photo galleries from 7 photographers. If you’d like to participate, guidelines are on the After-Before Friday Forum page. NOTE: For those viewing the post in the Reader, if the slideshows don’t load, please visit the original post. My submission: This week, I’m post-processing a […]