As I was walking towards Embarcadero, I stumbled upon this guy, reading a paperback. He looked so cool and relaxed, I just had to snap.
I was in San Francisco just after the wildfires started in Northern California, and while the smog was not too bad (it got worse after I left) there was a distinct feel of Shanghai that kept triggering memories. Of course the catastrophic levels of particulates experienced during this event was our norm when we were in Shanghai, which is frightening in and of itself, but…
*Homeless in San Francisco*
Before I landed in San Francisco I was told by several people that the homeless problem had become much much worse. Apart from a (frankly not reassuring) walk through the Tenderloin as I was going to a meeting I’m not sure I felt it was worse than the last time I was around, but it sure is bad. I loved the positive message that this guy was broadcasting though.
*Central Park in Blue and Gold*
I got up brutally early that morning in NYC (jetlag sometimes helps) and made my way to Central Park before sunrise. I had targeted the reservoir, had the tripod ready and was trying to warm my hands while waiting for (hopefully) glorious golden light. I didn’t get it. Since the skyline on the eastern side of the reservoir isn’t all that exciting, I wasn’t happy with the test shots I was getting until I spotted this tree overlooking the reservoir. It allowed me to frame the skyline and add foreground interest just as the sun was rising amidst the clouds.
*In the Shadow of the Bridge*
I knew that you could walk the Brooklyn Bridge but had never had a chance to do it. What’s really cool is that you’re above the cars and on a purely pedestrian plane. What’s even cooler is doing it on a glorious early morning, with the dawn light hitting the Manhattan side at a low angle. At one point, I turned back, and wow!
*Under the Bridge*
I didn’t have much time to walk around Berlin, but I did head out in the limited time I had towards Orianenstrasse. On the way I saw this expressway bridge and loved the metal framework. I didn’t have tripod so I positioned my camera on my backpack for this 20 exposure (or thereabours). It’s not perfect, I wish the car lights were more apparent, but it’s interesting and grimy.
I didn’t get to see much of Berlin, and certainly didn’t get to see the « pretty » parts. But the Messe, where the conference I was attending was, was interesting in an austere kind of way. I think the masts and their shadows make the picture as much as the building, but that building has the austere 70s look that many people probably associate (wrongly, I’m sure) with Germany.