*At the Temple Gate*
The A-Ma Temple is a wonderful hillside religious complex in Macau, very old and very atmospheric. In front of the Temple gate this old lady was begging and she looked like something out of a folk story with the stone lion on her side…
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…
Pier 7 on Embarcadero is an old fashioned wooden pier lined with metal benches and lamplights. At night it’s nearly empty and offers a very cool symmetrical perspective which I was quick to take advantage of. I wanted a low vantage point, which was tricky because my handmade beanbag (ziplock + dried chickpeas) was confiscated last time I went to New Zealand. So this was precariously balanced on my photo bag…
*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.
*Loitering in Chinatown*
San Francisco’s Chinatown is a fascinating cultural blend that I never appreciated so much as I do now that I’ve lived in China. I pick references and spot things that I never paid attention to before. The veiled sunlight due to the California fires added a subdued atmosphere to the place, and this shot reminded me of Shanghai, but with more space around.
*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!
*The Best Commute*
As I was walking the Brooklyn Bridge that morning taking photos in the glorious dawn light, I was overtaken by this guy, clearly on his way to work. And I thought, « isn’t that just the best route ever to go to work ? »
*Walking the Dog in Style*
The building next to Bethesda Fountain in Central Park has these wonderful colonnades that frame the stairs up perfectly for backlit silhouettes. I took many of those, but this one is the most interesting with the dog gallivanting on the stairs.