Sunday, March 25, 2007

Holga Info

We talked about the Holga in class on Saturday. Here are some links for those interested:


Google address

Christina, you said you could not gain entry through your google address. I noticed an email I had to respond to when I was looking through old mail. Did you ever get an email from Google asking for a formal sign-in?

Friday, March 23, 2007

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Aperture on a PC?


Does anyone know if its possible to run Aperture on a PC? I tried to download the free 30 day trial but my PC doesnt seem to recognize the DMG file extension.



Sunday, March 11, 2007

My blog got twisted

The first stairs you see are the stairs to the park. The stairs in wide angle descending are the Chestnut Stairs. How did they get mixed up? I don't know.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

If there is one thing I will remember about Russian Hill it is the endless stairs you find everywhere. The ones on the near right lead to Polk Street from Chestnut and Larkin and have an eerie feel to them all the time. I actually lassoed some of the trees on the left and increased the exposure...the first time I had ever done that! The ones on the far right lead from Larkin into the neighborhood park.

These brick steps take you down the beginning of Lombard Street, the "crooked" street. Stairs, stairs everywhere and not an elevator in sight! I hope as a trio they give a feeling of the neighborhood I have been living in for the past six months.

Janet R

Low-Angle Shot

Hi All,

I found low-angle shots to be tough for me on a number of levels. First, I found myself having to, no matter what, "imagine" the shot rather than "view" the shot because I couldn't quite get down as low as the camera's eye. Secondly, most of my shots appeared to end up just looking like a picture of the ground. Lastly, even the shots I ended up liking felt too forced; as if, amazingly enough, the "point" of the picture wasn't of anything in particular except, a low-angle picture.

So, with that, here's one shot that feels like it "almost" works.


Wednesday, March 7, 2007

one more introduction: navneet

took this up as a challenge to explore a side of photography i have admired and have dabbled in but haven't been too serious - its been a lot of fun - sometimes too much.. i bought a digital camera about a yr. ago and ever since i have been mesmerized with what is possible - i would've loved the darkroom as well - but there is an element of instant gratification that is very hard to pass up. and the experimentation possibilities - and even better the instant getting rid of bad photographs (without harming the environment !). there are basic skills that i want to get better at as well; to me sound fundamentals and understanding light and colors is the key - i am hoping by the end of this i am a little bit better at these with all your help and valuable critique.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

These are cropped pieces from much larger photoshop files that cannot be uploaded until I transform them into jpegs, but I thought you might be interested in those Chinese junks I referred to in class. They were sailing by my window for two or three days. I think you can see why I could just sit in a chair and watch the bay forever. (Actually, I could probably sit in a chair in a ground floor apartment and watch the sidewalk forever!) But I am really pleased with these not because of any artistic quality or creativity but because I think I got the color developing right apropos of what we were talking about in terms of hue, saturation, curves, etc. etc. The sails really did have that rosy blush to them and the bay really was a greenish blue. Generally, the bay and everything around it has been very grey and brown and not too picturesque which has made it a real challenge to photograph.
Technically, the bay is not in my neighborhood, Russian Hill, so I have decided to go out on my feet next week and shoot around. Beware.
Janet Rotter

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Jon Carr Intro

The whole digital SLR world is completely new to me. I vaguely remember the photography class I took in high school in relation to aperture, shutter speed, and ISO and have grown accustomed to the convenience of the modern point and shoot camera. These entry level cameras left a lot to be desired in relation to the more professional result I was looking for. I recently purchased my new upgraded camera and debated heavily on purchasing an additional lens or taking a class until a good friend suggested to me that I learn to use the one lens I already have. Rationality ultimately won out and here I am excited to learn more and explore the world of photography.

I just joined the group flicker site if you would like to view some of my photographs. The Bay Bridge is one of my favorites.