Street

Street Photography is one of the most enjoyable for me because of the spontaneity. Here I’ve used the term broadly to include scenes that actually took place and those that were staged. When taking photographs in the street I’m prone to look for the narrative. I want something that speaks of the subject being photographed; whether a human story or a cultural one or a combination of both. Most of the images here are from Tanzania where I traveled in January and February 2008.

students

Tanzania – these school children attended a school having first through eighth grades. Some classrooms had over 60 students. I was told the uniforms were purple because it did not show dirt. Shaved heads were common for both boys and girls. The school was supported by a nearby resort.

masai school

This was the school we were shown at the Masai village that we visited. Smaller in numbers than the other school but very few resources.

masai kids in front of mothers

Tanzania – These Masai children seemed a bit shy.

kids and clothes line

Tanzania – These two children were brother and sister.

crazy buffalo

Vietnam – Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City. This night club was very popular.

It's the sun-blog

Taiwan – It is common for older women to converse in a park using an umbrella for protection from the sun.

Kang art project Chinglong-

Taiwan – As much as this looks like a disaster, it was an art project where the artist was using the Cyanotyte method of imprinting the outline of objects onto a cloth surface. Here she had children lie down with objects. It took 20 minutes of not moving and the children got restless and very hot.

Too_Hot

Taiwan – Here is one of the school children as she was laying on the cotton material that would imprint the outline of her body onto the cotton fabric.

cyclist in the commons

U.S.A. – Cyclists in the Point Reyes Station,  CA, Commons.  It is a popular site for cyclists who ride over from the North San Francisco Bay Area.

street outside factory bicycle taxi

Tanzania – A popular and inexpensive form of transportation is the bicycle taxi.

Relay Race

U.S.A. – This was taken last year at my granddaughter’s 3rd birthday. Her sister is running a relay race with her aunt well behind.

sewer on the street with shoes in Mosh

Tanzania – This individual could go anywhere to earn a living.

cofffins in the shop next to the cafe

Tanzania – These two seemed to be relaxing after making coffins.

coke cafe

Tanzania – This cafe was popular although it was right across from the coffin maker’s place.

girl_talking_on_cell_phone

Taiwan – Talking on your cell phone was popular.

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Sitka Spruce Forest

I took this a couple of days ago in the Suislaw National Forest between Lincoln City and Neskowin, Oregon. This 50-year growth followed the 1962 Columbus Day wind storm called the Big Blow that blew down the trees here. The trees from the Big Blow were salvage-logged, and natural seeding took place. This forest had an eerie quality to it with almost no large vegetation on the forest floor and no sounds of birds. What this picture does not show is that this forest was all around us.

Sitka spruce grove-blog

Architecture

Door Peters Valley Craft Center Delaware Water Gap, Delaware, USA 11-02013

Architecture is also a broad area that includes specific building design and interiors. I’ve also included construction of buildings in this category and as a stretch large equipment used in industry.

Traditional Village

These are traditional Korean houses that are used for guests. They had Japanese paper doors and windows. The roofing was thatch.

Korean Traditional Window

These are the traditional windows found in the Korean models.

NYC Highline parking

To address the issue of parking many cities build elevated parking. This was is New York City in Chelsea. Visually I found them fascinating.

This is a hotel/resort in Pingdong County, Taiwan. It is near a port.

This is a hotel/resort in Pingdong County, Taiwan. It is near a port.

Building in a Important Shopping Area in Taipei

Hsimen Ding is one of the important shopping areas in the older part of Taipei. It is one of the favored meeting places for students.

Tillamook Naval Air Base Blimp Hanger_4504

This is the inside of the blimp hanger at the Tillamook Naval Air Base in Oregon. It is one of the largest wood hangers in the world with the capacity of holding eight blimps. For more information on the building click on the Air Museum’s link, http://www.tillamookair.com/building.html

Traditional Korean Temple with Chinese Characters

Traditional Korean temples that had Chinese characters written on the entrance. Because of the continued and growing interest in the Christian church the temples have been used less and less. In Taiwan, the temple is the center of a community.

Bridge Construction in Taiwan for a roadway going over a steep sided valley.

Bridge Construction in Taiwan for a roadway going over a steep sided valley.

This part of the NanHua University in Taiwan.

This is a view of the periodical display area in the library of the NanHua University in Taiwan.

Many Japanese houses dot the older sections of cities in Taiwan. This one was across from where we liked in Taichung City.

Many Japanese houses dot the older sections of cities in Taiwan. This one was across from where we liked in Taichung City.

condo sales building-Taiwan-72dpi

Condo sales are important but the building that houses the sales usually looks nothing like the finished building. This is a good example. This sales site was designed by a Taiwanese architect using a cartoon artist from Japan.

Longman Hospital Buildings at Presidio0512-blog

This is a section of the exterior of the Longman Hospital Building at the Presidio, San Francisco. The hospital is converted into businesses.

timber operation-blog

Timber operations in Oregon.

Purple House-Cloverdale OR

This was a purple house/business in Cloverdale, OR

Montgomery St Barracks

These are the Montgomery St. barracks at the Presidio in San Francisco.

Kinmen roofs-screen

Traditions Swallow Tail roofs found in Kinmen County, Taiwan.

Color Studies

Green and Yellow

Color studies is an unusual category in that it does not seem to fit anywhere else. I find that looking into a box and seeing colors in various magnitude is fascinating and challenging. I generally do not rearrange objects but move my camera around to find the best composition. Other times colors pop out and they demand your attention. That is true with some of the signs I have shown here. The image of the door in blue trim and white paint shows up here because of the color but also shows up in Architecture section. Pealing paint, older and rusting equipment offer interesting studies in color.

 

U.S.A. - Sacramento, CA

U.S.A. – Sacramento, CA

 

bacon lettuce and tomatoes

U.S.A. – Sebastopol, CA Gravenstien Apple Festival

 

red white blue color

U.S.A. – Pleasant Hill, CA Curb Sides at Kaiser Hospital

 

Yellow Orange Blue

U.S.A. – Santa Rosa, CA
Car Show

 

Macaw

U.S.A. – Sebastopol, CA
Gravensteins Apple Festival

 

 

Salt_Crystals

U.S.A – Jamaica Plain, MA
Salt Crystals

 

signs of Jamaica Plain

U.S.A – Jamaica Plain, MA

 

Blue White

U.S.A – Peters Valley Craft Center, NJ

 

Indian corn

U.S.A – McMinnville

 

peeling paint

U.S.A – Tillamook, OR

 

Restaurant Coffee Service Set up

U.S.A – Sacramento, CA

 

orange pumpkins

U.S.A – McMinnville

 

gords

U.S.A – McMinnville, OR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Landscapes

Landscape photography is not something I’ve spent a lot of time on. I’ve been much more interested in portraiture and street photography. Since we’ve been staying at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, Oregon and previously in the Point Reyes area of on the California coast, I’m forcing myself to do more landscapes. The challenge in landscape photography is to think big but see the compositions.

Fog Off Inverness

U.S.A. – Inverness, CA

Hawk Creek Inlet at Neskowin Oregon

U.S.A. – Neskow, OR

Drive-In Urban Landscape

U.S.A – Yurington, NV (Urban Landscape)

Fog and Sun in the Trees

U.S.A. – Near Lincoln City, OR

Golden Gate Bridge

U.S.A. – San Francisco – Golden Gate Bridge from Green’s Restaurant

View of Ocean from Cascade Head-

U.S.A. – Cascade Head – near Lincoln, OR

Clouds - Wellfleet MA

U.S.A. – Wellfleet, MA

Bali Terraced Landscape

Bali – Terraced Rice Fields

sunset on Serengeti-blog

Tanzania – Serengeti

Bali Rice Fields

Bali – Rice Fields

 

Oyster Flats-gathering oysters - pano 9660

U.S.A. – Netarts Bay, Oregon

 

view of cape lookout and Netarts spit

U.S.A. – View of Cape Lookout State Park, Netarts Spit and Netarts Bay, Oregon

 

Mountain Mist

U.S.A – Salmon River Estuary, Oregon

 

 

 

View of the Oregon Coast

I took this on November 1, the last day of sunshine. It was taken from the upper viewing point of the Conservation Trail to Cascade Head near Lincoln City, OR. You can see the Salmon River on the left and the beaches extending south beyond Lincoln City.  It is a quick drive from where we are staying at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. http://sitkacenter.org

View of Ocean from Cascade Head-

Cascade Head November 1, 2013

Nature

Tanzania - Serengeti

I’m generally not a nature photographer. Some of these photos were taken on safari while in Tanzania. The others were taken when I saw something interesting.  When I see other photographers carrying  huge lenses and tripods, I suspect that they are out trying to find that elusive bird that few have seen. Since I mostly shoot with a 18 – 200 mm lens, I have to be pretty close to my subject. Birds and animals are not very cooperative when it comes to coming close. Plus it requires patience to wait for exactly the right shot. My deepest respects to all of you that shoot nature photographs.

Tanzania - Ngorongoro Crater

Tanzania – Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park

Tanzania - Arusha National Park

Tanzania – Arusha National Park

U.S.A. - Oregon Beaches - Lincoln City

U.S.A. – Oregon Beaches – Lincoln City

Tanzania - Serengeti

Tanzania – Serengeti National Park

National Park

National Park

Tanzania - Serengeti

Tanzania – Serengeti National Park

Taiwan - Ching long

Taiwan – Cheng Long

Tanzania - Serengeti

Tanzania – Serengeti National Park

U.S.A. - Fungus on a Log

U.S.A. – Fungus on a Log

Tanzania - Lake Manyara National Park

Tanzania – Lake Manyara National Park

Sitka spruce grove-blog

I took this November 06, 2013 in the Suislaw National Forest between Lincoln City and Neskowin, Oregon. This 50-year growth followed the 1962 Columbus Day wind storm called the Big Blow that destroyed all the trees here. The trees from the Big Blow were salvage-logged, and natural seeding took place. This forest had an eerie quality to it with almost no large vegetation on the forest floor and no sounds of birds. What this picture does not show is that this forest was all around us.

Elk mooning the photographer-9698

U.S.A. – Near Sitka Center for the Arts and Ecology, Otis, Oregon

 

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