Monthly Archives: January 2011

Shooting From The Hip


California Academy of Sciences, originally uploaded by Stephen Foster.

Madam and I were at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. I tried a little surreptitious candid photography. It could be called “street photography” except being indoors. I got a few that I like.

This shot is today’s entry in a daily photo project.


CAT 420E

CAT 420E, originally uploaded by Stephen Foster.

I took up another group challenge this week. Lisa Bettany is a photographer and geek-type, in San Francisco. Her blog is Mostly Lisa.
At her instigation, in addition to my daily self-portrait, I’m doing one other photo, minimum, per day. So, yes, boring photos are the key to artistic growth.

Betty Rose

Betty Rose, originally uploaded by Stephen Foster.

Some days I’m there when my mother feels like co-operating with the photographer.

A photo like this is why I find portraiture so satisfying. So, dear reader, of your love for me, you should be lining up before my camera.

Friday Afternoon

Friday Afternoon, originally uploaded by Stephen Foster.

It’s just a patch of light on my bedroom floor. It is also a photograph.

So often, I get into the mindset that only certain subjects make good art. Today I reminded myself that a strong image can be from the most mundane source.

University of California, Berkeley

Because I work in construction, winter is my most productive time for photography. This is a good thing because winter light is often some of the best. Rainy days, like December 10, 2010, yield saturated color and soft shadows.

This is from the first of three rolls for the day.

Mamiya C220, Fuji Velvia 50.

How Do I Know Which Is My Best Foot…

…To Put Forward?

This is about as mundane a photo as anyone could hope to make. Creativity demands a willingness to fail. This shot is day 3 of a year-long challenge to make a daily self-portrait. I’m making dumb photos in the name of artistic growth.

Filtered Sunlight, Tilden Regional Park

It’s images like this make me re-examine my willingness to stop using film. I’m sure I could have gotten the same look out of digital; or, at least, an equally satisfying one. I think the value of shooting film is an awareness of some limitations such as having fewer frames to work with. I expect that the slower pace yields better results.

Shot on Kodak Tri-X 120 (6×6) film with Mamiya C220.