Monday, March 22, 2010

My Photo of the Week: Sign 817

Signs are a very interesting subject. There are big signs, modern signs, lighted signs, painted signs, hanging signs, new signs, all kinds of signs. In the Mission Rock district near China Basin, the Mission Rock restaurant has a couple of signs. This one is just fun! The building is covered with this corrugated steel, it has no character whatsoever, and you would no doubt drive right by if this colorful, wonderfully whimsical address sign wasn't there to catch your eye. I haven't eaten there, so I can't recommend the food, but I definitely recommend the sign! Kelly's Mission Rock, 817 Terry Francois Blvd., San Francisco.  See more inspiring photos at

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My Photo of the Week: Zuma Beach

"Zuma Beach Sunset" is a study in Simple lines and angles against the background of a beautiful sunset. This photo represents the many great beaches and awesome sunsets of the Pacific coast.  See more inspiring photos at

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Photo of the Week: West Winds

West Winds: in this photo,  I'm reminded of Bob Dylan's song, "Blowin' in the Wind." Located in San Francisco, in the South of Market district, this historic building has most likely housed many businesses, but one former business, West Winds Auto Repair, left a distinctive, but weathering sign on the building face. Maybe the former owners noticed birds taking advantage of prevailing West winds when they named their business. Notice how a monotonous bright blue sky is lightly interrupted with a hint of cloud, how the pigeons are interacting, and how the bright red bricks, heavy in texture, combine with a crudely made sign and peeling paint on the window frame add character to the subject. See more inspiring photos at

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My Photo of the Week: Cactus in the Sky

What is it that attracts one to a particular scene? I call this attraction "contrasts." It's the contrast of sharp cactus needles and crisp edges of of the cactus folds against the soft sky. It's the smooth walls of each fold that are highly defined by those edges. It's the very small flower buds growing outwardly, almost horizontally against the vertical walls of the plant. And it's the wispy clouds adding a hint of interest to an expansive blue sky of that warm morning's sunrise in Cabo San Lucas. This photo and others are available for viewing at my website