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Morning photo: Rooftops

Up high …

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Salzburg in the sun.

FRISCO — I don’t ever really think consciously about getting a picture of a city’s rooftops, but inevitably on our treks, Leigh and I end up at an overlook somewhere — maybe on a hill or in a church steeple — where the city below unfolds like a street map. In some cases, you can see how a town grew organically, near a shallow river crossing, or from a central market place. Other times, you can sense how man imposed his will on the landscape, imposing a strict grid pattern over the contours of the land. I’m a big fan of getting the view from a good vantage point to help explore a new destination, or rediscover familiar territory, so next time you visit a new city, look for the high ground! Continue reading

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Morning photo: Revisited in black and white

Photo-play …

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The strong silhouette shapes of the Marin Headlands practically screamed out for a black and white treatment, contrasting the sharp lines of the shore and trees with the hazy horizon.

FRISCO —About once every two months, I sort through the files to find images that work in black and white. It’s mostly just a photographic exercise, a throwback to a different era, because, well, I’m an old-school kind of guy. But it also helps me better understand the balance of light and dark in certain situations, information that helps me take better shots. If you like the images in this post, please visit our online gallery at FineArt America for more Summit County images, available as prints and greeting cards. Continue reading

Morning photo: By the Bay

West Coast …

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The Pt. Montara Lighthouse and Fog Signal Station, 20 miles south of San Francisco, is now an international youth hostel operated by Hostelling International.

FRISCO —A short weekend trip to the Bay Area yielded a handful of classic West Coast images, with ocean mists softening the light, and a blanket of atmospheric haze and pollution adding color to the sunsets. There’s a reason the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most-photographed scenes in the country. The magnificent span is one of those rare human structures that arguably enhances the surrounding landscape (or seascape). It’s almost hard to imagine what the entrance to San Francisco Bay looked like before the bridge was built 75 years ago, and looking at historical pictures, the inlet looks almost naked without it. Continue reading

Morning photo: SF potpourri …

Friday in the city …

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Evening light over the Golden Gate from the Coit Tower.

SAN FRANCISCO —A great day walking around the city, revisiting some old favorite spots and discovering new hidden nooks and crannies with Leigh. In a city as large a diverse as San Franciso, it’s not really surprising that you can find new hidden treasures to explore and enjoy, but the old classics like the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset are still special. I left the DSLR behind and worked only with the iPhone camera, although I was wishing I had the Nikon with me at sunset. Continue reading

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