While I was teaching Sydney, I was also taking my own photos, so this gives me a chance to share the images with all of you.
I picked them up from the Ritz Carlton, where they were slumming it for the weekend, and drove straight over to the Painted Ladies. These are a famous group of victorian homes that many of you have seen on the TV show "Full House". The weather was overcast, which actually helped to make a better photo in this case. No harsh shadows to deal with.
And then we were off to the Haight Ashbury district to take photos of the graffiti and surroundings.
I love the art painted on the side of the local businesses.
I saw these guys and asked them if I could take their photos. They were totally cool with that, so I took some quick portraits.
After getting some lunch in the Haight, I drove them over to Fort Point, located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge.
I was teaching Sydney about composition and framing. I took this first photo standing straight up to show her the perspective. But the shot is lacking a strong foreground.
I was also showing Sydney how zooming into a shot changes everything. As luck would have it, the fog was slowly rolling in, constantly changing as it passed by the North Tower of the bridge.
I waited for this sailboat to get close to the bridge and took this photo. I wanted to show Sydney how the boat would "finish" this shot. And...as it turned out, the top of the North Tower also popped out from the fog just a little bit as the sailboat approached. A perfect moment.
Note: I posted this photo on my Facebook page, thinking that it was a decent photo, but not expecting much feedback. As it turned out, this photo had more than 1000 likes and a ton of comments. I was pleasantly surprised by this reaction. It just reinforced that photography is subjective, and even I can not predict what will be widely admired or disliked.
Here are a couple more photos of the bridge, fog and sailboat.
After shooting all these photos, I wanted to show Sydney that there is always a way to push further and get a shot that most people do not have.
I was talking to her when I saw the bridge reflecting in her sunglasses. Perfect!!! I had her turn at just the right angle to get the bridge reflection in both lenses and took this shot. I love how the dark blue glasses make the scene look totally different from the grey skies that were reality.
We had a great time catching up after not seeing each other for a couple of years, hopefully Sydney learned something about her camera and photography, and we got some fun photos too. That makes for a great day!
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