Friday, July 18, 2008

Walking in San Francisco

Taking my owner for a walk
San Francisco, CA
July 2008
[Click to embiggen]

It's an animal-themed week here at Written Inc. (please click here to go to Thematic Photographic central) so I thought I'd share a quick vision of this week's trip to San Francisco.

As trips go, it was short. I landed just before lunchtime Monday. The main event that I attended - Intel's global launch for its new Centrino 2 - lasted precisely 3.5 hours and I headed back to the airport early Tuesday morning.

Long story short, I had precious little time to capture photos. Still, I didn't want to come home empty-handed. So I essentially kept my camera in my hand whenever I was out. Going to lunch? Yup. Walking home from the event site? Check. Wandering home from dinner? Got it.

I call it power shooting (or desperation photography, depending on your perspective) and it involves capturing anything that grabs my attention without giving any one image too much time or thought. On this trip, I had a fully charged battery and a big, empty memory card. The net result once I hit the street: chaos. It was unbelievably fun.

And as insane as it all sounds, as I start to work through the 500+ images I managed to bring home I realize that at least one or two of them may be worth sharing. It's a neat place with a neat texture, and I'm glad I tried this little photographic experiment on this trip. I hope you enjoy the results in the days to come.

Your turn: (Aside from submitting your Thematic Photographic link, that is...) Squeezing in photography into impossibly small slices of time. Please discuss.

About this pic: I have no idea who this woman is, much less her dog, but I followed the time-honored tradition of shooting an unidentifiable pose to preserve her privacy. It was one of those life-in-the-big-city moments that just struck me as really sweet and worth remembering.


lissa said...

I love this pic! Maybe because someone, sometime, might be seeing me and Theo that way - I tend to take him lots of places and he is so cute (biased mommy that I am) that people do stop us and comment. Wouldn't it be neat to see my pic up on a blog somewhere?

But I tend to do the slice-of-time thing with photography; as parents, we learn to do that anyway, both photographically and in memory. A year is a sliver of time in our baby's life in which we capture all the firsts, and then all the firsts of our child's NEXT year and so on and so forth.

I can imagine 500 images to wade through - for you perhaps it was nostalgia and assessment of your own work; for your fans (of which I am one), it would be like finding a treasure trove! 500 Carmi-pics...what joy!

Looking forward to the rest!

I'll also go check out the animal theme - if anyone, I should be able to contribute at least one share: 1 dog, 1 cat, 1 betta fish and 3 hamsters at the house, not to mention pics of the cockatiels we bird-sat for 3 weeks...there's plenty! Can the theme be repeated at some point so I can catch up?


Anonymous said...

I remember walking in San Francisco a while back and just by the Wharf i turned to see a couple walking in front; these ladies were dressed in very little and one of them had chosen a little see-through pink nightie....her girlfriend had her arm around her, yet up the nightie and cupped into her underwear....

so, thank you, you have brought back one of my abiding memories of image i shall never forget....i just kept thinking 'I'm not in Kansas anymore!' as it's not a sight one would see in sleepy St.Peter Port, Guernsey....

Anonymous said...

Excellent post and pic Carmi - The picture immediately transported me to what life must be like for this woman and her dog. It is so different from what I am used to. I realy enjoy the glimpses you give me into other people's worlds.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Yep, you're right. San Francisco has an amazing texture. I adore it there, almost wish we could move there except for the cost of living being what it is.

PillowNaut said...

Hey, my hometown! Love your picture, and I'm reading back through other posts and images. Thank you for visiting my newbie blog and commenting, I'm glad you're enjoying it :) I will link to yours too... !