I'm so glad you found me! I'm a San Francisco photographer, and this blog charts my journey in the ever-evolving world of photography. One of the things I love about photography is that it's a journey, not a destination. I'm constantly learning and meeting wonderful people. Please peruse the blog to your heart's content, then check out my website and feel free to contact me! (I love hearing from you.)

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen

A Few Links

I have some links I've been meaning to give you, so I think I'll just give them all to you at once. Most are photography related, some . . . not.

Thanks to Evan for sending me this photo of the cutest still life I've ever seen.

Like Abstract Photography? The Photo Argus has a great collection of 40 Abstract images. Worth checking out.

Need something to remind you of some basic photo guidelines during a shoot? Gavin Gough has an interesting looking photo card over on his blog. Probably worth printing out and bringing into the field with you.

Feeling a little burnt out from the holidays? Shutter Sisters has a list of 10 Holiday Pick Me Ups. Although, unless you have very steady hands, I'm not sure I recommend cutting your own bangs.

News of a Flickr plugin for Lightroom over at Canon Blogger. Think I'm going to check it out.

And, in honor of my recent return to San Francisco, Pictory (an interesting new online photo mag that showcases photos which have a story to tell) has created a new feature on SF. Just kidding. But I am going to pretend they did it for me.

And last but not least, check out these edible Santas. I want to make them, but I think they'd get eaten in five seconds around here, and I might not be able to take it.

All right, that's it for now. Hope you're having a great weekend!

Getting Rid of Clutter in Your Photos

(Please, ignore the fact that my Before photo isn't really in focus. It was getting dark. Thanks!)

Sometimes the little things can make a big difference. For example, this leaf. I spied it on a street in Berkeley, one lone yellow leaf among lots of red leaves. Reflexively, I took a picture.

But my yellow leaf was getting lost among the clutter. So I sat down, on the street (fortunately no one else was really around to wonder why, but if they'd been there, I would probably have done the same thing) and pushed all the red leaves out of the frame. A little extra contrast to darken the background, and a bump up in saturation in Lightroom, and my yellow leaf kind of pops.

So next time you're taking a picture, try to get rid of the clutter. Either frame so you can't see it, or actually get in there and move it out of the way. I promise, it makes a world of difference.