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

On the Square

As a former Linguistics student I can definitely tell you that square is usually not a positive term. It's a synonym for dull, stodgy, boring. Conventional.

And most people will tell you that it's harder to make square photographs exciting. People prefer wider pictures to taller pictures. But I've been seeing a lot of beautiful square pictures recently and it's something I really want to start experimenting with. So consider this step one.

A note about this photo: I took it one evening in Yerba Buena park in San Francisco, while I was explaining a few photography concepts to a friend. I mostly just took this to show him the effect a long shutter speed has on moving water - makes it turn to silk - but then I got all into the composition and stuff, and ended up with a photo that I really like. Is that instant karma or what?


  1. karma or pure talent! I love the contrast between the textured rocks and the silky smooth water!

  2. This one works very nicely in square. As far as the linguistics, when I think of square I think of town squares which are usually a gathering place and I have many fond memories of squares in Europe. This is great composition and provides a soothing feel. Nice shot.

  3. Beautifully composed. Another example of taking something most people would pass by as ordinary, and designing an interesting composition.

  4. I'm with Scott - I first thought of a town square when I saw the title.

    It's a beautiful shot. There is something about a square crop that adds a certain serenity to an image.

  5. What a great example for your friend and I agree with Tammy, the Karma is based wholely on your vast Talent. Great image all round.

  6. This is amazing... I wish I could take classes with you too!

  7. If it wasn't for the three round drains, you could convince me it was taken somewhere in the wild, not downtown. Great composition.


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