Friday, April 30, 2010

San Francisco Eye Candy

I haven't been blogging much, who am I kidding, I haven't been blogging at all. I haven't even been cooking. It's been a fend for yourself kind of spring. Last night, my son grilled Italian sausage and I pulled together a pasta sauce of basil, olive oil and garlic. We ate it while doing our homework. It's been that kind of spring.  
I thought it was only fair I showed you what I was up too. I am not posting the algebra work, it's just too tedious. However, I am posting my photo essay I produced for my digital photography class. Since I spend more time in San Francisco than in New York, I spent my layovers photographing Chinatown. I discovered new places and noticed architectural details I'd never seen before. The interesting thing about this is that I've been coming to San Francisco and strolling through Chinatown since 1979.  However, I felt as though I was seeing it for the first time.  So here goes.
 Recognize anything?

So 600 photos later I narrowed it down to these 11. It's amazing how much you learn just by shooting and editing. I now shoot raw on the manual setting and take the best picture possible because the less work you have to do in PhotoShop the better. It's a tedious business at best. I also find that you just have to carry your camera everywhere and all the time. No lens cap but a filter is fine to protect the lens. 
Maybe some day I will feel confident enough to share all the knowledge I gained from my digital photo class. At this point I feel as if I am still absorbing the info and trying to put it into use. I also have to write an essay about the pictures, I'll publish that this weekend. Time is running out.......
Now I just have to finish my photos for the Lighting for Photography class.Those I'll publish later this week.
But I promise, no algebra formulas!

All photos and text are property of The Gypsy Chef


  1. You have some great photos going there, Pam. Very impressive and your classmates must be pea green about the subject matter... I like the bakery sign best!

  2. Nice photos!And not only because they are of my hometown! :) Let's meet up on one of your next layovers!

  3. Oh you are so lucky to be taking a digital foto class! unfortunately its simply too hot here to go around the day taking photos(for me at least) .

    u must have learnt a lot because the fotos are wonderful...the details do stand out so well. I esp love the last one!!!

    i look 4ward to your essay. hope you'll share what you learnt one day when youre ready;)

    take care ;))

  4. Fantastic photography. You have quite a talent there. Thank you for sparing us the algebra. Cheers!

  5. So interesting to see other parts of the world through another set of eyes...

  6. Interesting pictures. Love the pagoda with church cross on top! Good for you for taking a class. I am doing an online class from a friend.

  7. I recognize the area so well; I have been there many many times (my bro lives in the Sunset area); even bought a moon cake mold at one of the shops. Great photos thanks for sharing them Pam!

  8. Lovely bright and cheerful pics Pam. Planning a trip to San Fran & NY (miles apart!) some day as I've never been, so keep 'em coming please!

  9. Oh wow, Pam, the photos look great! I can't wait to see more. Is this your local Chinatown?
    Have a great weekend!
    Blessings, Kristy

  10. Deana, Thanks, it was fun doing the essay.

    Hungry Dog, your on Cafe de La Presse it is. get back to you with the date.

    Zurin, Thanks, it was a lot of fun. I am now dying to do another essay.

    Lazaro, If you start yearning for algebra, just give me a call.

    BD, I couldn't agree more. A women did a photo essay of her back yard. It was amazing. We thought it was a park before she told us it was her 75 X 50 back garden.

    Joumana, Let's meet up next time your in SFO.

    Ilse, it's my pleasure to share.

    Kristy, This is Chinatown in San Francisco, Our Chinatown in New York is not quite romantic as this.

  11. I am so glad you took pictures of Chinatown. I've always wanted to see it. How fun!