Pacific sunset, abstract

I captured this sunset the other day at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. I was shifting my PC-E lens horizontally while taking this long time exposure. This added additional emphasis on the glowing horizon and vertical gradient while hiding some of the dirt in the sand.

Point Reyes Ship Wreck

I knew of this old boat near Point Reyes for a long time. Today, I finally was able to capture it with my camera. And lucky we were! Just after the first few shots, a group of kayakers came by to have their lunch break on the sand bank next to the ship! The lady […]

San Francisco Waterfront with Holiday Lights

It is this time of the the year. The Thanksgiving feast is over, black Friday lines are winding down, and the Christmas trees lots are already set up. Yes, just an other four weeks until Christmas. Every year, some of the San Francisco downtown buildings turn decorative lights on to celebrate the holidays. This changes […]

Tartines de Rillette

It doesn’t take a lot of work to make this little appetizer, assuming there is some Rillette left in the fridge. We get ours here in San Francisco from the French butcher Olivier down the street. It is delicious! And don’t forget to eat cornichons with the tartines; not pictured 🙂

Brown Paper Bag

I was in the mood to play with my photo toys tonight. Didn’t really know what to use as subject until I saw this innocent brown paper bag. I played with different lighting schemes and added color gels to my strobes. But in the end, I liked this almost monochromatic version the best.

Merced River with El Capitan and its Reflection

We spent last weekend in Yosemite enjoying the fall colors. While walking along Merced River, I discovered this spot with El Capitan and a nice reflection. Initially, I walked a bit further and discovered a lot of photographers on the other side of the Merced River taking in the scenery from Valley View. That’s not […]

Half Dome and Elm at Sunrise

Right now in late October is a good time to make sunrise pictures. The light is beautiful and sunrise is rather late in the morning. For a while now, I was looking forward to photograph the famous Elm tree in Yosemite’s Cook’s Meadow backlit by the rising sun. As it turned out, I was not […]

Bay Bridge Construction

The construction of the new Bay Bridge is advancing. The new tower is up, the skyway is almost complete, and the cables are next. Current status and more background informations can be found at I am looking forward to the day the bridge is finished and the old span is gone. At the same […]

Everyone needs a break, once in a while!

A while ago, hummingbirds discovered the flowers on our balcony. They seem to like them. They come by, buzz around, and are gone in an instant. To take pictures of hummingbirds, you need to plan for it and have a setup where everything is in place. You know that they will stop by right in […]

Quiche à la tomate – Tomato Tart

What do you do when you have some friends coming over for brunch and you didn’t really plan for it? The day before, I went to the farmers market and got some nice and colorful heirloom tomatoes. In our fridge, we always have eggs, cheese, butter, and creme. So we have about everything to make […]


The temperatures in San Francisco today reminded me of our recent vacation and made me long for a Spritz…. Spritz is a wine based aperitif (white wine, Aperol, sparkling water) served in the Veneto region of Italy and also in Ticino, the Italian part of Switzerland. I was really surprised when I found a bottle […]

Yosemite – A different sunset

Sunset pictures of Yosemite usually include some of the typical features such as Half Dome or El Capitan. I have a few of those too and love them! Sunday, on the way back from Tuolumne Meadows, the sun was setting and we got glimpse here and there showing how the sky turned. And there was […]

San Francisco and Bay Bridge at Dusk

A few months ago, we were on a pier next to the Ferry Building during the evening twilight hours. I was taking some long-time exposures of the waterfront and the Bay Bridge. I like the feeling these black&white images provide. Image exposure times of more than a minute help to smooth out movements. The ocean […]