Thursday, November 19, 2009


I found this glorious Great Horned Own in a grove of non-indeginous Eucalyptus trees in the Marin Headlands. I see they are cutting down all sorts of trees in the Presidio. I know the Great Horned Owl is frequently seen in the groves there. I can not really imagine who is thinking cutting down all the trees along Doyle Drive is a good idea. Sure is a nice clear vision of the highway now though (thanks) and it sure is making a pristine place more and more urban. I think it is really really important to understand that the Presidio has afforded us a natural refuse in the San Francisco. I can just imagine the Urban planner proudly saying "We will make more views of the Golden Gate Bridge". I bet they would not have gotten that through say the Sausalito Planning Department and I don't really understand how anyone can think deforresting that area is a good idea.

I am one of those "problems" who goes through the Presidio on a regular basis. They apparently find the traffic to be a problem. My grandparents are buried in the cemetery there and I often stop to reflect. Yes, I know, I have to share and I am happy about most of the developments on the Presidio, but when they cut down the Monterey Pines and left that wide open swath directly looking at the freeway my heart sunk. I really was at odds with myself the next few days succumbing to the idea that it might be time to move from the Bay Area.

As they say "It is just not cool guys".

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FROM WIKIPEDIA:
The Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus, is a large owl native to the Americas. It is an adaptable bird with a vast range and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas.

Individual Great Horned Owls range in length from 18-27 in (46-68 cm) and have a wingspan of 40-60.5 in (101-153 cm); Females are larger than males, an average adult being 22 in (55 cm) long with a 49 in (124 cm) wingspan and weighing about 3.1 lbs (1400 g). Bergmann's Rule generally holds: larger individuals are found towards Polar regions, smaller towards the Equator.
Adults have large ear tufts, a reddish, brown or gray face and a white patch on the throat. The iris is yellow, except the amber-eyed South American Great Horned Owl (B. v. nacurutu). Its "horns" are neither ears nor horns, simply tufts of feathers. The underparts are light with brown barring; the upper parts are mottled brown. The legs and feet are covered in feathers up to the talons. There are individual and regional variations in color; birds from the sub-Arctic are a washed-out, light-buff color, while those from Central America can be a dark chocolate brown.Their call is a low-pitched but loud ho-ho-hoo hoo hoo; sometimes it is only four syllables instead of five. The female's call is higher and rises in pitch at the end of the call. Young owls make hissing or screeching sounds that are often confused with the calls of Barn Owls.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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Chris Martin and Mick Dawson aboard "Bojangles" row under the Golden Gate Bridge making history.
They are the first to row successfully row across the Pacific Ocean. They left Japan in May of 2009 and rowed under the Golden Gate Bridge on Friday the 13th, November 2009. For more on their trip visit www.GoldenGateEndeavour.com

Arrival:
Friday 13th November
16:25 GMT
189 days, 10 hrs, 55 mins


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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Golden Gate Endeavor Food Drop

Monday, November 09, 2009


Golden Gate Endeavor Food Drop November 8, 2009

Chris Martin and Mick Dawson on the "Bojangles", a 20 foot row boat, in their Golden Gate Endeavor to cross the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the San Francisco Bay. Photo taken during a food drop just over 100 nautical miles off Santa Rosa, California. November 8. 2009. The pair aim to become the first to row unsupported across teh North Pacific Ocean finishing in San Francisco under the Golden Gate Bridge. Their estimated time of arrival in San Francisco is within the next week.

You can follow Chris and Mick in their voyage at GoldenGateEndeavor.com

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The Boat
The vessel specifically designed and constructed for this challenge is ‘Bojangles’. At 23ft long and 6ft wide, ‘Bojangles’ is the most technically advanced ocean rowing vessel ever constructed. Manufactured from a Carbon-Kevlar composite woven material (by Woodvale Challenge), it is incredibly strong and durable, whilst at the same time being the lightest material suitable for the construction of an ocean going vessel. The woven construction increases the impact resistance threefold, while the method used to cure the resin ensures that the strength of the boat is not limited by the strength of its joints. In addition, renowned yacht designer John Shuttleworth was employed at the design stage to highlight and implement specific structural requirements for this vessel and her particular voyage, all of which have been incorporated into the final build.

Thursday, November 05, 2009


San Francisco Bay Bridge is actually a beautiful bridge even though it is played down by that other bridge, you know, the gold one.

Aerial San Francisco Bay Bridge. Sci-Fi affect brought to you by filtered sunlight at sunset. Aerial San Francisco Bay Photography by SFBayImages.com


Sunrise behind the San Francisco Bay Bridge, Fall. SFBayImages.com, Ode de Bay Bridge Series.

Rainbow over Angel Island. So this photo was taken in the spring, but there was a full rainbow over Richardson Bay about an hour ago. Complete arch. Thats is one wide angle lens you would need.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


"WE ARE NOT LOST!!!!"


The Good Year Blimp, up close and personal. San Francisco Bay.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009




Big Boat Series, San Francisco Bay, 2009. Looks like being "rail meat" has the upside of being yoga stretch moment. Nice bottom paint!!!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009



I don't know if you have this problem, but sometimes when I am filling photography orders I can get very very lost in my database of images. I find things and I try to start pulling them for new collections but they get left undone because the phone rings and other things happen. I find gems like these that if only, if only, they were actually in my database online................

I don't get out on the sea on days like this one very often anymore. Point Bonita Lighthouse as seen from just outside the mouth of the San Francisco Bay. SFBAYIMAGES.com. Lighthouses of the San Francisco Bay Collection. Of course, this one is not in it.

The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. One thing I can say about the winter end of the year is the "l'heure bleu" or the blue hour seems best. This from wikipedia on the l'heure bleue:

The blue hour comes from a French expression (l'heure bleue), which refers to twilight, the period each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. The time is considered special because of the quality of the light at this time of day (also in photography; it is considered especially flattering for people with blond hair) and because in the summer, this is often when the smell of the flowers is at its strongest.

Since I have blonde hair I am not sure how it is flattering for me but I like what it does for my photographs.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

INTRODUCING THE ULTIMATE MULTIMEDIA IMAGING SOLUTION:
THE NEW CANON EOS-1D MARK IV DIGITAL SLR CAMERA


Check out Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet creates a stunning new film with the new Canon 1D Mark IV shot at ISO 6400. (Link to his SmugMug channel.)


The EOS-1D Mark IV Features a Completely Redesigned 45-Point
Autofocus System, Fast 10 fps Continuous Shooting, 16-Megapixel
Resolution, Outstanding ISO Sensitivity, and Full HD Video Recording
at Selectable Frame Rates

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 20, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to introduce the next evolution in the EOS 1D series of cameras: the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera. The EOS-1D Mark IV is a high-speed multimedia performance monster with a 16-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors, and 14-bit A/D data conversion, all at 10 frames-per-second (fps), with the widest ISO range Canon has produced to date. This new camera also features 1080p Full High-Definition video capture at selectable frame rates packaged in Canon’s most rugged and durable professional camera body.

The crowning achievement of Canon’s 1D Mark IV Digital SLR is its new autofocus system that starts with 45 AF points including 39 high-precision cross-type focusing points capable of tracking fast moving athletes or wildlife accurately at speeds up to 10 frames per second. With greater subject detection capability than ever before plus a newly redesigned AI Servo II AF predictive focusing algorithm, the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera sets new standards for autofocus performance among professional digital SLRs. Whether shooting for the six o’clock news or the front page, the EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR is the quintessential camera to freeze fast-moving action with high-speed stills or capture stunning HD video with dynamic color and image quality. To accompany the new EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera, Canon is also announcing a new accessory, the WFT-E2 II A wireless file transmitter providing photographers with a wide range of professional digital connectivity options.

“Canon works hard to be the imaging leader in all our business endeavors. This goal has fueled our innovation and R&D efforts to engineer the most advanced autofocus system Canon has ever produced. We are proud to announce the camera that will deliver the ultimate in imaging quality to professionals working in all areas of multimedia imaging, whether it’s action photography, photojournalism or HD video and cinematography,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera will intrigue professional photographers in virtually every category from photojournalism and sports through nature, wedding, portrait and fashion to commercial, industrial and law enforcement. What makes the EOS-1D Mark IV camera different from its predecessors, in addition to numerous focusing system and image quality improvements, is its exceptional Full HD video capture capability. With this new level of functionality, the 1D Mark IV Digital SLR is destined to appeal not only to professional still photographers but also to a diverse market of professional videographers and filmmakers who are looking for exceptional Full HD video quality, amazing low-light performance, outstanding portability and a level of durability unheard of in most HD video cameras in this price range.

New 45-Point Autofocus System
The new EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera features Canon’s most advanced Autofocus system to date. It is equipped with a newly developed 45-point AF sensor featuring 39 high-precision cross-type AF points, and an all new AI Servo II AF mode that gives still photographers the power and performance to track and focus a fast-moving subject at speeds up to 10 frames per second. With more than twice as many cross-type focusing points as the EOS-1D Mark III and a new AF sensor construction that improves performance in low light and with low contrast subjects, the EOS-1D Mark IV has greater subject detection capabilities than any previous EOS model. To complete the range of AF improvements, Canon has developed a new AI Servo II AF predictive focusing algorithm that significantly improves responsiveness and stability by making better decisions on focus tracking in a variety of shooting conditions.

Amazing High ISO Performance
Wedding and event photographers shooting in low light without the benefit of a flash can take advantage of Canon’s widest ISO range and highest performance ever. The EOS-1D Mark IV camera’s ISO speed settings range from 100 up to 12,800 in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments with ISO Expansion settings of L: 50 for bright light or H1: 25,600, H2: 51,200, and H3: 102,400 for even the most dimly lit situations. Photographers and documentary filmmakers working in available light will be impressed by the low-noise image quality of the 1D Mark IV, capturing amazing still images and video footage even at speed settings as high as ISO 12,800. High ISO, low light still images are further enhanced by Canon’s adjustable High ISO Noise Reduction feature, now a default setting in the camera.

The EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS HD Video Powerhouse
Over the past year, Canon’s EOS HD Video technology has changed the way users capture 1080p HD video and opened new doors for multimedia journalists and Hollywood cinematographers alike with full manual exposure control, selectable frame rates, and interchangeable lenses on some of the largest and most sensitive image sensors on the market. Canon continues this innovation trend with the new EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR with Full HD capture and full manual exposure control, plus selectable frame rates on an all-new APS-H-sized image sensor that’s similar in size to a Super 35mm motion picture film frame. The large sensor allows filmmakers to achieve shallow depth-of-field just as cinematographers have traditionally done using much higher-cost motion picture equipment.

The more than 50 Canon EF lenses compatible with the EOS-1D Mark IV give videographers incredible creative options, including an impressive selection of large-aperture professional L-series primes as well as zoom lenses, macro, Tilt-Shift and Fisheye optics. The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV allows for three video recording resolutions – 1080p Full HD and 720p HD in a 16:9 aspect ratio and Standard Definition (SD) in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The camera will record Full HD at 1920 x 1080 in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); and 720p HD or SD video recording at either 50p or 60p (59.94). SD video can be recorded in either NTSC or PAL standards. Sound is recorded either through the internal monaural microphone or via optional external microphones connected to the stereo microphone input. The camera also provides an in-camera video editing function allowing users to remove the start or ending of a video clip directly in the camera to eliminate unwanted footage and speed up post-production.

Image Quality and Performance
The heart of the EOS-1D Mark IV camera’s outstanding image quality is a newly developed 16.1-Megapixel CMOS sensor featuring Canon’s latest and most advanced proprietary technologies. These technologies include improved photodiode construction to enhance dynamic range and gapless microlenses that are positioned closer to the photodiodes for improved light gathering efficiency. The transmissive quality of the color filter array has been enhanced to improve sensitivity. Canon has also upgraded the sensor circuitry to improve noise reduction before the image data is exported from the CMOS sensor to the rest of the image processing chain.

With 60 percent more pixels than the EOS-1D Mark III, the EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR employs Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors with approximately six times the processing power of DIGIC III for full 14-bit A/D conversion at 10 fps. High-speed continuous shooting up to 121 Large JPEGs is possible using a UDMA CF card. This camera also features three RAW shooting modes for versatility with Full RAW (approx. 16 million pixels), M-RAW (approx. nine million pixels), and S-RAW (approx. four million pixels). Three additional JPEG recording formats (M1, M2 and Small) are also available.

The 14-bit per channel conversion facilitated by the dual DIGIC 4 Processors provides smoother tonalities in final images capturing all 16,384 distinct tones in each channel (red, green and blue) at the full 10 fps frame rate. RAW images shot on the new Canon EOS-1D Mark IV use the entire 14-bit space when converted to 16-bit TIFF files in Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software, which is supplied with the camera at no extra charge. The 14-bit A/D conversion is also the foundation for Canon’s Highlight Tone Priority feature that takes maximum advantage of the camera’s extensive dynamic range to preserve detail in highlight areas of the image. Canon’s new EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR also features an improved white balance algorithm making colors more accurate when shooting under low color temperature light sources such as household tungsten lamps.

The EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR features Canon’s Peripheral Illumination Correction function which corrects darkening that can occur in the corners of images with most lenses when used at their largest apertures. When activated, it is automatically applied to JPEG images and video clips as they are shot. For RAW images, it can be applied in DPP software.

Other new features include a large three-inch solid structure Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dot/VGA resolution and a wide 160-degree viewing angle for enhanced clarity and more precise color when reviewing images and shooting video. The new in-camera copyright information feature helps professionals secure control over images by setting copyright data directly into the camera and appending that information to each image file in the Exif metadata. Additional features include a fluorine coating on the Low Pass Filter to further repel dust and enhance the EOS Integrated Cleaning System.

Friday, October 16, 2009



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Thursday, September 10, 2009



Wouldn't this look good in your conference room? Large format Canon 5D Wide Shot San Francisco. Fine Art Black and White Photography. SFBAYIMAGES.com

“I believe the electronic image will be the next major advance. Such systems will have their own inherent and inescapable structural characteristics, and the artist and functional practitioner will again strive to comprehend and control them.” -Ansel Adams


Bay Bridge on a special cloud day. SFBayImages.com Aerial Photography


ATT Park, Aerial San Francisco Landmark Photography. SFBAYIMAGES.com



ATT Park, Aerial San Francisco Landmark Photography. SFBAYIMAGES.com


Just for Fun. Aerial Airport Art. San Francisco Airport. SFBAYIMAGES.com



Just for Fun. Aerial Airport Art. San Francisco Airport. SFBAYIMAGES.com



Just for Fun. Aerial Airport Art. San Francisco Airport. SFBAYIMAGES.com



Just for Fun. Aerial Airport Art. San Francisco Airport. SFBAYIMAGES.com



Just for Fun. Aerial Airport Art. San Francisco Airport. SFBAYIMAGES.com


"Deniki" sought harbor in Sausalito during rought summer Pacific seas on her way to Alaska for the summer. Sort of like the whale migration. North for the Summer, South for the Winter. Not so bad.

SFBAYIMAGES.com Aerial San Francisco Bay Marine Yacht and MegaYacht Photography


Atessa graces the Sausalito Shoreline, summer 2009.

San Francisco Bay Fine Yacht & MegaYacht Photography SFBAYIMAGES.com

SF Bay Images Commercial Aerial Marine Photography Portfolio. A Pilot Boat heads out the shipping channel assumably to meet it's assigned incoming vessel.


SF Bay Images Commercial Aerial Marine Photography Portfolio. "Deniki" disembarks San Francisco Bay to Alaska.


SF Bay Images Commercial Aerial Marine Photography Portfolio. A Chevron Vessel at the South Bay anchorage with San Francisco Skyline in the distance.


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Lone Tanker, South Bay, Dramatic Skies. Aerial Maritime Photography.


Aerial San Francisco AT&T Park, South Bay, 3rd Street and Mccovey Cove.

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Aerial San Francisco Bay Wide Shot From South Bay over AT&T Park, Downtown San Francisco and out to the Golden Gate Bridge. Alcatraz, Coit Tower with the Transamerica Tower in the distance. Marin Looms in the horizon. All Rights Expressly Reserved.

This is a large format digital image photograph taken with a Canon 5d. It will blow up to a very large print. We produce corporate art photography collections. Our collections hang in Blue Diamond Foods executive headquarters in the Transamerica Tower, Prudential Bache Reality in the Embarcadero and in many other corporate enviroments. We have collections in hotels such as Auberge du Soliel, The Sheraton, The Ritz, The York, Casa Madrona and many other fine resorts. We have collections in many many restaurants. Contact us about a corporate art photography collection for you. www.sfbayimages.com

The maritime history is one of my favorite parts of the SF Bay area. The foghorns last night were strong and intense. My houseguest thought she dreamed them, she said over breakfast on the deck looking out this sunny autumn morning that revealed no fog. But upon a dawn patrol trip to the Marin Headlands we found a think fall blanket of fog low lying under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Puffy Clouds reflect over the San Francisco Bay, Tanker Disembarks towards the Pacific Ocean. SF Bay Aerial Images.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


Turning Leaves, San Francisco

Friday, August 21, 2009

video
Snap shots from Concorso Italiano, Laguna Seca and Concourse d'Elegance. Pebble Beach, California. Low Rez. Photo Montage. Enjoy.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009




Aerial Shadow Play. Personally, this is one of my all time favorite shots of the Golden Gate Bridge.


The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA. In Black and White Series by SFBayImages.com


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STRONG ARMS.

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA. In Black and White Series by SFBayImages.com


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Lone Tree. This tree is recognizable in almost every Golden Gate Bridge Photograph.
I always worry they will cut it down. It is actually a small stand of trees, but it looks like one. It is a quentessential part of the overall view.

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Golden Gate Bridge Backdrop for the Classic Sail Cross. Big Boat Series Presented by Rolex, Also Classic Fall San Francisco Bay.

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There are a lot of captions one could whip off for this photograph. The lone tree defines the Bridge. Heaven like fog. What strikes me most about this photo is that the Marin Headlands in the foreground are on the same level as the San Francisco City in the Background. The fog obscures the perspective. If you did not know there was a vast Bay in between you might think they were at the same level and adjacent.


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Classic Golden Gate Bridge Cross. I have yet to meet another photographer who is as into the graphic patterns you can capture while photographing the Bridge.

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Monday, August 10, 2009


Classic Summer Fog. Aerial Photograph from high over the Marin Headlands with the SF City Skyline in the Background.

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Still night. Golden Gate Bridge. Winner of Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards, Bridges Category.
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Flying In the San Francisco Bay over a foggy Golden Gateway.
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SF City Nights Through The Golden Gate Bridge.
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Standing at Attention.
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Soft a fluffy Sunrise at the Golden Gate.
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Friday, August 07, 2009


Man with the Red Umbrella. Mustards Garden, Napa Valley.
It looks like rain.