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Okay ... I've decided to face all of my feelings of inadequacy when it comes to color and meet them head on. I'm going to shove the monochrome thing aside for a while and focus on color. Here's an alternate color shot of a monochrome photo that I am quite proud of (you can find the monochrome one by clicking here).


Note: This guy stayed absolutely still for two long exposure shots (he had no idea he was being photographed).

City Hall at the Civic Center in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco, California / Holga 120N, Fuji Provia 400X / 5 minute exposure

Looking northwest across the Golden Gate at Marin Headlands (with a peek at Point Bonita, far left). Seen from the patch of beach just south of Sutro Baths.

I was scouting out some vantage points at Ocean beach today when I saw someone sitting very very still for long periods of time out by the water. The marine layer was kind of blah today, but the sound of the surf and the sight of the huge rocks in the distance made for a very entrancing scene, so I can understand why someone would choose to meditate in this setting.


All comments, critiques and feedback both positive and negative welcome.

Legend has it that Nathan Wirth was found close to the Seal Rocks as an infant, delivered to us by the photographic gods. He was swaddled in a blanket and a camera was found nearby. This magical spot was the site of many of Nathan's first life experiences, and to this day he continues to be drawn to them for reasons unbeknownst to him.


Whenever I'm at Sutro Baths, I can't help but think of Nathan and how he must've walked every square inch of this place, just so he could inspect every last rock fragment. As I'm shooting these rocks, I'm hearing Nathan's voice in my head: "see the rock, feel the rock, be the rock...". Thanks for the inspiration Nathan :)


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Came to Sutro for sunset. Consider this place one my go-to spots now as it's pretty close to work and can get here in about 10-15 minutes. Was looking promising at first as there was a nice gap on the horizon. However, it was raining on the way here and knew that for some reason it would stop. My observations are whenever there is a gap on the horizon the rain will usually clear. However, slowly but surely the gap started to close up and and, once it did, the rain started coming strong. I had several ideas of what I wanted to shoot. Saw the tide was kinda high over at this spot but just settled in and got soaked. Liked how the waves were coming in and leaving impressions around the foreground rock while retreating back to sea. This is not the burn I was hoping for but, in the end, really liked the textures all around this compostion and the warm earth tones.


Have alot more stuff to share. Just have been swamped and busy.


Thanks for stopping by! :)

From my last visit to the sutro baths

Sutro Baths

San Francisco, California


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Have been to the Sutro Baths in SF on a few occasions in the past. I got an e-mail from another social networking group which listed this event for last Saturday evening as a photo tour with a price involved. The price was modest but I did not feel worthy, so I broadcast the event for Sunday Oct09 instead with some local Flicr Friends. Their efforts are as follows:


1. Dave's "Cliff House - Sutro Bath Ruins 10-2009"

2. Willie's "Sutro Baths 24"

3. Al's "Sutro Baths and Seal Rocks lit by the Full Moon"

4. Matt's "The Cliff House and Seal Rock"

5. Tony's cool fisheye before sunset "No Title"


Al found this link, pretty cool on the baths:


This was harvest moon for the season and a full moon for the month! This shot comes before the full moon rose from the opposite horizon. I has other choice words for the title of this piece such as "Pond Scum," but I figured a title such as "ThePool" might be easier on the ears as the photo is on the eyes. Did some controls on this with the sky, sea, and pool all adjusted separately. It was very dramatic in the viewfinder & I wanted to give the RAW image that same justice.


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Holga 120FN; Kodak 160NC; 8' exposure; full moon

Part of the seawall at the Sutro Baths in San Francisco has collasped and you can see a frieghter on it's way out to sea in the distance.


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After last night's okay sunset, went over to explore the famous Sutro Baths ruins by the Cliff House. For the longest time we've made the trek to Ocean Beach, never been here. This spot is well hidden from the roadway. Still so much to explorer, so little time.


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30 Sec

400 ISO


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I saw Bowerbirds play on Thursday, and it was amazing. I've loved them for a couple of years, and last year they contacted me to have photos for their July album Upper Air. Seeing them in concert was wonderful and moving - if you can get to any of the cities left on their tour, I urge you to do so!


I need more music recommendations, though, if you have them?

The giant container ship Yang Ming steams passed the Sutro Baths on it's way though the Golden Gate into San Francisco Bay.


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Sutro Baths, San Francisco / Holga 120N, Fuji Provia 400X / 7 minute exposure

Another picture from yesterday's photowalk with Romain Guy and Nicolas Klein at Sutro baths. For once we had clouds, and we took advantage of them :)


Note: the M9 is actually a pretty capable landscape camera, all in all.




Leica M9

Leica 21mm Super Elmar Asph

ISO 160, f/8

Lee Big Stopper

Part of the Sutro Baths ruins and my favorite hole-in-the-rock.

High-resolution prints are available at Kate Brown Fine Art.

Taken at Sutro Baths, San Francisco.


Best viewed large.

Pashadelic Meetup at Sutro Baths, there were lots and lots of people there enjoying the sunset. Didn't get the hoped-for burn but was lovely all the same.

The ruins of the old Sutro Baths in San Francisco, California whih burned down in 1966.


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Sutro Baths and Pacific Ocean

Labor Day weekend at Ocean Beach shot from the Cliff House in San Francusco, California.

Great Highway from Sutro Heights Park, San Francisco


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Full Moon over the ocean, near the Sutro Baths in San Francisco


Although I've been to this location previously, this was the first time I'd ever attempted to catch the moonset. I spent a few hours here just taking it in through different perspectives and locations - this upload will be the first of many.

(Scary musing playing in the background..) I thought I was alone at the ruins of the old Sutro Baths until...... until .. I saw this picture in the back of the camera! I looked out and there was ......dum-dum-dum... NOBODY THERE!! ........Ghost swimmers from the 1890's?................ hehe! No HDR.


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Settings etc.:



Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 17-40L @20

4-minute exposure @F9

Hoya NDX-400 9-stop circular ND filter (very dark for long daytime exposures)

LEE soft ND grad (100x150mm) 0.9 + 0.75

Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring

No polarizer.

ISO 50

Small Slik tripod..

RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One

TIFF file processed with Photoshop






Well, okay....


I decided to take in the sights at the ruins of the old Sutro Baths, built in 1896 to be an indoor/outdoor salt-water pool and spa. It was 250x500 ft (80m x 160m) and could hold 3700 spectators and over 1000 swimmers. See the link below for video footage from 1897! Yes, we were high-tech even back then. I do think that Edison's copyright for the videos has expired by now though....


Anyway, I was thinking about some long exposures after I had photographed some big surf so I walked along the haunted concrete walkways crossing over what seem like ancient ruins. I did a couple of long exposures and as I set up for one last shot, a couple decided to plop right down in front. Rather than worry about it, I worked them into the photo by moving to the right far enough to get them separated from the dark background of the offshore rocks. That way they stood out well against the background. They stayed put for the entire time and 4 minutes later, I was finished!


One big advantage in this place is that you do not have to have model releases for ghosts!


Excellent photos here from the 1890's! (scroll down)


I'm still working on the book about landscape painting by the masters and how it relates to landscape photography. I'll let you know when the book is ready.




The map shows exactly where this is. THere is parking at the top of the hill and then you hike down to the shore line.


See my Flickr profile for a link to my newly designed website.







Google Earth


Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.


Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)


Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')

Or Here:


Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.


I get my cameras, filters, etc. here:






The crooked tree at Sutro.I shot this before a couple of years ago. The Park Service has finished the redesign and cleanup of the area and it is very accessible and beautiful now.

Lands End, San Francisco, CA

Had a hard day today, my good cameras two batteries were completely dead and my friend Marion was at another parking lot waiting for me. Luckly I had my travel camera in my car so the day was not completely shot! Oh I almost ran out of gas.... I think I should have stayed at the beach all night and gone to work from there in the morning!!! Tomorrow is another day !

I joked once that I liked doing candid long exposures of photographers because they had a tendency to stand still. Turns out fishermen do as well, I can add them to the list.


Hasselblad 500C

Kodak Tri-X

2-4 minute exposure

Sutro Baths, San Francisco

Sometimes, nature gives you this cliché of movie photography: orange and blue!


I went yesterday with my friends Romain Guy and Nicolas Klein to Sutro Baths, in San Francisco. The weather was rather inclement, but for once we did have clouds :)


This picture was the very last I took before we left -- the city lights bringing this red hue...




Leica M9

Schneider 28mm PC, f/11

3 stitched exposures, one minute each, ISO 200.

formally bright reds & blues

k*bon (OOF)

A long exposure of the surf and the rocks at Sutro Baths in San Francisco. This was taken during twilight for 4 seconds.


For suggestions about how to photograph Sutro Baths, take a look at the California page of the Free Photo Guide website.

Looking like an archeolgical dig, are the remains of the Sutro Baths, with the Cliff House and Seal Rock in the distance.


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