Beginner Photography: Travel

Hey friends! This weekend I got to do a whirlwind weekend in San Francisco for my friends wedding. This will essentially be a two-part post, since next week’s topic is street photography and I did quite a bit of that while I was there (get ready to see some surfers)!

This was my first time on the west coast, so there was a lot to capture. We stayed by the beach in a great, diverse little neighborhood. I also got to go out to the Muir Woods and hike among the redwoods. I hope I can do them some justice! I pulled a total rookie move and forgot to bring my Olympus battery charger. My camera made it through to the last day, halfway through my hike. Luckily I had my phone with me still, and wound up getting some of my better pictures with that.

I wish I’d taken some more time to just go out and shoot, but it was an action-packed weekend and I wasn’t about to take time away from friends and events to take pictures. I hope I can go back and spend some more time in the future, there’s a lot more I wanted to capture.

There was a lot of great street art and signage in the neighborhood


There’s that distant SF fog


This needs some editing, the exposure on her doesn’t seem right

The water was so cold, these men are insane


I got this shot with my phone after my camera died

So those are some of my faves! I did minimal editing to them all to adjust exposure and make sure I had black and white points in each photo, as well as some cropping and straightening. I hope I captured the feel of the area (let me know, Kyle Wolfe)!

Help me out here, how’d I do? What would you change/add/leave out from these shots?


, , , , ,

7 Responses to Beginner Photography: Travel

  1. Lars-Inge Carlson September 27, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

    I actually like the phone picture the best.
    The only negative comment might be that its a bit too high compared to the width. When watching it on my iPad I can’t see the whole picture when clicking on it. I guess you cropped it but was unable to keep the aspect ratio because you wanted it to be centered and the iPad doesn’t get that.

    Best regards

  2. Alpha Wolfe September 29, 2016 at 12:26 am #

    These are great Siobhan, you definitely captured the SF vibe very well! A lot of people just focus on capturing the major landmarks when they visit here (Golden Gate Bridge, Trans-America Building, Coit Tower) and I feel like it doesn’t really represent San Francisco’s unique atmosphere as well as street photos do. I like your alternative perspective on the city.

    Okay I gotta make a new paragraph just for that last photo… WOW! That’s one of those photos where the light and positioning of the camera is crucial to getting a good shot. If you would’ve arrived at that location 30 minutes earlier or 30 minutes later, you wouldn’t have captured nearly as stunning of a shot. The back lighting and edge glow on the lone log really draws the eye to the center of the composition, it’s a great subject to have so prominent in the frame. Then, your eye follows the line of the log and the bright leaves behind it right up to the sun, and that GORGEOUS flare perfectly brings your eye right back down to the bottom of the image. The framing with the creek and the edge of the trail, as well as the pine needles on the left is superb, it creates a perfectly circular composition.

    Visual flows like this are often quite hard to achieve, landscape photographers strive to create circular visual flows in their images, as it always results in a very powerful composition. The second thing we always look for is good light, and third is a good subject. Check, check, and check! The fact that you captured this on your phone is all the more impressive, outstanding work Siobhan!

    I’m bummed that I didn’t get to shoot with you at all while you were here, but I understand how busy it gets with weddings and catching up with long time friends. If you visit the Bay Area again at any time in the future, feel free to shoot me a text and we can link up! I’m gonna be traveling to the east coast in April, so hopefully I’ll get to see you and the rest of the Northrup team when I’m there.

    Until then, keep it up with the great shots and I look forward to following your progression. Looking forward to your next blog!

    • mm
      SiobhanKyle September 29, 2016 at 10:39 am #

      Thank you so much, Kyle. That means so much coming from you! It really was luck.
      I would love to visit again, there’s so much more to see. It would be great to meet and shoot with you!

  3. Morten September 29, 2016 at 4:51 am #

    I think you should change your story.

    You envisioned an image that contained both light and the cycles of nature (life-death-decay-rebirth / air-water-soil-plants). Then you went spent weeks scouting for a location where the composition would mirror the themes of image. After that it was just a matter of coming back at he right time of year and wait for the light. That’s how you get a picture like the last one.

    Go back and change the your story. You can pull this off.

    • mm
      SiobhanKyle September 29, 2016 at 10:39 am #

      Hahah, flying by the seat of my pants is far more true to my style. That and lots of luck.

  4. Gisele October 2, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    I’m loving this series! I really like the last shot – and the second one (with the fog)

  5. Ted October 7, 2016 at 11:38 am #

    Good pictures. I liked the phone picture the best. Keep up the good work.

Leave a Reply