The Streets of San Francisco – Part One

“You wouldn’t think such a place as San Francisco could exist. The wonderful sunlight, the hills, the great bridges, the Pacific at your shoes. Beautiful Chinatown.  Every race in the world. The fleets sailing out. The little cable-cars whizzing down The City hills… And all the people are open and friendly.” — Dylan Thomas

2018 started off at a breakneck pace.  It’s funny how that seems to happen to me every year:  I slow down over the winter break, unplug a bit, and spend time with my girls.  Upcoming work in the new year is somewhere in the back of my mind but it seems so far away.  Suddenly it is Christmas, then New Year’s Eve, and just like that my girls are back at school and the dam that has been holding my work at bay gives way.  This is exactly how the beginning of January went for me this year, where I worked 19 long days straight on multiple projects, for multiple clients.

…but then there was San Francisco.

I am writing this post early one morning from that amazing city, a place I have loved ever since I first visited it countless years ago.  My window is open, the morning sun shining into the hotel room, and  I can hear the sounds of the cable cars filtering up from the city streets below.  It feels wonderful.  It feels like home.

This post is the beginning of a series featuring new street photography from San Francisco.  I’m not sure how long the series is going to be though.  Four parts?  Five?  There are so many new photographs to share, new stories to tell and new people to meet.  Let’s get started…

Note:   All photos in this post were taken with the Fuji X100F, using the Acros and Classic Chrome film simulations.

Click here to view part two of this series!


10 thoughts on “The Streets of San Francisco – Part One

  1. waltathuby says:

    Beautiful shadows and highlights Ian, thank you for sharing. Did you tweak these in camera and did you use spot metering? Love San Francisco too.
    All the best

    • Ian says:

      I use either Exposure Compensation or Spot Metering to place the highlights and shadows where I want them, and then give the image a little bit of love in post production.

      There are articles on this site that describe my colour and black and white processing for street photography.



    • Ian says:

      All my images are edited a little bit. If you go back through my recent blog posts you’ll see articles on how I process my colour and my black & white street images. 👍



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