I am as guilty as any other photog of planning trips to shoot a certain location or building, even more so when I am shooting landscapes. When time is limited, I do my research online, create an ordered checklist of locations to shoots, pack up the SUV, and hope the timing works out. More often than not, I end up leaving my “good gear” in the car and spend time hiking, exploring, and taking snapshots with the cell phone. I am pretty inefficient at checking off that list of what to shoot. At least I did get to spend time (almost entirely by myself) at the Marin Civic Center. That was an unexpected treat as I had a feeling the entire building would be closed on a weekend – but it wasn’t!
I didn’t know it at the time but this trip to Marin County, just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, was a catalyst for the recent conscious decision to spend time in the Sacramento Valley area to capture architectural photography. Instead of spending at least a couple of hours each way driving to locations in the SF Bay Area and hoping for the right conditions, I would work with what is here locally. For the last 6 weeks, I have ventured no further than 30 miles from home. Sacramento certainly is not SF when it comes to the quantity of photogenic buildings or structures, but the challenge of finding an interesting compositions is exciting to me.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 18mm, f/13, 1/13 sec
San Rafael (CA), Open Floors, Domed Skylight, Monochrome. Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA. December 23, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.