Archive for the 'VS186A' Category

Class field trip to the Weep

Monday, February 14th, 2011

On Friday I took my VS186A: Documentary Photography class at Berkeley out for a hike to the Weep. It is nice to get out to the Weep; all the more so in good company. It has been a while since I visited the Weep and I was pleased to find it moist and sporting a […]

VS186A category added

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

I am merging posts related to my UC Berkeley photography class into this blog. Since the fall ’05 iteration of Visual Studies 186A: Documentary Photography is focused on the South Bay landscape there was quite a bit of overlap. To narrow your view of the blog to VS186A alone just select it as a category […]

Dumbarton Gravel Quarry

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

The Dumbarton Quarry gravel pit, cut into the south end of the Coyote Hills, sinks almost 300 feet below the salt pond waters. For this image I flew the kite from one of the adjacent hills. I suspect that the motorists stopping at the Dumbarton Bridge toll plaza never realize that they are adjacent to […]

Camera questions

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Alexandre recently wrote: I was thinking upgrading my camera. Ideally, I’d like to get one before we go out in the south bay with the rest of the class. I would be willing to spend around $500 (potentially more if I can’t resist the temptation). Could you give me a few references, and the criteria […]


Friday, September 16th, 2005

As I mentioned in class, the WWW-based Flickr photo sharing site is a very handy service. Using a basic membership (free) you can upload 20Mb worth of images per month and that is alot of WWW sized shots. Flickr, now a part of Yahoo, has also developed an Application Programming Interface (API) that allows you […]


Thursday, September 15th, 2005

While visiting the Port of Redwood City I wandered out to the edge of the marsh to check out a large develpment of multistory office buildings. At the edge of this development they were constructing (at a very slow pace according to locals) a marina in former marshland. I was particularly taken with the blask […]