Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Day 365 — Level Three

We've reached the top and the end of this blog 25' RADIUS. What a fun ride it has been. Above the kitchen sits the bedroom. Stanley Saitowitz designed the apartments to fit into the industrial warehouse environment of Dogpatch. The roof of the building is rounded and clad in grey zinc which makes for a magical cave-like atmosphere in the top room. On the left you can look down into the dining room (Days 1631, 124, 155 and 245) and the right looks down into the office area.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200mm) 1/100, f3.5, ISO 800, 18mm (This shot was a panorama of four vertical photos.)

Monday, December 30, 2013

Day 364 — Level Two

Level two is on the fourth floor of the building. Both level one and level two have their own entrances, which makes it function well as a live work loft. To the far left you can see the windows to the smaller balcony and next to that is my old plan press (Day 350). The dining table in front of the window was a frequent backdrop for my many still lives; see Days 6, 12, 14, 16, 19, 24, 31, 55, 56, 61, 99, 107, 124, 210, 212, 214, 216, 244, 246, 252 and 255. Behind the dark kitchen wall is another full bathroom. The only shot I took in that bathroom was Day 235. Through the kitchen you pass the spiral stairs and the office area on the left. There is a back door to an outside pathway at the rear of the apartment. The stainless steel utility bench in the center of the kitchen hosted many shots and offered up a great reflective surface for some shots on Days 20, 41, 60, 115118151190217 and 303. This level has a dark grey cement floor which has starred in almost half of the 25' RADIUS shots. Notice that the ceiling is lower over the kitchen because that is where the bedroom is situated. The spiral staircase runs through all three levels. This unique apartment was designed by Stanley Saitowitz. Tomorrow's final photo will be of level three — the bedroom.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200mm) 100 sec, f3.5, ISO 800, 18mm (This shot was a panorama of four vertical photos.)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Day 363 — Level One

Countdown to the end of 25' RADIUS. It's been a fun exercise that has taught me a lot. In the final three days of 2013 I shall show you an overview of the apartment space i which i shot all the images. The first level, the living room, begins on the third floor of the building which exists in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. In other people's apartments they have made this room their master bedroom. Behind me is a closet and full bath. There are only the two vertical windows which let light into the room. The other end of the apartment is a closed wall. The small balcony has been the subject of a number of photos such as Days 4, 13, 25, 37,  54 and 92. In mid summer the sun rises directly in front of these windows flooding the apartment with light. The balcony looks out over San Francisco Bay toward Oakland, but I resisted any landscape shots excepting the few shots of the sky on Days 76, 136 (the only full view from the balcony) and 203. The white curved chairs on the left played a role on Days 9 and 32. The Alessi bowl on the coffee table hosted Days 11, 18, 19, 48, 75, 82 and 273. I stood on the spiral staircase for today's shot and pointed the camera lens through the stairs to get this high view. The staircase played a role on Days 1, 47, 68, 79, 218 and 221. The African sculpture to the left was a player on Days 98, 275 and 346. The African mask plant (Days 276, 283, 308, 310 and 361) is at the back of the room on the low table with the holiday cards and next to the lamp on that same table is the other little African sculpture from Days 193, 211, 344, 346.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/15, f3.5, ISO 800, 18mm

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Day 362 — Marco

This scallywag lives a few doors down and his Moms graciously allowed me to do a little shoot of him. He has a very polite and thoughtful disposition but his cheeky charm shines through in this photo. He's sporting a red Kaepernick 49ers jersey he got for Christmas. He also brought along one of his toy dragons. Marco is six and a half and I see a big future in those eyes. The remaining three days of my blog will consist of overall shots of the 25' RADIUS apartment; levels 1, 2 and 3 — 25' RADIUS runs vertically as well as horizontally.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm 1.4) 1/200, f3.5, ISO 200

Friday, December 27, 2013

Day 361 — Balancing Act

The African mask plant. Its characteristic leaf is more recognizable from above, however the side view offers a majestic, floating element that appealed to me. What you can't see are all the nearby holiday cards I used to flatten the other leaves out of the frame.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm 1.4) 1/200, f8, ISO 400



Thursday, December 26, 2013

Day 360 — Home for the Holidays

My hand is below and Mikael's hand is coming down from above.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm 1.4) 1/1250, f2.8, ISO 400


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Day 359 — What Time Is It?

Time to take a damn pill. Since my stroke on June 2nd I have additions to my daily intake. There are a few innocuous tablets above, like a Bayer aspirin, a D3, a multivitamin which we don't need now apparently, and a probiotic tablet, but the rest are hardcore and imperative for keeping me on the planet. I take them all at once with a kale and banana soy smoothie in the morning.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm 1.4) 1/320, f9, ISO 100

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Day 358 — Split Lengthways

Running low on sideways light. Coincidently the silkscreen "Split Ring 2D" endures yet another split in the waning light across its face. It is by Melbourne sculptor Clement Meadmore who is more known for his steel monoliths.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm 1.4) 1/80, f4.5, ISO 100


Monday, December 23, 2013

Day 357 — Fibonacci Inspired Cups

This wasn't a difficult balancing act at all, the cups were very happy to sit this way.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm 1.4) 1/160, f5.6, ISO 100


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Day 356 — Cueva de la Mano

My homage to prehistoric cave art — a selfie in my cave.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm 1.4) 1/125, f5.6, ISO 100


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Day 355 — Better Late Than Never

White cups on a white table. I agonized over this morning's photo and embarrassingly enough took about 20 shots until I finally got this one. This was taken at the start of Winter in the US at 9:11am, shortest day of the year and the sun is at its most oblique angle to the apartment. That means that light and shadows come and go very quickly. It wasn't until I thought that I'd finished shooting the cups in the available light that I stood back and saw the dramatic shadows around my subject, adding invaluable direction and form.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm 1.4) 1/320, f5.6, ISO 100


Friday, December 20, 2013

Day 354 — Cutlery

Whenever the good cutlery makes an appearance you know that good times are not far off.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm 1.4) 1/100, f8, ISO 100

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Day 353 — Enron

I'd longed to own an aboriginal painting, but that was the last thing I expected to find in the U.S. Thankfully the evil empire of Enron went Chapter 11 a few years ago and all their corporate status symbols from their lofty offices were released to the minions at my local auction house. The painting, Women's Corroboree at Lahamba, Northern Territory, Australia is by Kitty Pultara Naparrula. The native symbols of groups around fires could easily also represent the huddled elite in boardrooms at Enron.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-200) 1/2, f25, 22mm, ISO 100




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Day 352 — Gourd's Truth

In the title I'm having a shot at the origin of a popular Aussie expression... "strewth" (an expression of surprise or dismay!) I used to use it often, but only just discovered it's derived from "God's truth", which makes sense because we often used to express it in a longer form "God strewth!" Now that I say it to myself, I can't believe I never put two and two together.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm, 1.4) 1/125, f8, ISO 100


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Day 351 — Start Your Day With Coffee

I was drawn to the shadows on the sideboard and just plonked down the coffee pot for a point of interest.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm, 1.4) 1/250, f5, ISO 100