Photo Gallery: California 1


Californa is the golden state. It is the land of the gold rush and of the film industry who makes a fortune with setting suns and warm-toned colours. The sheer amount of light is incredible; I guess it is more than four times as much as in Germany, yielding four times faster shutter speeds.

California is also the state of the poor. For a foreign observer, there are incredibly many poor people who are sleeping on the streets and begging for money and food.
When walking down Market Street in San Francisco, every time you hesitate, have a glance and look, they will ask you for a favour.
Don't look at them.

Californien ist der goldene Bundesstaat der USA. Es ist der Staat des Goldrausches und der Filmindustrie, die ein Vermögen mit untergehenden Sonnen und warmen Farben macht. Die bloße Menge an Licht ist unglaublich; ich denke, es ist vier Mal so viel wie in Deutschland — vierfach kürzere Verschlußzeiten beim Fotografieren.

Californien ist auch der Staat der Armen. Als ausländischer Betrachter fallen einem unglaublich viele arme Leute auf, die auf den Straßen schlafen und um Geld und Essen betteln.
Wenn man die Market Street in San Francisco entlangläuft, zögert und schaut, wird man um einen Dollar gebeten.
Es ist besser, wenn man wegschaut.

cable car turnaround at Powell Street, San Francisco San Francisco downtown somewhere around Polk/Washington/Jackson Street, San Francisco cable car tracks, San Francisco: one for the left wheel, one for the right wheel, one for the cable an American laundry, a German Ortlieb dry bag the concept of those carts for transporting clothes between the washers + dryers is nice a huge American dryer: check inside machine for children ... Do not drive further! the Pacific Ocean the Pacific Ocean coastal Highway 1 running from San Francisco south towards Los Angeles (photographed approx. 20 miles north of Santa Cruz) Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco see the flags flutter in different directions? (also check the movies gallery) a special cutie

photographer: Klaus Hildner
Copyright © 2000 Klaus Hildner • www.hildner.deklaus@hildner.de
camera: Nikon Coolpix 990 (digital, 3.34 Megapixel)
location: San Francisco, California (+ surroundings)
date: see file names (yyyymmdd-nnnn.gif/.jpg)
technique: original image size 2 048 x 1 1536 pixels
JPEG compression to roughly 1/8 of original file size

no image manipulation besides

  • UV filtering (on location),
  • sharpening (digital filter in the camera)
  • rotation, cropping, resizing (down to 1 024 pixels), + brightness adjustment (Adobe Photoshop)
laundry shots: available light + automatic white balance (flash would have caused reflections)

night shots:

  • first set (20000816-0016 ... 0026) done with open aperture and shutter speeds of 1/30 - 1/60 s without a tripod;
  • second set (20000816-0039 ... 0044) with tripod, open aperture and shutter speed of 1/2 s
  • CCD sensitivity set to ISO 400 for both sets
remarks: ton effect: The Nikkor Zoom lens 8 — 24 mm, f 2.5 — 4, seems to have problems
with straight lines in wide angle mode; see e. g. images 20000805-0010, 20000805-0012.

image quality: The Nikon supports

  • 1/16 ("basic"),
  • 1/8 ("normal"),
  • 1/4 ("fine") compression and
  • no compression ("hi", i. e. raw TIFF
    with an image size of approximately 16 MB at 2 048 x 1 536.