Where: San Francisco, CA
Between Meeting: Ducked Out During Business Dinner
For those that know me, there are two underlying reasons why this is a trademark Dano picture.
Shoot When the Light is Right. We just sat down at a business dinner near Ghirardelli Square. I looked out the window and saw Sweet Light where everything outside was starting to glow. I just looked at the most senior colleague with a sad face and he said, “Oh the light must be right for Dano, go ahead”. While I have trained my colleagues, don’t be afraid to say, “Excuse me, the light is right, may I be excused”.
Get Tight. I came home from San Francisco and my wife expected to see pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard St. etc. She saw this image and said, “How can anyone tell you were even in San Francisco”. When I’m in an iconic location I hone in on telling a story, but without the postcard. In this picture, I thought the angle of the news stands would convey the steep angle of a San Francisco St. But it wasn’t enough. So I waited for the right people to walk by to reinforce the angle. Fortunately these 3 women were running for a bus. Their sprint gives the image a sense of energy, and their lean tells the story of the steep angled street. And because they were running up a steep hill, they weren’t going that fast allowing me to shoot multiple exposures for the best composition.