Sunday, September 19, 2021

Blue with angles

Street texture and scale, high traffic area


None of this is really at person scale, is it?  I waited for people to walk into the frame so you wouldn't mistake the openings for those of an ordinary garage door size.  I'm sure the drawings didn't make this obv ious.

Historic bridge love, small bridge division


I don't know why I adore this little bascule bridge, but the Fourth Street Bridge is adorable to me.  (The same firm designed the Golden Gate Bridge, but there is no family resemblance here.)

Urban water


My neighborhood was completely gray while I was across town, taking this image...

Brickwork with ring


A nice detail in the South End Historic District.  (I believe this was once the location of Moore Shipbuilding.)

Red window frames


I don't recall this building being so colorful in the past...

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Autumn floral joy


After enjoying a Flower Piano performance, I took a walk in the foggy botanical garden with a friend, and enjoyed some gorgeous colors in the relatively low light.  We are so LUCKY to live in a climate that can support so many plants from around the world!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Duochrome (after my chores were done)


I took a break from the extremely boring business of backing up my photography archives to go out into the late afternoon sun and shoot some high-contrast photos.

The shadows were harsh in a very satisfying way!

The defective Polaroid cartridge that I decided to salvage myself (by disassembling it, swapping out its battery for one from a recently used cartridge, and reassembling it) did work, but the vignetting was terrible, because I'd done the swapping in subdued light (rather than a darkroom) after having the new battery get caught on the metal sprint that pushes the images forward...  I think I learned enough from that to be able to perform that fix in a darkroom if I ever need to again, so I can get better results.

I like geometric patterns


I have photos of this building going back to the early 80s.  (Not that I can find those.)

Far from the train


I must have known this was a Southern Pacific building in the past, but I've thought of it as One Market for so long, that I'd forgotten.  

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Monday, September 6, 2021

Mist and mirrors


We, an area specializing in fog, have been under fog advisories for a few days, and... it's pretty impressive.  It's not just being unable to see to the corner of my own street; it's having the beach disappear, or having surfers fade into and out of the mist...

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Preview appreciation


I enjoyed people enjoying the Joan Mitchell member preview at SFMoMA.

I hadn't known Mitchell's work well, and this is a great show.  I realized I have a strong preference for her work that has a sort of center, and forms similar to trees.  I also liked her smaller work, which also had very bold strokes - it wasn't scaled down unnecessarily.  

It was quite a contrast to visit the Agnes Martin room first, and then the Mitchell show, to see the wild RANGE of things that can be considered abstract expressionist.  (I lean more toward Martin, and/or fewer colors, and/or specific geometries.)

Curves below E Kelly


Three curvy shadows!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Tuesday night organization projects


It's so cute that people think artists live very glamorous lives...  maybe the monetarily successful ones do.  But I am looking for something in my archive, and my archive isn't quite as complete as I had believed it was...

1076 (DC Streetcar)


A long-time favorite.  

Reflection (filters make it more blue)


Those deep bay greens are not as alluring to my filter options, I see...  I like all the white lines (from the reflected pier structure, out of frame), and am trying to figure out if this does look like a painting I could achieve...

Monday, August 30, 2021

Fun Duochrome Day


Today was a fun vacation day. I bumped into an old friend! I got to pet friendly bulldogs! I got to take photos! I visited some sculptures I hadn't seen before! I was able to leave the fog belt, and then run back to it in the late afternoon!

I have one defective film pack (I suspect the battery is dead), and I need to decide whether to ask for a replacement, or try to fix it myself.  (The odds of me fixing it correctly aren't good, but would be faster than waiting for a replacement...) Hmmm...

Sample of my Duochrome today: 
I did plan on photographing UCSF's Owens Street Garage, which I've previously described as a place where Darth Vader would park, and I meant that in a good way!  It turns out that is also by WRNS Studio. My previous visits (not today) were clouded by wildfire smoke.  I'm sure I'll try again another day.

Red veins

Cable ends, cable stays