Sunday, December 31, 2023

Twinkly lights and New Year Wishes

 Best wishes for a peaceful, just (as in justice), positive (but not COVID positive), healthy New Year!

Pier 28 - three filtered views (30 December)

 The profile remains pleasing in any colors.

Gingko gold (30 December)


Li Po Neon (30 December)

 I was pleasantly surprised to see these signs still being so well maintained.

125 Years of the Ferry Building by Libby Staub (30 December)

 A very lovely pastel mural!

White Tent (Not for Camping)(30 December)


Lovely Ginkgo along Mission Creek (30 December)

 Not all of the gingkos in this park were fully gold, but this one is!

More monotypes (30 December)

Saturday's monotype illustrations: A print (left); hand cut paper masks (upper right); a pattern on the plate, beside the tool used to make it (middle right); print (left) and plate with mask (right). 

Monotype printing (28 December 2023)

 I tried different combinations of transparent and non-transparent colors and had fun!

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Palest Violets of the North Bay (20 December 2023)

 I'm going to be using this photo everywhere this year...

It's one building after all (17 December 2023)(filtered)

I had assumed it was two, especially since only one of them is uplight at night... 

Rays of Light (12 December 2023)


Golden Gingko (9 December 2023)


Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Let's Glow SF 2023 fun - Ferry Building

These photos don't capture how great these things are when they are moving! 

Let's Glow SF 2023 fun - Pacific Stock Exchange

These are just stills, but the fact that these graphics are ANIMATED and customized for the building is what makes these shows so delightful to watch! 

Let's Glow SF 2023 fun - Hobart Building

The Hobart building is always fun, but who knew it could be such a great projection screen? 

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Reflections Don't Work The Way I Think They Do (30 November)

 I was expecting something more... mirror like.  This is not that.  But it is real!

Polaroid Around Town (26 Nov)

Thanksgiving break had glorious weather and a chance for me to walk around with my SX-70 SONAR (!!!) and have some fun.  I'll write more about this at my photo website later this month.

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Red Ribbon Pavillion (23-25 Nov)

I finally went up the stairs above Rose Pak metro station! 

Machine Teeth (25 Nov)


Iron Horse (Slava Ukraini) (23 Nov)

 The neon in frames, the sunflowers, and the flag! (The windows are a bonus.)

Bird on Tide Marker (23 Nov)

 Cooperative bird model.

Sky Above Tide Themed Art (21 November)

The poles indicate the height of the water below the sidewalk/pier, but I wasn't thinking of that in the moment.  I was thinking that I likely own all the pigments needed to try to create this scene, but that no one would believe my drawing...

Sky Afire (hints of neon) (21 November)

Through a streetcar window, still amazing.  And to think I was annoyed at waking up too early, and deciding to go into work early...  This is all the consolation I needed.

Glorious pink clouds (9 Nov)

 Clouds like these make sunsets better.

SF Waterfront Dining below Hills Bros Coffee (8 Nov)

 Beautiful nights, cheerful lights

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Stormy Wednesday Sunset (25 Oct)

 I'm sure you're tired of me saying so, but clouds make skies BETTER!

View from inside (23 Oct)

 Everyone should keep their windows cleaner, so I don't miss these kinds of scenes...

Friday, October 20, 2023

Bay Sunset with Bird (19 October)

 This reminds me of a latch-hook sunset on my aunt's wall... but it had two geese.

Wright Engine (18 October)


1950s Instamatic Instagr*m Feature (15 October)

 It's just... so... golly.

Should be a movie set, but is a dining room (15 October)

 It might be possible to fool people into believing they had time traveled, this space seems so authentic.  (It doesn't smell like stale cigars, however.)

Hospitality Carpets of Las Vegas (15 October)

The work of orienting people in vast spaces relies in some part on visual queues in the carpets, which...  can also be disorienting.  I find these remarkable.  

Autumn Storm (10 October)

 Clouds make skies far more interesting - and they rarely get credit for it!

Pelican Commute (10 October)


Skylines (7 October)


Crowd scene (7 October)

 A sample of the audience.

Smoke Heart (7 October)

 The crowd said, "awwwww" loudly (to be heard over the jets).

Airshow on the Bay (7 October)

 The Patriot Jet Team flying low.

Labor Memorial Ground Mural (7 October)

 A reminder of the struggle for workers' rights.

Jetting (6 October)

 Seen from the Mission Bay Area.

Sea Lion being itself (30 Sept)

 When I only see their heads, I usually guess that they are seals, and I am usually wrong!

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Wrap around cornice

It's important to finish strong, and ensuring that this cornice ends appropriately was (apparently) important!

Streetcar trio (1008, 1010, 1063)

As if I don't post enough photos of these ordinarily.  I did get to see streetcar #1 today, which was a special treat.

Green and Cream (SF Muni Bus in classic colors)

The shiny waistband for the bus! The cream on the wheel! I'm surprised the wheel wells didn't have rounded corners, but that is likely wise not to for safety.

Retro Bus Front (colored filter treatments)

There is something so... interesting about design from this era.  The flatness! The chrome! The spaces without anything there! The double windows! The roundness of the headlights!  The roundness of all the corners!  It is quite engaging to look at.

Ohio delivers

The logo doesn't appear level in any of my photos facing this bus straight on, but I still really like it.

Yes, I am admitting that I attended the Muni Heritage Fair.

Blackpool boat tram in red trim

 Festive, always!

Muni heritage bus in 49ers colors

My friend P immediately pointed out that the cool, trapezoidal windows were often impossible to open, but I insist that they still looked cool!

Also: what's this about buses I've ridden in being declared "vintage?" Yikes.

Friday afternoon view without wildfire smoke (22 Sept)

So much better! (Sorry about the reflections - I was so excited to see colors again, I didn't immediately notice them.)