Wisdom on a Bike Rack. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds)

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I have written many times that someone once said that the surreal is that which lies at your feet, but this afternoon I found it on a bike rack on the sidewalk in front of San Francisco City Hall.

You Are the Love of Your Life. Yes. You. 24 February 2015

You Are the Love of Your Life. Yes. You. 24 February 2015

I have not seen this form of disposable art before, and should I happen to blunder into more examples will try to remember to record them for your inspection.

Vonn Scott Bair

San Francisco Snippets, 23 February 2015.

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Overheard on the 6-Parnassus.

First: “No, that’s serendipity! This is schadenfreude!”

Two Women Studying a Video Selfie of Themselves Kissing, 22 February 2015.

Two Women Studying a Video Selfie of Themselves Kissing, 22 February 2015.

Second: “No! Rainbow Chard! Not kale! Kale?! Kale?? Kale is so over!”

Good thing my latest recipe (a Moroccan chickpea stew) used chard. That means I’m not over.

Vonn Scott Bair

Cormorant @ Sunrise. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Thirds)

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This fine feathered fellow proved most cooperative as I practiced various compositions based upon The Rule of Thirds.

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Funny; the “story” seems to change depending upon the composition. I rather like the middle, as the log fits in with the reflected clouds as they seem to “fan out” from left to right in the water.

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Answer: A Slice of Heaven. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Thirds.)

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Question: What do you get when you combine the world’s finest creatures, their obedient human servants, perfect Saturday morning weather, and San Francisco’s Park Presidio?

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Turns out one finds a lot of ways to use Thirds in your photo composition. If you mentally divide your pictures into imaginary 9 rectangle (3×3) grids as I do, you can put your subject in a variety of spaces. In the above portrait shot, the dog stands in the middle of the imaginary lower horizontal line, and the armrests and human head all point to the pup. The next shot shows the same treatment in a landscape orientation.

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And sometimes a picture “thirds” itself–here it’s sky, headlands, bay and beach.

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The above shot also shows a comparatively rare phenomenon–the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge on the Marin Headlands. Most of the time, the morning fog won’t lift until the sun is well up into the sky.

The next show proved tricky to edit, especially when it came to arranging the composition in the 3×3 grid pattern.

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It’s a little subtle. The taller woman’s head rests at the intersection of the upper horizontal line and the left vertical line. Meanwhile, the darker dog rests at the intersection of the lower horizontal line and the right vertical line. So you have that nice 45 degree diagonal directing your eye to the happy canines.

Of course, the dogs care nothing of any of this. It’s Saturday, their humans treat them as they deserve, and they get to hang out with their fellow furry superior critters. Just one heck of a good day for a dog.

Vonn Scott Bair

A Weekend Puzzle!

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I have done a few of these before; the idea is simple. First, close ups of a large sign:

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Now, the large sign itself:

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Can you find within the bigger picture the little ones I photographed?

Some of these might pose a greater challenge than usual. Have fun with this, and have fun with your weekend!

Vonn Scott Bair

Grey Series, City Hall @ Dusk. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry)

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San Francisco enjoyed a striking color-free grey sunset today, and City Hall looked rather grand in its symmetry.

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I took this shot with my iPhone 6 Plus, and cannot deny that the results surprised me. Vastly superior to my old iPhone 4.

Vonn Scott Bair

Mardi Gras, Work Style!

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I’ve written before about the peculiar perils of working in an environment where everyone likes each other. I’ve also written about my distinctive honor last year, when I won the Baby. Everything came together on Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras.

I bought this year’s King Cake for the festivities–one of the privileges when you win the Baby and become the King of Mardi Gras–and our native New Orleans person brought the cake from her favorite bakery along with lots of beads, as seen below.

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And here is the young lady herself, who did an outstanding job of organizing.

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This is how a King Cake appears shortly before its devouring.

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This cake was beautiful–never saw such a good looking King before. Even better, it was still warm when my colleague bought it, and therefore it was the freshest and therefore best King Cake I’ve ever eaten.

Now as the King, I did receive one extra privilege. Everyone else received a strand or two of beads. my strand included something extra.

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I now have permission to spell “crew” with a K at the front and an E at the end.

Obviously, I’m still not big on selfies.

Other co-workers brought pastries and chocolates, and yes indeed, my place remains a bad place for a diet.

Wishing a Happy Belated Mardi Gras to My Krewe, I Remain,

Yours Truly,

Vonn Scott Bair