The Reflection of the Old Within the New, 18 February 2012

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Good Evening:

One thing at which San Francisco excels is really bad modern architecture. I don’t enjoy bemoaning my beloved home town, but some of the buildings are comically goofy. Here’s a new one at Geary & Post:

18 February 2012, 10:55 a.m., Nikon Coolpix S9100, Landscape Mode

It’s pretty bad, isn’t it? But take a closer look at the glass, and you will see the reflection of one of the city’s classic old office buildings. I can’t help it, some unusual scenes fascinate me. I’ve taken close to 100 pictures of this reflection, and I’m not bored of it yet. The challenges are interesting. The reflection is brightest at noon, but the shadow you see on the right edge of the older building covers most of it. You can see the building without the shadow in the morning, but sometimes the sunlight isn’t strong enough to show off the reflection.

So I’ll keep going back on and off to try for that perfect shot. This one is pretty good, revealing a lot of detail about the older building with only a little shadow on the edge. It’s almost symbolic; the old literally overshadowed, literally just a reflection of itself.

Vonn Scott Bair

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  1. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections – The Old Reflected in the New « The San Francisco Scene–Seen!

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