Many Glorious Saturdays During One Saturday in Golden Gate Park

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Good Evening:

San Francisco likes to indulge in one pleasant eccentricity; every once in a while, it will single out one particular denizen, shake him/her by the collar and say, “Today, I will remind you why you fell in love with me, and you will love it!”

Needless to say, the particular denizens of San Francisco don’t particularly mind.

The De Young Museum has done a great job lately in terms of bringing in fascinating traveling exhibitions: current shows include the William & Grace Paley Collection, ballet costumes from the career of Nureyev, and the photographs of Danny Lyon. One popular subject for photographers is the main stairway behind the ticket booths, especially for fans of B&W (all pictures taken with a Nikon CoolPix S9100):

Stairway in De Young Museum, 27 October 2012

However, I was not the only person enjoying a glorious San Francisco Saturday. Many, many people shared and enjoyed the same glorious San Francisco Saturday.

Before the visit to the De Young, I saw a young woman with both a harp and a sunburn, and thought she might look good in watercolor. I imported the file into Sketcher, and used the settings 95-100-80-20 Contour (Sketcher users will know what I mean):

After the visit and lunch in the museum’s cafe (the food is very good, and the wine list will surprise you), I walked near the Shakespeare Garden and saw this gentleman enjoying the warm weather in his bare feet. Funny, but true; I evaluated both subjects in terms of how they might look in watercolors:

Barefoot Man Near the Shakespeare Garden, 27 October 2012
Modified Using Sketcher, 100-100-100-(-11) Watercolor Paper Settings

I hope you had a good weekend.

Vonn Scott Bair

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2 responses »

    • adinparadise: Thanks for writing. Sketcher is an interesting $15 application for the Mac OSX. The Watercolor settings are the strength of the app, and have tended to produce the best results. It does feel odd to take a picture not for the sake of the picture itself, but to see how it works as a “painting!”

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