Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details – Sunday Mural Puzzle


Good Evening:

Sorry, couldn’t stop myself; found this mural in an alley off 10th Street in San Francisco’s SOMA District (South of Market), and had to create another puzzle for the entertainment of the reader. And so, just like yesterday, I shall begin by displaying the closeups of the mural in question:

DSCN4552 DSCN4549 DSCN4540 DSCN4537 DSCN4520 DSCN4519 DSCN4516

And here is the mural itself:


Yes, this one might offer more of a challenge than usual.

A few observations on the photo session. First, if you use a digital point-and-shoot such as my Nikon S9100, and if you want to photograph a predominantly blue scene, check your camera for either a “Sunset” or “Dusk/Dawn” preset and experiment with that. I used “Dusk/Dawn” for the blue picture at the top and liked the intensity of the colors.

Second, while the closeups will all go into my collection called “The Instant Art of Instant Abstract Art, I have to admit that this mural posed difficulties that I frequently encounter in such closeups. The difficulties consist of extra elements in the corners or along the edges of the camera frame that “disharmonize” the composition as a whole. Sorry for the invented verb; couldn’t think of an appropriate existing one. For example, a color that does not work with the rest of the picture, such as the white left edge of the fourth picture from the top. Cropping didn’t work, because it removed too much of the black curve in the upper left.

Anyway, I hope you have fun with this set.

Vonn Scott Bair


4 responses »

  1. Hi Vonn,
    Awesome details on that mural(beautiful seen as a whole).I unfortunately missed seeing mrals in SF. I have been to Philly twice and over there, the city is chock full of mural art. I love this type of art!

    • xpat92: San Francisco *might* have more murals per acre than any other major American city. Stzy for any decent length of time and you can’t help but blunder past a few. Vonn Scott Bair

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