SOMA (South of Market): Weekly Photo Challenge, The Golden Hour

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Good Morning:

Well, the Weekly Photo Challenge would not be a challenge if it weren’t challenging, now would it? But having vented my photographic spleen on my opinion of The Magic Hour (film industry term) in my previous post, I found myself running more errands in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood during yesterday’s Magic Hour (including purchasing a new toilet seat; ah, the life of The Artist) and figured I’d give the Challenge another shot. I had a different camera with me this time, and discovered to my surprise that it does an exceptional job of capturing the light at that time of day.

Believe it or not, it’s the 5 MP camera in my old iPhone 4.

Green Series, Rainbow Grocery, San Francisco, California, 13 July 2013, 5:57 p.m.

Green Series, Rainbow Grocery, San Francisco, California, 13 July 2013, 5:57 p.m.

DOOR, Eire Street nr. South Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 13 July 2013

DOOR, near Division and South Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 13 July 2013

Aside from cropping and straightening a couple of these images, I present these unedited. Since I was going to the legendary Rainbow Grocery anyway, I paused to see the latest murals on tiny Erie Street and create a few new examples of The Instant Art of Instant Abstract Art.

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The sunlight did not seem to shine on these walls. For last of a better phrase, the light seemed to slide along these walls, brushing them like the wind and emphasizing their textures. A few more more-or-less random pictures.

Norfolk Street nr. Harrison, San Francisco, California, 13 July 2013

Norfolk Street nr. Harrison, San Francisco, California, 13 July 2013

ONE TREE, Bryant Street nr. 10th, San Francisco, California, 13 July 2013

ONE TREE, Bryant Street nr. 10th, San Francisco, California, 13 July 2013

Fire Hydrant on Division Street, San Francisco, CA 13 July 2013, 5:53 p.m.

Fire Hydrant on Division Street, San Francisco, CA 13 July 2013, 5:53 p.m.

The Red Door, off 9th Street, San Francisco CA 13 July 2013

The Red Door, off 9th Street, San Francisco CA 13 July 2013

OK, OK: maybe The Magic Hour isn’t so bad after all.

Vonn Scott Bair

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6 responses »

    • mithriluna: Thank you! SOMA is a very interesting neighborhood for urban landscapes. On weekends some streets become unearthly empty and still for a minute or two, despite the traffic. Leads to interesting results, rather like the Photographic Realism paintings of the 1960s-70s. Vonn Scott Bair

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