Daily Archives: October 12, 2013

Working: Samples from This Week’s Street Photography, 12 October 2013

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Good Morning:

The title does most of the explaining, so let’s allow the pictures to do most of the talking.

(De-)Construction Workers Dismantling 101 Van Ness, 10 October 2013

(De-)Construction Workers Dismantling 101 Van Ness, 10 October 2013

Constructing the Dew Tour Extreme Sports Arena in the San Francisco Civic Center, 7 October 2013

Constructing the Dew Tour Extreme Sports Arena in the San Francisco Civic Center, 7 October 2013

Prepping the Toyota Dirt Bike Course, 10 October 2013

Prepping the Toyota Dirt Bike Course, 10 October 2013

Street Vendor Closing Shop, Civic Center, San Francisco, California 10 October 2013

Street Vendor Closing Shop, Civic Center, San Francisco, California 10 October 2013

Bike Messenger Relaxing at the End of the Work Day, Market Street, San Francisco, California 10 October 2013

Bike Messenger Relaxing at the End of the Work Day, Market Street, San Francisco 10 October 2013

Flower Vendor, 4th & Market Streets, San Francisco 10 October 2013

Flower Vendor, 4th & Market Streets, San Francisco 10 October 2013

This next set shows the competitors at this weekend’s event practicing, testing the course. I used the same technique Henri Cartier-Bresson favored, the “photographer as crocodile.” In other words, I found my place, framed the shot, and then waited for the next cyclist came into the picture and prayed my timing and reflexes didn’t betray me. Of course, they did, most of the time, but these turned out satisfactorily well.

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A crowd-control person happened to stand next to me. When finished (i.e., my camera ran out of memory), I turned to him and said, “What’s scary is that they’re only practicing.” He smiled, shrugged and nodded.

Vonn Scott Bair

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White & Blue Series: Into the Great Blue Open (Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite)

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Good Evening:

San Francisco might represent a sort of Disneyland for meteorologists and casual weather buffs; one mad collision of weather systems after another. I once walked in front of the Marina branch of the SF Public Library on the left side of the sidewalk, because I didn’t have an umbrella, and it was raining on the right side of the walk. Yes–I walked next to a rainstorm, and I did not get wet.

But when different cloud systems interact and intersect in the San Francisco sky, it can look like they will go on forever. And when you think about it, a look up into the sky is a look into the start of infinity: first the clouds, then the blue, and then beyond that, infinite space.

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Vonn Scott Bair