Sometimes, San Francisco refuses to cooperate.
One might logically think that one of the world capitals of film noir (The Maltese Falcon, for starters), a city generously supplied with generous quantities of both night and fog, a city custom-designed for black-and-white photography, would make an easy subject for this week’s Challenge.
Think again. So far, I’m getting either night or fog but not both. So I have to resort to all sort of tweaking in the laboratory to try and get any kind of eerie-osity out of my block of Haight Street. First a night shot with a little deliberate blur to give a ghostly appearance to the lights (but no fog).
Of course, every Challengee here who challenges the Weekly Challenge that challenges its challengers (ah, poesy) knows the exact moment when the city will give me the perfect blend of dark, mysterious nights, gloomy, menacing fog, and futile streetlights trying and failing and therefore enhancing the eerie mood.
Next Friday night. When the Weekly Challenge will probably something like “Cheerful.”
Vonn Scott Bair