Monthly Archives: January 2014

Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ, 30 January 2014

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Good Evening:

In response to today’s challenge for photographers, I took these pictures.

Elderly Lesbian Couple, Market Street, San Francisco

Elderly Lesbian Couple, Market Street, San Francisco

Crossing Polk Street at Fulton, San Francisco

Crossing Polk Street at Fulton, San Francisco

Vonn Scott Bair

Signs Upon Signs (Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition)

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Good Evening:

Saw these on Monday, the first at the Orpheum Theater at 8th & Market, the second on Valencia near 19th in the Mission.

Survival Survival, San Francisco, 27 January 2014

Survival Survival, San Francisco, 27 January 2014

Community Bulletin Board, Valencia Nr. 19th Street, San Francisco

Community Bulletin Board, Valencia Nr. 19th Street, San Francisco

Vonn Scott Bair

San Francisco City Hall During the Magic Hour (Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition)

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Good Afternoon:

At 5:00 on Friday afternoon, I saw perhaps 50 people in the Civic Center photographing City Hall juxtaposed against the western sky during The Magic Hour. I numbered among them; who can blame us? Just for fun, I’ll eschew the usual color photography for something that will leave something to your imagination.

City Hall During The Magic Hour, 24 January 2014

City Hall During The Magic Hour, 24 January 2014

But I did not stick around for sunset. I chose the nearest highest point in the City closest to my home that presents a decent vista of the west.

Sunset from Alamo Square, 24 January 2014

Sunset from Alamo Square, 24 January 2014

Because sometimes, you don’t want to juxtapose something human when it will just get in the way of the view.

Vonn Scott Bair

A Traffic Jam of Weddings (Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition)

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Good Evening:

San Francisco City Hall is a great place for weddings and a better place, setting, and background for wedding pictures–sometimes too great. For example, today. Consider this another sort of puzzle. Study the picture carefully.

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Now, can you count the number of newly wedded couples in the picture?

There were four.

Which led to a bit of a traffic jam of wedding photography on the steps of City Hall. Note for example, the couple at the extreme right waiting for the other three couples to get out of the way. Four couples, four wedding parties, four professional wedding photographers, all tangled up, all juxtaposed on top of, in the middle of, and mixed up with each other. Fortunately, everyone managed to work out everything. And that’s a good thing, right? I mean, who wants to see four happily wedded couples get hauled off to the hoosegow, all bloody and beat up after brawling with each other over who would get the best picture?

Vonn Scott Bair

PS–It’s a little hard to spot the other three couples, but one of the grooms is leaning against a wall at the extreme left, in the right center area you can see a photographer in a grey shirt taking pictures of another couple, while the final pair are obscured behind their friends in the middle at the top of the stairs.

The Solution to Yesterday’s Puzzle!

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Good Evening:

I published another one of my picture puzzles yesterday; click here if you haven’t seen it yet.

The object I photographed was made of concrete. It’s an old sort of concrete bench at the 22nd and Folsom bus stop for the 12-Folsom. It used to be the base upon which was mounted a wooden bench with metal supports, but they removed the bench long ago.

So here’s where all of those weird colors come from. Some of that was microscopic bits of rusted metal that somehow got imbedded into the concrete; the blue-ish marks were paint drippings that came from the sloppily-applied paint job on the wood; the other colors I would guess are a combination of minerals, mold, lichen, algae, and/or something similar, but please don’t take my word for it: I’m not a biologist.

What intrigued me about the bench was that I’ve seen similar before:

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But these have a natural origin. These are the beds of mineral hot springs at Yellowstone National Park. Those colors derive from the skeletons of millions of microbes that somehow lived and died in the hot and hostile environment. Thus our world has its way with human pretension; everything we create eventually looks like a not-quite-good-enough version of what nature does, um, naturally.

Vonn Scott Bair

The Instant Art of Instant Abstract Art, 22 January 2014 (and My First Picture Puzzle of 2014)

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Good Evening:

I like to use my camera to create picture puzzles for the amusement/entertainment of my readers. Normally, nothing too difficult, I think. However, tonight’s (my first of the year!) is a little different in nature, and might pose a bit of a challenge. Here are three closeups of an object I photographed last weekend.

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OK, you tell me: what the heck is it? If nothing else, what substance was used to make the object?

Vonn Scott Bair