The Upper Haight Through the Window of the 33-Stanyan (Weekly Photo Challenge: Window)

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Good Evening:

Running seemingly millions of errands on Saturday, I did not think I would have time for photography and left both my DSLR and point-and-shoot at home. But as the rain came down whilst traveling on the 33-Stanyan bus from the Mission to the Upper Haight, it occurred to me that an experiment presented itself. What if I used my old iPhone 4 with its pixelating camera, the window next to me, and the rain to create a different take on the term “watercolor?”

Believe it or not, there's a city out there.

Believe it or not, there’s a city out there.

Motorcycle on Ashbury near Haight, 11 January 2014

Motorcycle on Ashbury near Haight, 11 January 2014

Corner of Haight & Ashbury, 11 January 2014

Corner of Haight & Ashbury, 11 January 2014

Somehow I managed to get everything done, and rewarded myself by seeing Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush at the justly legendary Castro Theater. This roughly 100 year old theater with its “mighty Wurlitzer organ” is an ideal site for watching silent films. The next such festival takes place from May 29-June 1, hint, hint.

Hobson's Choice Bar, 11 January 2014

Hobson’s Choice Bar, 11 January 2014

Vintage Clothing Store, 11 January 2014

Vintage Clothing Store, 11 January 2014

After the show, I walked to the bus stop, passing in order: a parked truck filled with dancing men wearing nothing but gold lame shorts; a professional string quartet playing for spare change on the sidewalk; and a guy playing Elton John tunes on his electric piano. Dinner? A carne asada super burrito with black beans, sour cream and guacamole.

When San Francisco gets it right, no city does it better.

Vonn Scott Bair

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3 responses »

  1. Pingback: Mission Street Through the Window of the 14-Mission (Weekly Photo Challenge: Window) | The San Francisco Scene--Seen!

  2. I think it’s great that you only had your iPhone 4 with you. These are incredible pictures and would translate nicely into actual watercolors. Well done. I enjoyed your post.

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