Black Friday in San Francisco. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge)

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Good Afternoon:

On Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving in America, traditionally the day when retailers start to go from “in the red” for the year to “in the black”), San Franciscans converge upon two blocks of Stockton Street from Market to Geary to snap up Christmas presents and other bargains at the likes of Macy’s, Armani Exchange, Disney, Crate & Barrel, and the Apple Store. As it happens, this year those two blocks have been closed to vehicular traffic because of underground construction on a new subway line. A store owner and/or someone in City Hall had one very good idea…

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…so they laid down artificial turf to create a real park. I visited the area on Friday and Saturday. Friday was bright, sunny, and warm; Saturday, cloudy, rainy, and dark. Or in simple English, Welcome to San Francisco.

I used my point-and-shoot for all of these pictures, and for most used The 30 Shot to capture candids of the people. Because of the weird challenges posed by the ambient light on both days, every picture required heavy editing in iPhoto.

Some visitors enjoyed benches for resting between stores.

Pink Lady, Stockton Near Geary, 28 November 2014, San Francisco, California

Pink Lady, Stockton Near Geary, 28 November 2014, San Francisco, California

Lunching, Resting, Selfing, 29 November 2014, San Francisco, California

Lunching, Resting, Selfing, 29 November 2014, San Francisco, California

Sunbathers Near the Crate & Barrel, San Francisco, California, 28 November 2014

Sunbathers Near the Crate & Barrel, San Francisco, California, 28 November 2014

In Front of the Apple Store, Stockton Near Market, 28 November 2014

In Front of the Apple Store, Stockton Near Market, 28 November 2014

Others preferred using the impromptu park for play.

Scooter, San Francisco, CA 29 November 2014

Scooter, San Francisco, CA 29 November 2014

The Human Basketball Hoop Lets Players Take Their Shots

The Human Basketball Hoop Lets Players Take Their Shots

Small time entrepreneurs plied their wares or talents. I photographed Justin Ward just as he had begun a superb cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.”

Justin Ward Performing Sam Smiths "Stay With Me," 28 November 2014

Justin Ward Performing Sam Smiths “Stay With Me,” 28 November 2014

Balloon Lady Singing to Her Customers, Union Square, San Francisco, 28 November 2014

Balloon Lady Singing to Her Customers, Union Square, San Francisco, 28 November 2014

Timmy The English Pig Busking Our Way 'Round the U S of A!

Timmy The English Pig Busking Our Way ‘Round the U S of A!

…whilst a few had a political agenda.

Cruelty or Kindness The Choice Is Yours

Cruelty or Kindness The Choice Is Ours

Check out the headdress in the next two shots.

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This is the woman who was sitting in the black and white above as I saw her today.

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At first, I thought he was going to throw up, but in reality he was making a call and charging his cell phone at the same time.

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Of course, the folks who provided a venue for all of this fun, play, and entertainment had an ulterior motive.

Something involving lots of shopping bags:

Uniqlo, Market Street, San Francisco, California, 28 November 2014

Uniqlo, Market Street, San Francisco, California, 28 November 2014

Vonn Scott Bair

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2 responses »

  1. Pingback: Scooter, San Francisco, 29 November 2014. (One Four Challenge) | The San Francisco Scene--Seen!

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