Two Twosomes, One Threesome, One Haight, 13 December 2014.

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Good Morning:

Yesterday morning proved a good time for candid photography at the intersection of Haight & Masonic. Especially groupings, for some reason. All photographs taken with my old point-and-shoot. The first required the least editing, just a crop in iPhoto:

Waiting for the 43-Masonic Bus, 13 December 2014

Waiting for the 43-Masonic Bus, 13 December 2014

The second needed a bit of work. The sunlight was brighter, and the shadows darker, than normal, so after cropping, I had to tone down the bright yellow and sky blue while decreasing the shadows. Worth the effort; they sure look like they enjoyed themselves.

Morning Stroll, Haight & Masonic, 13 December 2014

Morning Stroll, Haight & Masonic, 13 December 2014

The third required the most work, thanks to that extreme brightness on the right and the deep shadows on the left. After cropping and straightening, I finally had to make a copy of the original and convert to black and white. But that was hardly routine. If you own iPhoto, my final settings consisted of these: Exposure, 0.96; Contrast, +10; Saturation, 0; Definition, 100; Highlights, 100; Shadows, 35; and Sharpness, 100.

Hand in Hand in Hand, Haight Street, San Francisco, California, 13 December 2014

Hand in Hand in Hand, Haight Street, San Francisco, California, 13 December 2014

I would imagine that threesomes require more than the work, so perhaps it’s appropriate that the shot did, too..

Vonn Scott Bair

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