A Serendip of San Franciscans: Upper Haight, 2 August 2015. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration)

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Good Evening:

Ever since I adopted The 30 Shot as a street photography technique, my fellow San Franciscans have become an endless source of Inspiration. The 30 Shot is simple: just let the camera dangle at my side, about 30 inches above the ground and snap randomly, sometimes not even looking at my subject. Do I discard as many as 90% of my shots? Oh, heck yeah, but it’s worth it.

These shots come from a walk I took on late Sunday afternoon through Haight Street from Masonic through Cole. That late afternoon light plays havoc with my poor long suffering point-and-shoot, but sometimes the effects are pretty cool.

Haight & Masonic, San Francisco, CA, 2 August 2015

Haight & Masonic, San Francisco, CA, 2 August 2015

Jammin in the Haight, 2 August 2015

Jammin in the Haight, 2 August 2015

Sports Bar, Haight Street, 2 August 2015

Sports Bar, Haight Street, 2 August 2015

Bare Feet, Haight Street, 2 August 2015

Bare Feet, Haight Street, 2 August 2015

Two Skateboards, Haight Street, 2 August 2015

Two Skateboards, Haight Street, 2 August 2015

Dogs & People, Haight Street, 2 August 2015

Dogs & People, Haight Street, 2 August 2015

Outside the Grocery Store, Haight Street, 2 August 2015

Outside the Grocery Store, Haight Street, 2 August 2015

FRESH, Haight Street, 2 August 2015

FRESH, Haight Street, 2 August 2015

This next one stood out as quite unusual.

Haight & Cole, Haight Street, 2 August 2015

Haight & Cole, Haight Street, 2 August 2015

The vivid contrast of light and shadow suggested a B&W treatment. First I tried the “Noir” setting in iPhoto.

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Then some good old-fashioned custom tweaking.

Version 3

Seems like this one might prove worthy of further investigation. Have a fun week, all!

Vonn Scott Bair

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