Monthly Archives: September 2015

Weddings @ San Francisco City Hall. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Change)

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Good Morning:

Few personal changes rank higher than marriage. The weddings at City Hall offer tremendous variety, but they do seem to have a few things in common. First, comes the waiting for either the bride or groom. And with the waiting comes the nerves. And my, how those nerves come.

Nerves, 16 September 2015.

Nerves, 16 September 2015.

Waiting, 29 June 2015.

Waiting, 29 June 2015.

One way in which City Hall weddings differ from each other–the dresses. Most wedding dresses I’ve seen come in white, but one Christmas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, my family and I blundered into a small procession led by a woman in a fire engine red gown. As it happened we were more than welcome to join in the little parade, but we peeled off after the bride stopped at the church door, took a deep breath, and walked inside. Blue also seems an acceptable color.

Something Blue, 13 August 2015.

Something Blue, 13 August 2015.

One other thing that weddings have in common is of course the wedding photographer, trailing behind the party or arranging compositions.

The Walk to City Hall, 29 June 2015.

The Walk to City Hall, 29 June 2015.

Photographer Arranging Wedding Photo After the Ceremony, 3 September 2015.

Photographer Arranging Wedding Photo After the Ceremony, 3 September 2015.

Wedding photographers cannot have an easy job. How many original angles are there?

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Wedding Photographer at City Hall, 28 August 2015.

Wedding Photographer at City Hall, 28 August 2015.

I imagine these were not the shoes the bride wore, but those shoes must have felt very uncomfortable. Curious–I don’t know whom she married. Might have been the gentleman on the right holding the purses.

Wedding Shoes, 1 July 2015.

Wedding Shoes, 1 July 2015.

What all weddings have in common–a kiss on the threshold of a new life.

After the Wedding, on the Threshold, 24 September 2015.

After the Wedding, on the Threshold, 24 September 2015.

Vonn Scott Bair

San Francisco Al Fresco, 24 September 2015.

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Good Evening:

Well, on Thursday I had to delay the midday repast and work during the standard lunch hour, but most San Franciscans did not, and many took advantage of fine weather to eat and relax outdoors.

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Yes, that was a good day to enjoy a good day.

Vonn Scott Bair

Crostini, 26 September 2015. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Change)

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Good Afternoon:

Or, my first foray into food porn.

Before:

Before Broiling, Just Salt, Pepper and Olive Oil

Before Broiling, Just Salt, Pepper and Olive Oil

After:

After Broiling, Plain, No Garlic

After Broiling, Plain, No Garlic

Vonn Scott Bair

The Escher Staircase & Ned Kahn’s Firefly (Weekly Photo Challenge: Grid)

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Good Evening:

Ned Kahn’s Firefly sculpture gracing the exterior of the HQ of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is a grid of small squares, so I thought I’d have a bit of fun using them for this week’s Challenge.

First, a straightforward shot.

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Then I took pictures of the reflections off the interior glass.

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Braque, eat your heart out. It feels so nice to work in an office building that can become your plaything.

Vonn Scott Bair

Now This Was a Kiss-Cam Moment!

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Good Evening:

Do sports teams in other nations inflict this upon their fans? During a game here in the US, many venues do something called a “Kiss Cam,” “Kiss-Cam” or “Kisscam,” in which they broadcast live video of couples in the stands on a big screen. At this point the couples are pretty much expected if not required to kiss each other, while all the other fans cheer, hoot, and/or laugh at the involuntary smooching.

It’s supposed to be entertaining.

Late in tonight San Francisco Giants v. Cincinnati Reds game (Giants won 5-3, as starting pitcher Jake Peavy not only got the win, he added a home run to his achievements), the Giants inflicted the Kiss-Cam upon 11 couples.

Couple #9 was awesome.

The camera focused on a man and a woman who stared at the screen, baffled. She turned to his left to look at him, he turned to his right to look at her. Then he turned to his left.

And kissed his boyfriend.

Vonn Scott Bair