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Riddle of the Week! (Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat)

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Good Evening:

Riddle: In the pictures below, do the humans receive the treats, or do their benevolent canine overlords?

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Answer: Yes.

Welcome to Duboce Park, where the local businesses acknowledge the importance of dogs to the economy:

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This fellow in black has quite a sense of humor. His pet human with the pink hat has just used that blue thing to throw the ball (small white dot in the distance). The dog ignored the ball. And ignored it. And ignored it. Finally, the woman went to fetch it, at which point her benevolent canine overlord with the impish sense of human promptly sprinted to the ball and snatched it away, forcing her to chase him.

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A dog with a sense of humor. More anecdotal evidence that domestic canines have minds.

Did you know that dogs like apple cider?

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Neither did I.

We grumble and groan. They have fun. So who’s really the intelligent creature?

Vonn Scott Bair

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Answer: A Slice of Heaven. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Thirds.)

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Good Evening:

Question: What do you get when you combine the world’s finest creatures, their obedient human servants, perfect Saturday morning weather, and San Francisco’s Park Presidio?

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Turns out one finds a lot of ways to use Thirds in your photo composition. If you mentally divide your pictures into imaginary 9 rectangle (3×3) grids as I do, you can put your subject in a variety of spaces. In the above portrait shot, the dog stands in the middle of the imaginary lower horizontal line, and the armrests and human head all point to the pup. The next shot shows the same treatment in a landscape orientation.

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And sometimes a picture “thirds” itself–here it’s sky, headlands, bay and beach.

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The above shot also shows a comparatively rare phenomenon–the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge on the Marin Headlands. Most of the time, the morning fog won’t lift until the sun is well up into the sky.

The next show proved tricky to edit, especially when it came to arranging the composition in the 3×3 grid pattern.

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It’s a little subtle. The taller woman’s head rests at the intersection of the upper horizontal line and the left vertical line. Meanwhile, the darker dog rests at the intersection of the lower horizontal line and the right vertical line. So you have that nice 45 degree diagonal directing your eye to the happy canines.

Of course, the dogs care nothing of any of this. It’s Saturday, their humans treat them as they deserve, and they get to hang out with their fellow furry superior critters. Just one heck of a good day for a dog.

Vonn Scott Bair

San Francisco Candids, 6 September 2014.

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Good Morning:

Recent miscellaneous candid shots of San Franciscans living their lives. All photos taken with my point-and-shoot, some of which required heavy editing.

Buskers, Haight near Ashbury, 30 August 2014

Buskers, Haight near Ashbury, 30 August 2014

Relaxation, Yerba Buena Civic Center

Relaxation, Yerba Buena Civic Center

Orange.

Orange.

Heavy Metal, Market @ Stockton Street

Heavy Metal, Market @ Stockton Street

Chocolatiers with Samples, Market Street near Grant, 31 August 2014

Chocolatiers with Samples, Market Street near Grant, 31 August 2014

Sidewalk Vendor Next to Burger King, 8th & Market, San Francisco, California

Sidewalk Vendor Next to Burger King, 8th & Market, San Francisco, California

Skateboarders in Front of City Hall, San Francisco, California, 5 September 2014

Skateboarders in Front of City Hall, San Francisco, California, 5 September 2014

Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese

Woman & Dog, San Francisco Civic Center, 5 September 2014

Woman & Dog, San Francisco Civic Center, 5 September 2014

A Bit of a Tangle in Duboce Park

A Bit of a Tangle in Duboce Park

Have fun this weekend.

Vonn Scott Bair

Puppy Love in Duboce Park (Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’)

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Good Evening:

A warm summer’s late afternoon in San Francisco, when the evening breezes have just awoken, always presents a wonderful opportunity to take your best friend or friends to the dog park at Duboce.

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Of course, humans have their own version of puppies (known by the scientific term rugrats), and a few of these also got the chance to enjoy the fine weather, their two- and four-legged friends, and try a few new things.

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Vonn Scott Bair

Dogs Beat Humans at Soccer! (Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra)

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However, Good Evening:

I have given myself an extra challenge for this week’s Extra Challenge: anything I post in response must portray soccer.

My first photograph seems to depict yet another boring shot of San Francisco’s Civic Center (cloudless skies are so dull!), but look closer:

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The City has added an extra in honor of the World Cup; miniature soccer fields for very young children.

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However, the first competitors I saw using one of the miniature fields were not children, they were a very small dog and his obedient pet human, engaged in a vigorous one-on-one contest. I can’t say that the skill level displayed by the antagonists reached World Cup standards, as witnessed by this human whiff that still sent the canine in the wrong direction.

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But when the ball went straight, the dog went straighter and faster. Which should surprise no one, as dogs have extra advantages at soccer that make them better than humans.

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Humans have to use both of their legs not only to run, but to control the ball. Dogs are faster than humans and can use all four of their legs solely for running, as they maintain control of the ball using their faces. My family had one English Bulldog named Robert who according to our car’s speedometer had a top running speed of 42 mph (!) and a wide flat face that gave him glue-like control over a ball. He also possessed the natural instinct of a good soccer player to keep his body between the ball and his human opponents. We never get the ball away from that dog.

If dogs could learn the virtues of putting the ball into the net and stopping penalty kicks, humans would have to give up the sport.

Vonn Scott Bair

Haighting the Thursday, 15 May 2014

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Good Evening:

Had to run a few errands after work this afternoon, and when I run errands, my camera(s) run with me. My aim with The 30 Shot technique has sloooooowly improved ever since I started to experiment with taking candid street photography with my point-and-shoot, and I didn’t even crop some of these shots, let alone edit them (although I do feel the temptation to experiment in black-and-white or with filters).

It’s blurry and a little hard to tell from this angle, but the young lady with the cat’s ears and green ponytail also has a brown tail hanging down from her derriere.

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Good day for dog pictures.

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This guy, noting the color of my shirt, shouted at me, “Hey, Purple! Come dance with me! Hey, Purple! Come on, Purple!”

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In San Francisco, books without booze is like Barnum without Bailey.

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Hanging out in front of the local gourmet market.

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Tourists taking pictures of each other in front of The Red Victorian.

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And of course, the Upper Haight wouldn’t be the Upper Haight without buskers.

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Just another spring afternoon in the Haight to the people that live there.

But I can understand why people come from all over the world to have a look around

Vonn Scott Bair