Tag Archives: San Francisco City Hall

Recent Shots of San Francisco City Hall. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio)

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Good Morning:

I believe that an unsurprisingly surprising/surprisingly unsurprising number of people have taken a photo of San Francisco’s City Hall at the same time of day every day for an entire year. Not yours truly, although it might sometimes seem that way. Presenting a trio of recent shots, all taken with my iPhone 6 Plus.

Edited in iPhoto, using the unfavorable light to experiment with a silhouette effect.

Edited in iPhoto, using the unfavorable light to experiment with a silhouette effect.

The folks at City Hall like to turn their property into a giant decoration. Never could find out what that gold and silver theme means.

The folks at City Hall like to turn their property into a giant decoration. Never could find out what that gold and silver theme means.

Memorial to Victims of the Paris Attacks.

Memorial to Victims of the Paris Attacks.

Vonn Scott Bair

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San Francisco City Hall in Gold & Silver, 12 November 2015. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate)

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Good Evening:

Another November sunset, another post-5:00 crowd, photographing our ornate City Hall.

San Francisco City Hall in Gold & Silver, 12 November 2015.

San Francisco City Hall in Gold & Silver, 12 November 2015.

Photo taken with my iPhone 6 Plus.

Vonn Scott Bair

San Francisco City Hall @ Sunset, November 2015. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate)

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True, San Francisco City Hall has some very ornate decorations.

Sometimes, so does the sky behind it.

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During the five minutes spent taking that second picture, at least 50 people joined me in photographing the scene.

Vonn Scott Bair

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

A Serendip of San Franciscans: City Hall, 12:54 p.m., 16 June 2015.

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Good Evening:

I have arbitrarily decided that the group noun for a number of my fellow citizens will be “a Serendip of San Franciscans.” I took all of these pictures in front of City Hall, all of them in the space of a single minute on Tuesday afternoon using a Nikon Coolpix 9900, edited slightly in iPhoto.

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Vonn Scott Bair

Grey Series, City Hall @ Dusk. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry)

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Good Evening:

San Francisco enjoyed a striking color-free grey sunset today, and City Hall looked rather grand in its symmetry.

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I took this shot with my iPhone 6 Plus, and cannot deny that the results surprised me. Vastly superior to my old iPhone 4.

Vonn Scott Bair

On the Threshold of Power (Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold)

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Good Evening:

This week’s Challenge has surprised me; did not think that I would blunder into so many examples of the “threshold.”

Once upon a time, architects created palaces, castles, theaters, cathedrals, and civic buildings such as a City Hall with the specific intention (among others) of impressing visitors with their beauty and/or intimidating them with their power, even before said guests entered. Castles of course leaned toward intimidation, the famed opera house of Sydney, Australia leaned toward beauty, and a cathedral such as Notre Dame de Paris perhaps leaned toward both, although that is a theological debate this correspondent shall shun.

San Francisco’s City Hall goes for the good looks.

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No wonder newlyweds pose for pictures in front of doors like that!

The State Building on McAllister perhaps leans slightly toward power. The doors are pretty small, but the arches in front of them dwarf people entering or exiting.

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No one poses for wedding pictures in front of that.

But I wrote “Once upon a time” for a reason. Presenting the main entrance of the Civic Center Court House:

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Can’t even bother to pick up the trash.

I like the old days, when a castle, cathedral, or public building said, “We are here, we are big, and we–are–badbutt!”

Or words to that effect. Pardon my language.

Vonn scott Bair