Tag Archives: texture

The Mudflats of San Francisco’s Crissy Field (Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture)


Good Evening:

I had to go to the neighborhood early Saturday morning anyway, so I stopped by the mudflats of Crissy Field to take a few shots of some of the most interesting browns I know. But first, at Haight and Masonic, I saw this grey-on-grey and couldn’t resist snapping a shot.


Some shots of the mudflats:

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And what the heck, a few non-topical pictures of San Franciscans enjoying the Bay, either by themselves or with their best two- and four-legged friends. Saturdays are fun in this town.

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Fun Challenge this week. Looking forward to Friday.

Vonn Scott Bair

The Retired Message Board (Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture)


Good Evening:

On Haight Street near Fillmore you’ll find a nightclub that painted over a message board at its entrance with this mural:


The message board was studded with literally thousands of staples. Far too much effort to remove them, so the artist(s) left them in the wood to produce an interesting texture when you look closely.

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Vonn Scott Bair

Stained Glass Windows, Notre Dame Plaza, San Francisco, 10 August 2014 (Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture)


Good Evening:

They didn’t need Photoshop in the Middle Ages!

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I attended a writers’ seminar Sunday afternoon at Notre Dame Plaza, a beautiful retirement community across the street from Mission Dolores near 16th & Dolores. We gathered in a chapel with stained glass windows, and during breaks I indulged in my hobby, using my iPhone 4. The original iPhone 4 has a flawed camera compared with later versions, but I’ve learned to exploit its weaknesses to my advantage, taking extreme closeups of the glass panes to use the textures created during the manufacture of the colored glass to do interesting things to the background scenery. No edits aside from cropping out distracting elements along the edges.

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I found this window at the bottom of a stairwell.


Even the stairway has its “textural” interest.


Vonn Scott Bair

White & Blue Series, 8 August 2014: San Francisco Skies (Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture)


Good Evening:

The confluence of competing weather systems makes for interesting skies with interesting textures here in San Francisco. The first four pictures come from the morning of the San Francisco Marathon; the fifth and last is a typical Civic Center sky of a few days ago. To me, the middle three look typical of the work of J.M.W. Turner, while the first and last look more like Constable’s cloud studies. What do you think?

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Vonn Scott Bair

The Minimally Artistic Art of Instant Minimalist Art, 8 August 2014 (Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture)


Good Evening:

I explore texture very often in my photography: who knows how many posts of mine have the title “The Minimally Artistic Art of Instant Minimalist Art?” I sure don’t.

Recently, while walking to work down Redwood Alley, I noticed something on the south side of the street that I hadn’t before. The Superior Court building across the alley from the San Francisco PUC HQ has a generally dull facade of prefab concrete slabs that don’t deserve a second look under normal circumstances. But on this day, at this time, the morning sun shone down the facade at such an extreme angle (I call it “the sunshine shaving the subject” because I don’t know the correct technical term) that it cast shadows you don’t see most of the year.

Please look carefully.


Do you see a faint pair of near-parallel horizontal lines? They don’t show most of the year, only for a few minutes on a few mornings. Take another look from a distance.


More prominent this time. Here’s a slab with an arc in the middle.


Quite obvious now, isn’t it? My hypothesis: the edges of the saws that cut the concrete into slices cause these. Funny how you can’t see them most of the year. Makes me rather wonder what sort of interesting sights I don’t see.

Vonn Scott Bair

Someone Notices the Contrast of White on White, 26 September 2012


Good Evening:

Ironically, white is my least favorite color (or technically, lack of color). However, add a little texture and then cast a little shadow and perhaps include a little blur and one might find something of interest.

Orpheum Theater Exterior, San Francisco, Extreme Closeup

San Francisco’s Orpheum Theater has a lot of textured exteriors like this. This next picture also counts as part of the “Things on Walls” series:

Sadly, I forgot where I saw it. Sometimes, the perfectly ordinary and everyday can draw my interest…

…when the sun shines at the right time at the right angle at the right time of year. Say hello to a closeup of my living room wall.

My final subject is a pillar by the main entrance of 965 Mission Street.

Light, texture, shadow. Who needs color?

Vonn Scott Bair