Tag Archives: Valencia Street

Sunday Streets, 2014: Valencia Street Edition.

Standard

Good Evening:

Sunday Streets has become quite the popular affair in San Francisco. Still free from major corporate sponsorship, the city blocks off an extended stretch of a street (this past Sunday, Valencia), and people just roam. Every year, it seems that the extended stretch of street keeps getting extended; this year they added four more blocks.

The Sunday Streets gives local small businesses a chance to show off: health clubs of all sorts conducted all sorts of healthy stuff.

Yoga Class, Sunday Streets

Yoga Class, Sunday Streets

Just like a nightclub; waiting list for a masseuse

Just like a nightclub; waiting list for a masseuse

Hula Hoops, Sunday Street, Valencia Street

Hula Hoops, Sunday Street, Valencia Street

Medicina Ball Work, Sunday Streets

Medicina Ball Work, Sunday Streets

Capoeira Group Performing Percussion

Capoeira Group Performing Percussion

Families and friends had a great time. Sunday Streets is free and there is much to see.

Robot Horse

Robot Horse

Dancing Robot, Valencia Sunday Streets

Dancing Robot, Valencia Sunday Streets

Sidewalk Time

Sidewalk Time

Cafe Time; Time for People Watching

Cafe Time; Time for People Watching

You could pose for a photograph with some unusual friends.

Please Stand Here for a Photo, You Two-Eyed Freak

Please Stand Here for a Photo, You Two-Eyed Freak

This gentleman had to keep the intersection of 16th and Valencia open for vehicular traffic, but it doesn’t seem to have required much effort.

DSCN4264

Some small businesses set up shop. This used furnitures store got creative, placing its wares on the street, and setting up a stage for a mariachi band. Potential customers could relax, sit, listen to music, and check out their possible next sofa.

DSCN4260

Craftspeople wandered the street as well, selling their wares. This one seemed successful:

DSCN4351

She sold one of her parasols to the woman pushing the wheelchair, and I saw two other women using their new purchases, so I suspect she met a need and met it well.

I don’t know if San Francisco invented Sunday Streets, but we have already made this new phenomenon an old tradition.

Vonn Scott Bair

Recent Street Photography, 6 February 2014

Standard

Good Evening:

Still practicing my 30 Shot technique. Nowhere near as good as the great street photographers, of course, but I’m (slowly) getting better. The first two shots come from Valencia Street and the latter two come from the Upper Haight. I have (very slowly) gotten better at holding the point-and-shoot steady and mostly level, and all of these are uncropped and unfiltered.

DSCN1105 DSCN1103 DSCN1176 DSCN1182

Vonn Scott Bair

San Francisco Sign Wars! Upper Haight vs. Valencia Street! (Weekly Photo Challenge: Object)

Standard

Good Evening:

Small businesses in San Francisco have to stand out from the crowd by any means possible, including the signs in the windows, the chalk drawings, and the sandwich boards they post on the sidewalks in front of their locations.

In others words, another opportunity for San Franciscans to get a little, um–different.

But where can you find our city’s strangest signs? Actually, I have no idea, so I wandered about two likely neighborhoods for oddities of advertising, Valencia Street and the Upper Haight, and now I hereby present for your judgment and aesthetic pleasure samples from both streets.

The Upper Haight:

DSCN1183 DSCN1180 DSCN1179 DSCN1178

And now Valencia:

DSCN1099 DSCN1089 DSCN1093 DSCN1094

But I shall leave the final word to Mission Street:

DSCN1111

Vonn Scott Bair

Signs Upon Signs (Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition)

Standard

Good Evening:

Saw these on Monday, the first at the Orpheum Theater at 8th & Market, the second on Valencia near 19th in the Mission.

Survival Survival, San Francisco, 27 January 2014

Survival Survival, San Francisco, 27 January 2014

Community Bulletin Board, Valencia Nr. 19th Street, San Francisco

Community Bulletin Board, Valencia Nr. 19th Street, San Francisco

Vonn Scott Bair

Valencia Street, 21 August 2004

Standard

Nikon Coolpix 4300

Good Evening:

Sometimes the picture is already there, complete with the striking color combination, and all you have to do is haul out your point-and-shoot, point, and shoot.

Vonn Scott Bair