Sunday, May 31, 2009

Chairs at Mission Rock

Chairs Behind the Glass

My new favorite photo. For this week, anyway. I admit to having made some subtle adjustments to make it look colder than it did originally, but nothing really overt.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

Beach Suncup
Beach suncup (Camissonia cheiranthifolia) at Crissy Field, The Presidio, San Francisco.

Shadow Shot Sunday explained; this week's edition here.

Shadow Shot Sunday: In the Stadium

On the Concourse

Continuing with the black & white theme, here's my contribution for this week's Shadow Shot Sunday. This was taken at AT&T Park, where the SF Giants were about to play the Atlanta Braves.

You can view some of last week's SSS entries here.

Friday, May 29, 2009

In My Neighborhood

Sofa Free Exchange

I definitely live in a colorful neighborhood... occasionally caught in black and white.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Travel Thursday: Holyrood Castle, Edinburgh

Holyrood III

Holyrood Castle (or Holyrood Palace, as Wikipedia prefers), at one end of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh (opposite Edinburgh Castle), is still a functioning castle, used by the British royal family for getaways and such. After you get the tour through the palace, you go out back to see the gardens and Holyrood Abbey, which has fallen into disrepair over the years. That was what I liked, obviously. The subject matter seemed to me to lend itself to black and white (although I did include one color shot just to show the moss growing on some of the exposed columns).


Holyrood II

Holyrood C

Holyrood I

Holyrood IV

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

One Red Rose

One Red Rose

I usually leave the flower pictures to Tom and ahab, but I really like the light on this shot that I took over the past weekend.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Time-Travel Tuesday: Durango 1969

Campsite - Durango, CO
Campsite outside of Durango, Colorado in August 1969.

Now It Can Be Seen!

Cinemark Lobby
Lobby of the RC Theater in the utter hellhole of downtown Wilkes-Barre, PA

"What are you taking pictures of?" the incredulous movie theater manager demanded to know.

"Why, what's it to you?" I responded in my most annoyed tone.

"Photography is against our policy."

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

Zigzag Shadow
Shadow Shot Sunday explained; this week's edition here.

Two Shots of Sunday Shadows

Last Sunday was the annual running of the Bay to Breakers, a 7.5 mile footrace across San Francisco from the bay to the ocean. Over the years, it's become known for people running in costume, people running naked, home-made floats and centipedes (runners strung together in some fashion), and is something of a huge, moving street party fueled by lots of alcohol. I took a number of pictures there last week and thought that these two would be fitting for Shadow Shot Sunday.

Some of the entries from last week's one year anniversary of SSS can be found here.

One Pink Gorilla

The fastest pink gorilla in town.

Take Me to Your Leader

"Take me to your leader."

Friday, May 22, 2009

Touch Up

Touch Up

The annual Carnaval parade and street fair happens this weekend, so I thought I would share one of my favorite shots from parades past with our viewers.


Red Tree

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tweezer Reflection

Tweezer Reflection
Fountain in Richard Henry Dana Plaza, Battery between Washington and Jackson.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Number 9

Number 9

Another in the weathered wood series.

Time-Travel Tuesday: Oakland 1960

June 1960
"Frank and Loveda De Pont, and Pepe (our mynah bird), beside our 1960 Volkswagen camper.
June, 1960.
Oakland, Calif."

From a Kodak Memories album acquired at a Rockridge thrift store in 1988.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Wide Load

Bumblebee -- Rear View


The Bay to Breakers was Sunday, and since it runs right through my neighborhood, I thought I'd check it out. It's always been as much a fiesta as a footrace, with lots of people running in costume (or no costume at all). Photos below the fold...







Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Toast to Shadow Shot Sunday

Guinness & Bushmills

Shadow Shot Sunday is celebrating its first birthday today(-ish). Happy birthday, Shadow Shot Sunday! We here at Pixels lift a glass in your honor!

(En)Light(enment) and Shadow

(En)Light(enment) and Shadow
Shadow Shot Sunday is one year old this week. (They grow up so fast...) Happy birthday, and many thanks to Harriet, who has put so much time and energy into making this a really fun and fascinating meme.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Travel Thursday: Brussels, Belgium


Near the end of our European Tour, we spent a couple nights in Brussels. We stayed near Old Town, the touristy part of the city, and took a bus tour of much of the rest of it. Two nights was not nearly enough, and it's a city I would like to go back to and explore more fully some day. Great food, excellent beer and decadent chocolate.


Brussels Neon

You can see Mrs. Generik taking a picture in the left hand corner of this shot.

Brussels Spire

Drug Opera

Heart of the City



Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Beached Mattress

Beached Mattress

Seen on the shore just past the parking lot here in South San Francisco.

Under the Causeway

Causeway 03
Route 80 between Davis and Sacramento.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Fire Fall

One big reason I love living in San Francisco is that every week -- hell, every day -- there is something interesting (and often very photogenic) going on. Yesterday was the 16th annual Kaboom, the yearly music and fireworks extravaganza put on by local radio station KFOG. The musical portion of the show was led off by a very ho-hum local artist named Chuck Prophet, followed by Susan Tedeschi and then headliners Los Lonely Boys. I got there early and set up a spot very far straight back from the stage and close to the water, where the fireworks would be set off. My friend (and occasional commenter here) Ravioli met me soon after I got there; a little later, our pal Marty showed up, then Mrs. Generik got there after she finished her work day.

I set up the camera on a tripod with a wide angle lens and used a wireless remote to get some long exposures. Not all of them worked, but I did get a few nice shots. (More below the fold.)

Now today the How Weird Street Fair is happening on Howard Street, and you can bet I'll be lugging my camera downtown for that event as well. And then near the end of the month is the annual Carnaval parade and street fair. Man, I love this city.


Red Hot

The Lion's Roar