Saturday, February 27, 2010
Tonight is the Lunar New Year Parade (and Generik is doubtless getting some great pre-parade shots even as we speak). I won't be there, but I did get this shot of stored floats/costumes in a vacant storefront downtown. Gung Hay Fat Choy, everybody!
A panel of architectural ironwork casts some interesting shadows in the afternoon sun. It's Shadow Shot Sunday once again, just like last week and the week before. Join the shadowy fun!
Spent four days last week up in the mountains near Sequoia National Park. Snow is best as something you go to, rather than as something that comes to you.
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Thursday, February 25, 2010
Hooded Mergansers are small, diving, fish-eating ducks. Here an immature male is followed by an adult female. One of these weeks I'll post a shot of the adult male, who is the real beauty of this species. See a low-resolution enlargement of this shot here.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Across the street from my apartment building are a fire station, the residential America Hotel, a bar known as Divas and a medical marijuana outlet called Grass Roots. This is what it looked like on a rainy Sunday night peeking out the window from our laundry room.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
I spent Saturday morning on a tour of the Paramount Theater in Oakland, an art deco palace designed by Timothy Pflueger and opened in 1931. It has been restored to its original splendor, and is a must-see for all fans of that style of architecture. You're allowed to take all the pictures you want while on the tour, which is heaven for an inveterate shutterbug like me. This is just a small sample of the intricate ceiling structure designed by Pflueger -- who also designed the Castro Theater and a number of other opulent movie palaces and office buildings in those heady days before and during the Great Depression.
The Paramount offers tours the first and third Saturdays of each month, at a very reasonable cost of $5 per person. Highly recommended to fans of art deco architecture and movie theater history.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I took this shot using a Yashica double-lens reflex loaded with 120 film about seven years ago. I just got the film developed last week, and my friend Bill was good enough to scan a few of the negatives in. This is Zabriskie Point, looking north-ish.
Maybe I'll start shooting more film again...
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Update: yes, it's true: I am recycling my Martini Monday pic for Shadow Shot Sunday. Should anyone feel cheated by this, I will cheerfully refund the price of admission.
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Saturday, February 13, 2010
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Last Saturday was the second photowalk organized by the good folks at CALIBER. We met up at the Montgomery Street BART/MUNI station, and with the inimitable Frank Chu as our guide and beacon, walked up to North Beach and back down through Chinatown. Just before the meet-up, I splurged and bought myself a new 50mm 1.4 lens, and shot exclusively with that all day. It was, as the kids say, hella fun.
A few more shots from that day below the fold.
I entered this shot of ice refreezing on my lake last month to a JPG Magazine (or now I guess it's JPG website) photo challenge on "Frozen." I didn't win. The winning entries are here. I think maybe the focus is a bit soft in parts of my image, and it doesn't provide any scale or even any explanation of what exactly the image is. You can only enter one image per challenge or I'd have run "Klee Ice I" as well. Oh, well, you can't win 'em all.