Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I Didn't Know That : Camera Special Effects

I Didn't Know That : Camera Special Effects
A National Geographic Video On Youtube describing the use of 13 cameras to capture an actor in mid air in 3D.
"The "time slice" effect is often used in action movies when actors appear frozen in time as a camera spins around them. Find out how ordinary digital still cameras are used to create this extraordinary special effect."

Cool Views - Aerial San Francisco Waterfront

Cool Views - Aerial San Francisco Waterfront
Helicopter over San Francisco Bay, January 2007

Cool Aerial Views - Hawk Over Treasure Island

Cool Aerial Views - Hawk Over 
San Francisco Bay 

Helicopter Shot. Actually, close flying birds
are not your friends when in a helicopter.
This Hawk ventured awfully close.
Close enough for a beauty shot.
Temporary Merry-go-around on the 
pier of treasure island.

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The Blues

Personally, I am not into photoshop tricks and like native images. This over-exposed mishap of the Blue Angels this past San Francisco Bay Fleet week, 2012, is definitely blog post worthy.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Ladies of the Palace in Black and White - 37.801728, -122.447682

Ladies of the Palace in Black and White
Palace of Fine Arts
Architecture: Beaux-Arts 1915
Architect: Bernard Maybeck
Photo Date: 12/09/2004
Camera: Nikon D1
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Place of Fine Arts Theater
3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Administrative Office: (415) 563-6504
Box Office: (415) 567-6642
Fax: (415) 567-4062

Geo Code

(37.801728, -122.447682)


37.801728 °
N 37 ° 48' 6.2"
37 ° 48.1037' (degree m.mmmm)


-122.447682 °

W 122 ° 26' 51.7"
-122 ° 26.8609' (degree m.mmmm)


The Palace of Fine Arts was one of ten palaces at the heart of the Panama-Pacific Exhibition, which also included the exhibit palaces of Education, Liberal Arts, Manufactures, Varied Industries, Agriculture, Food Products, Transportation, Mines and Metallurgy and the Palace of Machinery.The Palace of Fine Arts was designed by Bernard Maybeck, who took his inspiration from Romanand Greek architecture[5] in designing what was essentially a fictional ruin from another time.

While most of the exposition was demolished when the exposition ended, the Palace was so beloved that a Palace Preservation League, founded by Phoebe Apperson Hearst, was founded while the fair was still in progress.

For a time the Palace housed a continuous art exhibit, and during the Great Depression, W.P.A. artists were commissioned to replace the decayed Robert Reid murals on the ceiling of the rotunda. From 1934 to 1942 the exhibition hall was home to eighteen lighted tennis courts. During World War II it was requisitioned by the military for storage of trucks and jeeps. At the end of the war, when the United Nations was created in San Francisco, limousines used by the world's statesmen came from a motor pool there. From 1947 on the hall was put to various uses: as a city Park Department warehouse; as a telephone book distribution center; as a flag and tent storage depot; and even as temporary Fire Department headquarters.

While the Palace had been saved from demolition, its structure was not stable. Originally intended to only stand for the duration of the Exhibition, the colonnade and rotunda were not built of durable materials, and thus framed in wood and then covered with staff, a mixture of plaster and burlap-type fiber. As a result of the construction and vandalism, by the 1950s the simulated ruin was in fact a crumbling ruin.

In 1964 the original Palace was completely demolished, with only the steel structure of the exhibit hall left standing. The buildings were then reconstructed in permanent, light-weight, poured-in-place concrete, and steel I-beams were hoisted into place for the dome of the rotunda. All the decorations and sculpture were constructed anew. The only changes were the absence of the murals in the dome, two end pylons of the colonnade, and the original ornamentation of the exhibit hall.

In 1969 the former Exhibit Hall became home to the Exploratorium interactive museum, and in 1970 also became the home of the 966 seat Palace of Fine Arts Theater.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Just for Fun - Think no Black Friday - 37.78413,-122.498184 Land's End

Think Different - 
Boycott Black Friday and Do something Cultural.

Just for Fun, Think no Black Friday
Visit Rodin's "The Thinker" at Legion of the Honor.
Land's End - GEO CODE:  37.78413,-122.498184

Auguste Rodin
The Thinker
(1879–1889) is among the most recognized works in all of sculpture. "The Thinker" prominently holds thought in the Rosekrans Court of San Francisco's Legion of Honor outdoor entry near the glass pyramid skylights added in 1995.

 "Architect George Applegarth’s design for the California Palace of the Legion of Honor was a three-quarter-scaled adaption of the 18th-century Parisian original, incorporating the most advanced ideas in museum construction."  Legion of Honor Website - History of the Legion of Honor

The Legion of Honor is located on the headlands of the San Francisco Bay, on the South Side near Pacific Heights, called Land's End. The museum is one of the oldest treasures of San Francisco. It houses a permanent collection and visiting shows. If you go, just for fun  look for the hunting scene with the dog pee-ing in the permanent collection.
The views from the surrounding area look North past the Marin Headlands and California Coast Golden Gate Recreational Area. On a clear day you can see all the way to Point Reyes and/or The Farallon Islands from Land's End. The sunsets are spectacular.
The Legion of Honor
The Legion of Honor is located at 100 34th Avenue, at Clement Street, in San Francisco's Lincoln Park. Free parking is available around the fountain in front of the museum or along El Camino del Mar.

Address: 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: (415) 750-3600
Mon Closed
Tue-Sun 9:30am–5:15pm


November 17, 2012 - March 17, 2013

Think Different - 
Boycott Black Friday and Do something Cultural.

From Wikipedia:

François-Auguste-René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917), known as Auguste Rodin (play /ˈɡst rˈdæn/ oh-goostroh-danFrench: [oɡyst ʁɔdɛ̃]), was a French sculptor. Although Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture,[1] he did not set out to rebel against the past. He was schooled traditionally, took a craftsman-like approach to his work, and desired academic recognition,[2] although he was never accepted into Paris's foremost school of art.

Sculpturally, Rodin possessed a unique ability to model a complex, turbulent, deeply pocketed surface in clay. Many of his most notable sculptures were roundly criticized during his lifetime. They clashed with the predominant figure sculpture tradition, in which works were decorative, formulaic, or highly thematic.
Rodin's most original work departed from traditional themes of mythology and allegory, modeled the human body with realism, and celebrated individual character and physicality. Rodin was sensitive to the controversy surrounding his work, but refused to change his style. Successive works brought increasing favor from the government and the artistic community.
From the unexpected realism of his first major figure – inspired by his 1875 trip to Italy – to the unconventional memorials whose commissions he later sought, Rodin's reputation grew, such that he became the preeminent French sculptor of his time. By 1900, he was a world-renowned artist. Wealthy private clients sought Rodin's work after his World's Fair exhibit. For example, a Japanese patron, Matsukata Kojiro, paid for some of Rodin's best castings, including "The Gates of Hell."[3]
Rodin kept company with a variety of high-profile intellectuals and artists. He married his lifelong companion, Rose Beuret, in the last year of both their lives. His sculptures suffered a decline in popularity after his death in 1917, but within a few decades, his legacy solidified. Rodin remains one of the few sculptors widely known outside the visual arts community.

Cool Views - Just for Fun - Aerial Pier 39 San Francisco Geo Code -37.8085395, -122.4096934

Just for Fun
Cool Views - Aerial Pier 39 San Francisco on a crowded October day. Over the pier looking out towards the San Francisco Bay, crowds enjoy fun and the weather on Pier 39.

From the San Francisco Bay Photography Aerial Collection.

Geocode for Pier 39 Shopping Center: Latitude: 37.8085395 - Longitude: -122.4096934

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Grace Notes

A grace note is a kind of musical notation used to denote several kinds of musical ornaments. 
"In notation a grace note is distinguished from a regular note by print size. A grace note is indicated by printing a note that is much smaller than a regular note, sometimes with a slash through the note stem (if two or more grace notes, there might be a slash through the note stem of the first note but not the subsequent grace note). The presence or absence of a slash through a note stem is often interpreted to indicate the intention of an acciacatura or an appoggiatura, respectively.
The works of some composers, especially Frédéric Chopin, may contain long series of notes printed in the small type reserved for grace notes simply to show that the amount of time to be taken up by those notes as a whole unit is a subjective matter to be decided by the performer. Such a group of small printed notes may or may not have an accompanying principal note, and so may or may not be considered as grace notes in analysis."

Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Take the Wave

Rodeo Beach is Marin's best surf spot.
All the cool kids surf at Rodeo Beach.

Méthode Champenoise - Napa Valley Champagne

How to tell the good stuff: It is hand turned in the bottle - Méthode Champenoise.

Méthode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced. After primary fermentation and bottling, a second alcoholic fermentation occurs in the bottle. This second fermentation is induced by adding several grams of yeast (usually Saccharomyces cerevisiae, although each brand has its own secret recipe) and several grams of rock sugar. According to the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée a minimum of 1.5 years is required to completely develop all the flavour. For years where the harvest is exceptional, a millesimé is declared and some Champagne will be made from and labelled as the products of a single vintage rather than a blend of multiple years' harvests. This means that the Champagne will be very good and has to mature for at least 3 years. During this time the Champagne bottle is sealed with a crown cap similar to that used on beer bottles.

After aging, the bottle is manipulated, either manually or mechanically, in a process called remuage, so that the lees settle in the neck of the bottle. After chilling the bottles, the neck is frozen, and the cap removed. The pressure in the bottle forces out the ice containing the lees, and the bottle is quickly corked to maintain the carbon dioxide in solution. Some syrup (le dosage) is added to maintain the level within the bottle.

(definition from wikipedia)

Golden Gate Bridge In Reflection

Golden Gate Bridge reflected in flat, glassy, unusually still waters.
The big blue. Waiting for the Blue Angels to fly over head for Fleetweek.
Photo circa 2002 early adopter digital camera, "Sony Cybershot". It looked like a beer can but it produced magical photos. Unfortunately the size of those antiquated images are not suitable for modern printing. Too bad because this is an epic shot.

Cool Views: Transamerica Pyramid Tower Top

An unusual aerial view of the top of the Transamerica Tower with the waterfront docks below., all rights reserved.

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SFMOMA Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco - 37.7858°N 122.4008°W

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Autumn Day. San Francisco. Designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, the graphic juxtaposition of the black and white striped cylindrical protrusion sliced at an angle with green glass of yet another pattern and the monolithic red brick mass was a bold design. It was controversial that a swiss architect was selected, rather then a San Francisco architect, but in the end it is a strong and beautiful contribution to the fabric of the city of San Francisco.

GEO CODE: 37.7858°N 122.4008°W

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a modern art museum located in San Francisco, California. A nonprofit organization, SFMOMA holds an internationally recognized collection of modern and contemporary ... Wikipedia
Mon-Tue, Fri-Sun 11am–5:45pm
Wed Closed
Thu 11am–8:45pm
Address151 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone(415) 357-4000
37.7858°N 122.4008°W

Year of the Dragon Umbrella

Dragon comes to life. Parasol in a window, Chinatown, San Francisco.

The year of the dragon is almost over. Has it been good for you?

Nikon D1

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Dawn Patrol, San Francisco Bay

Seagull on early morning dawn patrol surveying the prospects over the San Francisco Bay lit up by wild morning light just before sunrise.

San Francisco Bay Photography. Dawn Patrol
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Dawn patrol, San Francisco skyline, fire in the sky.

Sphere Balls of Cool Morning Dew

Cool Sphere of Dew decorate Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Marin Headlands. You have to get up early to find the pristine drops left by the rain. If you lucky you will find a Coyote or a Bobcat annoyed by the weather and out on the prowl.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Marin Headlands, San Francisco Bay.

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Cool Sphere Dew Balls

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rodeo Beach Lagoon, Sunset

Rodeo Beach Lagoon goes National Geographic in October. The sun sets in just the right way to make endless pinks and purple in the sky. Snowy White Egrets and a Blue Heron kick up the mud for dinner in the foreground. It was one of those fall evenings were everything stands still perfectly and you wish it could last forever. San Francisco Bay Digital Images.
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Sailing San Francisco Bay

Sailing SF Bay
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Glowstringing by Anna "Schlosser90 - Video

SF Bay Images Youtube Pick of the Day: Glowstringing by Anna "Schlosser90 Filmed by Blake Johnson Music by 952 Crew-"Our Last Chance" Glowstringing by Anna "Schlosser90" Camera: Canon T2i 566761_Save 10% on All Party Products

Change In the Weather

Change in the weather. Good Morning San Francisco.

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San Francisco Bay Sunrise Pirates.

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Useful Tripods For Tricky Shooting

Uploaded by sfbayimages on Feb 10, 2011 Marin Headlands. My Car. My crew helped me take a birthday ride in my car out by the coast to play with cameras. We mounted them on the car, in the car, over the car, and from various vantage points. All Canon Mark 5 DSLR footage. Of course, my favorite tripod is a helicopter. We used the a Joby Gorillapod mount for the inside the car shots.. It is fun little mount to play with.

Sandra Cannon - SF Bay Digital Images

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Cascade Canyon Photographer - Sandra Cannon

Cascade Canyon, Mill Valley, California. Sandra Cannon. Michael Star T-Shirts are stylish basics to my wardrobe." San Francisco Bay Digital Images

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Teamwork - Sailing in Black and White

Black and White Racing. San Francisco Bay. Teamwork. 

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Cranes From China Delivered to the San Francisco Bay

I just came across this image in my library. It is striking, unusual and historical shot representing the underpinning economy of the San Francisco Bay, the maritime industry.
        5/1/2002 Cranes from China. Having just barely made it under the Golden Gate Bridge, four big cranes pass before the San Francisco City front on their way to the Port of Oakland. A historical event.

Cranes from China
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Sunday, November 04, 2012

Magic Video From Mt. Tam Fire Lookout

A Day in the Life of a Fire Lookout. from Gary Yost on Vimeo.

A Magical well done story without many words from the top of Mount Tamalapais, Marin County, California, USA. Thank you Gary.
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Caption from Vimeo:
A Day in the Life of a Fire Lookout.
The video documents the (usually) very peaceful life of a fire lookout in the Gardner Lookout on the East Peak of Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California. I've been a Marin County Fire Department volunteer lookout for two years and deeply love the mountain and the peace it brings to us here in the Bay Area. Perhaps this 6-minute video will convey some of the emotions I feel when sitting (and sleeping) on her peak. All timelapse editing done in Lightroom4 and LR Timelapse2.
For more information about becoming a fire lookout in Marin County, visit