Thursday, December 06, 2012

Early San Francisco Bay Aerial Footage

San Francisco Bay area aerial footage before the invention of stabilization. 
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Uploaded on Jun 11, 2010 on youtube by "airboyd"

"This silent footage was out of sequence with the rest of the films and on a different reel. It appears to be a United Air Lines DC-3 flying over San Francisco and then landing and was taken from home movies in the Prelinger Archives. I'm not sure if this was a normal flight or if it was some kind of orientation ride as the flight path over the city seems a little more like a site seeing flight. I suspect it was taken before the other video of the terminal that I just posted but have no way of knowing."

National Geographic "Cameras Now and Then" - Pinhole Cameras

"I Didn't Know That Cameras Then and Now"

Published on Dec 4, 2012 on by National Geographic
"Richard Ambrose and Jonny Phillips go back to basics to show how old-school photography is just as useful as the everyday digital camera."

Interesting video on the history of the camera and the pinhole camera.

Cool Aerial Views of the San Francisco Bay Area - Photography Video

Cool Aerial Views of the San Francisco Bay Area - Photography Video

Over 130 images from high over San Francisco in a helicopter.  This collection
spans from 2005 to present.  The focus is the San Francisco Bay, maritime communities and the local waterfronts.

Enjoy a tour over America's Favorite city with views of iconic landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, SF City Waterfront and San Francisco Bay area landscapes. 

No soundtrack, but it is high quality HD if you wish to play it full screen.
This is fast cut, 1 frame per second.
SF Bay Images sells photography slide shows for atmospheric art as digital downloads.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Point Bonita Lighthouse In Blue

Point Bonita Lighthouse on the Mouth of the San Francisco Bay at Dawn.

Angelic Angel Island

Angel Island shrouded with fog.
Silhouettes of a pine tree on the Marin Headlands.

Cool Views From Downtown SF to the Pacific Ocean

Aerial photograph taken from downtown just before the Transamerica Tower looking west down the parallel streets to the Pacific Ocean. An unusually clear day. The streets line up just perfectly. Golden Gate Park is the swath of green on the left, the Presidio the mound of green on the right.

Cool Views - Aerial Photography of San Francisco - Downtown to the Pacific Ocean

Bill Dan Rocks

Artist Bill Dan continues to Rock the Sausalito Shoreline with his zen rock sculptures. You too can be amazed by his works on Bridgeway near Princess Street in Sausalito. He is there creating most  weekends. His usual spot is just east of the guy with the bird.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Fort Point - No Surf

Fort Point - No Surf

Standing Still

America Cup Class 2012, Pre-Trials
Standing Still
Before the Gate

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Cool San Francisco Views, Just for Fun - Coit Tower

The only way to line up Coit Tower and the Transamerica Building nicely is from a helicopter.
One Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, California
Did you know there was a statue of Christopher Columbus in the Parking Lot?

37° 48′ 9″ N122° 24′ 21″ W

Coit Tower

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia;
Coit Tower, also known as the Lillian Coit Memorial Tower, is a 210-foot (64 m) tower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San FranciscoCalifornia. The tower, in the city's Pioneer Park, was built in 1933 using Lillie Hitchcock Coit's bequest to beautify the city of San Francisco; at her death in 1929 Coit left one-third of her estate to the city for civic beautification. The tower was proposed in 1931 as an appropriate use of Coit's gift. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 29, 2008.[1]
The art deco tower, built of unpainted reinforced concrete, was designed by architects Arthur Brown, Jr. and Henry Howard, with frescomurals by 27 different on-site artists and their numerous assistants, plus two additional paintings installed after creation off-site. Although an apocryphal story claims that the tower was designed to resemble a fire hose nozzle[3] due to Coit's affinity with the San Francisco firefighters of the day, the resemblance is coincidental.


Brown's competition design envisioned a restaurant in the tower, which was changed to an exhibition area in the final version. The design uses three nesting concrete cylinders, the outermost a tapering fluted 180-foot (55 m) shaft that supports the viewing platform. An intermediate shaft contains a stairway, and an inner shaft houses the elevator. The observation deck is 32 feet (9.8 m) below the top, with an arcade and sylights above it. A rotunda at the base houses display space and a gift shop.[4]


The Coit Tower murals were done under the auspices of the Public Works of Art Project, the first of the New Deal federal employment programs for artists. Ralph Stackpole and Bernard Zakheim successfully sought the commission in 1933, and supervised the muralists, who were mainly faculty and students of the California School of Fine Arts (CSFA), including Maxine Albro, Victor Arnautoff, Ray Bertrand, Rinaldo Cuneo, Mallette Harold Dean, Clifford Wight, Edith Hamlin, George Harris, Otis Oldfield, Suzanne Scheuer, Hebe Daum and Frede Vidar.[8]
After Diego Rivera's Man at the Crossroads mural was destroyed by its Rockefeller Center patrons for the inclusion of an image of Lenin, the Coit Tower muralists protested, picketing the tower. Sympathy for Rivera led some artists to incorporate leftist ideas and composition elements in their works. Bernard Zakheim's "Library" depicts fellow artist John Langley Howard crumpling a newspaper in his left hand as he reaches for a shelved copy of Karl Marx's Das Kapital with his right, and Stackpole is painted reading a newspaper headline announcing the destruction of Rivera's mural; Victor Arnautoff's "City Life" includes The New Masses and The Daily Worker periodicals in the scene's news stand rack; John Langley Howard's mural depicts an ethnically diverse Labor March as well as showing a destitute family panning for gold while a rich family observes; and Stackpole's Industries of California was composed along the same lines as an early study of the destroyed Man at the Crossroads.[9]
Two of the murals are of San Francisco Bay scenes. Most murals are done in fresco; the exceptions are one mural done in egg tempera (upstairs, in the last decorated room) and the works done in the elevator foyer, which are oil on canvas. While most of the murals have been restored, a small segment (the spiral stairway exit to the observation platform) was not restored but durably painted over with epoxy surfacing.
Most of the murals are open for public viewing without charge during open hours, although there are ongoing negotiations by the Recreation and Parks Department of San Francisco to begin charging visitors a fee to enter the mural rotunda. The murals in the spiral stairway, normally closed to the public, are open for viewing on Saturday mornings at 11:00 am with a free San Francisco City Guides tour.[10]
Since 2004 artist Ben Wood has collaborated with other artists on large scale video projections onto the exterior of Coit Tower, in 2004, 2006, 2008 & 2009.[11]

Cool Tints in Red - Golden Gate Bridge

Cool Tints in Red - Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge
Black and White Photograph Tinted in Red.
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