Archive | May, 2010

Monday, 5-31-10 – Memorial Day

31 May

A flag on our street.

Sunday, 5-30-10 – The Kiss and the kiss

31 May

This statue, on the San Diego waterfront, may have become one of the most photographed objects in the city. Or at least the most photographed work of public art. It depicts the famous Life Magazine photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square in New York at the end of World War Two. Jan and I were sitting on a bench just people watching. I was thinking about taking photos of all the people taking photos. My mind was elsewhere when Jan nudged me and pointed at this young couple emulating “The Kiss.” I picked up my camera and got this shot along with a few others from holding down the shutter button. I looked at it on my camera view screen, liked what I saw and figured I had my photo for the day.

However, when I got home and opened up the photo on my computer screen, I saw that the shots were blurry. Then I looked at the camera’s EXIF data and realized that I had screwed up. I usually shoot in manual mode. The camera shutter speed was still at the 1/20th of a second that I had used with a tripod yesterday in shooting the silk flowers. Normally, I would notice that in the viewfinder, but I was wearing sun glasses and didn’t bother to take them off when I picked up the camera to get this shot. There are several lessons for me there. This photo has the least camera motion blur of the sequence. I’m using it because otherwise there would be no photo for today.

With the summer tourist season now here, I intend to go back and get a better shot of some other couple doing this.

Saturday, 5-29-10 – Dusty flowers

31 May

This is a silk flower that had accumulated lots of dust. It was Jan’s idea for me to take a photo of it before she cleaned it.

Friday, 5-28-10 – Make-up Pix

31 May

I let yesterday get away from me. So there are two extra photos today to make up.  I gave myself the additional challenge of using only my 75 – 300 mm zoom which would be equivalent to about 100 – 400 with the smaller digital sensor.

The first is of a statue in front of a house on our street. The house has some very ornate paint work, of which this statue is an indicator. This and a related statue flank a gate at the entrance.

By comparison, one street over, is this house with simpler design elements. This is the balcony lit by the afternoon sun.

In addition to lots of eating establishments, our neighborhood also is the location for an industrial linen & laundry service. This is the view from Kettner Street. The back gate and back doors were open. Normally, all of those orange hooks would be carrying bags of dirty laundry up into the building. But not at 5 p.m. on a Friday of a holiday weekend.

Wednesday, 5-26-10

26 May

While out walking today, I saw two motorcycles parked together. One was pretty average looking. The other had highly polished chrome work and a bright red gas tank. The latter was flawless except for some dust and water spots on the tank. However, the license plate was from Baja. So if someone rode it to downtown San Diego from Mexico, I guess one can excuse a little dirt.

Around the corner from where the motorcycles were parked is the entrance to the neighborhood catholic church. Today was the first time I noticed the lamps hanging above the entrance. As I said in the post for May 20, this project is giving me the impulse to keep looking, to see things that I have passed before and to see them with different eyes. That’s good.

Tuesday, 5-25-10 – Very Different Birds

25 May

People buy and place statues of owls on their roofs to scare away pigeons. But apparently no one has told the pigeons. I saw this today and couldn’t resist.

Bird of Paradise plants were in bloom today at the front door of our building. They’re one of Jan’s favorite flowers. She won’t see these because she will be in her car and use the garage entrance. So I took this for her.

Monday, 5-24-10 – More on an Unused Door

24 May

I think our San Diego County Administration Building is beautiful. It was built in the 1930’s in a Spanish Revival style with inlaid tiles and lots of ornamentation. My posting on Saturday, 5-22-10 was shot late in the day looking in through the east door.

I went back today to see the east side of the building in morning light. I was really taken by the symmetry of the design and that’s the reason for this shot.

This is a broad, inviting and grand approach to a civic building. The problem is, you cannot go in this way. This door and the one opposite facing the waterfront, with an equally grand approach, are both locked. After I took this picture, I read, for the first time, what is carved into the façade of the building above the east door. To me, it seems to me to be in conflict the lack of access: “Good Government Demands the Intelligent Interest of Every Citizen.” I agree with that sentiment. But today, if you want access to this building, you have to use the side entrance. There is something symbolic there.

The second photo is a bit of detail from the east door’s frame. I wonder how long it’s been since anyone polished the tarnished (bronze?) stars and metalwork around this door. But I guess the thinking might be that if they’re not going to let the public use these doors anyway, why bother to keep them looking good?