I’m playing catch-up and posting photos taken in November.
Along the San Diego waterfront there is a walkway and park that honors America’s veterans, especially from the Navy. In a Veteran’s Day observance, a veterans group placed markers commemorating American forces killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were placed in the grass area near where the aircraft carrier Midway Museum is anchored. While crosses predominate, there were also crescents, stars of David and others without a clear religious symbol. I noticed a young man with a haircut that suggested he might be a Marine as he contemplated a marker that also had the photo of a Marine who gave his life in those wars.
On Tuesdays, on a rotating basis, the museums at Balboa Park have free admission for San Diegans. Following are some pictures I took at the park on Nov. 16.
The first is a woman I saw sitting near paintings on display in the Spanish Village Art Center. (See also my post of July 13 for related pictures). I was taken by her gray hat and hair against the color of her shirt and the red bench.
This photo was taken from inside the Art Museum looking out a back window along the corridor leading to the restrooms. The window overlooks part of the park. It had a light filtering shade. I shot through the shade because I liked the sort of impressionist painting effect it had on the scene outside.
The next two shots were definitely influenced by being in the art museum. These are lily pads in the pond in front of the Botanical Building. Both photos are of the same group of lily pads, but from different angles. I played with the images a little in Photoshop to get a suggestion (to me) of a Monet painting.
Inside the Botanical Building looking out – I liked the spider webs between the turned posts that make a grill instead of a wall.
After I left the Botanical Building, I took this shot because I was taken by the contrast between the elderly couple slowly walking and the young couple enjoying the park in a different way.
Coming up in the next post, December photos.
I was walking toward the waterfront when I saw these three buildings seemingly framed in a fourth. And I thought, “wow – cool reflections.”
As I shot, I wasn’t sure whether the best picture would be the wide angle or a medium telephoto of a segment of the reflections. But when I got home and really looked at the exaggerated distortions in one row of windows, I decided to use that photo also. But rather than just cropping, I decided to use the whole file and darken the top and bottom rows to emphasize the one in the middle.
When I first started this project, I said I would only use Photoshop for basic correction of exposure, contrast and for cropping. But, as you can tell from this shot and some recent color photos that were converted to B/W, I’ve decided to give myself a little more room to play.
I took this on India Street a little over a block from our home. The building across the street from where I was standing was reflecting a building behind me. The latter building is also a glass-sided structure and it was reflecting a third building that was flying an American flag. I had seen this a few days ago but the light was wrong – all marine layer overcast. However, this afternoon we finally saw the sun after about two weeks of gray. And the sun was on the flag long enough for me to get this shot.
The windows in this office building are uneven in many aspects. I like the abstract art effect that the unevenness creates in the reflections of a nearby condominium.
We had an unusual (for San Diego) spring rain today. Our building has a central courtyard common area with a stamped concrete surface. Because of the slope, or rather the lack thereof, puddles form and remain after a rain. This is a tree reflected in one of the puddles with the picture inverted because I like the effect. The first time I did a shot like this was when Jan and I visited Italy. It rained much of the time (it was April then also). I was looking for a different way to shoot two famous Florence landmarks. You can see those pictures at this link: http://members.cox.net/abe.wischnia/index.htm/