This is India Street in Little Italy – where we live. This is what it looked like this morning at 7:10 a.m. as an estimated 2,000 bike riders waited to start a race. You can see the starting line near the top of the image. The view is from the fourth floor of our building.
The second shot, looking straight down, is riders at the back of the pack working their way up to the starting line several minutes after the leaders took off. I deliberately shot at a slow shutter speed to create the motion blur.
On Saturday, 1/29/11, I went to a photo “Meetup” with a group from the Pacific Photographic Society. It was a day of shooting at the Motor Transport Museum and the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum – both in Campo. It’s a small town in east San Diego County in the foothills near the Mexican border. It was a great day with a group of very talented and friendly people.
The first batch of photos are from the Motor Transport Museum and are displayed with their permission. Wandering the grounds, among so many rusted wrecks, I couldn’t help thinking about a continuum between Museums at one end and junk yards at the other.
This is a hood ornament from an old pick-up truck.
There were these gigantic gears lying on the ground. When I say gigantic, I think they were more than four feet in diameter. Perhaps part of a transmission from …?
This latch was holding the engine cover on an old truck.
The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum is, in my mind, definitely more on the museum portion of that continuum. The next group were shot there. They have their share of rusting and decaying hulks. But they also have railcars and engines that have been partially or fully restored.
This last is my favorite from the shoot. While I was there, walking around and inside these old and antique railcars, it felt at times as if I was wandering among the spirits of a bygone era.
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.
There are lots of restaurants in our neighborhood – many of them very good. This one wasn’t. It’s been out of business for several months now. The unused tables and chairs are secured by a rusty chain to the fence that encloses the sidewalk dining area. But that’s not enough to stop passers-by from leaving comments.
It was after 5:30 p.m. when we decided to take a walk along San Diego Bay. Because police had blocked the area around the Star of India, we changed our plans to walk north and went the other direction, ending up at Seaport Village. I was able to take advantage of the warm light from the low sun.
There is a yacht harbor there and I saw this boy fishing from the dock.
On the way back, I took this shot of fishing boats in Tuna Harbor.
Then we passed through the shadow of the Midway Museum. That’s an active-duty aircraft carrier across the bay at the North Island Navy base.
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.