California

Buildings in the sky

Buildings in the sky I live in a city where the tallest building is one that will be 17 floors high so when I travel to far off lands it’s always great to see tall skyscrapers looming over the streets. This might bear a striking resemblance to a previous image but it is a different […]

First Draft: Ready to go!

John asked what did he original Ready to go! look like and I’ll oblige now. Showing what the original photo looks like is akin to showing what the first draft of a written essay or post reads like. Sometimes the image comes out perfectly in the camera but that’s rarely the case. At the very […]

Bike Lane

Bike Lane Riding a bike anywhere on today’s streets is almost a suicidal pursuit but bike lanes help. Here a bus drove past as I took this shot in an urban tunnel in downtown San Francisco.

Ready to go!

Ready to go! You better be good at hill starts if you live in San Francisco! I presume it’s slightly easier with an automatic transmission rather than manual? Highly processed image via multiple tools in the GIMP until I came up with an effect I liked – multiple layers, b/w, gaussian blur, layer modes and […]

Alcatraz Flowers

Alcatraz Flowers The entrance to Alcatraz Prison is up a series of steps near these flowers. I love how they catch the light while the background is in the shade of the prison. After yesterday’s flood of posts it’s nice to get back to the one-a-day habit although I wonder why Technorati hasn’t picked up […]

Look through the bars at Alcatraz

Look through the bars at Alcatraz Looking down a closed off corridor or street in Alcatraz Prison, San Francisco. I watched a few minutes of “Escape From Alcatraz” last night and recognised a few locations – the canteen of course, and the ventilation shafts behind the cells are visible to anyone who looks. I wonder […]

The real prisoners of Alcatraz

The real prisoners of Alcatraz Prisoners of Alcatraz mill about in a daze. The special headsets they wear are mind controlling devices that cause people to stare listlessly into space. They control the actions of people, causing them to walk around the prison, peering into cells and to gaze at features of the streets. I’ve […]

The streets of San Francisco

The streets of San Francisco San Francisco is rightly famous for it’s hills and steep slopes. The city streets go up and down and, and no matter what the gradient, cars will always be parked at the side of the street. Local bylaws state that a parked car on a slope must have the front […]

The gulls of Alcatraz

The gulls of Alcatraz Yet another curious seagull on the island of Alcatraz in San Francisco. I think he has a stern, angry look on his face, probably because I disturbed him by waving a camera in his face!

Checking the prisoner

Checking the prisoner “I’m so tired. They’ve had me locked up here for years. I’m in solitary confinement for my sins. I was set up I tell you! It wasn’t me!” A tourist looks in on a cell in Alcatraz in the solitary confinement wing. Luckily I was able to walk out immediately. Not a […]

No walking stick

No walking stick It’s a good thing nobody in this picture needs help walking or getting about! Is that sign really saying walking sticks aren’t allowed? It could be one of the following too, what do you think? No backpackers No mountaineers or hikers No round headed people Or possibly even “people with bags on […]

Pier 38, San Francisco

Pier 38, San Francisco Pier 38 is where True Ventures have their San Francisco office. It was the location of a great post-WordCamp party last August. It was such a beautiful night I had to take a shot of the moon and lights reflecting in the water.

Cupid’s Arrow in the sunset

Cupid’s Arrow in the sunset The arrow head of Cupid’s Span is caught as a silhouette by the evening sky in San Francisco. The monument sits in Rincon Park and was created by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen to mirror the span of the Bay Bridge nearby.

A resident of Alcatraz

A resident of Alcatraz Alcatraz Island is now inhabited by the birds and I presume security staff but I think the birds have a better life with all the tourists around hefting lunches and sandwiches from the mainland. Imagine the scene, me and a few of the others scrambling to get a shot of this […]

A table at Memphis Minnies

A table at Memphis Minnies There wasn’t much left after we ate a hearty lunch in Memphis Minnies. Plates, cutlery, cups and sauces.. all eaten! Great place to eat. On the way out I made a shot of their “low fat=low flavor” advert and I just realised I spelt the name of the establishment incorrectly […]