The rain came yesterday and should be gone by tonight. The rest of the week and weekend we should see plenty of sunshine 🙂
Here’s a photo of me and my girlfriend (@VVH1t) for Monochrome Mondays 🙂
A few days ago, after work, I headed over to both the Yerba Buena Island and Treasure Island to meet up with some friends (Joe Ercoli, Tom Finale, Paul Giani, … Continue reading Good Times on the Islands
I’ll be going out to Yerba Buena Island today after work to take some photos of the Bay Bridge. I’ve been wanting to take pictures of both the San Francisco span and Oakland span of the Bay Bridge ever since I posted pictures of the bridge on this blog. Joe Ercoli, Tom Finale, James Perez, Paul Giani, Jorman Koon, and I will be making the trek around the island. This time I’ll be taking my GoPro HERO2 and a POS Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS since I no longer have my Canon Rebel XSi.
With the GoPro, I’m going to attempt to do a time lapse of the sun setting in the west with the San Francisco Bay Bridge span in the foreground. I haven’t had the chance to pick up the LCD Back for the GoPro so I’ll be shooting blind, technically. I’ve played around with the GoPro enough that I have an idea of what I’ll be capturing.
Once the sun set, we’ll be heading to the east end of the island to take shots of the Oakland span that has both the new Bay Bridge and current Bay Bridge section. There has been a lot of progress done to the new span of the bridge since the last time that I was there on Yerba Buena Island. The bridge now have cables hanging down from the main cable.
The photo above was taken from an ACTransit bus as I was heading to the East Bay. So as you can tell from the Google Map photo from the very top of this post, that when compared to the Instagram photo above, there has been a ton of progress on the new span.
I plan on shooting the Oakland span with the POS Canon. I’m worried about the quality of photos that I’ll get. I hope that it wont be a waste of time trying to shoot with the POS. Actually, I know it wont be a true waste of time since I’ll be seeing friends that I haven’t seen in few months. I do know that the POS is not a DSLR and that the quality will not be as good.
We are just have to stay tuned to see how everything turned out. So stay tuned. Maybe if time permits I’ll post something from tonight’s photo adventure later early tomorrow morning.
I took advantage of being off this past Thursday by going out shooting with my brother James and my friend Jorman. We spent that afternoon going to several places taking shots of iconic structures of San Francisco, one of them being the Palace of Fine Arts.
Built in 1915, nine years after the devastation 1906 earthquake, San Francisco was back on its feet and wanted to show the world how it well the city was doing by holding the The Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), World’s Fair, for the opening of the Panama Canal. There were plenty of magnificent structures that were built for the event such as the Palace of Horticulture and the Tower of Jewels. Sadly, like all World’s Fair, these great structures were only temporary. From all the grandeur of the PPIE, the only structure that remains is the Palace of Fine Arts.
Below is a panorama of the Palace of Fine Arts where you can see people enjoying the day and appreciating the spectacle before their eyes.
The Palace of Fine Arts received a long overdue restoration that was completed in 2011. Some of the things that came with the face lift was the removal of the inset faces from under the dome of the rotunda. Pun intended, even though the pun was corny.
To help give you an idea to how massive the rotunda is, I took a photo of a couple folks within the rotunda as they were going about shooting photos. The way I was able to take this photo was ever so gently scaling the steps up till I was a good 15′ – 20′ above the ground.
The steps that I scaled are actually planters and at the time of taking the photo, there were no plants within the planters.
James took a picture of me while I started my decent back down, then posted the image on Instagram. As you can see the urns are approximately 10′ tall, making me appear diminutive.
The landscaping is done so wonderful throughout the area for the Palace of Fine Arts. I am not a horticulturalist so I can’t name all the plants that surrounds the area, but the flowers, shrubs, and trees sure do compliment the areas and make the Palace of Fine Arts complete.
The Redwood Trees that grow on the grounds of the Palace of Fine Arts grow along side of the columns so naturally that they appear to be a part of the structure. The branches and leaves of the Redwood works well with the Corinthians capitals of the columns.
Finally, a great feature of the Palace of Fine Arts is that the lagoon creates a tranquility to the space around it that brings in wildlife. The various wildlife that makes the Palace of Fine Arts their home ranges from ducks, swans, turtles, frogs, and many more. I had a great opportunity to shoot a few of the swans while we all were walking around taking photos.
I can’t wait till I come back to the Palace of Fine Arts to snap some photos of this place. Next time I’ll do some HDR and/or Time Lapse. And once the weather cools down and the fog stops being a constant, I’ll have a chance to shoot the Palace of Fine arts at night for the first time.
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Took this shot of the BART train on the West Oakland outbound platform early July. While waiting for my transfer, I took advantage if the setting sun with the incoming train. The end result is this Instagram photo of BART that has movement.
Lately I’ve been taking photos with my cell phone, posting it on Instagram, and ignoring my blog. Well, I’ve decided to put more effort in blogging… But first I had to ask myself a few questions. Do I enjoy blogging? Why do I blog? And what do I gain from blogging?
I do enjoy blogging when I have/make time for it. I have many other activities that I enjoy more than blogging but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy blogging. In case you’re wondering what other activities I enjoy other than blogging, they are: sleeping, gaming, surfing the web, watching sports, enjoying a nice cold beer (s), photography, spending time with family, working out, watching movies/tv shows, reading, and so on. I don’t hate blogging and blogging doesn’t feel like a chore to me, I just need to prioritize and make time for blogging.
But why should I make time for blogging when I enjoy other activities more?
The reason I blog is to keep myself productive in a positive way. Instead of wasting time gaming, surfing the web, or watching movies and tv, by blogging stimulates my mind and makes me think about things… Random and irrelevant things. Gaming is stimulating; it does make me think and has me involved actively in a community. However for the most part when I am online, trolling the web, I am just hitting the ‘Like” button to participate in conversations. Blogging gives me a voice to post my opinions in a more productive and critical manner which involves more than 140 characters. Basically I have to put more effort in a blog post versus to just saying ‘Happy Friday!’ as a post, even though I can.
So what do I gain from blogging rather than just having to think more and being more ‘productive’ with one self?
Reflection. For now reflection is the best answer to my own question. Months from now I get to look back at my blog and see myself in my own POV and reflect to that particular time. With reflecting I hope to learn from my experience, laugh, and be at awe with myself. In truth this blog is my own personal public diary.
I plan, no, I will put more of myself out there publicly for those that are reading this so that they can understand me better and have a true unfiltered insight into my character. I’ll write more fluidly with my style but keep the grammar and spelling neat (as best as I possibly can). I wont apologize for being blunt, rude, inappropriate, or polite. In the past, one of the challenges that I have with blogging is worrying about what people will think. To hell with that worry. This is my diary and if you don’t like it, leave comment. Plus it’s just a blog.
“A blog is not writing. It’s graffiti with punctuation” – Dr. Sussmann, Contagion (2011).
Finally! After lagging for some time I went ahead and applied for an Instacanv.as account. After a week or so, I finally have my gallery open!
For those that don’t know what Instacanv.as is, it is a publishing site that allows you to purchase your favorite Instagram photos and have them delivered to you as canvas art. And in case you have been living under a rock, or don’t own a smart phone; Instagram is a photo app that allows users to edit their pictures and have it upload to the social network.
So come to my gallery and check out what I have been shooting 🙂
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