Remembering my years Living in San Francisco (1979-1984)

(This was when I really took up photography. I took a class from a teacher in Oakland and learned how to print from him. I did all my own printing during this time. I never printed again after digital photography came into being)

This is a selfie taken in my hotel room in North Beach. The whole time I lived in San Francisco, I only lived in Hotel Rooms, but they had great views. I always have lots of plants and books no matter where I live. Shirt I bought it Chinatown. I didn´t know what the symbol said, but I think it was something sexy by the way Chinese men looked at me on the street when I wore it.
San Francisco Bay. with Golden Gate Bridge During these years I was very much into hand coloring photos that I took in B&W.
The Corner of Broadway and Columbus Avenue. Photo taken from my room at the Hotel Americana
North Beach up to Hob Hill.
William F. Burroughs at City Lights Bookstore cerca 1983
Romolo Avenue, North Beach, San Francisco
Window Washer. I took photo one day at work as I was looking out of my panoramic window from where I worked for an architectural firm on Clay St. (photo is hand-tinted)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/vibrant/

When I think of vibrant, I immediately think of Southern California and their colorful vegetation (pink cactus above)  and houses.  Below are few photos of vibrant structures in Venice, California.

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House on the Venice, California Canals.  Venice is a suburb of L.A.  The canals were originally built in the early 20th century to mimic the canals in Venice, Italy

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House on the Venice, California, Canals

Life Guard Station on Beach in Venice
Life Guard Station on Beach in Venice

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

The first thing that comes to mind from “saturated” is color.  However, my previous post that shows the paintings of Mark Rothko seems to show color saturation better than anything I have to offer.

The photo below is a photo I took of my friend Linda Jones in Los Angeles in 2010 at the Getty Center.  This photo is “saturated” with flowers and plants as is the Getty Center.  Linda and I are now both in our 70’s and have known each other since the fifth grade at Overland Avenue Grade School in West Los Angeles.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

View from my Window (1980) in North Beach, San Francisco.  Photo is a hand-colored black & white print that I printed myself.  One afternoon, I looked out my window and that fantastic cloud was hovering over the hill.  The bottom of the hill is North Beach, The middle of the hill is Chinatown, the top of the hill is Nob Hill.  This photo brings back lots of memories and feelings of those days in which I lived in a hotel room on Broadway and Columbus.
View from my Window (1980) in North Beach, San Francisco. Photo is a hand-colored black & white print that I printed myself.  Back then I was very much into hand-coloring my photos.  I haven’t done that in a long time, but am starting to get the urge again.  I used Marshall’s photo colors and after 30 years they are still good and I still have them all.  I’ve been carrying them around with me from one place to another all these years, so I would have them if I got the urge to photo color again.

One afternoon, I looked out my window and that fantastic cloud was hovering over the hill. The bottom of the hill (not much visible in this photo) is North Beach, The middle of the hill is Chinatown, the top of the hill is Nob Hill. The tallest building at the top of the hill (gold modern rectangle with flag) is the Fairmont Hotel.

This photo brings back lots of memories and feelings of those days in which I lived in a hotel room at Broadway and Columbus for 4 years. At the time I had a job as a secretary at an architectural firm, a few blocks away. I chose not to show all of the hill of buildings so that I could get the cloud in.

These were acquaintances of mine at this time.  Man on the low left is the poet Gregory Corso.  They were sitting in front of the Church
These were North Beach neighborhood people at this time (1979-84). Man on the lower left is the poet Gregory Corso, who was the only person in this group I knew at all. I left San Francisco in 1984 and haven’t been back, but hope to visit some day.

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Me, in 1982, I think. I’m standing outside a cruse ship in San Francisco Harbor.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

I couldn’t quite make up my mind which photo to use, so I present 3 for your consideration, representing 3 activities that I consider escaping:  reading, going to the beach, and window shopping where I can’t afford to buy anything.  The latter escaping into fantasy, although reading can also be escaping into fantasy depending on what one is reading.

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Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris.

On the beach in Playa del Rey, California. Notice how the lifeguard house is painted.
On the beach in Playa del Rey, California. Notice how the lifeguard house is painted.

Designer Shops on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California, USA
Designer Shops on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California, USA

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

These are photos I took from my flight to Los Angeles from Newark in 2010. I went to Los Angeles for my 50th high school reunion. I graduated from University High in West Los Angeles, January of 1960.

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Los Angeles Freeways just east of LAX.

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I took this photo when I was leaving L.A. It’s the coast line just south of LAX.

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The Hollywood Freeway with downtown Los Angeles in the far distance.  You can see a little of the Hollywood Bowl–about two-third’s down on far right.  This was a very normal smoggy day in L.A. It was really much less clear than this. I used photo software to try to make it more clear.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

“Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found” – James Russell Lowell

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Photo taken on a canal in Venice, California (1979). This was one of the first photos I ever took when I bought my first camera a Nikon FM. I also did the developing and printing.  The shadow around the bee was made by the flutter of the wings, which my camera wasn’t set fast enough to stop.

Art and Architecture in Venice, California

This video contains a few of my favorite photos taken in Venice, California on my 5-day trip to Los Angeles, in September 2010, in order to attend my 50th high school reunion.

As you can see by this blog, I’ve been making a lot of videos lately. That is because I found this really nice little program for making videos on the Internet that you can download for free, if you have Windows Vista or Windows 7. It may take other versions of windows, I’m not sure. Go to http://explore.live.com/windows-live-movie-maker?os=other However, it won’t accept all file extensions.  It won’t take photos from my new camera, which is a Nikon, but it accepts photos from my old camera, which is a Canon.