Archive for May, 2010

Week 21: Checking my iPhone, part 2

Thursday, May 27th, 2010
Annamarie's 52 Project: Week 21


I love shooting at night. The colors and lights and long exposures always lend themselves to interesting results. For instance, that arc at the top of this shot is from a helicopter.

What I don’t love: raccoons, especially when they thrash around with their beady eyes in the pitch black darkness in the near brush off to the right. Thankfully, I was not alone when I was out shooting the Bay Bridge. Thankfully, I have a friend who yelled and waved his arms wildly until they scampered away even after the obviously human-acclimated critters first glared at him defiantly. I’m pretty sure I would have fleed without taking all the shots I wanted had I been alone. Thanks, friends!

Here is part 1.

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Week 20: Dead Doggie

Friday, May 21st, 2010
Week 20/52: Dead Doggie


This shot was taken last night during DSLR ShootFest, the Treasure Island Edition. My friend Julia and I scoped out T.I. a week in advance and drove by three 9-foot tall fiberglass daschund heads wearing chef hats and bow ties sitting on a trailer. I bookmarked the location as a “must return.”

The dog heads were from an old 1949 to 1986 chain of hot dog stands in San Francisco and Oakland. The signs revolved on 20′ tall metal poles and were nicknamed “Dachshunds on Sticks.” These three heads were named Manny, Moe and Jack; and they have quite a history since the chain’s demise: they are the patron saints of the Dogminican Order, they’ve been immortalized as a tattoo, they’ve taken a road trip to New York City, and most importantly they kicked off another successful DSLR ShootFest.

If you are in the Bay Area and (a) you would like to keep your DSLR from getting dusty or (b) you like to jump, let me know, and I’ll send you an invitation to the next ShootFest.

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Week 19: Ode to San Francisco, part 2

Thursday, May 13th, 2010
dancer jumping steep San Francisco hill


Simone continues to defy gravity on San Francisco’s hills.

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Week 18: I got a new blackberry, but I’m keeping my iPhone

Friday, May 7th, 2010


Is it just me or are the names of car colors pure silliness? Take my new Honda Fit, for example, which is called “Blackberry Pearl,” aka purple. My friend Sunshine, who is also a brand new Fit owner, recently posted the question on Facebook about whether she should get blackberry pearl or blue sensation. Amusingly, yet not surprisingly, a number of friends thought she was talking about a phone. If I were getting paid to come up with the names for car colors, I’d call this “Purple People Eater” or “Purpley Burpely.”

Here’s a breakdown of what your car color supposedly says about you:

Silver – Elegant, loves futuristic looks, cool
White – Fastidious
Vibrant Red – Sexy, speedy, high-energy and dynamic
Deep Blue-Red – Some of the same qualities as red, but far less obvious about it
Taupe / Light Brown – Timeless, basic and simple tastes
Black – Empowered, not easily manipulated, loves elegance, appreciates classics
Neutral Gray – Sober, corporate, practical, pragmatic
Dark Green – Traditional, trustworthy, well-balanced
Bright Yellow-Green – Trendy, whimsical, lively
Yellow Gold – Intelligent, warm, loves comfort and will pay for it
Sunshine Yellow – Sunny disposition, joyful and young at heart
Deep Brown – Down-to-earth, no-nonsense
Orange – Fun loving, talkative, fickle and trendy
Deep Purple – Creative, individualistic <-- I see truth in this!

You may wonder why this week’s image is no jumping-for-joy-I-bought-a-new-car shot. When I was planning this shot, I had envisioned myself jumping inside my new car, but the actual mechanics of that did not work out well. Yes, I tried! By the time I got to this shot, I was already 164 frames in, thus the sour (purple) grapes face.

Little known fact: in Europe the Honda Fit is called the Honda Jazz. Thanks, Friday Cyclotouriste, for that trivia and also for the test drive that won me over in my car buying decision.

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