Proposition 8 – The Light at the End of the Tunnel


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is one of my favorite photographs.  Because the lights in this tunnel have been upgraded to LEDs, it is now impossible to capture these same colors.   But today, The Light at the End of the Tunnel represents (hopefully) the beginning of the end of the arduous journey for my friend and colleague Sandy Stier.  Sandy is one of the 4 plaintiffs in the proposition 8 case, which is being heard in the US Supreme Court today.   Despite the support from many and the lawyers involved, these past few years have not been easy for the plaintiffs.

Having to sit in courtroom after courtroom, listening to people say the most vile things about gays and lesbians, our children and our motives is not easy.  Actually, I don’t think I have the strength to subject myself to this type of soul-killing toxicity.    Anyway, here’s hoping that this is the beginning of the end and that the justices will rule in favor of marriage equality.

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Night stroll on the waterfront


ImageAt night, the San Francisco waterfront is filled with colors and contrasts.  It is as if everything cold and crass in our urban environment is packed away and the city is allowed to shimmer and shine.  As we finally have some decent weather, the streets and plazas were filled with people.

I shot these photos with my hand-held Olympus XZ-1 camera.  I really like the fast lens, but the resolution isn’t as good as it needs to be to compensate for my inexperience, for a ‘master cropper’ like me.  While I have a pretty good sense to quickly shoot a photo because there is something of interest, sometimes I don’t have any idea what that ‘something’ is until I load the photos in Lightroom. Still, I am very happy with this camera.  It is fun to use and even with it’s limitations, there is a lot I can do with it.  As usual, click on the photos to better see them.
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The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was recently fitted with thousands of LED lights that are controlled to create a lightshow on the bay.  Here’s a glimpse.  Happy Saturday!

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Happy First Day of Spring!


Happy Spring 2013!  Even though it is raining here in San Francisco, we have had some sunny weather.  I shot this last week and that wad of pollen the bee is carrying is a good indicator that I am sneezing a lot from allergy.

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Terrace scenes seen


Spectacular sunsets are compensating for the very cold weather here in Barcelona.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Moments before the above sunset, we saw this:

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Photos del paseo


After a long day of design and redesign, and then doing a lot of ‘paperwork’, I finally got to go out for a walk.  Here in Spain, an evening stroll, called a paseo is very typical.  Enjoy!

These are the cloisters of a 12th century monastery near my place in Barcelona.  Below, see the spectacular shadow is cast by the rosettas.

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Most of the other photos are street scenes.  There is so much local color here it is difficult to know where to start. 

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Barcelona waterfront


Here are some photos from the Barcelona waterfront.

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“Hoppy” Friday the 13th


Last July, I shot this photo at the Double Mountain brewery in Hood River, Oregon.

The etched design on the glass is a hop, a critical ingredient of most beers.

More information about hops can be seen here at Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hops

Hoppy Friday!

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