Last Thursday evening, due to the rain in San Francisco, I was able to make these beautiful pictures of Market street in the rain while it was dark.
Market street San Francisco in the rain
Pictures made with the Sony DSC-RX100M3.
Another month, another beautiful full moon above San Francisco. This is the full moon for November 2013. Picture is taken with a Canon 5D MIII, and a 70-200mm F2.8 L II, with a 2x extender.
This is the full moon above San Francisco today, November 16th in San Francisco.
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Focal length 400mm
ISO speed: 200
Exposure Bias 0 EV
The America's Cup final races are in full swing. With Team Emirates at a comfortable lead of 6 points, I couldn't resist to take the opportunity to shoot some pictures. These pictures were made today from Crissy Field during race number 11 & at the start of race number 12 of the America's Cup final regatta. Race number 12 was stopped right after the start because of wind speeds over the maximum.
A couple of quick shots from The Golden Gate Bridge at a Friday night. The glass which these pictures were taken with are:
I took a number of pictures tonight, when the fog was rolling in, the long exposures were getting harder. I'm not a big fan of jacking up the ISO, but it gave me flexibility on the shutter speed, and bring it down from ~2 minutes with a high F-stop, to a 20 sec with a medium F-stop.
Large art sculptures at Crissy Fields in San Francisco. SFMOMA on the go has placed art from Mark Di Suvero on the grass scattered around on Crissy Field.
Dreamcatcher features a massive bent steel element that moves in the wind, pivoting atop a four-legged base capped by interlocking circular forms. The sculpture's lines recall those of navigational tools, while its responsiveness to the weather brings to mind sailing of flight. The tension between the
earthbound solidity of the I-beams in the lower half of the structure and the floating motion of the top suggests the balance of hard work and aspiration that enables dreams to take flight.
The center of energy and focus in Will is neither a strong base nor an expressive crowning element, as we find in other works in this exhibition. Instead, the anchor point is a central structure framed by bisecting circles. Without moving, these interlocking forms seem to spin, generating a force of their own. Diagonal beams appear to explode from this core, jutting skyward and extending to the ground to form a tripod base that balances this dynamic study of self-determination and volition.
This 14.5-ton sculpture is one of the first works Di Suvero made using steel I-beams. The angles formed by the beams and the suspended steel "V" element create a dynamic counterpoise that suggests lightness and movement despite the sculpture's massive size. Equally notable is the way these intersecting diagonals frame the surrounding landscape, offering new perspectives that change depending on the viewer's position. The title Are Years What? refers to the poem "What are Years" by Marianne Moore (1887-1972), which ends with the image of a captive bird who draws strength in its confinement through joyful singing.
I took this picture of the Wilhelmina Windmill in Golden Gate Park yesterday when we were on our way to the Queensday celebration. Queen Wilhelmina was the grandmother of the current queen of The Netherlands, Beatrix, who will step down in 2 days, and The Netherlands will have a King again... King Willem V
I'm sorry not to be in The Netherlands during the official ceremony coming Tuesday, April 30. Such a special moment, and at these times I miss my country, family and friends most!
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These pictures were taken at the USS Hornet CVS-12, which has been modified and now serves as a museum. You can find the USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3 Alameda CA 94501, USS-Hornet.org
Hornet was commissioned in November 1943, and after three months of training joined the U.S. forces in the Pacific War. She played a major part in the Pacific battles of World War II, and also took part in Operation Magic Carpet, returning troops back to the U.S. Following World War II, she served in the Korean War, Vietnam War, and also played a part in the Apollo program, recovering astronauts as they returned from the Moon.
This A4 Skyhawk is a special version of the plane, which is normally a one-seater. This particular plane has been used on a training school like Top Gun, where the plane was painted for camouflage and there is a red star on the wings.
Hornet recovered the astronauts from the first moon landing mission, Apollo 11, on 24 July 1969. President Nixon was on board to welcome the returning astronauts back to Earth, where they lived in quarantine aboard Hornet prior to transfer to the Lunar Receiving Laboratory at Houston. The first steps on Earth of returning moonwalkers Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, with Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, are marked on her hangar deck, as part of her Apollo program exhibit.
Hornet once again served in the space program with the recovery of Apollo 12 on 24 November. Returning astronauts Charles Conrad, Jr., Alan L. Bean, and Richard F. Gordon, Jr., were picked up from their splashdown point near American Samoa.