Photos You May Find Hard To View…

I have reserved this site for Weekly Photo Challenge posts but will make an exception to present a link to a recent post on my main site. The post in question illustrates a long standing social problem in our country…not just Petaluma.

I have added related links since its original publication a few days ago.

To view, go to Street Life…Life On Our Streets

 

 

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Reward

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Reward

 As one who dabbles in street photography, my “reward” comes from spotting fast moving scenes in the corner of my eye and capturing them by literally shooting from the hip…

Railroad Square, Santa Rosa CA

Railroad Square, Santa Rosa CA

Lighting is everything…plus a little bit of luck

Lighting and composition are constantly stressed in the photo courses and classes.  Lighting is the tricky part as it changes constantly…revealing and hiding scenes as it passes…sometimes in a manner of minutes, if not seconds The scenes in these photos are from a well known location in downtown Petaluma.

I have walked past it frequently and did not take much notice of something until early one morning, something caught my eye while I was on the other side of the street.

To introduce you to it I will start with a closeup…

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Know what it is? Petaluma residents should 🙂

Let’s back up a bit to see if it comes to mind…

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Perhaps I should back up some more…

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 OK, let’s try a full view…

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 The gate to the Lan Mart…usually open during business hours, but as you can see

these photos were taken before opening…

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Reflections of…Petaluma

From time to time, the reflections in a scene are almost as interesting  as the “source” image and often enhance it.

Regarding the last photo in this series…well, let’s just say I could not resist including it… 🙂

Balshaw Bridge

Balshaw Bridge

 

Balshaw Bridge

Balshaw Bridge

 

American Alley at Western Avenue

American Alley at Western Avenue

 

Storefront on Kentucky St

Storefront on Kentucky St

 

144 Petaluma Blvd

144 Petaluma Blvd

4th & C

4th & C

 

 

The Art Car(s)…and one Morgan Three Wheeler

While strolling down Water Street in Petaluma one morning, I noticed a very colorful car…

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Art Car, Water Street, Petaluma

Art Car, Water Street, Petaluma

Then I tried another angle and did not notice  the building in the background at the time of the making of the photo.  Whether or not there is any connection between the building and the car…I do not know! Most likely there is no connection.  But I do like the image…

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 However, a few days later I noticed this Car of Many Colors on Petaluma Blvd…

Car of Many Colors

Car of Many Colors

Definitely an Artist’s Car…

Car of Many Colors

Car of Many Colors

 Not to be outdone by Petaluma’s Art Cars, Sonoma  recently presented this classic three wheel Morgan to my camera…

Morgan Three Wheeler

Morgan Three Wheeler

 

 

 

Stella…What’s In A Name? The Name Is Everything!

For those of a certain age, the name “Stella” may conjure up images of Marlon Brandon screaming “Hey, Stella!” in A Streetcar Named Desire. 

Others may recall the lyrics to Stella by Starlight*…

Stella by starlight and not a dream
She’s all of this and more
She’s everything you would adore.**

I never gave much thought about the name until Saturday morning on Petaluma’s 4th St when I met a Scottish Deerhound aptly named Stella…

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🙂 Stella is definitely a star…dare I say a Stellar Star 🙂

Stella by starlight and not a dream
She’s all of this and more
She’s everything you would adore.**

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 *(Music by Victor Young, Lyrics by Ned Washington)

**Stella in Latin or Italian means “star”

 

American Alley…Images…Art springing to life…or life imitating Art?

While processing photos from recent “walk-a-rounds” in Petaluma, these two photos from American Alley struck me as a possible combination.

First, a photo taken at American Alley and Western Avenue…

American Alley & Western Avenue

American Alley & Western Avenue

Then this photo of one of the panels of Fernando Nugent’s WPA Mural at American Alley & The Golden Concourse…

 American Alley & The Golden Concourse

American Alley & The Golden Concourse

While the above scenes are not in proximity, I elected to see how they might work together.  Through the magic of photo editing I offer two versions for your consideration.  You decide! 🙂

VERSION ONE

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VERSION TWO

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Photos from the street…

“Street Photography” is a style or type of documentary photography “…that features subjects in candid situations within public places such as streets, parks, beaches, malls.”–Wikipedia  Also see What is Street Photography for another view on the subject.

Frequently, street photographers are not “discovered” until well after their demise. See Vivian Maier

Whatever Street Photography may be, I offer five new “street” photos for your amusement. 

Note: Individual photos may be enlarged by clicking on them…

"Nope--Not Open" And when they are open, they simply move the "n" below the "e." Point Reyes Station, CA © Frank Simpson

 
 

"The Hitchhiker" Perhaps the glove owner was on a coffee break? Kentucky Street, Petaluma © Frank Simpson

"Vacancy" Is it descriptive or prescriptive? Would it have another meaning if it were a mortuary? Point Reyes Station, CA © Frank Simpson

"Flight of the Phoenix" Western Avenue, Petaluma. The illusion of the crow emerging from the graffiti tag is created by my luck in capturing the crow in flight at just the right moment. © Frank Simpson

 

"Secret Message" No I am not taking up the task of once again photographing graffiti tags. However,I did like this overall scene. © Frank Simpson