Posts Tagged ‘flicker’

San Francisco’s Gaudiest Native Bird Has Got To Be the Northern Flicker – Bright Orange with Polka Dots in Sutro “Forest”

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) woodpeckers were hot  in San Francisco back in the day, back when they were getting attention from former City Lights Luminary and craigslist founder Craig Newmark, and the SFWeekly.

Here’s a female spotted back in aught-nine at the “Blair Witchy” Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve on University of California land above UCSF. Maybe she was the life partner of the male Craig used to see in his backyard located lower down the hill? Could have been.

Work it, GF!

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Also known as a “clape, gaffer woodpecker, harry-wicket, heigh-ho, wake-up, walk-up, wick-up, yarrup, or gawker bird.”

Love your polka dots, little Flicker.

Using Adobe PhotoShop Match Color Command as a One-Click-Fix for Photos

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Sometimes, due to harsh lighting conditions, the people you photograph can turn out all orange or pink or whatnot.

Thusly:

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One way to avoid this situation is to use a powerful flash in the daytime to fill-in the shadows. (That’s what that Gene guy does at highly-rated and ironically-named Orange Photography. Saw him on Barry Bonds Day a few years back using a flash along with a strong filter (like sunglasses) on his lens – if you’re paying a pro for photos, why not have them done the right way, right?) Anyway, with an ideal set-up, that’s what you’d do. Oh well.

Now, here’s a shot taken of the same people at about the same time, excepting that this shot doesn’t have the harsh backlighting:

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See? More better, less Oompa Loompa.

Now, what if you could throw these two shots into ‘Shop and have the orange-y photo try to copy the colors of the nicer photo. That command is called “Match Color.” Here’s the result with the slider at 100%, full-on Match Color:  

Now, I’m not saying that this is perfect or anything. If it were important, you could do other things as well. But, as a dumbed-down command, Match Color can get the job done with one click.

Or you can convert the whole shebang to black and white. (That might serve to also get you an “arty” look, for better or worse.)  

And There You Have It.

San Francisco’s Very Own Blair Witch Forest – the Spooky Interior Park Belt

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

If you ever want to feel suddenly transported away from the City, you should head on up to Medical Center Way (aka Upper Service Road) and then venture into the spooky Interior Park Belt.

It’s just up from where Jerry Brown raises money and just down the hill from where the old SF-89C Nike missile control center used to be, up on Mount Sutro.

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Mind the poison oak.

If you search the Flickr this arresting photo is the first result – but of course putting Interior Park Belt in quote marks narrows things down considerably.

Speaking of Flickr, be on the lookout for Flickers.

See you out there…

LovEvolution 2009 (or LoveFest or the Love Parade) – the Best Photos from Flickr

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

LovEvolution 2009 (or LoveFest or the Love Parade, call it what you will, gallery here) went down in Civic Center yesterday- what a huge turnout it had.

Here are the best photos uploaded to Flickr.

Auric Goldfinger really started a trend, back in the day:

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Cf. this shot from the Chronicle’s Frederic Larson - showing why you generally want to keep your white people skin tone magentas lower than the yellows. As always, click to expand.

Hey buddy, get gold or get gone – chest hair is no excuse:

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Here we go, a little gold goes a long way:

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Kanaka again

All right, that’s it for gold. Now how about orange?

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Beefcake beefcake, beefcake!

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DJ Baybe flew in from Spain just for this event:

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The Center of Attention:

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Furry boots on top of the truck require an extra hand or two to secure footing:

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And let’s give it up for the DJs:

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Everybody is a participant, everybody is an observer:

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It’s all fur this year, either up top or on your platform shoes.

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Market Street was just packed, baby:

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And if you can’t afford the entrance fee, just neck outside the double chain link – show them all why they call it LovEvolution:

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And There You Have It - those are the best photos from Flickr.

See you next year!

San Francisco’s Favorite Woodpecker – The Northern Flicker

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) woodpeckers are hot in San Francisco these days, what with all the attention they’re getting from City Lights Luminary and craigslist founder Craig Newmark and SFWeekly.  

Here’s a female spotted two days back at the “Blair Witchy” Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve on University of California land above UCSF. Maybe she’s the life partner of the male Craig recently saw in his backyard located lower down the hill? Could be.

Click to expand

Also known as a “clape, gaffer woodpecker, harry-wicket, heigh-ho, wake-up, walk-up, wick-up, yarrup, or gawker bird.”

Love your polka dots, little Flicker.

Flickr Foto of the Week: “Date Night” by Mr. Wright

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Grad students, grab your Moleskine notebooks.

A fantastic contribution to the oeuvre. Click to expand:

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Meatastic” indeed.