Posts Tagged ‘images’

The Humpback Whales of San Francisco County – Meet Mama, Papa and Junior – But Ouch: Big Killer Whale Bite

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

All right, I need to payoff on that headline.

Here are your humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) of San Francisco County, which, of course, includes a whole bunch of ocean (depending on how you look at it.)

A pair of namesake humps. This particular species is not endangered at all – there are tons of them out there.

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Horizontal tale = whale, of course. These things are huge, like almost 50 feet long and weighing as much as older DC-9 jetliners:

Here’s Mama and Papa and Junior, just a pod of freelance whales coming and going as they please:

And here’s what happens when a killer whale takes a big bite out of your hump. Chomp chomp:

Bon courage, cetaceans!

Via Coastodian.Org, Images of the Killer Whale that Washed Up on a Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The Coastodian, run by Richard James* up in Marin County, has some shots of the killer whale that recently washed up at Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

Click on over to see all the photos.

Orca at Point Reyes Beach – ©Richard James Photography 

*Who has a campaign against plastic bottles.

Forget About Shopping on Black Friday 2011 – Come Meet the 49er’s Gold Rush Cheerleaders at the Big Car Show!

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Word on the street regarding the San Francisco International Car Show at Moscone Center on Howard between 3rd and 4th:

“Meet and take pictures with some of the SF 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleaders in the Toyota display on Friday, November 25th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM”

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The show itself will run through Sunday night til 8:00 PM:

NOVEMBER 19-27, 2011
LOCATION: MOSCONE CENTER
SHOW TIMES:
10 AM — 10 PM (Sat. Nov. 19 – Sat. 26)
10 AM — 8 PM (Sun. Nov. 27)
ADMISSION: $9.00. Children 12 & under free when accompanied by an adult.

Hurray!

Via jillig 

Don’t forget your official calendars and Sharpies:

Via Monica’s Dad

“Portrait Gallery: Faces of Occupy San Francisco” from KQED News Photo Intern Michelle Gachet

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Here’s your invitation:

“At KQED, we’ve found ourselves wondering, who exactly is still at Occupy San Francisco two months into the movement and several days before the Thanksgiving holiday. Hardcore activists? Homeless people who have found a welcoming community? Nine-to-fivers who have taken time off to support the Occupy movement? 

In an effort to find out, KQED News intern Michelle Gachet visited Justin Herman Plaza on Monday to capture portraits of some of the movement’s members and their environs. Take a look…”

Occupier Emma Stime, for one, and her sleepy pooch:

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Click on over to see the entire gallery.

Come meet OccupySF 2011.

Amazingly, None of the Bikes in the Updated SFPD Mission Station Recovered Bike Database are Fixies

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

I thought most of the bikes in the flat, flat Mission District were fixies these days, but I guess not:

Here are the the latest photos of the recovered rides:

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All the deets.

Hey, Did Somebody Steal Your Bike? Well, Look For It at the New SFPD Mission Station Website Photo Database!

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Right here. (Cause, you know, the Mission District is San Francisco’s Capital of Bike Stealing.)

See?

“New bicycle section on http://www.missionstation.org to track reported stolen and recovered stolen bicycles. Send us your feedback!”

But sadly, the Recovered Bicycle Database only has one entry right now – it’s a black Specialized road bike that I’m sure you’ll recognize in a second, if it’s yours.

“For Information: Inspector Pomatto #2071 Mission Investigations (415) 558-5400″

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OTOH, the Stolen Bicycle Database has eight entries currently. See?

Thanks, Captain Corrales!

“IF YOU”RE NOT THE MODEL, BE THE PHOTOGRAPHER” – A Mystery Solved – Photographer in Ad Actually a Model

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

O.K., so skip down below to see the ad from Target / Converse Shoes that caused a stir a while back. You know, over the whole “IF YOU”RE NOT THE MODEL, BE THE PHOTOGRAPHER” thing.

So I was thinking the photographer gal shown might actually have been a photographer who became a model for the first time because somebody took a photo of her OTJ photographing models.

And then I just saw this link here from Erin Williams talking about “the ad that I shot for Converse,” so I thought, yeah, she is a photographer IRL:

“My mom told me about this blog post that someone saw online in regards to the ad that I shot for Converse for Target. The tagline in the ad is “If you can’t be the model, be the photographer”.  I guess not everyone liked the line…  What do you think?”

But then one more click to one of the galleries on her website reveals she’s a model model:

(Because, of course, “the ad that I shot for Converse” can mean different things depending on whether you’re a model or a photographer.)

So, as stated, mystery solved.

Hurray!

Keep up the good work, Erin Williams.

Ah, memories:

“Maybe you can look at this new ad from Target and just lol.

But not Steve Meyer Photography, oh no:

“i just saw this ad on the back of a magazine. i feel so offended i need to take another deep breath before i start ranting. the tag line is “If you’re not the model, be the photographer.”

And Tzulin is not impressed, not at all:

I’m a girl and I was like…what! Converse, my favorite brand, is saying … If you can’t be a model…then be the photographer, those who can’t do..teach:) so offended !

But You Make The Call.*

As seen on Masonic:

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*Uh yes, she’s particularly not ugly, she’s a cutie. And yes, IRL, she’s a model, if she wasn’t before she certainly is now. Isn’t it ironic, don’tcha think?

Justin Ryan Beck is Back! OccupySF = Hippie, Cop, Nervous Pup, Hipster, Black Power Salute, MUNI 1057 (Cincinnati, 1948)

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Famous San Francisco street photographer Justin Beck has bounced back from losing his camera on the mean Streets of San Francisco, looks like.  He’s got another Nikon to work with so that’s nice.

Check it, a canary yellow streetcar.

Is this an album cover? 

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Poor pooch. Daijoobu, daijobu. Gambate!

The Secret of the N-Judah Express “Success” – Three Drivers and Two Starters Just Waiting to Serve You

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

So, I know passengers like and appreciate the N Judah Express, but why is MUNI putting so much effort into this new line?

See? There’s the 5:00 PM bus, and the 5:10 PM, and the 5:20PM, and guess what’ll be coming around the corner soon? That’s right, it must be the 5:30 PM:

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Camera right shows one of the two starters used by MUNI to make sure the 5:00 PM leaves at exactly 5:00 PM. (Count how many MUNI workers are hanging out at your bus stop today – I’ll bet it’s less than five. Probably it’s zero.)

OK.

I mean, is MUNI going to start following timetables religiously, like Japanese-style, for all its lines now?

The SFMTA has been itching to charge $3 for express rides, right? Does that mean that MUNI loses more on this line than others?

So, yes MUNI, you are trying hard here, but I don’t think you can afford it.

I think, for some reason, you are taking resources from other lines and putting them right here.

For some reason.

Your Political Theatre of the Day: Senator Leland Yee, the Current Front-Runner in the Race for Mayor, Marches on City Hall

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Your State Senator Leland Yee marched down Van Ness with an army of supporters this afternoon.

They went all the way to City Hall to turn in the signatures required for his election as Mayor of San Francisco.

Like this:

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And here’s what the fuss was all about – thousands of signatures:

(Oh, and apparently, not necessarily all of the 30,000 signatures Run Ed Run has are real signatures. That would explain a lot as, man, valid signatures are hard to get, or at least they were when I tried getting them back in the day, back in the aughts.)

Rounding Polk to come up the steps of City Hall:

And down into the catacombs to hand off the boxes:

And then a chat with KTVU in front of Dumbledore’s Army.

It went a little like this.

The deadline for candidates is July 28th, so look forward to more activity in the basement of City Hall…

The latest from the Yee campaign:

Pancake Breakfast & Mobilization
When: TOMORROW, July 23rd; 10:00 AM
Where: Yee for Mayor HQ (710 Van Ness, 2nd Floor)
What: Come join Team Yee for some delicious hot cakes before hitting the streets to talk to our fellow voters
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Community Nights at Yee HQ
WhenChinese Night – Monday, July 25th; Latino Night – Wednesday, July 27th; Filipino Night – Thursday, July 28th; All Nights start at 5:00 PM
Where: Yee for Mayor HQ (710 Van Ness, 2nd Floor)
What: All are welcome at these Community Outreach nights at Yee HQ
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Lit Drop for Leland
When: Saturday, August 13th; 10:00 AM
Where: Yee for Mayor HQ (710 Van Ness, 2nd Floor)
What: Stay tuned for the details as we get closer to the big date
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Leland Yee First to 10,000 Valid Signatures
Yee’s grassroots strength evident in nomination petition drive

SAN FRANCISCO – Senator Leland Yee, accompanied by California Nurses, Sierra Club members and campaign volunteers, turned in enough signatures today at City Hall to become the first mayoral candidate to reach 10,000 valid signatures – the benchmark set by the Department of Elections for qualifying to be a candidate without paying a $5,000 filing fee.

“Today’s achievement is a clear indicator of the strength of our campaign,” said Yee. “We have collected more signatures in less time than any other campaign through a grassroots effort of hundreds and hundreds of volunteers. I am proud of our volunteers and our campaign team”

“I have always believed that the greatest test of strength for any candidate is their ability to reach out and speak directly to voters,” said Yee. “I want to personally thank all the San Francisco voters who took the time to speak with our volunteers and sign our nominating petitions. I am looking forward to the next stage of our campaign and continuing to talk with voters about improving our public schools, our environment, and our economy.”

With the submission of today’s batch of 4,200 signatures, the Yee campaign has turned in nearly 14,000 signatures. It is expected that the total valid amount will easily surpass 10,000. As of Friday morning, no other mayoral campaign had even reached the 5,000 signature level.

“This drive is far different than collecting on-line petitions or even standing in front of a supermarket collecting signatures from passersby,” said Yee campaign manager Jim Stearns. “The rules set by the Department of Elections constitute a tough test for declared candidates, and I’m proud that our team has passed that test with flying colors.”

The stringent validity rules set by the Department of Elections require each signature to be from a registered San Francisco voter, and for each circulator of a petition to also be a registered voter. In addition, no signer can also have signed for another mayoral candidate.

In addition to the key endorsements of the California Nurses Association and the Sierra Club, Yee has also gained the support the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council, Laborers International Union, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, among others.

Yee immigrated to San Francisco at the age of 3. His father, a veteran, served in the US Army and the Merchant Marine, and his mother was a local seamstress. Yee graduated from the University of California – Berkeley, then earned a Ph.D. in Child Psychology, and later served in various mental health and school settings. He and his wife, Maxine, have raised four children who all attended San Francisco public schools. Yee has served in the State Legislature, Board of Supervisors and Board of Education.