Posts Tagged ‘pride’

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.

Thousands of Disappointed U.S. Soccer Fans Turned Away from Civic Center

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

I don’t know, I think they could have figured out a way to have Pride Weekend and the World Cup at the same place at the same time this A.M.

Or, in other words:

How the hell is there no large venue showing this match?”

They were still setting up this stage when the action started in South Africa:

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Fans forced indoors tried to make the best of it, craning their necks as if they were in the front row of a Metreon movie theatre:

(Of course, batting practice precluded AT&T Park’s JumboTron from showing the contest.)

Fans arriving at Civic Center this morning were told to go to “some bar” to catch the match. One fan announced that he was “mega-bummed.”

Oh well…

Diesel’s “Happy Pride 2010″ Underwear Window Display Causing a Stir

Friday, June 25th, 2010

This is the scene down in Union Square at the Diesel Jeans store on 800 Market these days:

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The people waiting for iPhones 4 around the corner at 1 Stockton didn’t seem to mind…

On It Goes…

A View of San Francisco’s Market Street From the Ferry Building to the Castro

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

As everybody knows, Market Street is straight until it hits the Castro. See for yourself as you follow it from the Ferry Building (once the second-highest building in town) all the way to the Giant Gay Pride Flag of the Castro District, the biggest in the world they say.

This is almost the view you get from the Twin Peaks Overlook up on Christmas Tree Road – the second highest point in San Francisco:

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And click below for a closer look. Can you see the historic street cars and the bike riders?

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Sure you can. Just scroll around.

Aftermath of the Arson Attack on the Twin Peaks Pink Triangle

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Here’s what Twin Peaks looks like after the intentional act of arson over the weekend:

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This is what it looks like a little higher up from the Twin Peaks Overlook:

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It seems like a pink Hindenburg crashed:

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And the remaining balloons look like the start of a Christo art exhibit

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Anyway, it looks like a few road flares could have done the damage, which amounts to about 150 square feet or so of charring. 

Oh well.

San Francisco’s 17th is the King of All Numbered Streets

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

San Francisco proper has 30 numbered streets, but only one has the gumption, the temerity, the will to make it across Market Street AND to keep on trucking up and over the nearest ridge, hilly geography be damned.

That makes 17th the King of All Numbered Streets in San Francisco.

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Ahora mas que nunca, 17th es el rey de todas las calles numeradas.

The Castro Theatre and Our Huge Gay Pride Flag – Together at Last

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

These two icons of San Francisco’s Castro District can appear to be close together if you stand in the right place. The Castro Theatre is in great shape and the giant Gay Pride Flag at the corner of Market and Castro looks a lot spiffier these days compared to the past. Check out the history of all those colors here. An older version from the filming of the Sean Penn movie Milk

hot pink: sexuality
red: life
orange: healing
yellow: sunlight
green: nature
turquoise: magic/art
indigo: serenity/harmony
violet: spirit

…and the current. From Corona Heights, click to expand:

And here’s the theatre without the flag, as seen during the filming of Academy Award-winning Milk 

Get Your Pagan On This Spring at Berkeley’s 8th Annual Pagan Festival

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

The Pagan Alliance would like to remind you about the 8th Annual Pagan Festival and Pride Parade coming up on May 9, 2009. That’s right, it’ll be here in just three short months.

Of course, Paganism is:

the blanket term given to describe religions and spiritual practices of pre-Christian Europe, and by extension a term for polytheistic traditions or folk religion worldwide seen from a Western or Christian viewpoint. The term has various different meanings, though, from a Western perspective, it has modern connotations of a faith that has polytheistic, spiritualist, animistic or shamanic practices.

Are you sold yet? Via Sqacco. See these Pagans? This could be you, come Spring.

All the deets, after the jump

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Kara’s Cupcakes Shows Its Pride in San Francisco

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Kara’s Cupcakes, the San Francisco version of Sprinkles, apparently, went all out to get into Pride 2008 the other day.

Check out the locations in the Marina and Ghirardelli Square to see the brainchild of Kara Lind and maybe you yourself will catch cupcake fever, just like all the rest. Or get a gift card or T-shirt perhaps?

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Will you enjoy the experience as much as these two, who just happened to be caught in this (somewhat crudely Photoshopped) moment of sweet rapture by a roving photojournalist? You can only hope.

See you there.

Google Goes Gay for a Day at San Francisco Pride

Monday, June 30th, 2008

There seemed to be quite a few Gayglers (gay Googlers) in the crowd during Pride 2008 last weekend. They weren’t too hard to spot, what with their official T-shirts, as in years past

What will be the next “-oogler” coinage to take off?  Noogler, Loogler, or Xoogler?

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Online, you might notice a similar rainbow theme, depending on what you search for.