Notre Dame

Notre Dame
Notre Dame Cathedral’s interior before the fire (1999)

Given the sad news about the fire at Notre Dame in Paris, here are some pics from our visit there in 1999. Shot on negative film, some of these have deteriorated (hence the purple splodges).

After the fire, several sections of the roof have collapsed. Below is a illustration of the parts which have collapsed. The part of the roof at the top of the pic is no longer there, and there’s a pile of debris on the chairs in the foreground.

Notre Dame Burnt
Showing the parts damaged in the fire
Notre Dame Windows
The windows (which are still there)
Prayer
My favorite photo of the interior, “Prayer”
Votive Candles
Votive candles
Service
A service in the Cathedral
Service2
Daffodils
The daffodil garden at the back of the Cathedral

Compared

Blossom
Blossom
Blossom

 

Comparing the same picture taken with the fisheye lens and the Nocticron.

 

Purple II
Purple II
Purple II

 

 

Rails
Rails

I was surprised I liked the straight version of “Rails” better, it shows more curvature. That’s the subject, rather than distortion added by the lens.

Straight Up

Love in Concrete
Love in Concrete

As a counterpoint to the fisheye lens, I tried taking the same pics with another of my lenses, my favorite: the “Nocticron”. That has a lot going for it as a lens, not least of which is it renders straight lines as straight, and much sharper pictures. Only having the one lens makes you look at things differently, and pictures become more obvious.

The experiment was interesting, some work much better with one lens or the other, some are just impossible to do with one lens or the other. I tried to get one like the one above with the fisheye, and failed for reasons which are not obvious. With the Nocticron, it was my favorite picture.

Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom
Lost Toy
Lost Toy
Gates
Gates: Again some interesting light
Box
Box
Rails
Rails

Something Fishy

Fire lane
No parking in the fire lane

I got a new lens. This one is a “fisheye” lens, one that distorts straight lines to get more in the picture. It’s also not officially a lens, but an accessory. It’s so small and compact, it’s sold as a body cap. That means I can put it in my bag and not notice I have it with me.

As a lens it leaves a lot to be desired, but is fun to use (in moderation). You get a lot in the picture, and not all subjects show the distortion, like the pic above. You can get a different perspective. Reds seemed to show up especially vividly, whether that’s the lens or the light, I’m not sure.

Sand
Sand: Some subjects make the distortion more obvious.
Red
Red
Purple
Purple
Building
New construction, the fisheye used because of the wide view.
Pipes
Pipes
Innsbruck
All bent out of shape

Focus

Buttons
Buttons

I was playing with the “depth of field” the fast lens offers, so the subject swims in and out of focus. This emphasizes the depth of the subject. It’s a bit of a photographic cliche, but it’s amusing.

Veg
Veg
Blocks
Blocks

Twilight

Lanterns
Lanterns across the street in Chinatown

We went out walking at twilight on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, we didn’t have anything particular in mind, but the light was interesting. On Sunday we deliberately went to see Chinatown, hoping for a good show as it’s close to the lunar new year.

Chinatown was decked out in lots of red lanterns. I used this as an excuse to use my “faster” lenses (the ones which are better with less light). Unfortunately, the red of the lanterns didn’t always show up in the pictures, looking more orange, or even yellow. All the lanterns are actually red if you go see them in person.

Pagoda
Looking back up Grant Avenue, with a pagoda outlined against the sky
Chinatown
More lanterns in Chinatown
Spooky
Spooky lighting on Giannini Plaza
Frescos
Interesting frescoes in the lobby of the Monadnock building on Market Street
Moon
The moon peeking out between the interesting juxtaposition of the ultra modern Jewish Contemporary Museum and the old St Patrick’s Cathedral
Stubby
“Stubby”, what we took to calling the Salesforce Tower on Mission St. The top is actually a giant video screen and shows various scenes.
Juxtaposition
Another interesting juxtaposition, of the old cathedral and a modern hotel
Crane
A construction crane, one of many, making an interesting diagonal statement.

Bridges

The Bridge
A classic view of the Golden Gate Bridge seen from the overlook on the coastal trail at Lands End

We had no plan for the weekend, but on Saturday decided the Bay Bridge was close by, so went down to the Embarcadero to take some pictures.

On Sunday, we discovered there was a bus directly to Lands End, the northwest corner of San Francisco, and you can get great views of the Golden Gate Bridge from there. As usual, when we’re in the City, it was brilliantly sunny. The locals says this is unusual weather.

Strong
A strong view of the Bay Bridge, seen from almost underneath on the Embarcadero
Wider
A wider view of the Golden Gate
Oakland
Oakland under the main span of the Bay Bridge
Wide
Most of the Western Bay Bridge, showing how long the main span is

A Weekend in San Francisco

Cupid
A little late for Valentine’s Day, Cupid’s arrow missed the Bay Bridge

We spent the weekend in San Francisco, mainly just because. We did some wandering around and I took a few pics.

Square
Square
Hearst
The door of the Hearst Building on Market Street
Ferry Building
The Ferry Building seen from down Market Street
Sun on Sea
The sun shining on the sea, through cypress trees at Lands End. The Cliff House is just peeking out.
Rocks
Rocks in the surf at Lands End

Super Blood Moon Eclipse

BloodMoon
Living up to its name of a blood moon. This is about 1 minute after passing totally into the Earth’s shadow.

There was a lunar eclipse today. As the moon is very near perigee (i.e. the closest it gets to the Earth), it appears larger than normal, aka a “Super Moon”. The eclipse is also total, aka a “Blood Moon”; the moon turns red due to being illuminated by light passing through the Earth’s atmosphere.

Unfortunately, it was mostly cloudy and rainy today, so I gave up on the idea of photographing it. Then the clouds parted briefly, just as the moon was entering totality, I managed to snatch a few pics, and then it clouded over again.

MoonClouds
A wider view of the eclipse as clouds were gathering

Aquarium again

A few more things you can find at the aquarium.

Puffin
A puffin swimming underwater
Puffin
Puffin

I spent a little time at the puffin exhibit, trying to get a shot of one swimming underwater. The wall of the exhibit is glass, so you can see both above and under water. I’m not happy with any of the ones I got. The best picture I did get was the splash when a common murre dived underwater (below).

Scarse murre
Scarce murre
Cuttlefish
A kid coming face to face with a cuttlefish, at the “Tentacles” exhibition.
Fish
A fish, I don’t have a note of which sort. It may be an Orangespine Unicornfish, according to Google.
Clownfish
Clownfish
TLR
The rarest thing I saw at the aquarium

The rarest thing I saw at the aquarium, wasn’t fishy though. It was this guy shooting on film. Not only film, but medium format film, which was pretty rare even in the era of film. (The camera is a Mamiya C220.)