Motion

Steel and Brick in MotionPhoto © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Steel and Brick in Motion
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I used an Olloclip fisheye lens to take this photo with the Pro HDR app on my iPhone 5 and made edits in Snapseed and Blender. Enjoy.

In the Wake of Love

I found this heart shape in the wake of the Larkspur Ferry one day. I took the photo with a Canon S30 camera and made edits in Snapseed and Simply HDR. Enjoy.

 I ♥ SF BayPhoto © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I ♥ SF Bay
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Brilliant

“Beauty is the moving cause of nearly every issue worth the civilization we have, and civilization without a culture is like a man without a soul. Here is a crucial opportunity to open the eyes of not Marin County alone, but of the entire country to what officials gathering together might themselves do to broaden and beautify human lives.” —Frank Lloyd Wright, 1957 speech to Marin

The 172-foot gold spire pictured below was originally designed as an exhaust outlet for the furnace. Over the years it has become an iconic element of the Marin County Civic Center, appearing as a focal point in photos, paintings and sketches of the building.

The brilliant lighting in this photo is from the rays of a late afternoon sunset on the aluminum skin of the spire. Enjoy.

Brilliant LightPhoto © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Brilliant Light
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I took this photo with my iPhone 4 and made edits in Snapseed.

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Brilliant

Tagged “H”

“Hopper is a bear of a guy with a bushy mustache and a sensitive side. When he noticed that waterfront joggers have a ritual of touching the fence at the dead-end of the sidewalk next to Fort Point, he had the bridge’s sign painter make a sign with two handprints on it, and another sign with two dog paws, because one woman had her dog touch the fence.” —”Saving Lives Just Part of the Job” by Scott Osltler, San Francisco Chronicle, January 10, 2001

Enjoy my take on the letter “H”.

Hopper's Hands

Hopper’s Hands © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I took this photo with my iPhone 5 and made edits in Snapseed.

Related blog: Hoppers Hands – Who is Hopper?

Tagged “H”

A Word A Week Challenge – Industrial

“No span of steel will tolerate…neglect. But if service by generations who use it and spared manmade hazards, such as war, it should have life without end.”
—Joseph Strauss, Chief Engineer – Golden Gate Bridge

This week Sue has challenged us to illustrate the word, Industrial.

I took these photos of the arch over Ft. Point, below the Golden Gate Bridge. Built between 1853 and 1861, Ft. Point was slated for demolition as part of the construction of the bridge. Chief Engineer Joseph Strauss recognized the uniqueness of the fort and had an arch designed and built to span the structure and allow it to remain undisturbed by the presence of the new bridge. Enjoy.

Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, edited in Snapseed.

A Word A Week Challenge – Industrial

Lemon-aid

Compassion is not compassion without action.
—Vivienne Haar

Vivienne Haar is a remarkable 9 year-old who has made a stand against child slavery. From her neighborhood in Fairfax, CA , Vivienne has given away lemonade in return for any donation that ‘felt right’ to the thirsty party. On day #173 she exceeded her goal of helping 500 enslaved people (the total count was 550).

Make A Stand Lemon-aid = Hope in a Bottle 

Not one to rest on her laurels, Vivienne wants to continue to help those less fortunate. With the guidance of her parents she is setting up a ‘social-purpose company’ to bottle her lemonade. All profits will go to the battle to end child slavery.

“If you want to change the world, you’ve gotta shake it up!”

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Tagged “G” Photo Challenge

The subject for this challenge of the letter “G” should come as no surprise: the Golden Gate Bridge. I hope that you are not tired of seeing it, because I am not done taking photos of it. Enjoy.

Looking North at the East side of the Golden Gate Bridge

Tagged “G”
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I took this photo with my iPhone 5 using the Pro HDR app and made edits in Snapseed.

Tagged “G” Photo Challenge

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