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Osbornb PRO 7:05pm, 29 December 2006
December 29, 2006
Hello, my Flickr friends. I live on the US west coast in San Diego. I'm looking forward to sharing my impressions of 2007 and learning more about the rest of you. May everyone have a Happy New Year!
Digital camera breakdown on January 22 - photos now on film, so there will be delayed posting.
New edit:
Well, folks – I'm getting weary of trying to get a decent film photo every day, so I don't plan to be updating this thread very often, if at all. I'll be checking back to see how you all are doing, though. Best of luck!
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kajsaart 12 years ago
so i am!
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
20070101
Taken January 1, 2007
Traditional walk on New Year's morning to survey damage from celebrations. One broken shop window, two palms run over, etc. Talked with Mark about the shooting in the neighborhood two nights ago. Where did that guy get a gun? You never know.**At the cafe after focaccia, tomato with basil. It's a lovely cool sunny day. Onward.
Samrag 12 years ago
Pretty good shot that - meaning the photo - not the shooting...

Look forward to viewing the year via your eyes.

Happy new year!

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
alert chicken [deleted] 12 years ago
hi! happy new year!
sunshinecity 12 years ago
wow, crazy chit-chat huh???
Happy new year!

flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594425326657/
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
Thank you -- yes, we are a bit in shock about what happened in our normally peaceful neighborhood.
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
20070102
Taken January 2, 2007
It's warming up again. We visited the beach to check out the winter shoreline, much rockier than in summer when the sands largely cover the rocks.
chibi_butterfly 12 years ago
Wonderful picture! :)
steady horn [deleted] 12 years ago
yes, really nice one!!!!
BellaGaia PRO 12 years ago
What a beautiful photo -- good time spent :-)
glucozze 12 years ago
i've got a question: the 2 palms...it's with a car accident ?
because i can't imagine a man (or a group of man) so drunk for cuting palms :)
Osbornb PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 12 years ago
@Glucozze: The palms were fairly small and located in a parking lot of a liquor store near where I live, so we thought someone was drunk driving and ran over them in the night of New Year's Eve. That's all.
Samrag 12 years ago
COMON Osbornb, what is this - you can't do this - just go on and take a beautiful beautiful shot like that... visiting the beach and all... Too much pressure on the rest of us to come up with fantastic photos. lol
Love the photo - the movement in it! You can almost see it like a video instead of still photo.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
Thank you Samrag! Perhaps it has something to do with the motivation of being part of this group. There probably won't be that many beach photos in my diary, though, because I live somewhat inland. I like the video reference you made.
sarahwoo 12 years ago
yeah really...I felt a lot of envy when looking at both of your shots. Cool cafes and winter beaches sounds wonderful. I love all of the red in the first shot...

Sarah My Photo Diary 2007
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
20070103
Taken January 3, 2007
These dogs were waiting outside of Borders Books, where I went to buy a gift. Traveling tomorrow.
Samrag 12 years ago
They look so dozile... a bit like my dad when he has gone to too many shops with my mum - this glaze comes over his eyes....

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
cherriza 12 years ago
I so love your photos...


Better than Last
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
20070104
Taken January 4, 2007
At my mother's apartment in Houston, Texas for her birthday this weekend. Relaxing after the flight and filing missing luggage report, but at least it's only missing clothes, electronics were all in carry-on bag.
cherriza 12 years ago
Oooo Love the colors.

About the Holga. I don't know because with my budget there is a place that I mail my film off to be developed and it's better priced the more film you send so it probably won't be showing up in my diary. It takes me about a month or two just to shoot one roll of 12 exp on my Holga. (I'm extremely picky when it comes to film that's why I got a digital lol)
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
@cherriza - yes, there's certainly a bugetary consideration with film that impacts my photography also. I've compensated somewhat by developing black & white film at home, but now there's a photo chemical disposal problem--can't just pour them down the drain, so I end up storing used chemicals until I can dispose of them properly. I'm running out of space! Hence more digital, though I'll never give up on film.
Samrag 12 years ago
Missed that phase... yeh I owned film-cameras, but never really developed the love for photography until the digital ones came.

This photo of yours osbornb is sooo much about what I like when I'm photographing. You see... I love when people take ordinary stuff - photograph it and bring out the beauty in it. When people have an eye for framing their world and what they see in it into beautiful images. - hopefully I sometimes display that talent, and you certainly do.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
Samrag 12 years ago
Osbornb.... where are you... PLEASE keep posting!!!
sunshinecity 12 years ago
great pics!!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
Osbornb PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 12 years ago
At Goode's Seafood
Taken January 5, 2007

I'm back from my travels. It turned out that I really had very little time to work at my brother's computer to upload photos. Thanks for the inquiries and the comments.
@Marc--yes, I do have some film to post here as soon as the lab comes through.
The luggage was found and delivered the next day.
This pic was taken in Goode's Seafood restaurant, which occupies an old train car. They serve the best seafood gumbo in the world!
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
YMCA Houston
Taken January 6, 2007
Saturday morning I took time for a short workout at the Houston YMCA downtown on Louisiana Street. The YMCA building was constructed about 1940. Behind it is the former headquarters of the infamous Enron Corporation.

In the evening I went with my family for dinner in an Argentine restaurant, and while we were inside someone ran into my rented car and bashed in the right rear fender. I never took a picture of the damage, which is just as well. I waited for the Houston police so I could file a report but they never showed up. No note was left on the car, so I will be responsible for the repairs. C'est la vie.
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
January 7, 2007
Taken January 7, 2007 - Fuji Reala film, paper scan--changed to grayscale.

After church on the morning of my mother's 90th birthday. A party was given at my brother's house that night. It was a long day for a 90-year-old but she really enjoyed herself.
sunshinecity 12 years ago
... 90???? She looks wonderful, I would have never have guessed she was that old!

Sorry to hear about the car incident...
As for the YMCA pic, is truly baffles me sometimes that they can ruin such an interesting landscape with such an ugly modern like the one building behind! It just sticks out like a big sore thumb!!! (I could have said worse... I'll refrain!)

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
wow , congratulation... great birthday (90 years old is beautiful) and cute family portait !
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
Cake
Taken January 8, 2007
It was delicious. Household getting back to normal the day after the big party.
Osbornb PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 12 years ago
Night
Taken January 9, 2007

I had just a half-hour before the deadline so I did a long exposure out the bedroom window. Forgot to set the camera's time to Houston time, though. This neighborhood is fairly close to downtown and is gradually being redeveloped Texas style, though there are still many small homes left. The American TV journalist Walter Cronkite grew up in this area of Houston in the 1920s, and I think he would still recognize it despite the changes.
Osbornb PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 12 years ago
Heading West
Taken January 10, 2007 - Kodak C41 process film

On the 11:45 flight back to San Diego, stopping off in El Paso, a city I've never visited but certainly would like to sometime. I took this photo because the light was so interesting. It looked like a Tri-X photo out my window, a grainy range of grays. The little point-and-shoot Olympus managed to catch at least some of it.
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
Dismantled
Taken January 11, 2007

They finally took down the crane I've been photographing for over a year just up the street from me.
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
The Y at 0530
January 12, 2007

We arrived at the gym before the 5:30 opening this morning, so I paused at the top the stairwell and made this image.
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S. Kesk [SK] addicted traveller Posted 12 years ago. Edited by S. Kesk [SK] addicted traveller (admin) 12 years ago
Nice and various pix u got all there. Pretty interesting!

Daily Stan
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
@Marc - thanks - I knew that airplane wing photo would come out right, but nothing else did on that roll. Once I'm done with the C41 B&W film, I will not use it again because it doesn't seem to handle high contrast very well. ** This is the first time I've ever had to pay attention to the inner clock of a camera with these daily deadlines we have.
@S. Kesk -- thanks for stopping by and commenting!
sunshinecity 12 years ago
I like the soft tones of the neighbourhood pic!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
Close
January 13, 2007

On a walk through Balboa Park. A few months back a truck damaged the overhead walkway, and it's been covered with plastic ever since. So these guys drive through pulling their sign, and I'm watching very closely. They got through with very little clearance.
msspider66 12 years ago
they were lucky, but totally lacking sense.


[Ms Spider66]
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Ladybadtiming PRO 12 years ago
love your pics
I should come and visit more often
and will

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
sunshinecity 12 years ago
H&R block.... it's that time of year again soon huh?

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
Osbornb PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 12 years ago
Breakfast
January 14, 2007
At the zoo this morning soon after opening and happened on this scene near the entrance. Most of the ducks are just visiting for the winter. It's in the mid forties, about 8 degrees centigrade, really cold for this climate.

I made a 30 second video of the event, using iMovie to convert the file for YouTube, which I don't think is the best option. But this is a first for me. I've never uploaded a video to YouTube before.

Thanks for all the comments everyone!
Osbornb PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 12 years ago
Wagon
January 15, 2007 - Martin Luther King's Birthday

The station wagon has nothing to do with holiday of course, but ever since the 80s, when they seemed to have become trendy for awhile, I've always noticed old cars with finishes like this.
humorous cats [deleted] 12 years ago
cool station wagon...might not have anything to do with the holiday but it does recall a different time in america, a time when King was alive.


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CollardGreens PRO 12 years ago
Pontiac - Made of concrete, thirsty, drifts in a corner, pulls to the right in a panic stop...but all done in style !! I like the ray off the R tail. This one is a 1956 model right? Small fins just before the explosion in 1957. This one is a 2 door (3 with the hatch) making it part of the GM "Cool is a rule" rides. Nice

CollardGreens: Oops
ebilflindas 12 years ago
Hey, is that your neighborhood? I've been trying to guess by the coffeeshop photo on the 1st. (that wasn't Twiggs, was it?)

I love Uni-Heights and I've seen that car lots of times (it's right down the street from here).
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Osbornb PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 12 years ago
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
KIF_2140
January 16, 2007

On a walk after sitting at the computer looking at spreadsheets for far too long. I took several photos of this archway and bridge beyond. I was just framing up one of them and took a step to my right, when this bicyclist whooshed by me about six inches away. I feel fortunate that I had only moved one step and not two.
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
Thanks, Marc. The camera surprises me sometimes. I didn't even have to adjust curves. Bike paths aren't the safest solution, bike roads are needed. Actually this not a bike path pictured here, it's a sidewalk technically, but the street is rather narrow. I can understand why the bicyclist chose the sidewalk to ride on. Plus he's was coming out of a plaza, so the boundaries are confusing.
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
House on Richmond
January 17, 2007
I pass by this house frequently, and the bicycle is always locked up there in the same place--beginning to wonder if it is just part of the decor.
Samrag 12 years ago
SamRag came by to you!

Been here few times... not commented though for a while. Love the nightshot 9th jan... Many nice photos follow... the wing, the crane, the birds and the old car.

This last photo (when you look very quickly) is almost like a house next to a lake (mirror image) as a line is going through it.

Nice.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
Oh, thank you, SamRag. There's is so much to see and read in this group that I can barely keep up. I appreciate your stopping by whenever you can, comments or no comments. :-) I see what you mean about the mirror image. This used to be a really rundown house until someone fixed it up a couple of years ago, but I wonder what happened to the people who were living there then, two guys, one with a job downtown, the other seemed to stay home a lot and looked like the type who would garden. Now I rarely see anyone about the house, only that cute red bike.
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
Flora
January 18, 2007

The best part of my walks home are usually where it is the most quiet. Even though the location of the above photo is no more than a quarter of a mile from a busy freeway, the traffic noise is blocked by a slight rise in the land that opens into a canyon with quite a variety of vegetation. Today there were two hawks circling above me, which may be the same ones we saw two years ago when they were chicks flapping their wings and jumping up and down on the sides of their nest high in a tree close to where I saw the two adult hawks soaring on the updrafts today.
lramiro520 12 years ago
I like this pic alot, especially when coupled with your commentary. The bokeh gives me a sense that the background, if focused, would be a bit chaotic. I like how the subject of the photo represents a feeling of tranquility amongst a busy world.

The Other Side Of The Fence
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
Evening walk
January 19, 2007

A walk after an early dinner, left the dishes to catch the last light. Stayed close to home. Mostly cloudy by afternoon and still cool.
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
January 20, 2007
January 20, 2007

About an hour before sundown, shadows falling on much of Broadway, and we only have a few moments to pause before catching a bus home. Conveniently the building at the intersection (former local bank turned hotel) and its newly renovated neighbor (office building turned loft condos) always stay in the sunlight a little longer.
lramiro520 12 years ago
like the pic. i love the way the sunlight hits the buildings at the end of the day. makes me feel relaxed.

The Other Side Of The Fence
sunshinecity 12 years ago
wow really love the shot of the house and the flamingos...

but jan 18 gets gets my seal of approval!:
Congrats, this pic deserves the Pink Star!!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
Thank you, both!
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
January 21, 2007
January 21, 2007

This is almost our private canyon, only locals visiting for the most part. The bright blue disk is a manhole cover, and I hope there only just a storm drain down here.
Went swimming in a brand new pool at a YMCA in an area of town called MIssion Valley. It's an outside pool meant for lap swimming, so it was cold, but I managed about eight laps until the low temperature drove me out. I realized I would have to do far more than my usual number of laps to warm up. I'll try to get used to it, though. Really wanted to photograph the pool, but that's not permitted.
sunshinecity 12 years ago
great stretch of land!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
Osbornb PRO 11 years ago
Unfortunately when I got my first mobile phone last year, I resisted the salesman's suggestion that I get a phone with a camera. I have analog shots coming up on two rolls of film, and will post at the earliest tomorrow evening or at the latest next week. Then I switch to a roll of 120 film, 12 frames, in my Holga and will take two shots a day to give me some leeway. For 120, I'll to use a professional lab that has a 24 hour+ turnaround, but at least their film processing fee is slightly cheaper than the one-hour photo labs. I'll scan the negatives at home. One benefit: I started keeping an analog diary, pen to paper!
ebilflindas 11 years ago
We have some great neighborhood canyons here, don't we?

Looking forward to you catching up!
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Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
we're looking forward for your holga pics
and the others !
I sure am

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Hey!! We need an update, I need my osbornb fix!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
Osbornb PRO 11 years ago
I should have some ready to post today or tomorrow. The question is whether I post them all at once to catch up, five days' worth, then have another long pause, or just post one photo each day, running continuously about six days behind. I just don't know. Thanks for stopping by, my friends!
Osbornb PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 11 years ago
pachyderm
January 22, 2007

This is the day my Kyocera Finecam S3L broke down, jammed, making a static sound when you push the shutter button. Too bad. I'd just bought a brand new rechargable battery, which I'm sure is the correct kind, though not with the Kyocera brand name. Kyocera stopped manufacturing cameras in 2005.

This photo was taken with the reliable Yashica FX-3. It doesn't even need a battery, unless you want to use the through-the-lens meter.

It was getting late so I walked to zoo to check on the elephants, looking for a photo to take. There are three females, one I've "known" since she was a youngster. Her name is Devi. The individual pictured here is Tembo. She's 35 years old and weighs over 9,000 pounds. She had a career in Hollywood, appearing in a television series called "Born Free" back in the 1970s.
Osbornb PRO 11 years ago
January 23, 2007
January 23, 2007

Took the broken digital camera to the place where I bought it, George's Camera and Video, and received the expected prognosis: highly doubtful of recovery, but possibly a repair service way out of my territory in the east San Diego could do something with it, though cost would probably be a large percentage of replacement value. George's Camera and Video has been in business since the 1960s, and I love going in there. It is a really serious photography shop with some rather interesting individuals working there, real pros.

This photo was taken with barely a pause on my walk to Trader Joe's. I didn't even look in the view finder, holding the camera low almost to waist level.
Osbornb PRO 11 years ago
Marc: Here's a link to a Flickr photo of the Lomo Fisheye that I have.
www.flickr.com/photos/aquadog/114364586/
There's a newer model that has one of those rangefinder attachments that allows fuller view of the subject.
You can see from the photo that the fisheye lens is attached to the camera body. It makes a rather good street camera because the shutter is very quiet, and you can aim it rather discretely. The film advancement mechanism is not very good, and I don't expect it to last long with frequent use.
Osbornb PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 11 years ago
January 24, 2007
January 24, 2007
This is one of those days when there isn't much photographically to choose from, but the day had started out with an aborted 6:15 a.m. stretching class, setting the tone. Our esteemed teacher, Robert, overslept (so he has one imperfection). Later I set out for the library downtown, arriving at 11 a.m. only to discover that it was still closed and not to open for another hour--this, due to city budget cuts brought on by abysmal financial management. I walked down through San Diego's East Village neighborhood, over to the site of one of the best coffee houses I have ever had the pleasure of patronizing. It was called Java and occupied a one-story storefront in a blighted neighborhood back in the 1980s. There was an art gallery attached to it. Since that time, a baseball park was built nearby (2003), and condo towers popped up everywhere, including where Java used to be. Luckily there is an empty storefront in the new building at the same address. Maybe a new cafe will open.

I took the bus up to my neighborhood on the mesa north of downtown, Hillcrest, which is where this photo was taken, as I was waiting to transfer to another bus. Often I'll just walk home from there, but I was starting to feel like I was coming down with cold and so decided to conserve energy. There's a story about an occupant of the building on the left with tiles. He came out one day as I was strolling by, my little Olympus Stylus Epic in hand. He had noticed that I was looking around for something to photograph, so he warned me that he was the building owner and that he had a contract with a motion picture company giving only that entity the right to photograph his building. He quoted some large sum of money and said that I was not take any pictures of it. I said okay and just kept going. Now I carry one of those "photographer's rights" documents around with me in case I see him again, but so far I've not encountered him.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
oh i love this shot... don't know why, but there's something poetic about it... like a scene from an old movie or something....

definitely love the colours from jan 23rd too!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
Osbornb PRO 11 years ago
Thank you, sunshinecity!
eelend PRO 11 years ago
I agree with sunshinecity, there's something poetic in this pic.
Good work :)
Osbornb PRO 11 years ago
Marc: He's photographing with his telephone. I like your take on the pictorial rights claimant, it's probably right on!
lramiro520 11 years ago
Really enjoy your last 3 shots. Sorry to hear about your digital camera
:( I really like the last photo. I feel like I've walked past that tiled storefront when I've visited San Diego...I'll have to dig through my pics!

I just learned that Moosewood is currently in the process of being renovated! Can't wait for it to reopen!

The Other Side Of The Fence
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
This is the first time I've visited. Some really nice photographs in here. I especially like Jan 9th... nice mood and tones. I'll be back!

Erica Day by Day 2007
ebilflindas 11 years ago
OR he might be like one of the subjects of a segment on This American Life--a crazy building superintendent with stories too outlandish to be believed...until he is called into court where his testimony corroborates his more incredible tales. But, yeah, considering how often areas of San Diego are used in film/television, it would be easy for someone to cook up some scheme to defraud the gullible.

Richard, I think you are the first person I've come across to mention Java since, well, since they closed. I absolutely love(d) Java! You're right, it was "one of the best coffee houses I have ever had the pleasure of patronizing." I spent many a late night writing, smoking, and drinking espresso--do you remember their menu? My favourite item was the Bohemian Breakfast (not to be confused with the more crass B.B., you sickos)--a double espresso and two cigarettes. And when they pulled espresso shots, they actually had to pull the lever on the beautiful, old machine. I even met one of my first loves there--ah that was a wonderful time...Thank you, , for bringing up such a fond memory!

(btw, I responded to your reply on my diary with linky-dinks to everything you need to roll with the Buddy Icons. doc18 also has version 2 available)
Osbornb PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 11 years ago
I never thought I'd so easily find someone who remembers San Diego's Java coffee house. This is the first time I ever brought it up in "public." Yes, I do remember the Bohemian breakfast, never tried it though. That's a joke that not as many people would find amusing now, I suppose, given all the smoking regulations we have these days. I still see one of the people who worked there, Deanna. She had lived in Amsterdam. You might remember her.
Thanks again for the buddy icon information. I responded over on your thread.
Osbornb PRO 11 years ago
January 25, 2007
January 25, 2007

Another lomo fisheye view, a late afternoon on 1st Avenue in Hillcrest--San Diego.
Not much else to report, except that we heard from a good friend in New Orleans that he's coming out to see us in about two weeks. He has a business there in the Vieux Carré, the French Quarter. I'm sure there will be more to share from him about his life in New Orleans after Katrina.
Osbornb PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 11 years ago
January 26, 2007
January 26, 2007 - Friday
Head cold took hold so no stretching class, but at nine a.m. I couldn't resist going out for a look at the weather, foggy marine air drifting in, diffusing the sunlight. It was cool and a bit damp. I finished up all the 35mm film I had in two different cameras, so tomorrow I start the 120 film Holga project.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
i ike these lomo shots a lot
:)

how was your weekend?
Grenouille O_O PRO 11 years ago
if find it kinda funny to see the inside of the lens :)
Osbornb PRO 11 years ago
Marc: I had the same thought about the parked cars looking, as you say, "speed blurred." Good term, by the way. I guess any pavement is a bike road--certainly a motorized wheelchair road. Almost got hit by one of those yesterday as I was fishing for my Holga in the depths of my backpack. Looking forward to your fisheye photos.
eelend: Thank you. Weekend was good. I will be posting on Friday, I hope.
xfrogg: Yes, it is odd to see the inside of the lens. I had to get used to it.
Osbornb PRO 11 years ago
January 27, 2007
January 27, 2007 - Saturday

I've got the cold that's going around, but that didn't keep me from going out. Joseph and I took an afternoon stroll around the park past some entertainers at the reflecting pool, about a three-to-four-mile circuit. This Holga negative should have been square, but for some reason the left side was all blacked out. Just after this we happened to see the state senator who represents our district up in Sacramento. She and her partner were just out enjoying the day like we were. We exchanged greetings but didn't really stop to talk. I think we were all intent on exercise. It was nice to see her out doing something ordinary.
Osbornb PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 11 years ago
January 28, 2007
January 28, 2007

Passing by the local coffee house, which serves beer and wine too. Now they have WIFI free with purchase. It's always been a laptop haven, so this should really increase business.

Today we made a foray into the vast spaces of Ikea. We managed to stay pretty well focused on what we were there for and came out relatively unscathed monetarily. Back home we rearranged clutter and put together the chest of drawers we had bought. Before the sun set, I went out in search of photos. This was actually a bonus shot, number three of the planned daily two, but since Ebilflindas mentioned that he once worked here at Urban Grind I wanted to include a photo of the place.
Osbornb PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 11 years ago
January 29, 2007
January 29, 2007 - Monday

A very quiet day, only one photo taken. We both are trying to get over head colds. It was pleasant just staying close to home, reading and napping. The Holga photo here is of the "Cairo," a new condo up the street. I've taken many photos of it but not of the side street elevation. The building is just across the street from the Urban Grind Cafe. People have moved in now. Must be nice having those tall windows.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Just catching up...nice little Holga project you've started. Keep it up!

The Other Side Of The Fence
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Aw, thanks Richard! UG is a great place (especially now that the new owner, Tim Hagan, has remodeled and really polished up the interior), but I do get nostalgic for the gritty and very busy first 2-3 years of its existence. I made some great friends there, co-workers and customers, alike.
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Osbornb PRO 11 years ago
January 30, 2007
January 30, 2007

Trying to capture something of the weather, which was really very pleasant, a day with gentle rain showers. This street recently was planted with small trees, which are still with their fall colors. I guess maybe they are oaks and were probably planted by the local tree planting group called People for Trees. The leaves are really quite bright, but the Holga lens doesn't register the color very strongly.
Osbornb PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 11 years ago
January 31, 2007
January 31, 2007

Watching a DVD on our deluxe, curved screen, analog LDTV. It's a Spanish film called Bear Cub about a boy and his gay uncle in Madrid that I borrowed from the library, a sweet story. The photo is a long exposure with the Holga on a tripod. I just guessed at how long to hold the shutter open.
Osbornb PRO 11 years ago
Yes, it's amazing and, for me, distressing, that we still have overhead telephone and power cables. Some of the cables are high voltage. The curved wires are probably the telephone wires connecting to houses. I certainly hope they are not power cables. One of my neighbors said recently that she was going to call our city council representative and find out how to get the power poles taken down in the alley next to our building. She has an ugly pole right outside her balcony. I doubt she'll have any luck. The City of San Diego is basically broke, the finances having been ruined by bad decisions regarding pension funds for city workers. I would imagine that building codes in newer areas require buried utility lines, but this is an old neighborhood going back about 80-100 years. There are some new buildings going up, but if you look at my photo for January 29 you'll see a single power pole on the left beside a brand new condominium. It seems odd, given the influence developers have here, that utility lines near new buildings are not underground.
Osbornb PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 11 years ago
February 1, 2007
February 1, 2007 - Thursday

This is a backup photo on 35mm film. The Holga pictures for today came out blank, either because I left the lens cap on or I didn't push the bulb switch far enough for the long exposures I was attempting, but I probably would have chosen this one anyway.

The story here is that I missed the bus to take me to George's Camera and Video, so I started walking up the street and soon saw lots of smoke ahead of me billowing around the parked bus that I had been too late to catch. Naturally I thought it was the bus on fire, which would not be so unusual because once I was on the same type of articulated bus that had also caught fire. But, no, it was not the bus, just this poor little VW Beetle that had contained two young women and a little baby. They were fine, but I'm afraid this is one more vintage VW that we won't see anymore, not to mention what is probably an extreme inconvenience for the car's owners.

In the evening we went to the Ken Cinema to see "Le Petit Lieutenant" with Nathalie Baye. We really enjoyed it. It's a good drama without the manipulations of the thriller, just a good solid story about very real people--and, of course, Paris.
Osbornb PRO 11 years ago
February 2, 2007
February 2, 2007 - Friday

A late afternoon walk to the foot of what's called the "bridle path," though horseback riding hasn't been permitted in the park for about 30 years, except for mounted police. I use the path as a convenient route to the west side of Balboa Park and beyond, though in the last couple of years I've favored a more rustic trail nearby. Both lead to a pedestrian bridge across the freeway which divides the park just a short distance from where this photo was taken. One of these days, I'll post a photo taken from that bridge. I look upon the freeway as just a nuisance to be endured. If I were a city planner with unlimited funds and autocratic powers I'd have a light rail system constructed down there instead of the freeway, perhaps in a tunnel.
Osbornb PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 11 years ago
February 3, 2007
February 3, 2007 - Saturday

This was bright day with the high contrasts which tend to be problematical for my photos , so I decided a night shot would be the best bet. When using film you usually don't have so many retakes as with digital. It's been interesting to work within that constraint.

We again went to the Ken Cinema, second time this week, to see a Russian film called "The Italian" about an six-year-old boy living in a Russian orphanage, who embarks on a trek to locate his mother. It's a colorful story and well told. The title comes from the fact that he had a golden opportunity to be adopted by a nice Italian couple, which everyone told him was a great opportunity, but he chose to look for his birth mother.

I set the tripod up on Adams Avenue near the theater and took the above photo. I've been meaning to take the tripod out for night shots for some time, and this was the first time. I hope to do more.
Osbornb PRO 11 years ago
February 4, 2007
February 4, 2007 - Sunday

This has been the Russian weekend. Last night the Russian film and today Boris Godunov at the San Diego Opera. We got season tickets at the last minute this year for all five productions. It was the first time in about ten years that we've attended the opera, and I got tired of missing out. The opera's home is in San Diego's very 1960s Civic Theater. It's going to be remodeled soon, with an acoustic makeover (the second or third in 40 years), but also enlarged lobbies. Sorely needed. Were people smaller 40 years ago? It was hard to navigate the crowd at intermission. Ferruccio Furlanetto did a wonderful job as Boris. The music was excellent. Can't say as much for the sets, but they were adequate. My friend and neighbor plays flute and piccolo both for the San Diego Symphony and the opera orchestra. She hit some great notes today.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
wow @ the tickets. fantastic!
Osbornb PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 11 years ago
February 5, 2007
February 5, 2007 - Monday

Off on another afternoon walk and grocery shopping. This street, University Avenue, has a fair amount of night life, so I guess that's why local bands choose to advertise at intersections. I had taken a Holga earlier, a self-portrait, only I turned up missing in the frame due to low light conditions. This was taken with the Olympus Stylus Epic, and I like to play around with its spot focus feature. The camera is also nice to hold, comfortable in the palm of my hand. It would have been nice to have a bicycle rider flying by in the rather empty right side of this photo, and indeed there was one waiting at the light. But I didn't have the patience, or the perhaps the effrontery, to get him in the frame. Street photography is difficult.
Osbornb PRO 11 years ago
February 6, 2007
February 6, 2007 - Tuesday

I was home all day and finally got out. Mostly when I set out just to walk on a nice afternoon I head west into the sea breeze, which is so refreshing. This was taken along First Avenue on the mesa about a mile from the bay. We used to live just on the other side of this canyon. In 1909, a man named Waldo D. Waterman took off in his homemade airplane from the hillside opposite. I don't know how far he got, but there is a monument to him that was put up in 1959 (mental note to photograph this). Presumably there were no trees growing there at the time.

My neighbor the musician and fellow condo board member emailed me today to say she wants to explore getting solar panels installed on the building, even if we have to take out a big loan. I'm interested in solar, but, being the treasurer of the association, I cringe at the thought of loans. I'll help with the research, and we'll see where it goes.

Online life: (1) posted two blog entries; (2) listened to a podcast called Nik-in-Paris, where he's again talking about finding an apartment to buy in Paris, which will be interesting to follow; (3) watched a video interview from a French blogger interviewing France's foreign minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy, suprised to hear them "tutoyer" each other. As an anglophone, I think I'll never completely understand when it's socially acceptable to use the familiar forms of address in French.
Osbornb PRO 11 years ago
February 7, 2007
February 7, 2007 - Wednesday

The street deadends at these steps a few blocks east, my walking route to George's Camera & Video. It takes about twenty-five minutes to walk there. I was taking the film from the Holga to be processed. Next rolls will be Kodak Tri-X so I have the choice of processing at home or at the lab.

My niece sent me an email with a link to an article she thought I might be able to use for a blog post. I certainly can. She also said she's been enjoying my photo diary. That's quite a compliment, given how busy she is.

Podcasts listened to: The SaturnCast, Lucky Bitch Radio, and as usual Yeast Radio, Democracy Now!, The Guardian Newsdesk.

After George's I went to Ritz Camera to take an advantage of their fast turnaround for some 35mm film from the Olympus. There's a nice fellow there, who went in the back to get a Nikon CoolPix L4 after he heard about my broken digital cam. It's pretty nice, the price is right. Maybe I'll get it. I'm also considering a subcompact digital Olympus that is even waterproof in up to 10 feet of water. I could use that. Might start snorkeling again.
ebilflindas Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ebilflindas (member) 11 years ago
Ooh! Possible underwater photos? Excellent! Those garibaldi are just begging to be photographed!

I love all these shots. The love interest I mentioned from Java used to work at the Ken; I worked at Whole Foods, two blocks down from that shot on the corner; I remember playing in that canyon below 1st as a kid. This last shot is the only spot I'm not familiar with--I love that there are plenty of places in San Diego that I've never seen.
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