January 18th, 2003

caillebotte_the balcony

A NIce Link for Breakfast

The ponderosa across the street seems much taller when the moon is positioned directly behind its top. Perhaps the moon's tidal pull affects my vision.

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Bullitt Locations is an interesting link stolen from merlinmann's web page, via jonathangarrett. It has screen captures of scenes from the movie, accompanied by photographs of the same locations in 1999 or 2002. "Bullitt" has long been one of my favorite movies. As with other movies shot in San Francisco, the background views are a big part of the drama. This site gives a detailed photographic record of the locations used in the famous chase scene, explaining the odd jumps it makes around various neighborhoods of the city. I always knew those places weren't all in the same part of town, but I was never able to figure out exactly where some of them were. Now I know.

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Now I have to go to sleep. Everybody please type quietly for the next eight hours. Thank you.
caillebotte_man at his window

Fog in the Valley

Every day of bright sunshine here in the mountains is a day of fog for the valley. Late this afternoon, I had the chance to go down to the south end of town, where the forest thins, the canyons grow deeper, and the view of the valley opens up. There, through screens of bare scrub oak and scattered digger pines, I could see the white sea of earth-bound cloud, bright in the lowering sun. Across the valley, the rumpled line of the coast range was blue, and southward, the peaks of the distant Sutter Buttes rose from the fog like islands from a steamy lake.

The fog was beginning to rise, and was creeping up the canyons. I took a few pictures, though the best views were toward the southwest, where the sun was already low. Most of the canyons were dark, so the contrast is going to be a bit much for the film to handle, I think, and I don't have any filters for my camera, (I don't think they even make them for point-and-shoot cameras), so the sky will probably be washed out. I did get a couple of pictures of fog swirling up through the stands of oak a couple of hundred yards down the hill at one spot, and those might turn out nice. Even as I stood there, I could smell the fog drifting in on the light breeze. It was really quite splendid. People who live at that end of town are treated to this sight frequently in winter. If I could find the time, I'd get down there more often, myself. I'm beginning to run out of nearby scenes for my camera, especially since the one good local spot for sunsets now has houses on it.

There wasn't much time, with the light failing quickly, but I managed to shoot 14 frames. Given the conditions, and the camera, and the difficulty of finding good spots to stop along the narrow highway, I suspect that a five or six of those pictures might turn out reasonably viewable. Of course, it will be a while before I can get around to posting them. I still need to sign up for another photo hosting site, too, or cough up some cash to restore my no-longer-free remote loading privileges at Photo Trail. I miss the days of the free digital lunch.