99¢ DREAMS

I’m not dancing or jubilating… we’re not children and this isn’t a fairy tale.

99¢ DREAMS

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Lunch Break

Interactive piece:
 

Move the mouse pointer over the image to the left to see before / after images of the same scene. (May take a moment for the second image to appear.)

Before image:
 

This scene caught my attention for the color and contrast of the foreground, brightly lit woman and the shadowed, low contrast watching men. I like these guys on their break from the small factory across the street. They’re a regular part of the neighborhood and despite the lack of common language we all get along.

During lunch some of them sit in the shade and watch a vigorous volleyball game across the parking lot.

Click the image for a larger version.

After image:
 

I didn’t at first consider this one a “keeper” for it’s lack of contrast or foreground subject. I saw it as the next frame in a short movie and loved the ways the watchers’ attention followed the red-shirted lady out of the frame. That’s when I decided to do the overlapping interactive piece above.

Maybe I’d been looking at it too long or something, but I like this image now, in its own right.

The void in the lower left corner seemed obviously empty, with two of the men looking at something we can’t see. One looked at his watch, and one looked toward the camera in a way that diminished any sense of distance or import.

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A wave approaches Miyako City from the Heigawa…

Seen in multiple places. This one from ProducerMatthew.com:
http://producermatthew.com/post/3824534318/a-wave-approaches-miyako-city-from-the-heigawa

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More Mugshots from New South Wales

Mug shot of Guiseppe Fiori, alias Permontto, 5 August 1924. Location unknown., 1924

Mug shot of Guiseppe Fiori, alias Permontto, 5 August 1924. Location unknown., 1924

See them here: http://adequatebird.com/projects/work1/

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Australian mug shots taken in the 1920s

Thanks to:

Stunning Australian mug shots taken in the 1920s
Dangerous Minds
http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/stunning_australian_mug_shots_taken_in_the_1920s/

Via:

Portraits de criminels australiens dans les années 1920
La boite verte (The Green Box)
http://www.laboiteverte.fr/portraits-de-criminels-australiens-dans-les-annees-1920/

Originally:

Historic Houses Trust
http://collection.hht.net.au/firsthhtpictures/resbyfield.jsp?term=New+South+Wales.+Police+Dept.+&field=AUTHOR&searchtable=&displayFormat=TABLE

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Question and Answer (B&W)

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Test Post

Test post, please ignore.

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Instrument X-Rays

Thanks to Tanya for loaning me her x-ray negatives!


This is a post from my blog, Adequate Bird: http://adequatebird.com/

You can see larger versions of these images on Flickr at Instrument X-Rays.

And a slideshow of these images at Instrument X-Rays – Slideshow.

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Blue Flames in the Fire Pit

Pictures of a gas-fired fire pit filled with sand. All taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and a 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. Pictures were mostly at 1/100 second and hand held.

You can see the full sized images here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/sets/72157625419594303/with/5239074807/

Slideshow here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/sets/72157625419594303/show/

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Rain causes headaches along Pacifica coast (Photos)

Rain causes headaches along Pacifica coast

It is early in the winter 2010 season and already unmistakable signs of fresh groundwater erosion are visible beneath the buildings along Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica. Groundwater, water flowing underground, weakens and separates the layers of soil, sand and clay beneath the buildings, and washes away the surface of bluff. Given enough time groundwater will undermine and destroy the buildings just as surely as winter storms surf.

The dangers to the buildings on Esplanade Ave of uncontrolled groundwater drainage have been known since almost the beginning. A project including channels to control and divert groundwater has been completed at 360 Esplanade, but similar work at 330 Esplanade Ave was abandoned unfinished. (For an early reference to groundwater risks see Esplanade Update – Sunday February 7, 2010.)

The owners, community, and city of Pacifica need to remain alert of the dangers posed to the unprotected buildings along Esplanade Ave. Those buildings, in turn, continue threaten the road, infrastructure and well being of the residents in the nearby neighborhood.

Groundwater Seepage Example

Darkened earth and soil, stained by fresh groundwater, is visible in the following photos of the bluff below the south end of 330 Esplanade Ave. To the left is the flaked and shredded unfinished concrete and soil nail project intended to protect that vacant apartment building. These were taken following a dry period, but the recent storms are starting to make a difference.

310 Esplanade south: November 27, 2010 versus August 15, 2010

The still-occupied apartment building at 310 Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica stands atop a sand and soil bluff that shows significant fresh groundwater-related damage. The vacant buildings just south, 320 and 330 Esplanade are also showing recent weather-related erosion. The base of the bluffs are armored with about 30 feet of massive boulders, and so far the winter storms have not produced surf approaching that height.

In this view we see the south end of 310 Esplanade and neighboring, vacant 320 Esplanade.

310 Esplanade south: detail view

The earth – soil, sand and clay – beneath the protruding drainage pipe has receded since August.

310 Esplanade north erosion, August 15 and November 27

The north end of 310 Esplanade is next to the open “dog park”. More threatening, fresh erosion is happening here, too.

310 Esplanade north erosion detail:

An area of more than 20 square feet has fallen away from the bluff, as shown in these photos. The amount of earth (sand / dirt / clay) that has fallen seems small so far.

11/24: Rain causes headaches along Pacifica coast

The press continues to cover the Esplanade Ave story. KGO-TV, San Francisco (ABC) ran the story Rain causes headaches along Pacifica coast: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/peninsula&id=7806869




For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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Astronaut watches the Earth from an ISS porthole: perfect cover for a nonexistent sf novel

Home from Above

Home from Above

From Astronomy Picture of the Day for 2010 November 15, this photo titled “Home from Above”. From that website:

Explanation: There’s no place like home. Peering out of the windows of the International Space Station (ISS), astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson takes in the planet on which we were all born, and to which she would soon return. About 350 kilometers up, the ISS is high enough so that the Earth’s horizon appears clearly curved. Astronaut Dyson’s windows show some of Earth’s complex clouds, in white, and life giving atmosphere and oceans, in blue. The space station orbits the Earth about once every 90 minutes. It is not difficult for people living below to look back toward the ISS. The ISS can frequently be seen as a bright point of light drifting overhead just after sunset. Telescopes can even resolve the overall structure of the space station. The above image was taken in late September from the ISS’s Cupola window bay. Dr. Dyson is a lead vocalist in the band Max Q.

Over on Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow passed along:

Madeleine Robins called this picture of ISS astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson watching the spin far below, “The perfect cover for the perfect unwritten/unread SF novel I wanted to read when I was thirteen.” Exactly right.

“Exactly right” is exactly right. It’s an amazing photo of beautiful subjects, and I wish I could be there, or as a close second-best, read a novel set in that amazing place.

via Boing Boing Astronaut watches the Earth from an ISS porthole: perfect cover for a nonexistent sf novel.

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Esplanade Bluff Photos – September 2010

At low tide on a beautiful September evening (9/18/2010) I walked down the “dog park” access road and documented the current state of the bluffs and works below Esplanade Ave in Pacifica. Other than 330 Esplanade, I found things in good state and about as ready for the winter storms as could be…. with several notable exceptions.

  • 330 Esplanade – I didn’t see any signs of fresh dirt falls below 330 Esplanade, but I didn’t see any repairs or new work on the bluffs below it either. It was hard for me to avoid the conclusion that the rainwater and surf effects that closed the building last winter will continue to weaken and ultimately undermine the building. I guess I can’t know that the building will actually collapse down the bluff this winter, perhaps it will take more than one winter’s worth of storms to ruin the building and the gas, water and sewer lines that serve it. It doesn’t seem to be an exaggeration to expect the bluff to collapse though – after all, the buildings were evacuated as unsafe!
  • Access Road – the new beach access road is somewhat damaged by water runoff from a large white pipe. At this point the newly formed gully is on the inland side of the dirt road and out of pedestrians’ way.
  • 30′ Surf Mark – the rock rip rap below is not quite 30′ tall. See the picture for the blue spray-painted marking.




For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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