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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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Pacifica Settles Lawsuit with AIMCO and Starts Drainage Pipe Project

Noticed at the south edge of the 380 Esplanade (The Bluffs, AIMCO) was the Coastal Commission’s mandatory notice of planned work, as well as dire evidence of the need for the work (click a picture for a larger version):

2010 CalEMA 400 Esplanade Storm Drain Outfall Project

Found on the Pacifica City website, an announcement and invitation for proposals or bids for Esplanade storm drain outfall relocation and repair:

2010 CalEMA 400 Esplanade Storm Drain Outfall Project

The 2010 CalEMA 400 Esplanade Storm Drain Outfall project will abandon the storm drain located on 380 Esplanade and will re-route all drainage that flows through the 380 Esplanade outfall to a new storm drain system running south within the Esplanade street right of way to 400 Esplanade. The proposed system will install approximate 900 linear feet of new pipe, 4 new manholes, 1 new drainage inlet and a new storm drain outfall on 400 of Esplanade just south of West Manor Drive.

The original document can be found by search on the City of Pacifica website (www.cityofpacifica.org) or get it directly from a copy I’ve saved on this site: CalEMA 400 Esplanade Storm Drain Outfall (PDF, 1.1 MB).

City Council Regular Meeting September 27, 2010

(To go here: Explanation of the settled lawsuit where Pacifica agreed to pay owners of 380 Esplanade Ave, AIMCO, $400,000 for damage resulting from subsidence associated with a municipal storm drain pipe.)




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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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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Pacifica Sidewalk Fireworks – 2010 (Photo metadata)

This post accompanies: Pacifica Sidewalk Fireworks – 2010 (Photos)

Image Data without thumbnails

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Sidewalk Fountain in Pacifica 1/4 ISO 100 235 mm 9:02:17 PM
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4
Patriotic Display 1/6 ISO 100 400 mm 9:02:27 PM
3 _MG_5283.CR2
5
Black and White Blazing Rebel Fountain 1/2 ISO 100 400 mm 9:02:31 PM
4 _MG_5284.CR2
4
Coast-side Wind 1/2 ISO 100 400 mm 9:02:33 PM
5 _MG_5290.CR2
5
Streamers and Spiders 1/6 ISO 100 400 mm 9:03:49 PM
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4
Tumbling Stars 1/2 ISO 100 400 mm 9:04:02 PM
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5
Slice of Cake 1/10 ISO 100 115 mm 9:05:38 PM
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5
Bangs and Flashes 1/13 ISO 100 235 mm 9:05:58 PM
9 _MG_5309.CR2
5
Spray in Black and White 1/10 ISO 100 235 mm 9:05:59 PM
10 _MG_5322.CR2
5
Nike Guy Having Fun 1/8 ISO 100 100 mm 9:07:01 PM
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5
Noisy Swoop 1/5 ISO 100 105 mm 9:08:51 PM
12 _MG_5334.CR2
5
Question Marked 1/5 ISO 100 300 mm 9:08:57 PM
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4
Green Lightning 1/2 ISO 100 120 mm 9:09:51 PM
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5
Fire Tree 1/5 ISO 100 115 mm 9:11:25 PM
15 _MG_5396.CR2
5
Center Light, Dim 1/40 ISO 100 235 mm 9:13:34 PM
16 _MG_5442.CR2
5
Tiger, new and spent 1/20 ISO 100 330 mm 9:15:59 PM
17 _MG_5443.CR2
5
Jet Burst 1/20 ISO 100 330 mm 9:16:01 PM
18 _MG_5447.CR2
4
Fire, Clouds, Wind, Fog = Fireworks at the Coast 1/20 ISO 100 160 mm 9:16:08 PM
19 _MG_5448.CR2
5
Tender 1/8 ISO 100 160 mm 9:16:11 PM
20 _MG_5472.CR2
4
Wind Tossed 1/13 ISO 100 400 mm 9:17:47 PM
21 _MG_5494.CR2
5
Violet, Green, Red, Orange 1/10 ISO 100 210 mm 9:19:24 PM
22 _MG_5528.CR2
5
A Little Past 2 1/3 ISO 100 100 mm 9:21:55 PM
23 _MG_5530.CR2
4
Fire Dance 1/3 ISO 100 100 mm 9:22:39 PM
24 _MG_5535.CR2
3
Downwind 1/6 ISO 100 100 mm 9:22:51 PM
25 _MG_5557.CR2
5
Preparations 1.6″ ISO 3200 100 mm 9:26:05 PM
26 _MG_5569.CR2
5
Fire, Fog and Light 1/2 ISO 400 190 mm 9:29:22 PM
27 _MG_5570.CR2
5
Lights and Lit 1/2 ISO 400 190 mm 9:29:24 PM
28 _MG_5597.CR2
5
Corkscrews 1/2 ISO 100 130 mm 9:32:11 PM
29 _MG_5599.CR2
4
Golden Hay 1/2 ISO 100 160 mm 9:32:15 PM
30 _MG_5604.CR2
5
Abstract – Dashes 1/25 ISO 100 160 mm 9:32:23 PM
31 _MG_5605.CR2
5
Abstract – Wind 1/25 ISO 100 340 mm 9:32:24 PM
32 _MG_5608.CR2
5
Explosive Gold 1/25 ISO 100 340 mm 9:32:29 PM
33 _MG_5641.CR2
5
Lens Flare Ghost 1/4 ISO 100 100 mm 9:36:46 PM
34 _MG_5781.CR2
5
Fire Flower 1/2 ISO 100 220 mm 9:51:33 PM
35 _MG_5792.CR2
4
Feather Duster 1/4 ISO 100 210 mm 9:52:46 PM
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4
Fire Stack 1/5 ISO 100 100 mm 9:54:16 PM
37 _MG_5817.CR2
4
Abstract – Fire and Flash 1/80 ISO 100 220 mm 9:54:56 PM
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5
Fountain Pops 1 1/6 ISO 100 220 mm 9:55:05 PM
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Fountain Pops 2 1/13 ISO 100 340 mm 9:55:25 PM
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5
Abstract – Fire 1/50 ISO 100 340 mm 9:56:13 PM
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Looking UP 1/50 ISO 100 340 mm 9:57:08 PM
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Zot – BANG 1/15 ISO 100 340 mm 9:57:13 PM
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Camera Play 1/6 ISO 100 100 mm 10:06:30 PM

Image thumbnails and data

Image

Title
Filename

Focal Length Shutter Aperture ISO Time Distance

Sidewalk Fountain
in Pacifica

_MG_5278.jpg

235.0 mm 1/4 5.6 100 9:02:17 PM 18.1 m

Patriotic Display

_MG_5282.jpg

400.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:02:27 PM 22.8 m

Black and White Blazing
Rebel Fountain

_MG_5283.jpg

400.0 mm 0.4 5.6 100 9:02:31 PM 22.8 m

Coast-side Wind

_MG_5284.jpg

400.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:02:33 PM 22.8 m

Streamers and Spiders

_MG_5290.jpg

400.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:03:49 PM 22.8 m

Tumbling Stars

_MG_5296.jpg

400.0 mm 0.6 5.6 100 9:04:02 PM 22.8 m

Slice of Cake

_MG_5304.jpg

115.0 mm 1/10 5.6 100 9:05:38 PM 7.42 m

Bangs and Flashes

_MG_5308.jpg

235.0 mm 1/13 5.6 100 9:05:58 PM 7.42 m

Spray in Black and White

_MG_5309.jpg

235.0 mm 1/10 5.6 100 9:05:59 PM 8.36 m

Nike Guy Having Fun

_MG_5322.jpg

100.0 mm 1/8 5.6 100 9:07:01 PM 9.44 m

Noisy Swoop

_MG_5333.jpg

105.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:08:51 PM 12.6 m

Question Marked

_MG_5334.jpg

300.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:08:57 PM 12.6 m

Green Lightning

_MG_5345.jpg

120.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:09:51 PM 10.8 m

Fire Tree

_MG_5357.jpg

115.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:11:25 PM 12.6 m

Center Light, Dim

_MG_5396.jpg

235.0 mm 1/40 5.6 100 9:13:34 PM 10.8 m

Tiger, new and spent

_MG_5442.jpg

330.0 mm 1/20 5.6 100 9:15:59 PM 10.8 m

Jet Burst

_MG_5443.jpg

330.0 mm 1/20 5.6 100 9:16:01 PM 12.6 m

Fire, Clouds, Wind, Fog =
Fireworks at the Coast

_MG_5447.jpg

160.0 mm 1/20 5.6 100 9:16:08 PM 10.8 m

Tender

_MG_5448.jpg

160.0 mm 1/8 5.6 100 9:16:11 PM 10.8 m

Wind Tossed

_MG_5472.jpg

400.0 mm 1/13 5.6 100 9:17:47 PM 14.9 m

Violet, Green,
Red, Orange

_MG_5494.jpg

210.0 mm 1/10 5.6 100 9:19:24 PM 14.9 m

A Little Past 2

_MG_5528.jpg

100.0 mm 0.3 5.6 100 9:21:55 PM 12.6 m

Fire Dance

_MG_5530.jpg

100.0 mm 0.3 5.6 100 9:22:39 PM 14.9 m

Downwind

_MG_5535.jpg

100.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:22:51 PM 12.6 m

Preparations

_MG_5557.jpg

100.0 mm 1.6 5.6 3200 9:26:05 PM 18.1 m

Fire, Fog and Light

_MG_5569.jpg

190.0 mm 0.4 5.6 400 9:29:22 PM 18.1 m

Lights and Lit

_MG_5570.jpg

190.0 mm 0.4 5.6 400 9:29:24 PM 18.1 m

Corkscrews

_MG_5597.jpg

130.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:32:11 PM 14.9 m

Golden Hay

_MG_5599.jpg

160.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:32:15 PM 14.9 m

Abstract – Dashes

_MG_5604.jpg

160.0 mm 1/25 5.6 100 9:32:23 PM 18.1 m

Abstract – Wind

_MG_5605.jpg

340.0 mm 1/25 5.6 100 9:32:24 PM 18.1 m

Explosive Gold

_MG_5608.jpg

340.0 mm 1/25 5.6 100 9:32:29 PM 18.1 m

Lens Flare Ghost

_MG_5641.jpg

100.0 mm 1/4 5.6 100 9:36:46 PM 14.9 m

Fire Flower

_MG_5781.jpg

220.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:51:33 PM 14.9 m

Feather Duster

_MG_5792.jpg

210.0 mm 1/4 5.6 100 9:52:46 PM 18.1 m

Fire Stack

_MG_5811.jpg

100.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:54:16 PM 14.9 m

Abstract – Fire and Flash

_MG_5817.jpg

220.0 mm 1/80 5.6 100 9:54:56 PM 18.1 m

Fountain Pops 1

_MG_5825.jpg

220.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:55:05 PM 18.1 m

Fountain Pops 2

_MG_5830.jpg

340.0 mm 1/13 5.6 100 9:55:25 PM 22.8 m

Abstract – Fire

_MG_5857.jpg

340.0 mm 1/50 5.6 100 9:56:13 PM 22.8 m

Looking UP

_MG_5864.jpg

340.0 mm 1/50 5.6 100 9:57:08 PM 18.1 m

Zot – BANG

_MG_5866.jpg

340.0 mm 1/15 5.6 100 9:57:13 PM 18.1 m

Camera Play

_MG_5921.jpg

100.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 10:06:30 PM 12.6 m

This post accompanies: Pacifica Sidewalk Fireworks – 2010 (Photos)

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Pacifica Sidewalk Fireworks – 2010 (Photos)

Goals for this shoot:

This was the second year that we had a chance to watch and photograph the “safe and sane” street-level fireworks in Pacifica. Last year the noise right outside the door was quite a surprise, but since I’m never really all that far from my camera we ran out and got some good ones [Pacifica Street Fireworks – 2009 (28 photos)]. Before heading out this year I tried to remember all the camera and lens settings I used last year, and to try to get some specific ideas.

  • glimmer on the street below the flashes
  • vibrant color
  • subtle light
  • more people!
  • scale – these fireworks are small. Like fierce house cats, not tigers.
  • Ordinary-ness, sense of place
  • Tried to cut the total number of pictures I’d take and post to Flickr

Next Time

  • use a shutter release. I have one, just didn’t think to use it
  • more photographers and spectators. More people!
  • possibly hang with one group
  • shoot into the smoke. This time I was almost always to the side and the consistency of perspective is a little boring.
  • get closer. Under the fireworks. Use a wide angle lens and prop the front of the lens on a small block of wood to look up into the fountain.
  • try longer exposures, 1.5 seconds and longer. Don’t bother with exposures shorter than 1/80th of a second.
  • try the Lensbaby lens? Not sure… I like the amazing crispness of the streamers and sparks contrasting with the smoke. Maybe with apertures, but could be too cute.

Summary of Settings

All photos were captured on a Canon 5D Mark II on a tripod in manual mode, using autofocus, with a EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM zoom lens (image stabilization disabled) with the aperture set at f/5.6. Generally the ISO speed rating was set to ISO 100. Photos were captured between about 9:00 PM and 10:00 PM on July 4, 2010. I selected 43 out of the roughly 260 I took. I selected images for mostly subjective reasons, that were interesting, pretty, meaningful. My standards for crispness may not be yours – the lack of crispness of boxes and stuff on the ground doesn’t bother me at all.

I was curious if there was a pattern in the shutter speed of the images I selected. These charts show that I tended to prefer 1/2 second exposures, and only used only 3 images with exposures longer than 1/25th of a second.

Individual Photo Settings

Image

Title
Filename

Focal Length Shutter Aperture ISO Time Distance

Sidewalk Fountain
in Pacifica

_MG_5278.jpg

235.0 mm 1/4 5.6 100 9:02:17 PM 18.1 m

Patriotic Display

_MG_5282.jpg

400.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:02:27 PM 22.8 m

Black and White Blazing
Rebel Fountain

_MG_5283.jpg

400.0 mm 0.4 5.6 100 9:02:31 PM 22.8 m

Coast-side Wind

_MG_5284.jpg

400.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:02:33 PM 22.8 m

Streamers and Spiders

_MG_5290.jpg

400.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:03:49 PM 22.8 m

Tumbling Stars

_MG_5296.jpg

400.0 mm 0.6 5.6 100 9:04:02 PM 22.8 m

Slice of Cake

_MG_5304.jpg

115.0 mm 1/10 5.6 100 9:05:38 PM 7.42 m

Bangs and Flashes

_MG_5308.jpg

235.0 mm 1/13 5.6 100 9:05:58 PM 7.42 m

Spray in Black and White

_MG_5309.jpg

235.0 mm 1/10 5.6 100 9:05:59 PM 8.36 m

Nike Guy Having Fun

_MG_5322.jpg

100.0 mm 1/8 5.6 100 9:07:01 PM 9.44 m

Noisy Swoop

_MG_5333.jpg

105.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:08:51 PM 12.6 m

Question Marked

_MG_5334.jpg

300.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:08:57 PM 12.6 m

Green Lightning

_MG_5345.jpg

120.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:09:51 PM 10.8 m

Fire Tree

_MG_5357.jpg

115.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:11:25 PM 12.6 m

Center Light, Dim

_MG_5396.jpg

235.0 mm 1/40 5.6 100 9:13:34 PM 10.8 m

Tiger, new and spent

_MG_5442.jpg

330.0 mm 1/20 5.6 100 9:15:59 PM 10.8 m

Jet Burst

_MG_5443.jpg

330.0 mm 1/20 5.6 100 9:16:01 PM 12.6 m

Fire, Clouds, Wind, Fog =
Fireworks at the Coast

_MG_5447.jpg

160.0 mm 1/20 5.6 100 9:16:08 PM 10.8 m

Tender

_MG_5448.jpg

160.0 mm 1/8 5.6 100 9:16:11 PM 10.8 m

Wind Tossed

_MG_5472.jpg

400.0 mm 1/13 5.6 100 9:17:47 PM 14.9 m

Violet, Green,
Red, Orange

_MG_5494.jpg

210.0 mm 1/10 5.6 100 9:19:24 PM 14.9 m

A Little Past 2

_MG_5528.jpg

100.0 mm 0.3 5.6 100 9:21:55 PM 12.6 m

Fire Dance

_MG_5530.jpg

100.0 mm 0.3 5.6 100 9:22:39 PM 14.9 m

Downwind

_MG_5535.jpg

100.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:22:51 PM 12.6 m

Preparations

_MG_5557.jpg

100.0 mm 1.6 5.6 3200 9:26:05 PM 18.1 m

Fire, Fog and Light

_MG_5569.jpg

190.0 mm 0.4 5.6 400 9:29:22 PM 18.1 m

Lights and Lit

_MG_5570.jpg

190.0 mm 0.4 5.6 400 9:29:24 PM 18.1 m

Corkscrews

_MG_5597.jpg

130.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:32:11 PM 14.9 m

Golden Hay

_MG_5599.jpg

160.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:32:15 PM 14.9 m

Abstract – Dashes

_MG_5604.jpg

160.0 mm 1/25 5.6 100 9:32:23 PM 18.1 m

Abstract – Wind

_MG_5605.jpg

340.0 mm 1/25 5.6 100 9:32:24 PM 18.1 m

Explosive Gold

_MG_5608.jpg

340.0 mm 1/25 5.6 100 9:32:29 PM 18.1 m

Lens Flare Ghost

_MG_5641.jpg

100.0 mm 1/4 5.6 100 9:36:46 PM 14.9 m

Fire Flower

_MG_5781.jpg

220.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:51:33 PM 14.9 m

Feather Duster

_MG_5792.jpg

210.0 mm 1/4 5.6 100 9:52:46 PM 18.1 m

Fire Stack

_MG_5811.jpg

100.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:54:16 PM 14.9 m

Abstract – Fire and Flash

_MG_5817.jpg

220.0 mm 1/80 5.6 100 9:54:56 PM 18.1 m

Fountain Pops 1

_MG_5825.jpg

220.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:55:05 PM 18.1 m

Fountain Pops 2

_MG_5830.jpg

340.0 mm 1/13 5.6 100 9:55:25 PM 22.8 m

Abstract – Fire

_MG_5857.jpg

340.0 mm 1/50 5.6 100 9:56:13 PM 22.8 m

Looking UP

_MG_5864.jpg

340.0 mm 1/50 5.6 100 9:57:08 PM 18.1 m

Zot – BANG

_MG_5866.jpg

340.0 mm 1/15 5.6 100 9:57:13 PM 18.1 m

Camera Play

_MG_5921.jpg

100.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 10:06:30 PM 12.6 m

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Current Esplanade Aerial Photo

This composite image based on two photos posted on Pacifica Riptide, photographer credit to Tim Brand and copyright to EvanFlys.com.

Labeled features with links to my posts for more information:

  • Lands End “Dog Park” – the open space at the Lands End apartment complex. According to the Coastal Commission permit work is underway to lay a rock rip rap revetment to halt erosion that threatened this open space area plus building 112, not visible to the left of this image. (Lands End Ramp, Patio at 330 Esplanade)
  • 310 Esplanade, Millard Tong owner. 310 Esplanade had emergency work done this winter to add rock to the north (left) end of the rip rap that was already placed below it. (Deadline from Pacifica: Prove it or Lose it, Thursday 4/22)
  • 320 Esplanade, Millard Tong owner. Closed after emergency work to add rock to the south (right) end of of existing rip rap. Both properties had rip rap laid in 2009, and both were damaged when that protection was either insufficient or diminished by the absence of similar protection at the neighboring properties. (Evacuation Order for 320 Esplanade)
  • 330 Esplanade, Farshid Samsami owner. Evacuated 12/17/2010 after winter storms eroded the unprotected beach and bluffs beneath it. (Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade) In the following weeks the rock and soil nail wall with shot crete cement shown here was added to prevent further erosion. The work was not finished, according to reports, due to lack of funds and subsequently the property has resumed eroding. (330 Esplanade Balcony) Properties on either side of 330 Esplanade laid rock rip rap in 2009. Only sketchy, vague explanations mentioning disagreements among the owners, perhaps related to unusual property lines or access, have been published. (Long Term Displacement + Property Map)
  • 360 Esplanade, Aimco Apartments owner. Additional rock laid and soil nail wall with sprayed shot crete added to halt erosion. (Work to Begin at 360 Esplanade)
  • Sewer, Pacifica. Meanwhile Pacifica has a yet-to-be resolved problem: severe cliff erosion, landslide, ground subsidence and failure of the revetment supporting the City’s storm drainage outfall structures at 380 and 400 Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica. (Pacifica Council Agenda – Prior to the April 12, 2010 Meeting)

Not visible but still actively working to stop / remediate related erosion damage are two properties to the north (left) of this view:

Composite image based on photos originally published at Pacifica Riptide. Thanks to them and the photographers who retain ownership and rights to the images: The Losing Battle: Esplanade Slip Slippin’ Away.



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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Balcony and Patio Removed – 330 Esplanade

The packed-sand bluff beneath the cement patio fell away from the north end of the building on (about) June 12th. The result was a terribly dangerous situation for anyone walking on the beach below the building. Pacifica required that the patio and balcony be removed. (Full size images on Flickr here.)

Here’s what the building looked like before the balcony and patio was removed:



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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June 26, Partial Lunar Eclipse

This weekend’s full moon will be accompanied by a partial lunar eclipse, as the earth’s shadow will briefly dim a portion of the moon’s face.

Will you be able to see it? Yes, in about half of the world, including North America:

Partial Lunar Eclipse of 2010 Jun 26

And in North America, by timezone (table courtesy of Partial Lunar Eclipse Coming On June 26 by Joe Rao):

EDT

CDT

MDT

PDT

First bit of shading

5:50 a.m.

4:50 a.m.

3:50 a.m.

2:50 a.m.

Moon enters umbra

6:17 a.m.

5:17 a.m.

4:17 a.m.

3:17 a.m.

Maximum eclipse

Below the horizon

6:40 a.m.

5:40 a.m.

4:40 a.m.

Moon leaves umbra

Below the horizon

Below the horizon

Below the horizon

6:00 a.m.

Last bit of shading

Below the horizon

Below the horizon

Below the horizon

6:25 a.m.

From the “Classroom Resources” pages of Starry Night Education, a helpful chart:

Lunar Eclipse - www.starrynighteducation.com

Great links and articles:

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When it doubt leave it out

Helpful list from Scott Bourne, a leading photography blogger and educator, with the delightful reminder… when in doubt, leave it out. (Note, post edited in response to Mr. Bourne’s concern that I had quoted too much. No offense intended, I’m happy to use a non-infringing excerpt. It was truly the last item in the list that attracted my attention.)

1. Use negative space.
2. Avoid merges.
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15. When it doubt leave it out.

For the full list and much more, see the author’s website: Composition – Basic Tools – 15 Quick Tips « Photofocus.

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Owner Requests 30-Day Extension

A Bay City News Service report confirmed the Thursday deadline for the owners of 320 and 330 Esplanade Ave. to submit a plan for the repair of those imperiled apartment buildings.

Millard Tong, the owner of 320 Esplanade (and also of 310) has submitted a request for a 30-day extension, according to Pacifica building official Doug Rider.

Rider planned to meet with the Pacifica city manager and city attorney Thursday to discuss whether to grant the extension.

This Bay City News Service release appeared in several news outlets including KRON 4 and CBS 5, but I picked it first from the San Mateo Daily Journal, smdailyjournal.com: Owners of Pacifica apartments to decide whether to repair buildings.

Image “Minute Hand” by Darren Hester under the Creative Commons license, Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0.


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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A wave of oil spotted approaching…

The Daily What: This Is The Worst of the Day: A wave of oil spotted approaching….

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330 Esplanade Balcony

News from a source on Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica: the second-storey balcony behind 330 Esplanade has begun to sag. See the larger, original sized images on Flickr here.



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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