San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts Photos

San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts

“Sentry” at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts

 San Francisco Palace Of Fine Arts

As promised, here my first blog entry of the new collections featuring “Sentry”, one of my favorite photographs to date. I find the luscious blue and the deep gold irresistible! This is a single photo taken during the ‘blue hour’. The blue and the gold you see  have not been altered much beyond the standard requirements of a RAW digital file. Raw files typically require a bump in contrast and a few other things to get them as they were seen otherwise they lack dimension.

I am a fairly active member on Google+ and I love to participate in any photo related activity that I can. Many events take place in San Francisco proper and I enjoy travelling in even though I live a bit outside of  the city towards the edge of  the North Bay. This photo was taken at a “Drink ‘N Click” event where people use a local pub as a rendezvous point and then go from there to a previously selected place to make photographs.  I had been to the Palace of Fine Arts only once before for a brief time and was looking forward to this night time visit. with a group. I had seen photos and I wanted some of my own! :)


The photo below is another favorite. This particular event had an associated contest with ‘architecture’ as it’s theme. We were encouraged to look for unique perspectives as we were taking our photos. I wish I could say that I had that goal of a unique perspective in mind when taking this shot, but I didn’t. I was actually thinking of how it would demonstrate the sheer scale of the structure and how small people looked comparatively. In fact, I almost didn’t take this shot. It was getting late and we had to be going but I decided to kneel down, position my tripod, and take a quick shot. I hoped my G+ friends in the photograph stayed fairly still as I was again taking just a single six second exposure and didn’t want any blurring! I clicked the shutter button… and tried not the breathe. :)

Happily, this photo was one of about 18 finalists in the contest with I *think* well over 150 photos entered. Lesson learned? If you have an idea for a shot- take it, and apologize to your gem of a husband who was ready to go and has accompanied you on the venture.

I think he’s getting pretty accustomed to the photographer’s disease… “Just one more shot!” ;)

I think it was worth it, don’t you??

~Pamela :)


San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts

‘The Gilded Palace” San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts





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  1. Ginger Kay June 27, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    These are gorgeous, Pamela. Definitely worth it.

    • Pamela June 27, 2013 at 1:40 am #

      Thank you so much, Ginger. :) I’m afraid I’m a bit addicted to blue hour now… :)

  2. Ingrid June 27, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    Beautiful work, thanks for sharing!

    • Pamela June 28, 2013 at 3:59 am #

      Thank you and thanks for taking the time to comment, Ingrid! :)

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