Delight at the de Young in San Francisco

Delight - San Francisco - 2013

Earlier today, photo buddy Doug Kaye and I met up at the de Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for one of our monthly photo shoots. We try to get out for a few hours before lunch on a roughly monthly schedule and then head to a nice spot to share lunch and chat. Today Doug wanted to learn more about Bitcoin – but that’s a story for another day!

We’re starting to have a few favorite venues for these photo shoots. Embarcadero Center and the Ferry Building seem to be at the top of our list – there’s always great shots available there. It’s a beautiful combination of great architecture, that amazing fountain, the Ferry Building shops/restaurants (Slanted Door!) and street photography. So much in such a beautiful spot.

This morning we headed to the de Young – I think this was our second time shooting there together. A great thing about the De Young is that they allow photography in their permanent collection areas – and they’ve got some great collections! Another great thing is the tower that rises up about ten stories above the museum and provides a remarkable floor to ceiling view of the western part of San Francisco. It’s a special spot – and a great example of what Jay Maisel calls a “stage” – a place just to observe as people come and go. We’re becoming pretty good at spotting these stage opportunities – during our trip to Havana Cuba earlier this year we found a couple that we great spots.

This image is one of those shot on the stage – and, for me, it captures the sheer delight these little devices bring into our lives. She took a couple of iPhone shots from this end of the tower – and that look on her face says it all!

This image was shot with my Canon PowerShot S100 – and post-processed mostly in Lightroom 5 with a few final tweaks in Photoshop CC. Below is a shot of Doug “working the stage” in the tower at the de Young!

Doug Kaye - San Francisco - 2013

One Reply to “Delight at the de Young in San Francisco”

  1. Neat photo and well stated. I visited the De Young Museum on my first trip to SF a few years back and made quite a few interesting photos… it’s definitely somewhere I hope to return. Always great to see what others come up with.

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