Sunday stake out, the Blue Fig

Sunday stake out, the Blue Fig

From our window seat at Dosa on Valencia this past Sunday afternoon. We stopped in for a late lunch and, as it was a warm and sunny afternoon, sat in the window seats that give directly on to Valencia Street.

We spotted this guy sitting in his weathered, slightly rusted off-white ’53 Chevy as he intently monitored the comings and goings at the Blue Fig across the street.

He was accompanied by a nylon bass fiddle case riding shotgun on the passenger seat. For the purposes of our completely made-up story, he could have hidden anything in there.

A short time after this photograph was taken, our imaginary hero abandoned his surveillance. His expression never changed as he checked his watch one last time, started up the old Chevy, dropped the three-on-the-tree shifter into first gear, doggedly cranked the steering wheel to the left (no power steering), checked his side mirror and idled away, leaving behind a blue cloud of exhaust that dissipated quickly in the afternoon breeze.

I love San Francisco.

7 thoughts on “Sunday stake out, the Blue Fig”

  1. What about self publishing on You have some great stuff that would draw some attention! One of the things you would probably find is that you have so many favorites that including them all would require several volumes!!!

  2. Oh, forgot my question. Is the image a b&w jpeg out of the X-E1 or did you convert in post processing? I am shooting RAW still and doing my b&w conversions with Silver Efex. I like having the capability to use different filters AFTER getting the shot. The camera is set up to shoot RAW only but I also have b&w selected in film simulation so my EVF presents in b&w.

    1. I do it similarly to you, Richard. Nearly always develop RAWs in silver efex. In the past I sometimes shot raw plus jpg but prefer to develop on my own rather than use the fuji jpgs that everyone raves about.

      I shot a bunch over at the coast yesterday and used bw preview and liked it. Certainly helps see patterns and shapes and how they affect the composition.

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