Posts by: Shawn Clover

Sony a7R + Canon Glass = A Dawdling Delight

Sony a7R + Canon Glass = A Dawdling Delight

The cotton candy man slowly strolled through Justin Herman Plaza, a melancholy glare affixed to his tired face with a 12 foot tower of fluffy multicolored spun sugar soaring over his head. As I turned to notice him, his reflection echoed in the large puddle between us. And there the scene unfolded: this solitary and poignant…

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The Levitating Vehicles of the 1960s

The Levitating Vehicles of the 1960s

In the late 1950s, a military program in Dugway Proving Ground in the desert southwest of Salt Lake City was underway to develop a wheel-less vehicle that could travel on any terrain and skim across water. More importantly, the vehicle could theoretically skirt over landmines without problems. It was a simple concept, relying on counterspherical…

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World Series Champions Again!

World Series Champions Again!

It seems like just yesterday I was posting photos from the 2010 World Series party. Cars everywhere started honking at the first out in bottom of the 10th… not yet, wait for it! Come on Romo…let’s get this done! Then it happened. Job done. San Francisco erupted. The tens of thousands watching the simulcast in Civic Center…

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Fleet Week 2012: Stealthier Than Ever

Fleet Week 2012: Stealthier Than Ever

My two Fleet Week photo goals this year were: (1) get a good shot of the F-18′s transonic vapor cone and (2) get a good shot of the B-2 Stealth Bomber coming over the Golden Gate Bridge. I partially succeeded in the former (although I’ve seen much better shots) and completely failed in the latter….

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1906 Earthquake Mashup Prints & Book Update

1906 Earthquake Mashup Prints & Book Update

Thank you for the overwhelming response to my 1906 + Today Earthquake photo mashups. In one week in August 2012, the story of my photo mashups hit the front pages of dozens of major websites including MSN, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Digg, Reddit, Popular Science, the Daily Mail UK, SFGate, KQED, Laughing Squid, the New York Daily….

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1906 + Today: The Earthquake Blend (Part II)

1906 + Today: The Earthquake Blend (Part II)

At 5:12 AM on April 18, 1906, San Franciscans woke up to a quick jolt. For the next 25 seconds, all was silent. And then it hit hard–42 seconds of intense shaking. Buildings fell, sinkholes in the streets opened up, railroad tracks bent, and collapsing bricks crushed cable cars sheltered for the night in the…

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The Golden Gate Bridge is 75!

The Golden Gate Bridge is 75!

My favorite bridge is 75. Not only is it my favorite bridge, but I’ve always considered the Golden Gate Bridge one of the crowning achievements of mankind. It is a masterpiece of Art Deco design, perfect down to every detail and a symbol of incredible engineering achievement. No matter how many times I walk, ride, or drive…

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Inside the Old Fleishhacker Pool House

Inside the Old Fleishhacker Pool House

It was the largest pool in the world and a San Francisco icon. At 1000 feet long by 160 feet wide and holding 6.5 million gallons of filtered saltwater pumped in from the Pacific Ocean across the street, the pool was so huge that the lifeguards patrolled in rowboats. The Fleishhacker Pool opened in 1925…

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