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Palace of Fine Arts - interior walkway

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 20 April 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

San Francisco

When I arrived at this iconic venue and parked my car - a woman walking her dog saw my camera and tripod and asked if I was there to photograph the 'nesting swan'? Having no idea about such a bird - I fired off my stock answer that I was prepared to shoot anything that got in front of my lens. She laughed and I went on my way.

At this point I was exactly half way around the lagoon. Though two of them are difficult to see here - there are three dogs in this capture. Much barking and jumping ensued as they got near one another - their humans tugged them apart. What impressed me was that I saw a swan right behind the dogs (framed here by the three people at left) and she didn't so much as look in the dogs direction - completely uncaring about all of the fuss.

After the dogs moved on - it seemed like time to visit this swan. (tomorrow)

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Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Very nice frame and place. Love this columns and colors of the stone

20 Apr 2011 8:01am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A photographer's paradise here . . and you had the perfect light, too !

20 Apr 2011 8:37am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

It is an incredible looking place, I was wondering if you were going to bring us inside. Is this what we would call over here a "folly"?

20 Apr 2011 9:47am

@Curly: Hey Curly - there is nothing at this early hour to go in to. This is an odd part of San Francisco's history and its present. Originally it was built for the 1915 World Exposition and, constructed of wood, burlap, and plaster, was meant to be temporary. It is the only one of the ten 'Palaces' to survive. Used to house tennis courts, Army vehicles, limousines, and fire equipment - by the mid-fifties it had completely deteriorated. It was demolished and re-built using concrete and steel.

Presently it is one-half theater and one half a science center - "The Exploritorium" - first of the modern 'hands-on' facilities that encourage learning by doing. "The Exploritorium" is moving to much larger facilities later this year and I don't know what they will do with that space.

The Palace of Fine Arts just finished receiving a complete remodeling and seismic upgrade in 2009.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful soft light Stephen! Well done! ;-)

20 Apr 2011 2:49pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

If I lived in such palatial surroundings I would be less inclined to pay much attention to a few visiting mongrels. I agree with Ronnie, this is a photographers paradise.

20 Apr 2011 2:54pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

magnificent view

22 Apr 2011 7:11pm