Some Rejects

rejectsdaydreamsuse I’ve had a cold from outer space or somewhere that’s been knocking me around all week so I haven’t been able to go over to San Francisco to take any pictures. I thought I’d post some pictures I wasn’t particularly happy with just to keep busy. They’re from interesting locations, but for various reasons I wasn’t pleased with them; the lighting was bad, the capture wasn’t good, or they just weren’t interesting pictures. We’ll start with this fascinating image from Buster Keaton’s 1922 short film ‘Daydreams’. Buster, being chased by San Francisco police, runs down Lombard Street and turns north onto Taylor. Construction began the same year on the “Crookedest Street in the World” at the top of both images, but it’s difficult to see how far along the work was from the movie scene. I don’t know if this film is available on DVD, I got the image from a fine San Francisco movie locations site on the internet, but when I went back to find the name of the site and give credit, I wasn’t able to locate it anymore.

Rejectstheivesuse I’d like to redo this one of Barbara Lawrence in front of the Ferry Building from the 1949 movie ‘Thieves Highway’. I took my picture late in the day and it’s not a good shot.

rejectsstreetsuse Actually, I’m enjoying this one more now that I’ve posted it; it’s an interesting capture from a 1972 version of ‘The Streets of San Francisco’. A Winnebago, “We’re giving ‘em away!” full of bad guys drives along the Embarcadero south of the Ferry Building. There’s a lot of interesting things to see in the film shot, such as the old YMCA Building in the center, the Embarcadero Freeway, but mostly, to me, the building with the scotch advertisement on the side. This was the Daniels Hotel where the witness Steve McQueen was guarding was rubbed out by hit men early in the 1968 film, ‘Bullitt’.

rejectsminnause Not bad, not good, but it is Clint Eastwood. “Dirty Harry” Callahan crosses 2nd Street from Minna Alley to do justice, (his kind) to three holdup men in the 1976 film ‘The Enforcer’.

rejectsdocuse The only thing good about this silly one is the location. Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal roll under the dragon during the Chinatown New Year parade on a stolen messenger bicycle causing it to race out of control down Jackson Street in the 1972 movie ‘What’s up, Doc?”. The parade route normally follows Grant Avenue when celebrating the Chinese New Year, but Grant isn’t as steep as Jackson so the scene wouldn’t have worked there.

rejectsvnesspieruse Tyne Daly and Clint Eastwood on the neglected Municipal Pier at the foot of Van Ness Avenue when it was in a little better shape in the 1976 movie ‘The Enforcer’ It’s an interesting location, but I took the picture at sunset rather than during the day when it would have been a better comparison.

rejectsdarkpassageuse This comparison of the Telegraph Hill portion of Montgomery Street from the 1947 film ‘Dark Passage’ speaks for itself as to why it’s so forgettable.

Yosemite National Park (A special thanks to the Visitors Center and to the Half Dome Village Administration desk)

yosemitehalfdomeredo Half Dome in the 1940’s: (Vintage Pop 88)

Yosemitetwouse Mother Curry, who founded Curry Village in 1899: The name has been changed to Half Dome Village. As my friend Cindy pointed out, it’s at the bottom of Glacier Point not Half Dome, and I don’t know why they’re changing these names in Yosemite, anyway.

Yosemitethreeuse I don’t know who they were, but that’s Yosemite Falls in the background.

Yosemitefouruse Nurses at the Ahwahnee Hotel, now called the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, during World War Two: The Navy took over the hotel during the war, because they thought the serenity of Yosemite would be beneficial to shell shocked sailors, but the isolation of Yosemite actually made many worse!

Yosemitefiveuse Now, off to Inspiration Point, and as beautiful of a view as you’ll find anywhere:

Yosemitesixusefirstone We’ll head through Wawona Tunnel, as they did in the 1950’s for the long drive up to Glacier Point.

yosemitesevenuse The view from Glacier Point:

yosemiteeightuse I couldn’t get too much information on how old this adobe is at the top of Glacier Point.

yosemiteviewredo This is the lesser known bluff, and Yosemite does not advertise its location, and discourages people from going out to it. I climbed up there after I took the picture and went out on the rock a ways where I took the picture at the bottom, but I didn’t go to the edge. I didn’t for two reasons; one, there was nobody there with me to take my picture, two, I wouldn’t have gone out to the edge if I was Captain America! That’s three thousand feet straight down!

Yosemiteelevenuse Guess I don’t look like I did in 1994, but I’ll bet that old bike I rented doesn’t either!