While walking through her neighborhood in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood, photographer Kelsey McClellan (previously) is always surprised to discover the unusual foliage adorning her neighbor’s yards. Trees meticulously trimmed into vertical stacks of pom-poms, plants that swirl like ice cream cones, or branches that span garage doors like a giant green mustaches—all practically lifted from the pages of a Dr. Seuss book.
“I was instantly drawn to all the topiaries in people’s front ‘lawns’ and started snapping them as I walked around the neighborhood,” she shares with Colossal. “Most are Hollywood Junipers that have been shaped for decades by the owners.” You can see more of her botanical observations on Instagram.
Photographer Nick Steinberg has been capturing the thick fog common to the San Francisco area for the last eight years. His works, all produced in-camera and without Photoshop, bring out the neon hues found in the morning sky, colors which deeply contrast the blue and grey fog rolling over the forests below. To ensure consistency in his photography, Steinberg checks cams, satellites, and other data forecasts—tools that allow him to peak into the upcoming days’ weather patterns.
“What amazes me most about fog is the fact that no two shots are ever the same,” said Steinberg to Colossal. “This is what I call, ‘subtlety of movement’ where there are small windows of opportunity with fog as it evaporates, moves in, and undulates. This requires decisive action, tests your photographic skills, and requires one to be ‘present’ in the moment, and ‘ride’ along with [the fog].”
You can see more of Steinberg’s fog waves and other nature photography on his Instagram and Facebook. (via Arch Atlas)
While flying south of San Francisco recently, photographer Julieanne Kost managed to capture this beautiful series of photographs that look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. The color in the photos isn’t altered, nor were the images taken with an infrared lens, instead what you’re seeing are countless trillions of microorganisms thriving away inside shallow salt ponds. It takes an average of five years to transform bay water into salt brine, during which the various organisms that live in the ponds undergo a dramatic chromatic shift as the salinity increases. You can a bit more about the process over on Amusing Planet, and see more of Kost’s photographs on Behance. All photos courtesy the photographer. (via This Isn’t Happiness)
Rooftops in the Snow
Times Square Lights
7th Ave. Night
The City Tempest
The Last Light of San Francisco
The Market Street Steamvent
It’s almost impossible for me to select a favorite piece when looking at paintings by San Francisco painter Jeremy Mann (previously). Each of his works seems so wholly genuine, a mix of mystery and grit that brings a sublime light to iconic cities like New York and San Francisco. Above are a selection of paintings from the last two years or so, and you should also check out his recent Figures series. (via one of my favorite new art Tumblrs, Anita Leocadia)
Mirror City is the latest video from photographer and filmmaker Michael Shainblum that takes time-lapse footage of Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles and runs it through a constantly shifting kaleidoscopic pattern of mirrors. Shainblum says of the piece took about four months to edit and adds:
These clips were all processed from their original form, into the kaleidoscopic visuals that you see in this video. Many people visit these large cities every day, and all of these places have been shot and filmed, but I wanted to emulate these urban landscapes in a way that nobody has even seen before. I wanted to put man-made geometric shapes, mixed with elements of color and movement to create less of a structured video, and more of a plethora of visual stimulation.
And a plethora of visual stimulation it is indeed. The fun part for me was trying to recognize all of the different cities as the patterns become more abstract and chaotic. Amazing editing. I definitely suggest watching it full-screen with HD turned on. (via vimeo)
Shot over a period of two years by filmmaker Simon Christen, Adrift is “a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area.” For the last two years Christen woke up at 5am and pored over weather data, satellite photos, and online webcams to determine whether or not the conditions were right to make the 45 minute drive to the Marin Headlands to shoot. Many days the filming was a bust, but occasionally the weather, light and filming conditions would align perfectly and he would manage to capture a few seconds of usable (and extraordinary) footage.
The resulting time-lapse film is nothing short of astounding. The puffy fog flows, undulates and seemingly swallows parts of the city in its perpetual state of motion. You might recognize Christen’s work from his other outstanding time-lapse, The Unseen Sea, from about three years ago.
You can see much more of the photographer’s work over on 500px. Adrift is set to music by The Album Leaf and you can download it for free here. (via vimeo)