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Tag: San Francisco

Fifty Years Later

It seems like yesterday, not fifty years ago, that we honeymooned in San Francisco. We didn’t stay at the same hotel, the American Motor Lodge, but instead chose Hotel Zoe Fisherman’s Wharf this time, with its ultra modern decor. I hoped we would be able to replicate some of the photos from 1968 on this trip as we remembered our honeymoon.

We searched for the Fisherman’s Wharf sign and finally found a man who recognized it in copy of the photo where I sat. He told us it had been removed a long time ago. Even though we couldn’t access the balcony at the top of Ghiradelli Square, we found the sign at the top of the building. We posed on Pier 39, a tourist trap or a Pokemon player’s dream, depending on your perspective.

For the focal photo, I used frame set 3 from UrbanThreadz FotoBlendz Frames No. 2 in order to tie the two pages together. The photo I clipped to the mask is actually a blended composite so that I could have the entire heart behind us.

I chose the frames, threads and text box from template 10 in Travel Album No. 2 to accommodate the photos I wanted to include on my page. I reduced the size to 85%, before clipping my photos to the masks and adding adjustment layers.

Note: Because I am reducing the size of frames, masks and shadows from different templates, I am deleting the frames and giving each mask a stroke style of 20px so that all frames are consistent throughout my book.

I placed transfer 3 from ArtPlay Palete Riant just above the paper as well as layers from files 3 and 4 of Artsy Transfers Riant.

Note: I added a Hue and Saturation Layer to adjust the color of two layers.

Finally, I tucked a button from ArtPlay MiniPalette Blithe under the threads above the frames.

I want to thank my friend Adryane and her husband for helping us replicate some old photos for this page. It was Adryane’s idea to capture some shots holding our wedding photo. What a wonderful day searching for landmarks and remembering!

A Day with a Friend

As part of our celebration this week, my sister and I did something yesterday that we’ve never before done. We boarded a plane to fly up to San Francisco for lunch with my friend Adryane. There is nothing like flying somewhere to see a friend for just a day to make you feel extravagant on your birthday.

Adryane and her husband picked us up at the airport. It rained on our way into the de Young Museum.

However, inside, the photographs, paintings, sculptures and furniture were beautiful. There is a wonderful story about the man painting the fish. Adryane or I will have to share it on a scrapbook page soon.

It was still raining when we left the museum.

We walked by Boudin Bakery to watch the baker and to smell the bread.

Did I mention how good that bread smelled? We bought some bread shaped like turtles to take home.

Do you see the large ship through the arch? Rail cars used to come across the bay on a ferry and then into the city.

Next up on our walking tour, Pier 39, a Pokemon Go player’s dream location. Yes, I play Pokemon Go, just for the exercise of course. My doctor said walking is good for me. For those of you who play, I’m at level 33. I didn’t mind playing in the rain at all. In fact, I wrapped my umbrella in a plastic bag and placed it in my jacket pocket. I just gave up on my hair. Adryane shot this photo with her cell phone.

At the end of the pier, this inquisitive sea gull stayed in place nicely as I tried to capture him using the photographic rule of thirds and also keep Alcatraz visible in the background.

Although it rained all day, I had a most wonderful day with my friend Adryane!

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