Phoneography Challenge: Street Photography

Posted: September 30, 2013 in Phoneography Challenge, Photos, Travel
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This week’s Phoneography Challenge is the photographer’s choice and my choice this week is street photography. I spent the better part of three days walking the streets of San Francisco, stopping often to take pictures while managing not to run into anyone or have anyone run into me because I stopped too abruptly, not an easy task in a city with so many people! But if I’d stopped to capture all the interesting things I saw, I’d never have gotten anywhere. Even so, I covered a lot of ground and there was so much to see.

One of the things I like about street photography is the unexpected picture, something that catches the eye because of its incongruity. In that vein, here are two disparate pictures that I like. I have no idea why the vase and arrangement in the first photo were sitting there, at the base of a light post on a busy street corner just a few blocks from our hotel. I didn’t see anyone around and they weren’t there when I returned. The second is simply one of those must-take photos. I hope you enjoy them both. They were taken with my iPad and are unedited.



  1. Dear Janet,

    Really nice composition on the first one and I love the way the creature on the wall is spitting out your name. 😉



  2. I agree. Street photography is an adventure. The first image is a good example of the serendipity and wonder of it. Nicely done. Happy Phoneography Monday.

  3. Steve says:

    That’s a scary monster. What building was it on?

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  4. Adam Ickes says:

    I would have gone horizontal instead of vertical for the orientation of the second. Give that creature some room to sink its teeth into whatever happens to venture by. As it is none it feels a bit cramped. Still cool though.

  5. Love the first one especially!

  6. Nancy Power says:

    Hi Janet – I love the beast! I would definitely have taken a photo of that too. And as for the flower arrangement, well, that is just bizarre! Nice photos, thanks.

    • Thanks, Nancy. If there would have been a flower seller right there or someone with a stand or something, it wouldn’t have been so odd. But it was just there. I guess it was a photo op. 🙂


  7. Angeline M says:

    I was looking at this eatlier this morning, and had to circle back to comment. That vase and arrangement at the base of a light pole is great, as is the wonderment at some of the things one sees in that wonderful City. Maybe it was an offering to the gods of the life in San Francisco.

    • Angeline, thanks for coming back and commenting. I appreciate both “likes” and comments. There were so many interesting, beautiful or bizarre things that I could have taken many, many more photos. 🙂


  8. What a fun place to take street photos! Great choices and variety today. 🙂

  9. nutsfortreasure says:

    Great shots!

  10. interesting choices. I love both of them 🙂