Blended Photos of 1906 Earthquake
September 5, 2012 11:36 AM   Subscribe

Shawn Clover has created blended photos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake/fire aftermath. His first set was posted in 2010 (Beware: dead horses in one photo) and he's just released his second set.
posted by agatha_magatha (9 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
As a San Francisco resident, I love the photos. "It's very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present." - Little Edie Beale
posted by larrybob at 11:44 AM on September 5, 2012

Ugh, I shouldn't have clicked. Did not want to see dead horses today. :(
(Really, very cool project though.)
posted by Glinn at 11:51 AM on September 5, 2012

Love seeing old Mission Dolores make it intact. The oldest building in San Francisco just keeps going. I have always loved wandering through the cemetery.
posted by vacapinta at 11:51 AM on September 5, 2012

(Oh geez, you even warned me but I missed it!)
posted by Glinn at 11:52 AM on September 5, 2012

I'm not sure what the comprehensive list is of things we are supposed to warn people about.

Those dead horses make me sad, nevertheless.
posted by mecran01 at 12:05 PM on September 5, 2012

Nice idea, but maybe next time with a touch less HDR, please.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 1:18 PM on September 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

Actually, I think this is a good use of HDR. It really sells the difference between the two eras and the unreality of the blend.
posted by dhartung at 2:33 PM on September 5, 2012

I'm not against HDR, per se, but HDR:Digital Photography::Cilantro:Fusion Cooking.

If my initial reaction is that it's there, you're doing it wrong.

If you really want to sell the unreality, I'd have done it all in B&W. Force people to find the lines between past and present themselves.

To be clear: I really like the idea and the careful blending and finding of locations is astounding by itself, but I do have a few minor quibbles with the execution.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 3:32 PM on September 5, 2012

Really glad you posted this. I had a draft post of this and then work and life and stuff intervened and I never got to it. I love exactly this type of old/new photos, and the fact that it's all San Francisco is just gravy.
posted by gingerbeer at 8:47 PM on September 5, 2012

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