Balboa Park inspiration

by Ginger on November 9, 2008

in Taking Pictures

Today, despite a windy overcast day, N.C. and I met up with a friend to spend the day in Balboa Park. For those who don’t know (cuz I didn’t exactly) Balboa Park is an enormous park in San Diego that is home to something like 15 museums, the San Diego Zoo, performing arts venues, and a boatload of gardens. All around, it’s a pretty place to spend the day.

Of course, that meant that I took lots of photos!  Unfortunately because it was overcast, I couldn’t get the lighting to turn out quite right in a few of these, but I wanted to share with you the things that inspired me today. Many of these photos are proof that I need 1)more skill with my camera 2)more skill with Photoshop and 3)more skill with composition, but I like to think that days like today are good learning experiences.

I just love the textures of this sign…the wood with the metal and then add the weathering…swoon.

This is one of the strange anomalies of the park. The Old Globe Theater (this is a window from that building) looks like a transplant from Ye Olde England, rather than the Spanish/mission inspired architecture of the rest of the grounds.

This photo desperately needs some help with lighting. I’m going to be recruiting my husband to help me Photoshop it to it’s true glory.

Ditto for this one. I love this image though. It’s probably breaking all kinds of composition rules, but I just love the juxtaposition of the tall narrow tower with the short rotund dome. And that stairwell in the tall tower speaks to me for some reason.

Again, I wish it weren’t so dark, but there’s still something about this photo that I really like.

I’ll finish up with some color. This is the interior wall of one of the (many) fountains at the park. I loved the color, but I also loved the…imperfection. Even disregarding the missing tiles, the rows aren’t totally straight, they’re not perfectly spaced. Something about beauty despite the flaws sort of speaks to me.

Particularly given that I’m not quite where I want to be yet in terms of capturing beauty flawlessly.

Tough Girl Kat November 10, 2008 at 6:23 am

You’re a really great photographer! I hopeyou post more later!

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anna November 10, 2008 at 6:56 am

Nice pictures! I used to run through Balboa Park when I lived in Hillcrest. That Museum of Man still cracks me up–only in San Diego.

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Mrs White November 10, 2008 at 8:12 am

Your pictures are gorgeous! I’m jealous that you live in a city with a “photographer friendly” climate. We woke up to snow here in Michigan. Stupid snow.

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Ginger November 10, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Aw, thanks guys!

Cabe Nelson November 10, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Oh I love the last photo! Beautiful Job Ginger

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spanish mission archi February 1, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Nice pictures! I used to run through Balboa Park when I lived in Hillcrest.

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