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the Lucasfilm Park is part of The Presidio of San Francisco , Panama-Pacific International Exhibition , Letterman Digital Arts Center .

Interesting places in Lucasfilm Park:
Eadweard Muybridge statue   Farnsworth Statue


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Eadweard J. Muybridge: The Original O.J.

Eadweard J. Muybridge: The Original O.J.
Made by Doug Luberts
Statue of Eadweard J. Muybridge: The Original O.J. at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio of San Francisco. Muybridge is often referred to as the father of the moving image, due to his early motion studies that resulted from a bet he made with former California Governor, and horse racing fan, Leland Stanford. The bet, or “question” was regarding whether or not a running horse ever had all four hooves off the ground simultaneously (some folks say it wasn’t a bet, but since we’re talking about a couple of dudes hanging out at a race track, odds favor the bet theory.) A lesser known detail of the photographer’s life is that Muybridge killed his wife’s lover, on October 17th, 1874, and then found not guilty at the trial, due to the jury’s decision that it was a “justifiable homicide.” So, not only was Muybridge the fore-father of film, but the “original O.J. Simpson” as well. Given Muybridge’s love of the ponies, it’s probably a good thing Las Vegas hadn’t been invented yet, otherwise this story could have had quite a different ending. [from Wikipedia page on Eadweard Muybridge en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eadweard_Muybridge] In 1874, still living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Muybridge discovered that his wife had a lover, a Major Harry Larkyns. On 17 October, he sought out Larkyns and said, Good evening, Major, my name is Muybridge and here's the answer to the letter you sent my wife; he then killed the Major with a gunshot. Muybridge was put on trial for murder. One aspect of his defense was a plea of insanity due to a head injury that Muybridge had sustained following his stagecoach accident. Friends testified that the accident dramatically changed Muybridge's personality from genial and pleasant to unstable and erratic. The jury dismissed the insanity plea, but he was acquitted for justifiable homicide. After the acquittal, Muybridge left the United States for a time to take photographs in Central America, returning in 1877. He had his son, Florado Helios Muybridge (nicknamed Floddie by friends), put in an orphanage. Muybridge believed Larkyns to be his son's true father, although as an adult, the son bore a remarkable resemblance to Muybridge.

Star Wars the Clone Wars on the big screen

Star Wars the Clone Wars on the big screen
Made by PopCultureGeek.com
waiting for the Clone Wars season 3 finale to start in the Lucasfilm Premiere top-of-the-line THX certified, 2:35 digital presentation theater. This was the only screening of its kind in the world and was friends and family invitation only. The local 501st garrison (sans stormtrooper armor) and the Lego people were there too, giving out free t-shirts and Legos. No food or drink was allowed in the theater, leaving it looking, smelling, and feeling fresh and comfortable unlike any theater you've been in. Only employees of Lucasfilm Ltd and their guests are ever able to experience this theater. So happy I was finally able to see something there. The detail in the picture and the sound are beyond incredible.

Mice: Almost as Cute as Rats

Mice: Almost as Cute as Rats
Made by mattymatt
This fellow spent some time in an office recycling bin this morning, and eventually I took him out and released him near some trees and shrubs. It surprised me how similar he is to the rats -- when he washed his face or tried to jump up the wall, he moved in exactly the same way they do, only in miniature. Since the rats are already like miniature people, it was extra extra cute. Look at that little face! My office uses glue traps, which are horrible and inhumane, so I'm glad that he was spared that sort of capture.

Johnnyoptic's DIY tilt lenses

Johnnyoptic's DIY tilt lenses
Made by bhautik joshi
I'm infatuated with Johnnyoptics beautifully built DIY tilt lenses. Here are four of his creations; the front middle and front right are built using a bike inner tube as the rubber coupling. I'm particularly fond of the middle front one - , a 28mm f2.8 jobbie. A complete gallery of his tilt lenses can be found here.

Emergency!

Emergency!
Made by supra455
There are certain things that are good to know when strolling in San Francisco on a sunny afternoon. If there is a serious water emergency, and you simply must stop the creek, there is a big red button to do just that available to you! I'm not sure what made the button so sad that it was branded Emo for all of its days. Perhaps it was that no one has ever pushed it.

Small Bird Climbs Wall

Small Bird Climbs Wall
Made by hypermodern
Today I decided to go for a walk to think, and found this chick. Upon getting my camera out it began to climb. - uploaded by ShoZu

Transamerica Pyramid

Transamerica Pyramid
Made by fksr
If you are in the Presidio of San Francisco in mid July, about half an hour after noon you may be able to see a very bright light at the apex of the Transamerica Pyramid. For about two minutes the sun reflects in the glass pyramid at the top of the building.

Spring is here :D

Spring is here :D
Made by bhautik joshi
Taken with my DIY plungercam; build details here. I love the super crunchy selective DOF that the plungercam gives here. I really do think it's made for macro shots.

Letterman Digital Arts Center

Letterman Digital Arts Center
Made by ste3ve
Thought I'd put this up for general reference. The Starbuck's employees weren't even sure where the Yoda fountain was - they just pointed us in the general direction. (It's in a small courtyard in front of Building B off of Letterman Drive.)

Trip to Lucasfilm March 2011 - "The Man Who Shot Libery Valance" Italian poster

Trip to Lucasfilm March 2011 - "The Man Who Shot Libery Valance" Italian poster
Made by PopCultureGeek.com
George Lucas collects vintage original Italian posters from classic films and decorates nearly every major hallway of the Lucasfilm buildings with them - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance starring James Stewart and John Wayne.

Trip to Lucasfilm March 2011 - "Creature From the Black Lagoon" and "The Horror of Dracula" Italian posters

Trip to Lucasfilm March 2011 - "Creature From the Black Lagoon" and "The Horror of Dracula" Italian posters
Made by PopCultureGeek.com
George Lucas collects vintage original Italian posters from classic films and decorates nearly every major hallway of the Lucasfilm buildings with them - The Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Horror of Dracula.

Philo T. Farnsworth -Inventor of Television (1927)

Philo T. Farnsworth -Inventor of Television (1927)
Made by Scott Hess
10-Aug_253-72 Letterman Digital Art Center (home of Lucasfilms) The Presidio San Francisco, CA Palace of Fine Arts in the background www.ScottHessPhoto.com

Philo T Farnsworth sculpture (completed)

Philo T Farnsworth sculpture (completed)
Made by PopCultureGeek.com
The Philo T Farnsworth (the inventor of television) sculpture by Lawrence Noble was installed at the Letterman Digital Arts Campus (Lucasfilm) on the Presidio in San Francisco, CA on Wednesday, April 9th, 2008.

Johnnyoptic and the world's simplest SLR lens

Johnnyoptic and the world's simplest SLR lens
Made by bhautik joshi
Johnnyoptic demonstrating a working, single lens (really, a single positive lens - one piece of glass) for an SLR, complete with spherical aberrations. This is real, accessible first-principles stuff :D

Philo Farnsworth statue

Philo Farnsworth statue
Made by ste3ve
Statue of Philo Farnsworth at the Letterman Digital Arts Center. Farnsworth is generally considered one of the primary inventors of television and did much of his work at a laboratory in San Francisco.

Trip to Lucasfilm March 2011 - "The Searchers" Italian poster

Trip to Lucasfilm March 2011 - "The Searchers" Italian poster
Made by PopCultureGeek.com
George Lucas collects vintage original Italian posters from classic films and decorates nearly every major hallway of the Lucasfilm buildings with them - John Ford's The Searchers starring John Wayne.

Trip to Lucasfilm March 2011 - "Earth vs the Flying Saucers" Italian poster

Trip to Lucasfilm March 2011 - "Earth vs the Flying Saucers" Italian poster
Made by PopCultureGeek.com
George Lucas collects vintage original Italian posters from classic films and decorates nearly every major hallway of the Lucasfilm buildings with them - Earth versus the Flying Saucers

100_2979

100_2979
Made by The Twisted Genius
This photo of the Palace of Fine Arts built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition is being shot from the new Letterman Digital Arts Center (i.e. LucasArts).

Detail of the new de Young Building, SF

Detail of the new de Young Building, SF
Made by dontaskme
This is a tiny piece of the atrium of the de Young Museum in San Francisco by Herzog & de Meuron. The building opens officially on 15th October 05.

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms
Made by Doug Luberts
Working in a National Park is pretty cool, especially when you've got this kind of scenery to work with. It was nice of the bee to pose for this shot.



Nearest places of interest:

Farnsworth Statue
Letterman Digital Arts Center
Avellino Pizzeria
Wild Parrots!
  YMCA Letterman Gym & Aquatics Center
Palace of Fine Arts
Palace of Fine Arts Theater
Former Signal Corps Storehouses

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