November 26, 2010

China Camp - frozen in time


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photo by Donald Kinney

I'm afraid the old Seabreeze here has hauled in her last nets.   Little boys will throw pebbles at her and photographers will shoot her over and over and over; but the venerable Seabreeze isn't going any place soon.



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China Camp has two separate electrical systems -- one that works and another that doesn't.   Who knew the old poles and wires could be so artistic.



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A bit of advice here -- don't expect fresh crabs at the China Camp Cafe.   In fact, don't expect the China Camp Cafe to be open at all -- maybe around noon on weekends, but maybe not.



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Probably best that you bring your own libations with you too.   Gulp, gulp...



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I've shot this scene numerous times and this is the latest.   To spice it up a bit I used the Photoshop "daubs" filter.



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5 comments:

Scott said...

Kind of a ghost town/camp thing going here huh? Does the cafe really sometimes open around noon on weekends, maybe when they've got a large catch? Anyway, interesting series.

photowannabe said...

Always enjoy the shots of China Camp. Its intriguing and you make it a photographers paradise.
Love the angles of the last shot.

AphotoAday said...

Hi SCOTT -- Yeah, with just Frank Quan living there the place sort of does have a ghost-town feel to it.

Frank continues to set his net near the end of his pier but probably only catches a 100 pounds or so, and I suppose that is sold in S.F.'s Chinatown.

In the early days they used to dry the shrimp for preservation -- probably made a good but very salty soup.

But China Camp is a seven mile coastline of San Pablo Bay -- the upper thumb of San Francico Bay as I'm sure you know. It was turned into a State Park in the 1970's but Frank Quan has been allowed to live at China Camp Village since then.

And thanks, as usual PHOTOWANNABE SUE-- I knew you'd like those angles. Sort of reminds me of the rooflines of Cannery Row -- I grew up nearby, oh so many years ago.

Agneta said...

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Love your cyber room!

Agneta, a swedish one :)

Jennifer said...

Lonely and atmospheric - love these kinds of shots.

 
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