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Street art photowalk of the Mission District

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Selected By: Bhautik J.

Clarion Alley - just south of 17th and Valencia Street

17th St, SF, CA 94110 (map)

Selected by: Bhautik J.

UPDATE: Here's a map of the planned route for the day (may be tweaked a bit to get around the Cesar Chavez celebration on nearby): http://i40.tinypic.com/30mr7t1.png

It's going to be a long walk, so bring water and sunglasses :)

Getting there: Driving: trying to find a park near Clarion Alley is not recommended. Your best bet is to park near our end destination (21st and Bryant) and walk 20 minutes over to Clarion Alley (near 17th and Valencia).

Public transport: the nearest BART station is at 16th and Mission; if you take the Caltrain, get off at 22nd st and get the 22 over to 16th and Valencia and walk one block south. Muni has multiple connections to the area; the 12, 14, 22, 33 and 49 all have stops near to Clarion Alley.

Catapult: if you plan to launch yourself out of a catapult or trebuchet to get into the area, the nearest open space for a safe landing is Dolores Park at 18th and Dolores. If your projected flight path takes you over 1000ft, be aware that you'll need to file a flight plan with the FAA, so get on to that sooner rather than later.


Flickr will be joining us for a tour of the great street art and murals in the Mission District! We've organized speakers along the walk to talk about the history of street art in the area; at the end we'll head to a bar where photojojo has sponsored an awesome photo competition where you can win some great photo gear!

What's to see? Check out some photos of street art in the area: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=%22street+art%22+mission&...­

We're going to meet at 1:45pm at Clarion alley (just south of 17th and Valencia) and kick off with a talk about the history of the Alley. We'll leave there at approximately 2:15pm and make our way along Valencia Street to 24th, tour the alleys there and end up at Asiento SF (http://www.asientosf.com/asiento/Intro.html­) at 21st and Bryant at approximately 4:00pm.

I'll be updating our progress on the walk as it happens live on twitter: http://twitter.com/bhautikj

What to bring:
Bring yourself, and bring your camera (cameraphones are totally OK!), and a cable to transfer photos from your camera to a computer if you want to submit a photo for the photo contest.

The competition:
I'll have a laptop hooked up to a projector at the bar afterwards, and we'll ask anyone who wants to participate in the contest to submit their favorite picture from the photowalk. I'll have a memory card reader handy, but if you need a special cable to transfer images from your camera bring that along. I'll also try to set it up so that cameraphone users can email me pictures too.

We'll screen the pictures as a slideshow, and get everyone to vote for a winner. The awesome folks at photojojo (please visit them at http://photojojo.com/store) are supplying a fabulous prize!


Looks like we're all set for a huge group and an awesome Saturday afternoon in the Mission!

Few small things:

* Weather is looking awesome! See: http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForeca...­

* Feel free to tag your photos with #SFflickrmeetup and add them to this group here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/sfflickrmeetup/­

* The people who run the alleys (Clarion Alley Mural Project & Precita Eyes) have asked me to remind you that while they love people taking photos of the murals: please be respectful of the artists and organizations and their wishes and don't sell the photos or use them for corporate promotions. If you'd like to seek permission to do so, please contact CAMP or Precita eyes directly:


Selected by: Bhautik J.

Talk about this Meetup

  • Bhautik J.'s Photo

    Here's a quick roundup of links for more info about stuff yesterday.

    The Clarion Alley Mural Project: http://www.meganwilson.com/...­
    Precita eyes - they do fantastic tours of the murals around 24th st, go look! See: http://www.precitaeyes.org/­
    Greed1: here's an interview I did with him - http://www.flickr.com/photo...­ - and his tumblr here - http://itjustmakesmeodd.tum...­
    The SF Mural arts project: http://www.sfmuralarts.com/­

    Posted by Bhautik J. April 22, 2012
  • Bhautik J.'s Photo

    Folks - I'm doing a project where I'd like to take portraits and get a bit of a story from people who take photos in San Francisco. If you're in San Francisco and you have a camera - whether it's an SLR, a point-and-shoot or a cameraphone, film or digital, whatever - I would absolutely love to take a picture of you with your gear. Contact me ([masked]) if you'd like to be involved!


    Posted by Bhautik J. April 22, 2012
  • William Palank P.'s Photo

    Thanks everyone and thanks to the organizers. I had such a great time walking around and talking with people I didn't take may pictures. Such is the price.....

    Anyway, here is a recent Flickr Stream I added, having just gotten back from Ethiopia. I would take pleasure in connecting with like-minded travel environmental portraiture photographers on Flickr or Google+

    Final thanks to Flickr (or was it Google+) that bought us drinks at the end of the day.

    Posted by William Palank P. April 22, 2012
  • Tony W.'s Photo

    I had a nice afternoon, and got to see some alleys in the City that I had never previously explored. I also found an interesting website showing many of the art works: http://www.sfmuralarts.com­.

    I contributed a few pictures to the group pool and posted more in my set http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    I'm looking forward to our next Flickr Meetup.

    Posted by Tony W. April 22, 2012
  • Jon B.'s Photo

    Thank you Bhautik, for organizing. Thank you Flickr folks for the donuts and drinks! Great to meet y'all!!!

    Posted by Jon B. April 22, 2012
  • Art C.'s Photo

    This is really cool! Went to a meetup a few years ago in the Mission, it was a ton of fun. Looking forward to it.


    Posted by Art C. March 20, 2012
  • Jeremy B.'s Photo

    Bummer. I am going to be out of town this weekend.

    Posted by Jeremy B. March 9, 2012
    • Bhautik J.'s Photo

      This isn't on until a few weeks away - April 21 :)

      Still, I'd love to head out shooting with you sometime though - you up for an early-morning TL or financial district shoot?

      Posted by Bhautik J. March 9, 2012
    • Varun's Photo

      Wonderful stuff. The event was way successful in terms of the turnaround and interactions. Hope the next one follows sooner. Here is my flickr Set from yesterday.


      Posted by Varun April 22, 2012
  • Frederik D.'s Photo

    I had a great time at the walk talking to all of you and really hope to be able to come to the next one! While the size of the group might have been a little challenging, it's good to see a very active community of photographers!
    I've posted my pictures on Flickr and to the group.



    Posted by Frederik D. April 22, 2012
  • Alexandra J.'s Photo

    I'm bummed I couldn't make it and missed out on my fellow flickrites and blue doughnuts. Next time. Cheers!

    Posted by Alexandra J. April 22, 2012
  • Bhautik J.'s Photo

    Thank-you everyone for heading out to join us today! The weather was hot, and the walk was long, but I hope that everyone had an great time. My apologies if I didn't get around to say hi to you today; this was the first ever photowalk that I've run. Turns out that marshaling 150 people and two boxes of donuts is intrinsically difficult - who knew?

    Looking forward to seeing you all at more photwalks; I'm definitely planning more. Keep an eye out on the meetup page for details :)

    Posted by Bhautik J. April 22, 2012
  • Pearl Lucia S.'s Photo

    Thank you so much to Bhautik,Markus and other Flickrinos for organising a really great day. It was a true Mission experience too with that scorching sunshine eh!
    Here is a linkylink to my Flickr set also



    Posted by Pearl Lucia S. April 22, 2012
  • Adrian G.'s Photo

    Thank you all for a great photowalk! Inspiring and a lot of fun!
    I missed the announcement of the winners. Which images got the most votes?

    Posted by Adrian G. April 22, 2012
  • Joyce W L.'s Photo

    What an epic Mission Photo walk! Thanks everyone for bringing your fun and adventurous spirit. You are all fabulous for hanging in there despite the heat and slight madness from the huge group. Truly enjoyed meeting many of you... till next time. Cheers, Joyce (clipboard girl)

    Posted by Joyce W L. April 21, 2012
  • Markus S.'s Photo

    Thanks everyone for coming! I can say in the name of everyone that was there from Flickr that we had an amazing time and we are looking forward to having many more great meetups in the Bay Area. Pleeeeease add your photos from today to the SF meetup group pool:

    Posted by Markus S. April 21, 2012
  • Gaurav's Photo

    Had a great time. Thanks for putting this together Bhautik and the rest of the flickr crew.

    Posted by Gaurav April 21, 2012
  • GPS's Photo

    It was great getting to meet many of you today. Thanks for organizing such a fun event.
    Here are the pictures I got from today. http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    Posted by GPS April 21, 2012
  • Jepe?zenka Hep S.'s Photo

    Hai@all! it was awesome to meet everyone today! we had to take off before the bar so i did not get everyone's info. feel free to friend me on flickr if we chatted! i posted some of what i shot today in this set: http://www.flickr.com/photo...­
    hopefully the link goes through. hope the bar was fun! ~hep

    Posted by Jepe?zenka Hep S. April 21, 2012
  • Lisa S's Photo

    It was really great. I hadn't realized even after living here for a long time how the murals worked in the alleys of the Mission. Thank you!

    Posted by Lisa S April 21, 2012
    • Markus S.'s Photo

      Thanks so much for coming, Lisa! Hope to see you at the next one.

      Posted by Markus S. April 21, 2012
  • Bhautik J.'s Photo

    If you're coming in by parachute or dirigible, remember that the designated dropzone is at 18th and Dolores; be careful not to get snagged on the electrified overhead Muni cabling nearby.

    Posted by Bhautik J. April 21, 2012
    • Mike D.'s Photo

      Alternate landing zones advised. Dolores is PACKED today...

      Posted by Mike D. April 21, 2012
  • Michelle O.'s Photo

    when is the next one? would really like to participate!

    Posted by Michelle O. April 21, 2012
    • Bhautik J.'s Photo

      I'm working that out... I'm attempting to organise at least two more; one in late May and one in late June. I'll be posting details here on meetup as soon as I've got some details confirmed.

      Posted by Bhautik J. April 21, 2012
    • Michelle O.'s Photo


      Posted by Michelle O. April 21, 2012
  • Bhautik J.'s Photo

    OK folks: we are on. It's going to be a longish walk and warm today - 24C (75F) - so bring some water and good walking shoes. Can't wait to meet you all!

    Posted by Bhautik J. April 21, 2012
  • Rochelle F.'s Photo

    I'm totally bummed! been so looking forward to this, have 2 cameras ready to go- just found out I have to be on the other side of town until the walk is almost over.
    look forward to seeing everyone next month!


    Posted by Rochelle F. April 20, 2012
  • Jason's Photo

    Wish I could go but I'll be in another part of town shooting the Cherry Blossom Festival.

    Posted by Jason April 20, 2012
  • Galina P.'s Photo

    Hi All,

    If you are interested in exploring at what murals are at and around the walk path before tomorrow check out this website, http://www.sfmuralarts.com­, that has a large collection of the city murals.

    Posted by Galina P. April 20, 2012
  • amynet's Photo

    Hi Bhautik, can I catch up and join the photowalk around 2:50 since I don't get out of a nearby meetup till 2:30pm?

    Posted by amynet April 20, 2012
    • Bhautik J.'s Photo

      Sure thing. At that point we'll be approximately around Lilac & 25th; however, if you can check it on the go, check my twitter feed for updates: http://twitter.com/bhautikj­

      A group of over 100 photographers shouldn't be too hard to find :)

      Posted by Bhautik J. April 20, 2012
  • Paul Pacdog C.'s Photo

    PS: I highly advise Flickr staff to bring Donuts!!!!!! =o)))

    Posted by Paul Pacdog C. April 19, 2012
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    • Leslie S.'s Photo

      hmmmmm Bacon Maple Donuts... nom nom.. I hope that on one of our stops...

      Posted by Leslie S. April 20, 2012
    • Bhautik J.'s Photo

      If 114 people turn up at Dynamo, it could get.... interesting :P

      Posted by Bhautik J. April 20, 2012
  • Markus S.'s Photo

    We will be handing out the URL at the meetup too, but please join our Flickr Group for San Francisco Flickr Meetups and share your photos from next Saturday to this group: http://www.flickr.com/group...­

    See you all on Saturday!

    Posted by Markus S. April 16, 2012
    • Daniel R.'s Photo

      Markus... Great idea! Speaking of groups, our Freemium Meetup would love to have you as a speaker sometime. http://www.meetup.com/Freem...­.

      Posted by Daniel R. April 20, 2012
  • Chloe C.'s Photo

    will there be donuts?

    Posted by Chloe C. April 20, 2012
  • Leslie S.'s Photo

    Hi.. FYI there will be a Cesar Chavez Celebration http://www.cesarchavezday.o...­, A parade @11am and 12-6 24th Street Fair (Treat-Bryan)... So this may effect parking, I don't know if this will effect anything else but just letting people know. If anything changes let me know, thanks!

    Posted by Leslie S. April 20, 2012
    • Bhautik J.'s Photo

      Thanks Leslie! I've taken it into account; the route we're taking should take us around the edge of the festivities. All that said, we should get pass by some of the really cool stuff at the celebration too, like the classic car show:

      Posted by Bhautik J. April 20, 2012
  • Kevin K.'s Photo

    Gutted I can't join you on this meet up as I'm in Edinburgh Scotland! If I was able I'd love to have re-created this scene of Montgomery Street but this time with my new gear/lenses! http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    Have a great day out :) #sojealous @captkirky

    Posted by Kevin K. April 20, 2012
  • Richard H.'s Photo

    Vor 12 Jahren hatte ich eine Fototour durch San Francisco. Damals noch mit Diapositiv und Farbfoto. Ein wenig von der Story von damals ist hier zu finden. http://www.rhebs.de/storys/...­

    Viel Spass!

    Posted by Richard H. April 19, 2012
    • Bhautik J.'s Photo

      Danke für die Story und Bilder! Viele dieser Menschen sind immer noch hier, wie die Bush-Mann und Frank Chu mit seinem Schild :) Sie sind willkommen zurück in San Francisco zu jeder Zeit! (sorry, mein Deutsch ist schlecht)

      Posted by Bhautik J. April 19, 2012
  • Masayo N.'s Photo

    (now the picture in the banner looks awfully familiar....)

    Posted by Masayo N. April 19, 2012
  • Karen V.'s Photo

    Anyone interested in carpooling from the Vacaville area?

    Posted by Karen V. April 10, 2012
    • Chalessa's Photo

      Hi Karen...I'm in Roseville and have to pass through the Vacaville area. I'm willing to meet at the Homegoods and would ride down with you! Let me know. Chalessa :)

      Posted by Chalessa April 10, 2012
    • Karen V.'s Photo

      So sorry, but I have to drop out.

      Posted by Karen V. April 18, 2012
  • Karen V.'s Photo

    Looks like I'm going to have to cancel - looking forward to any future photowalks...

    Posted by Karen V. April 18, 2012
  • Bhautik J.'s Photo

    UPDATE: Looks like we're all set for a huge group and an awesome Saturday afternoon in the Mission!

    Posted by Bhautik J. April 17, 2012
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    • Bhautik J.'s Photo

      Feel free to tag your photos with #SFflickrmeetup and add them to this group here: http://www.flickr.com/group...­

      Posted by Bhautik J. April 17, 2012
    • Bhautik J.'s Photo

      One last thing:

      The people who run the alleys (Clarion Alley Mural Project & Precita Eyes) have asked me to remind you that while they love people taking photos of the murals: please be respectful of the artists and their wishes and don't sell the photos or use them for corporate promotions. If you'd like to seek permission to do so, please contact CAMP or Precita eyes directly:


      Posted by Bhautik J. April 17, 2012
  • David O.'s Photo

    I need to figure out how to do TTV with my Yashica MAT 124

    Posted by David O. March 27, 2012
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    • Sam's Photo

      Ha - that's funny. I have a Yashica Mat 124 g too but mine just started getting jammed and I lost a lot of photos on my last 3 rolls :( Maybe I''ll try and bring it to this and see if it is behaving

      Posted by Sam April 10, 2012
    • David O.'s Photo

      Bring it!

      Posted by David O. April 15, 2012
  • Kathryn H.'s Photo

    I will see if I need to help a friend with her booth at the Cherry Blossom Festival that day.

    Posted by Kathryn H. April 15, 2012
  • stewie's Photo

    just discovered this meetup group and would love to meet you all - hope there'd be more meetups in the future as April - May dates are iffy for me :( Wish there is a RSVP-Maybe but i understand.

    Posted by stewie April 4, 2012
  • Manuel Y.'s Photo

    I never done a Photowalk. What type of cameras do people normally bring to this events?? DSLR or are point & shots allow ?? :)

    Posted by Manuel Y. March 27, 2012
    • Bhautik J.'s Photo

      If you want to enter the competition at the end, you'll need a digital camera, but other than that, you can bring whatever camera you like (cameraphones are awesome too!) :)

      Posted by Bhautik J. March 27, 2012
    • Markus S.'s Photo

      You will see *all* sorts of cameras on photo walks: DSLRs of any range, point and shoots, phones, toy cameras, pinholes, instant film cameras - you name it. It's one of the most interesting aspects I find.

      Posted by Markus S. March 27, 2012
  • David O.'s Photo

    This sounds great. So I guess we'll need to shoot .jpg in order to show photos easily?

    Posted by David O. March 27, 2012
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    • David O.'s Photo

      Ok cool. Nah just .NEF's for me :)

      Posted by David O. March 27, 2012
    • Bhautik J.'s Photo

      All that said, if someone turns up with an original gameboy camera I'm going to go out of my way to hook it up. Those things are awesome.

      Posted by Bhautik J. March 27, 2012

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