Candlestick Park before the Fans Arrived

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Quiet and serene Candlestick Park on a sunny afternoon in 1991. The photograph was taken from the upper deck down the right field line before a night game. Candlestick Park used to be one of the largest capacity ballparks in Major League Baseball as it seated 62,000 people. I took the photograph using Kodak 35mm T-Max 100 black and white film with a Canon camera. T-Max 100 was my favorite bright daylight film as the grain was very fine.

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Exciting Fireworks at Candlestick Park

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Opening Night on April 15, 1991 at Candlestick Park with the LA Dodgers squaring off against the SF Giants. Giants vs Dodgers games always generate excitement but it was also opening night which made the game extra special. It was quite a sight to see the on-field fireworks show during the pre-game ceremony.

I like the fireworks in this black and white photo since it emphasizes the splattering of the firework specs throughout the air.  It shows the spray of the fireworks with a different appearance.

When I was a small child, we had a black and white television.  When we received our first color television, it was so magnificent to watch programs in color.  The color television was far superior than the black and white.  Now as an adult, I realize that black and white images are not inferior, but can provide a different dimension to a picture.

If you have old black and white photographs, take time to go back to look and enjoy the old images.  See if you can notice any different nuances in the pictures.

Throwing Out the First Ball at Candlestick Park

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Candlestick Park’s Centerfield Scoreboard on Friday night, May 20, 1988. The SF Giants played the Montreal Expos. The Expos are now the Washington Nationals. The Giants ended up winning the game 11-2.

Photographs capture moments.  I love lights which is why I love this sign.  It captured Brian Rianda’s moment to pitch the first ball at this SF Giants baseball game.  I would love to hear from Brian Rianda’s memories of this moment.  Or I would love to hear from anyone who has had this honor to throw out the first ball at a baseball game.

We rush through our lives sometimes too fast.  Take time to ponder on some of the important moments you’ve experienced.  Good memories are nice to ponder about and to share with family and friends.  Take time to share the good memories with those around you to build closer relationships.

Fuji Photo Day at Candlestick Park at a SF Giants Game

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This was a very popular event for fans at Candlestick Park. It allowed fans with cameras to go down on the field before a SF Giants game to meet and have pictures taken with Giants players. Here are the former players and mascot in the picture. Pitcher, Julian Tavarez (50), Shortstop, Rich Aurilia (35), and SF Giants Mascot Lou Seal.

Roaming Concessionaire at Candlestick Park

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This photograph was taken at the General Admissions section or the bleacher section.  These were cheap and affordable seats at $2.50, since they were far from home plate.  We were also restricted to stay around this area and not allowed to the other parts of the stadium.

It is interesting to see the old SF Giants caps, miniature wooden and inflatable bats, wrist bans, and stuffed animals being sold by this concessionaire.

The stadium was full since the Giants were playing the Dodgers.

I shot with Kodak T-Max 100 35 mm black and white film with a Canon 35 mm camera.

In those days, I could go to watch the SF Giants anywhere from 10 to 20 times.  Tickets were affordable, and I could decide at the last minute to go up to the gate and  purchase a ticket.  It was nice to be able to watch my favorite team live so easily.

SF Giants Retired Hall of Fame Players Numbers at Candlestick Park

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It was nice how Candlestick Park honored the great San Francisco Giants Retired Players by creating the big round discs with the players’ name and numbers.  Initially the discs were displayed on the right field fence as seen in the picture above on the right.  They were displayed in the 1980’s.

Then in the 1990’s, the discs were removed.  New discs were painted on the left field green padded fence for these retired players.

I am glad I photographed all the discs.  I created metal pins which can be worn on clothing or attached to any flat object with a magnet.  My wife and I were trying to think of ideas how to enjoy the memories and these photographs I took long ago of Candlestick Park.  Since these discs look like buttons or pins, I came up with the idea to create these mini replicas of the historic discs.  I could have easily created buttons from the photos.  But I wanted a different look.  The photos are mounted on round metal discs with brushed on sealant.  So the photo has an artsy look with the brush strokes.

I wanted to remember these great baseball players, and how Candlestick Park honored these players.

Feel free to look at the different Magnet Pins which honor the SF Giants Retired Players.

San Francisco Giants Retired Players Magnet Pins

Nubble Light House Cape Neddick, York, Maine

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The cables for transporting the “Bucket” to and from the island for supplies.

It was a great road trip traveling up to the Nubble Light House from North Andover, MA. Thank you very much, Larry, for planning out the trip and doing all the driving. This is another highly recommended destination to visit.

Welcome to the Taza Chocolate Factory in Somerville, MA

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My buddy Larry took me to the Taza Chocolate Factory tour immediately after we completed the Fenway Park tour.  Larry is a chocolate connoisseur and introduced me to the unique stone ground chocolate of Taza. After tasting this chocolate for the first time, I became a big fan of their chocolate. I highly recommend you go on their tour if you are a chocolate lover. Unfortunately, we went on a weekend and they were not producing the chocolate in the factory.  But it was very interesting to see and hear their process from the video and from the tour guide. The best part was tasting the different samples of chocolates they produced. They have all of the chocolates available for purchase at their factory store in the same location.

Please see their chocolate processing as per my photographs from their walls.

Learn more about Taza Chocolate

Fenway Park Living Museum

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As a baseball fan, I was very impressed by the Fenway Park Living Museum. I could have spent hours in there but unfortunately only had 10 minutes.  We had to rush through the museum as we had another scheduled tour to go to across town in Somerville that started in 30 minutes. This is another good reason for me to go back to Fenway Park for a Red Sox game in the future.