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Reaching Out: 1973

Reaching Out: 1973

High atop Christmas Tree Hill above Corte Madera, California, I reach out from my fisheye lens to my sister-in-law. Sort of like Michelangelo meets Coca-Cola commercial. In the near distance, southern Marin County's Richardson Bay, Sausalito and the Tiburon peninsula, with San Francisco Bay and the City beyond. The antennas a bit down the crest of the hill are for the Marin cable TV system. The "Christmas Tree Hill" moniker came about because decorated houses on the slope formed something of a Christmas tree pattern when viewed from a distance. Kodachrome slide. Update/correction: my brother took this shot, and it's his arm; I'm actually partly visible back there with my tripod and movie camera. View full size.

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Since finding the great Shorpy site I have constantly been amazed at you being able to remember details from long ago. I can look at a photo I took back in the seventies and have no idea what camera or film or even where I was at the time!

The Farksters...

... were particularly inspired this time.

That '70s Fark

Tripod answer

My Super-8 movie camera is on the tripod.

Sort of like Michelangelo meets Coca-Cola commercial

The perfect description!

Sun Spot Flow

I love how the spots from the lens flare flow from the sun, through your sister-in-law, and down your arm.

Also, what's on the tripod back there?


If memory serves, the late rock promoter Bill Graham lived on Christmas Tree Hill.


Of what Spiratone lenses could do. Excellent. I agree about the china plate; that would be so cool!

Cinematic deja vu

Reminds me of the graveyard scene from Easy Rider.

It could be a china plate design!

Totally awesome shot!!!


tterrace, your sister-in-law has become an icon on This photo will solidify her position now. Love it!

Look at that sun

I bet she was hot.

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