With just a touch of grey.
(submitted by Colleen)
You photoshop claimers have obviously never been to San Francisco. I used to live at Waller and Ashbury, 1 block up the hill from Haight. This is just a little bit East of the fog belt in San Francisco. Most everything West of here is typically shrouded in fog for most of the summer. When I used to live in the Sunset district near the ocean, I dubbed it the Set district — there is no sun there.
Someone said it’s obviously a sunny day — I guess you’re blind enough to not notice the hint of blue creeping through the otherwise white sky in the picture. This is typical of San Francisco fog. The sky may look bright in the picture, but that’s just an illusion because it is white. The lighting in photographs in this sort of fog gets very awkward.
That “background” someone mentioned, on Haley Joel Osment, between his arm and his body, is the leg of the guy behind them.
As for the shadow, you can see the shadow on the sidewalk to their right, and based on its position, they are clearly standing in it. Maybe it’s from a bus, or a giant hippie on stilts. The fact that they’re in shadow and others are in sunlight will affect how the entire photo looks. And scanned in using old technology is not exactly going to give you that “crisp” look. So y’all get over yourselves, I think we can all live with the idea that these are just 3 inherently unhappy children standing at a semi-important spot in American cultural history importance.
Not inherently unhappy kids, I hope; just not thrilled to be here at this moment.
Carrie: You are much further along toward being a more accurate psychoanalyst than Steve.
Steve: Remember that old adage: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Perhaps somewhat true, but the picture may not give one the necessary thousand words to understand the view.
Without the backstory, isn’t it amazing that an old photo sometimes tells more about the viewers than the view!
Well, of course I was kidding about “inherently unhappy” (I figured mentioning a hippie on stilts would have shown that). My family (3 brothers, myself, and my parents) did all our vacations by car, and I have more photos than I can count of all of us standing in front of different monuments. The pics in the morning show us all smiling and happy, because we’re still fresh. By the end of the day, we’re looking like these kids, numb to yet another attempt at photographic immortality, wondering when it’s all going to end so that we can go back to the hotel and go swimming.
And I guess the girl is not exactly unhappy, there is a hint of a forced smile. But having been in this exact same position, I do know what those kids are thinking. “Can we please eat/swim/sleep?” And Haley Joel does kind of look like someone just told him his dog died.
Cryptic Humorist to Cryptic Humorist:
As a matter of fact S.F. has had hippies on stilts since the late 1960s. Check out the Embarcadero and any of the hillsides some time. By the way, the intersection of H/A Streets is the Hippie National Shrine.
Haha. Thanks for the backstory. I love how all of the “Photoshop Forensic Experts” come out and analyze an image . . .
And thank you for the funny backstory. I’m so glad to hear the kids made it through the Sixties. In the Nineties.
Thanks (you/others) for enlightening others about San Francisco’s Haight/Ashbury Streets, hippies, and the Grateful Dead.
I know those kids. Millbrae? Taylor M.S.??
Thanks to the witty and other responders who get it. You photoshop junkies just need to stay away from that one pill that makes you smaller. Just teasing! By the way, the kids lived through this momentary painful discomfort and today are happy and well adjusted.
During this same 1990s period, we thoroughly enjoyed the Grateful Dead Concerts at the California State Fair. Watching the Deadheads in the crowd was almost as good as being at the old Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus showings in the 1960s.
Ok, I need to put this to rest. I submitted this photo and it is not photoshopped. Sorry to dissappoint you, but the awkwardness is genuine. Maybe all you kids have forgotten what old photos look like when scanned into a computer on a crap ’90s scanner (you also must be the ones who didn’t get the Grateful Dead reference). My siblings cannot fake that level of misery, unless they’re being dragged to SF and forced to pose by my mom. So let’s end it at that.
Thank you Colleen… I never bought any of the PS hyperbole.
I love it when we get the backstory!
Touch of Grey is a song by the Grateful Dead, they were pretty active around Haight/Asbury District….
It is photoshopped because:
1: you can see compression artifacts/moire on the kids, but not on the background, so it’s really 2 pics combined.
2: the perspective is wrong. It looks like the big kid is glued to the person in the green shirt behind him.
3: look at the space between the little boy’s shirt and his arm. It does not fit in with the background at all, as far as colour and light are concerned. So I think it’s the remaing background of the kids’ pic.
Why anyone would do this? I don’t know
Obvious photoshop regardless of what the poster says. I get the “joke” kinda funny!
Sugar Magnolia is a Grateful Dead song with some of the hippie-est, trippi-est lyrics straight out of the stereotypical hippie era. The ‘touch of grey’ reference is another GD lyric, (round the late 80s, I think?), and refers, I think, to the glum, gray expressions on these would-be flower children’s faces.
Yup,definitely photoshopped…and badly at that hehe their expressions are priceless!
Everyone – I took this picture of my children, on one of our many trips to San Fransisco, and I can assure everyone it is not photo-shopped.
Thank you, CeCe. They’ll come around.
I would love to have a picture of my kids standing there! CeCe, just curious, why are they kind of un-happy looking?
We had been walking around, sightseeing, and shopping for quite a long time. Kids this age get tired and bored and just want to go home.
Kids Angry/Depressed Storyline: “We don’t want to be in one more picture!!”
I doubt this is photoshopped, I’ve seen plenty of old photos taken with crappy cameras that come out with prominent foreground shading against their backgrounds. This is common.
i don’t get the title. What am I missing?
I don’t get the title or the “touch of grey” reference. Could someone please help us out?
Im glad I was’nt the only one…
I don’t get it, either. Just looks like kids who are really pissed to be forced to stand at the corner of Haight and Ashbury. Got a picture like that of me and my brother at the World’s Fair back in 1982.
Lyrics from the Grateful Dead. Haight/Ashbury was a hub of hippies and the bands they loved.
Both are titles of songs by The Grateful Dead.
both are references to Grateful Dead songs
“Touch of Grey” was the “breakout hit” for the Grateful Dead, that brought them to the general attention of the public. The really old-time Deadheads used to talk about “Touchheads”, the ones who joined the throng only after that song came out.
Incidentally, I was there about 20 years ago, and was horrified to find a Gap store on *that* corner.
What, pray tell, makes so many people think this is ‘shopped?? Be specific.
the photoshopping part
hurr-durr. You cannot photoshop this level of despair. I find your lack of lolz disturbing.
For starters, it was clearly a sunny day but the kids are in shadow. And the boy in the middle… his left cheek is unusually straight. Enlarge it – it’s cut perfectly vertically.
The lighting of the background is so bright, and the lighting of the kids is really dark. Like, maybe they are standing under an awning, but they’re apparently in the street. Also, look at the awkward angle of the tall boy – it’s almost as if he’s been “placed” into the photo. He doesn’t line up with the smaller kids.
Obviously you have never been to San Francisco. The light can do funny things there.
I think the fact that it’s obviously photoshopped is what makes this so funny and awkward. First of all, why in the world would you want to photoshop yourself/your children into this scene? Because you want to go there? Because you’re really obsessed with hippies? Secondly, if you are going to photoshop children into such a scene, why would you choose this picture of them?! You don’t have any pictures of everyone smiling? Are you trying to send a message that your family does not take drug use lightly? Such an awkward picture…
I took the picture of my kids in 1996 and I can assure you I don’t even know how to use photoshop!!
What is the significance of this street corner ?
One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small…
And the ones that mother gives you, don’t do anything at all…
In fairness, I’d probably have the same expression if I were standing there.
is that Haley Joel Osment
That’s what I was thinking. It kind of looks like him.
Talk about Scared Straight!
the love, the peace, the joy just shine thru don’t they??
I don’t know what expression Ashbury looks like, but I deffinitely see the Haight.
That was my thought!
C’mon kids! You know all those songs you love to hear me sing to at the top of my lungs in the car? This is where they came from!!!!!! By the way, because we stopped here for this picture we don’t have time to go to Disneyland…………Say CHEESE!
Why on earth would someone photoshop a picture of this? Were they supposed to take a vacation and the kids got sick? Are they just really that strange that they randomly photoshop AWFUL pictures of the kids in places they’ve never been/forgot to take a picture at/some other strange reason? Wow. Awkward fits this photo all around!
♫ Hey, come on out around the world be ready for a brand new beat
Oh, summer’s here and the time is right, oh, for dancing in the street
- stand there & smile dammit!!!
Galaxy Wind Song, Sage Moon Beam, Rain Cloud Dancer
They’ve been pissed off ever since.
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Good Answer – Good Answer
Looks like a real summer of love to me.
The middle one looks like the kid from the movie the Sixth Sense…”I see drugged people.”
They look like they just found out Jerry is dead.
Is it just me, or does this look kind of photoshopped? It doesnt look like the big kid was really there.
These poor kids….Mom & Dad must have been hippies but these kids have no idea why they are standing under a street sign.
This is photoshopped.
Mom. why are we here? Can we go do something worthwhile, not to mention fun, now?
The start or the end of really bad trip?
YEP! Wally World was closed so they had to visit the place where Clark and Ellen met in 1969.
Clearly they lack the understanding of the importance of this street corner. Ha!
Nope… Hippies just really piss them off.
In line, now- ‘Angry’, ‘Confused’ and ‘More-than-a-little-frightened-of-the-hippies’. C’mon, kids, it’s the holiday of a lifetime!
This one looks so PHOTO SHOPPED!
“Dammit ma, we wanted to see some flower children!”
I am SO pissed off! Take my picture.
hmmm… not sure why they all look so confused
Those kids look scared ****less around those people with flowers in their hair!
Such a fake photo!
Seems to me that this was was definitely photo shopped, but it’s still funny! I wonder what they were originally in front of and why the dour faces?
i think that is the saddest picture on the whole site. Too funny!
I typically take these photos as legit, but this looks really photoshopped. But not sure why they chose this background
What background would you have chosen?
the burning Hindenburgh……
Now that was funny!!!!!
Am I missing something? All I see are unhappy kids a Haight/Ashbury. Not that funny.
That’s what I think.
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