S.F. Views, San Francisco
Favorite thing: Being a city of dramatic rises and falls, there are many interesting vantage points from which to capture this beautiful city on film. this shot was taken from Telegraph Hill where the Coit Tower is located. In the distance, you can see the snaking curves of Lombard Street.
What's it look like right now?
What's the weather gonna' be like when I get there tomorrow?
This is the magnificent Nakatomi Plaza, the most relevant landmark of the downtown San Francisco, not counting the Golden Gate and maybe Alcatraz.
I like that building for its particular shape and most of all for the action movie Die Hard, filmed there, with one of my favourite actors, Bruce Willis.
The Nakatomi Plaza is also tall enough to be visible from every corner of the town
View of this wonderful town from the heights of the Twin Peaks.
Laura Palmer was not there, too bad.
A lot of wind, and chill, are perceptible, instead, a lot of them.
Can't remember the name of a famous writer who said that the coldest winter he ever experienced was a summer in San Francisco.
A bit exaggerated, in my opinion, but I've been there twice and it was veeery cold both the times
Favorite thing: This is a city that looks good from any angle! Because of its surrounding hills, oceans and bays there are so many different views of the city that it is amazing. During our day-trip to the Golden Gate Bridge and surrounding area, we stopped on the north side of the bridge in Sausalito for a lunch-time meal. This was the view across San Francisco Bay from the restaurant, showing (from left to right) the Bay Bridge to Oakland, Alcatraz Island (in front of the bridge) and the appealing main downtown area of the city.
We love coming to Fort Funston for the short hikes and for the scenery. Hang gliders soar back and forth on the air currents rising off the cliffs, and they come so close that we can actually make out the pilots’ faces!
Fort Funston is also popular with dog owners because it is one of the few places that dog owners have official permission to let their dogs off the leash.
The winds that give the hang gliders lift also tend to make it a bit cold, so bring a jacket just in case!
The Fort Funston parking area is just off Skyline Boulevard (Route 35) just south of John Muir Drive.
If you enter the Mark Hopkins Hotel on California Mason Street, you will be able to go onto the elevator to the top floor (floor T, where everyone's going) and, you will be able to enjoy a nice view of San Francisco.
Although only around 20 floors up, because the Mark Hopkins is on a steep hill, it is higher than most of the tall skyscrapers in the downtown financial District.
As a person point of reference, see the Transamerica Pyramid Bldg., to me, that ugly gray building is the Holiday Inn, the ugliest piece of architecture in the world, in my opinion.
In front of the Holiday Inn is Chinatown. As a historical point of reference, that ugly building was once the spot of a court house where City Lights bookstore was being tried for Obscenit Charges for selling Allen Ginsberg's "The Howl" in 1956.
This absurd McCartheyism-ish act marked the beginning of San Francisco's more Liberal Politics which lead with the Beatnik Generation and then the Hippie and Punk Generations to follow.
As Allen Ginsberg came out of the closet as a gay man, one could point at that spot as being the seed to the birth of not only SF Bohemia, but the birth of SF's Gay Community.
Fondest memory: Watching Joe Montana beat the Cowboys 28-27 in the 1982 NFC Championship game. I ran on the football field with the rest of the fans and was in the end zone with as the game clock expired.
Because San Francisco is laid down on many hills and is surrounded by many small mountains and other hills, there are myriad perspectives of viewing this city.
Here is a picture of downtown San Francisco as taken from Coit Tower which is on Telegraph Hill. The black building on the right is 500 California Street, the same picture I took earlier looking up at it from the "flag's perspective."
Favorite thing: This is a picture of the Golden Gate taken from the Marin Highlands in March 2001. Everyone seems to get a pic like this. I think the fog rolling in is one of those things you just don't get until you experience it.
Here is a pick of the "painted ladies" Yes, I just had to find Alamo Square on one sunny day so I could see this view with my very own eyes!
Fondest memory: Wandering the streets you can tell that SF has a "hometown" feel
Head down Market Street to Fell and head West to the Square
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Favorite thing: This is one of my favourite photo's of San Francisco. Just caught the mist rolling in across the bridge at sunset. The picture was taken from the municipal pier between Fisherman's Wharf and Fort Mason.
Favorite thing: South Beach Marina (known on some maps as "South Beach Harbor") is along the Embaracdero, less than a mile south of the Ferry building. The masts of boats can provide a find foeground to give the picture some depth. You can shoot this early in the AM or in the afternoon, since the view is North and the sun is generally behind you.
Go on the '17 mile drive'. A can't actually remember where this goes 'from' and 'to' but it is 17 miles (surprisingly) of coastline driving that takes in Carmel (where Clint Eastwood used to be mayor), this really made my day, and Monteray (a really interesting town with a great Marina).
But the facinating thing about the drive is the often 'rugged' scenary. As you can see in the pictures.
There are so many things to do in this city. At least 3 days are needed. I only had 1 day. Some sights I did not see but worth seeing were Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury district, Alcatraz Island.
Fondest memory: The beautiful water of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge gleaming in the sun in the deep blue sky.
I think one of the best panoramics of the city is in Buena Vista Park, just off of Haight Street near the Panhandel. the view is almost a full 360 degrees around the bay area. Another great view point in S.F. is Twin Peaks.
Fondest memory: Everyday I have a new one... I love my city