San Francisco from Treasure Island, California

After Jim Patterson and I finished up at Rodeo Beach, we stopped to get gas, change shoes, and Jim took a few minutes to clean the sand out of his camera that had fallen in the sand earlier in the evening. We had already decided to head over to Treasure / Yerba Buena Island to try our hand at some pano images of San Francisco with the nice clouds that were moving over the downtown area.


We arrived on Treasure Island only to see the skyline blurred over by the light rain that came in after the sunset. We stood around and talked for a few minutes, then decided that we didn't want to give up on the evening. Jim had made a 1 1/2 - 2 hour drive up from Santa Cruz, so I am sure he wanted to make the best of the trip. So we grabbed our things and made the hike up along the roadside.


The light rain was still over the city when we arrived at this spot, but we still didn't want to give up, so we waited it out. A few minutes later, the rain started to clear up over the Golden Gate, so we knew it would be clear over the city in just a few minutes. As I was getting my stuff set, Jim snapped a few and we quickly realized that these clouds were really adding a nice touch.... Lots of "chimping" going on!


A week after Jim's version, I lag behind with mine. Two horizontal images stitched in CS3, processed in Silver Efex Pro & LR2. No fllters were used. I use filters so often that I almost felt like I was missing something without them! Besides, Jim was using my filter holder because just after finding his in his back pocket, he thought he left his in his truck, only to find it again and hour later in another pocket.


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Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 115

Aperture: f/14.0

Focal Length: 62 mm

ISO Speed: 50

Lens: EF 24-70 f/2.8L

  • Joe Grossinger 5y

    You made a very beautiful picture. Excellent photography
  • Andy Frazer 5y

    Nice one. That's probably my favorite spot in the whole Bay Area for shooting and assembling panos.

    I love the clouds in this one. Great work.
  • Ric 5y

    very well captured
  • idashum 5y

    Beautiful shot of the San Francisco skyline. The b&w is amazing - well done!
  • Noel Clegg 5y

    This is absolutely incredible, this is the best image i have seen in while... Wow!!!
  • Richard 5y

    Great shot. I have to try Silver Efex one of these days. The post on this image is done well. Great image all around. Nicely done.
  • michelle | through my lens photography 5y

    This one took my breath away! Never cease to amaze me...
  • Rob Overcash Photography 5y

    Truly spectacular

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • Kevin 5y

    Wow! Incredible!
  • Daniel Jones 5y

    this is awesome :]
  • Mihrimah Özlem K 5y

    oooo very nıce!!!
  • Brad Miller 4y

    Max, you've got some awesome shots from the Bay Area. You've found some fairly original comps of bridges and skylines shot so often. I hope you don't mind but I'm kind of using your stream as a reference point to get some ideas for comps of my own. Thanks for all the great shots you've posted, keep up the great work.
  • Neil Hobbs 4y

    beautiful, just beautiful

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Martin Braun 4y

    fantastic shot, thanks for sharing
  • valentino * 4y

    bella fotografia
  • Adam Tolle 4y

    Has to be the best SF skyline. It's so smooth and sharp on the bridge and buildings. Fantastic.
  • Chris Bastian 3y

  • Dave Corn 3y

    Woaaaaaaaaaaa..Soooo Well Done!
  • theo0023 1y

    I really love this photo!!
  • Juan Manuel Vázquez 10mo

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