• Here is a view from the other side. www.flickr.com/photos/patrick-smith-photography/417788563...
  • The crescent moon moved this much during the 1-minute exposure.
  • I made sure to include Coit Tower.
  • A 60-story condo tower is hidden behind here, you can see a bit of it in the big version.
  • The holiday lights of the Embarcadero Center.
  • I made sure to include a view of the Sutro tower through the cross braces. A 1200 ft. tower may block the view soon.
  • An excellent baseball park for the San Francisco Giants is located here. You get great views of the city there too.
  • F18 made these stars.
  • As the tide flowed to the right, towards the sea, a wake is created behind each tower.
  • Only for a few minutes is there a balance between the reflected light and the natural light from the sky. I only got two balanced shots during this evening.
  • There up on the tower stands the Gov yelling down: "Hey Paaatreek, it's me...Aaaanold! Tanks fur taking my photograaaaf"! :) - T P Mann
  • geometrically perfect! amazing! - fishywasabi

Silicon City - San Francisco

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The 50 miles (80km) between San Francisco and San Jose California is known as Silicon Valley, the world's center of high technology, but San Francisco is becoming 'Silicon City', as I'll describe below. This is the Bay Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge is to the right of this view. No HDR.

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Settings etc.:

Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 17-40L @24
1-minute exposure @F18 (pushing it but it looks fine at full-res)
1-LEE soft ND grad 0.9 (100x150mm) (2 grads with bright lights creates reflected lights)
Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring
No polarizer.
ISO 50
Small Slik tripod with Manfrotto pistol grip ball head
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Sturdy hiking boots to keep from falling off the hill
(This is to the left of most shots taken here to get the full 2x3 ratio frame!)
I was literally hanging off the cliff to get this perspective.

It is amazing how many high technology companies are located in Silicon Valley.

Apple, NetFlix, Quora, Cisco and Juniper (the backbone of the internet), Google, YouTube, Facebook, Adobe (Photoshop, PDF files), Intuit, Tango, LSI Logic, Symantic, Nvidia, Hewlet Packard, eBay, PayPal, Yahoo, Palm, Intel (in almost every computer), AMD and Applied Materials (the rest of the chips inside nearly all computers), turntable.fm (crack for the head) vmWare (virtual servers), Appcelerator (a great app dev. framework), Y-Combinator (The birthplace of numerous startups), Mozilla (Firefox browesr), Pandora (Internet radio in Oakland), Sun Microsystems, SmugMug photo website hosting and sharing, LinkedIn (the biggest corporate social networking site),Oracle (#1 database company), monster.com, Bloom Energy, Tesla Motors, Genentech, and many more.

But San Francisco is home to hundreds of high-tech startups and and better known companies such as Flickr, Twitter, SalesForce (cloud computing) Wikimedia (wikipedia), Zynga (80 million users play farmville etc.), UStream, Metacafe, DropBox, RapLeaf, Blurb (photo books), Dolby Labs, Stumbleupon, Digg (THE way to go viral on the internet until Reddit (Also in SF) came along), Craigslist (the biggest want-ad website with local versions around the world), Yelp (recommendations on restaurants and other things, soon worldwide), Autodesk, (the leading computer design software company), Typekit, QuantCast (Web analytics), Twilio, Square(mobile payments), GitHub, Riverbed,Heroku (cloud computing/online customer database systems), Second-life (the biggest online virtual reality game played by over 800,000 people around the world). And let's not forget Wired Magazine....etc...etc..

Genentech, Lucasfilm and Pixar are also within a few miles of where I took this shot.

There is an energetic feel to this place that is hard to describe, but perhaps a view from this spot is the best way to show it in a photograph.

Okay, this really is the last upload of the year. So I hope you have a great holiday season. I have some nice seascapes from my Big Sur summit meetup with Ivan Makarov to start off the new year.

The map shows exactly where this is. It is another place not for the faint of heart!

See my Flickr profile for a link to my newly designed website.


Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
Or Here:


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  1. wkhc 36 months ago | reply

    How did you get to that part of the island to take the shot? I am there now and it's all US coast guard restricted area!

  2. nponflk 34 months ago | reply

    This is beautiful.

  3. Earthcare13 34 months ago | reply

    Masterfully done.

  4. Yelly02 26 months ago | reply

    Wow very nice

  5. Glenmore1971 20 months ago | reply

    Great shot. I recently discovered TI. A photographer's treasure trove!

  6. jandmfoto 19 months ago | reply

    Do you mind sharing how you got to that spot? I am planning on going out there sometime around November. Thx.

  7. harry_s98 18 months ago | reply

    Great authentic image, very original! I am keen to license this image among others. Please contact me via artists@picsastock.com. Regards, S.Harry

  8. connorbrown853 11 months ago | reply

    i have always wanted to live there...

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  10. TrueFi 10 months ago | reply

    The good ol Golden Gate. I love being a mortgage broker in California because I get to walk past that bridge, everyday. Thanks for the photo, Patrick.

  11. angel73face25 9 months ago | reply

    I just went on a vacation it's beautiful I love it

  12. Laouleventmeporte [deleted] 9 months ago | reply

    Merci beaucoup pour tant de beauté

  13. The Dewster 5 months ago | reply

    How did you get to this area? Thanks.

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