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Please click the image, then you can see there is a big Sutro Tower at right side on the clouds top. That tower is located at Twin Peaks, a famous landmark of San Francisco. From this photo spot, Mount Tamalpais, to Sutro Tower it’s about 23 miles in the distance.

 

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257 / 365 - The Sea of Fog

 

Large On Black

 

So, I've been taking my parents around some of the scenic spots in the Bay Area... This is the view from Berkeley Hills where the low fog created a scene that was nothing short of magnificent...

 

Camera Info: Nikon D700 | 70-200mm VR II (ƒ/2.8G) @ 200mm | ƒ/22 | ISO 200 | 13s — Camera on tripod

 

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Here's another shot from the helicopter tour of San Francisco I did last month. If you get a chance to do one of these, I recommend requesting that the doors be taken off the helicopter. Besides the awesome unobstructed view, there's nothing quite like hanging your feet over the edge of the chopper while flying over your favorite landmark.

 

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Someone once told me that a city's skyline is a mirror image of the bedrock below it, and that the deeper the bedrock, the taller the structure it will support. I don't even know whether it's true, but I enjoy imagining the symmetry above and below the ground floor of these tall downtown buildings.

 

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I've been managing to get out and shoot quite a bit lately. As much as possible, I've been trying to take advantage of the late sunset and an unusual weather pattern the past few weeks. Yep, we've been getting some nice cloud action. It's a welcome change from the norm, which for us in semi-inland Northern California means blue cloudless skies from May to early November.

 

I hope everyone's week is going swimmingly. So far mine's been pretty nice.

 

-Lorenzo

 

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Low Fog at Golden Gate Bridge, CA

 

We are expecting some fogs in GGB area in the next couple days, and hope the fog can stay low and let us enjoy the special low fog event.

Might be too much to have going on in a single image. This was an old shot from an outing with RZ68 that I had completely forgotten about.

 

(6 minute exposure)

 

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Bay Bridge - Oakland Side Looking at San Francisco with the fog rolling in

Photographed at St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco

But the reflections are kind of nice and the lights are kind of sparkly.

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Kirby Cove was quite the popular spot on Tuesday morning. I ran into a few other folks down there, including Mark Lilly and Matt Walker. Matt and I have been friends on Flickr for quite a while, but we'd never actually met in person until Tuesday morning.

 

This 11-frame pano was taken about an hour before sunrise. Things got a lot more colorful and explosive as the sun got closer to peaking over the San Francisco skyline, but I decided the first shot I would post should be this mellower, more sleepy view.

 

I hope everyone's week is going well. It's hard to believe it's almost Thanksgiving. Time sure flies...

 

-Lorenzo

 

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Downtown San Francisco glitters under a post-sunset sky while above it, the Bay Bridge crosses from Yerba Buena Island to the mainland. The Sutro Tower, Transamerica Pyramid, and Coit Tower are all clearly visible, along with many of the other downtown buildings.

 

This location is probably the single viewpoint I've most wanted to photograph from since I started doing photography seriously. I first saw a photo from this location on Flickr in around 2006, and fell in love with it. The unusual perspective and beautiful lights really showed how incredible blue hour photography could be.

 

Unfortunately, upon further research, it turns out that this location is not quite as accessible as I might have hoped. The photograph is taken from a cliffside on Yerba Buena Island, and reaching it is fraught with difficulties.

 

Firstly, the only option for parking is at Treasure Island, approximately a mile away. Although there is a road that passes quite near this viewpoint, there are steel barriers on one side and the continuation of the hill on the other side, which means that there is absolutely no room to stop, even for a few seconds. The only option is to park at Treasure Island and walk to the viewpoint.

 

This brings us to the second issue, which is that the land which the viewpoint sits on is owned by the US Coast Guard, and in order to reach it you need to ignore quite a few 'no trespassing' signs. Consequently, the California Highway Patrol frequently picks up photographers who are walking this way from the car park, as there's really nowhere else you could be going. (Additionally, you also need to walk across a highway on-ramp and off-ramp with no facilities for pedestrians, so you need to be more than a little careful).

 

Because of these difficulties, I've always refrained from trying to get this shot, instead going for more easily-accessed shots. (I'm not sure what the worst that can happen to a foreign national trespassing on Armed Forces land is, but these days it probably can involve a one-way trip to a certain part of Cuba...) However, the shot has always fascinated me, and as I was returning to San Francisco again in May this year, I decided to fully investigate the ins and outs.

 

I spent several hours researching how to reach the location, finding every photograph of it I could and reading the descriptions, comments, and so on. While there were a couple of more scary incidents (such as one photographer claiming to have drawn the attention of a Coastguard helicopter, which started hovering above with the searchlight fixed on him), the general consensus was that, if you could get to the point where you left the road and headed down the hillside to the cliff edge, you would probably be OK, especially in the evening. Furthermore, the worst that seemed to happen if you were caught on the road, at least for a first-time offender, was a stern talking to by the CHP, and being escorted back to your vehicle.

 

On the downside, many people reported that it took them several attempts to reach the viewpoint, as the CHP presence on the road was quite high. I was only in San Francisco for a few days, so I would have one shot at this. I decided to give it a go.

 

I made my effort on Friday, both as this was the best chance of a good sunset to the west, and also because I thought that the CHP may be more occupied with other issues on a Friday evening than at other times of the week. On arriving at Treasure Island to park, it was immediately clear that my assumption was flawed -- there were two highway patrol cars in the car park! I stood around an enjoyed the view from Treasure Island (a popular tourist spot), and after about 10 minutes they left. I shouldered my backpack and headed up the road.

 

The car park is only a little above the water level, but in order to reach this viewpoint, it was necessary to cross the bridge on a road that runs over it, so this walk is quite a steady climb. I was well aware that the quicker I did it, the less chance I would have of being spotted and returned to my starting point, so I set off at a brisk pace, looking fixedly ahead for any signs of highway patrol cars, and not daring to look back. By the time I crossed the bridge, I was extremely warm, but I was nearly at my objective!

 

A few metres after crossing the bridge, the road runs past the hillside that the viewpoint is on. I fairly leapt over the Armco barrier at the edge of the road, and hurried to descend far enough that I could no longer be seen by passing vehicles. I was safe!

 

The next challenge was to find the viewpoint. Obviously I needed to go down, as I was still at about the same height as the top deck of the bridge, so I headed down the very steep and sandy hillside. It was more sliding than walking, as for each footstep I made, I slid 3 or 4 feet until the sand settled enough to stop me. It was clear that getting back up in the dark was going to be fun, but I was hardly going to give up at this point!

 

Fortunately, because of the steep descent, it didn't take too long to reach the required altitude. There were a few choices of possible routes, but the bridge was visible through the trees, and it wasn't too difficult to find the viewpoint, at the edge of a cliff. Happily the ground, although still sandy on the surface, was considerably more solid, and while I was still at quite an angle, I was able to set up quite comfortably. I was, of course, the only photographer there, so I could choose the exact spot I wanted.

 

I'd made sure to arrive in plenty of time, so I had the opportunity to take plenty of photos as the colours in the sky changed, and the lights of the bridge and the city started to glow. I wanted to make sure that I got the perfect lighting conditions!

 

I took plenty of shots with my 16-35mm lens, as the bridge is quite close and towers above you. However, this shot is a stitched image taken at 105mm, and is made up of 15 individual photos, taken in a grid arrangement of 3 rows and 5 columns. This gives the original photo a resolution of around 150 megapixels, which means that it can be printed very large and still appear pin-sharp. There is plenty of lens flare from the bright street lights on the bridge, but I felt this worked rather well with the image as a whole, and didn't attempt to remove it.

 

After the light in the sky had faded and it was dark, I packed up my gear and scrambled back up the hillside, which was, as expected, tough going in the dark. On the walk back to the car I was passed by three different CHP cruisers, but happily was left alone, presumably as I was heading back to the parking lot!

Taken on the eve of the Bridge's 75th Birthday, and the incredible celebrations that followed. The city lights of San Francisco and Sutro Tower can be seen in the distance.

 

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Much more detail at the large size.

 

This is not even one-third of the original panorama I took here (21 shots, gulp!), but a panorama can become ridiculous at some point, and I definitely hit that point with this one.

 

This six-shot stitch was done atop the Berkeley Hills (with my private guide, Joe Defao) through some low layers of atmosphere and moisture, hence the darker tops of south SF hills and tall buildings.

 

This is sort of a strange image, but I liked the colors and the huge view of the East/West Bay connection. Here are some cool things you can see here:

 

1. The new section of Bay Bridge being built (to Treasure Island), completion ETA 2013

2. The large cargo lifters in the port of Oakland which inspired the AT-AT creatures in Star Wars

3. The Transamerica Pyramid Building, tallest building in SF at 853ft tall

4. The oddly shaped Sutro Tower, built in 1972

 

Feel free to put notes on this image. I am not too utterly familiar with landmarks in the Bay Area...

 

Thanks for looking!

 

Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 100-400L @350mm

6 vertical exposures stitched together, 1/200 second each @ F8

Maybe a hard ND grad, I can't remember

ISO 50

Sunday was an amazing site to see from the Marin Headlands. The Golden Gate Bridge was partially covered by fog but you can still see the city above the fog and the kite surfers clear as had below the bridge.

Sunrise as seen from Hawk Hill, Marin County.

It was a very early and very cold Sunday morning that we had picked for this shot. During the drive over in the dark we kept looking up, worried that there would be too many clouds for a good sunrise shot. Once we stepped outside we quickly realized we were late already, so the run up the hill was everything but cold. The colors started coming up right as we set up so we made it just in time, but we hung around for a while hoping for an opening in the clouds, freezing our butts off. Here is my favorite shot, which turned out to be the first one I took.

Single shot, no HDR.

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Golden Gate Bridge - Battery Spencer, Marin Headlands

 

On Wednesday night I noticed the low fog sitting over the Golden Gate. I wanted to head up that way and get a few night long exposures, but I was tired from a full day of driving around the bay area. I decided that if the fog was still sitting low in the morning, I would make my way out and get a few images of one of my favorite views.

 

Normally the best place to get the bridge and the fog is from Hawk Hill, but after a few minutes over by the spot that gives you the view of the Transamerica through the north tower I noticed that Battery Spencer was in the clear. Maybe I am wrong, but it seems that low fog and a clear opening at Battery Spencer is a bit rare. Again, maybe I am wrong, but I've never seen it clear. So after a few images from the tower spot, I made my way down to the hill for some images at Spencer.

 

Yes, I could have switched lenses for a wide angle shot of the whole bridge, but I wanted to pull the bridge in and give it more of a "foreground" feel.

 

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Canon 5D Mark II

24-70 f2.8 @70mm f13

Exposure : 45 sec

B+W 10 stop solid ND

Layers of the morning sunrise colors over the fog city this morning from Grizzly Peak Berkeley Hills this morning. Yellow, ping, red, and blue with blanket of fog. It was't much fog that covered the whole city yet at this time.. still have the San Francisco bay open. What a perfect fog city view.

 

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there were no survivors

 

none found alive

   

As seen from my car window on the way to last weekend's SF Mini Flickr Mixr. Why yes, I did park on the side of the road before I took this. :-)

This was one of those evenings that I will not forget for a long time. I had been hiking around the Marin Headlands earlier in the afternoon, but did not think that it would be a good day for photos due to the hazy conditions. Around 4pm, I noticed some fog start to form around Point Bonita Light House, so I decided to grab my camera gear out of my car and hike back up to this spot which I had scouted out earlier in the day during my hike.

 

As I stood on this ridge and watched the whispy fog overtake the ridge below me, I couldn’t help but think about what a beautiful place this is that we live in. The best part was that I had the entire place to myself.

 

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kodak 160t. cross processed. lomo lc-a.

 

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Sometimes all of the conditions line up to make it very easy to capture that beautiful moment. This is one of those sunrises where all I had to do was point the camera and press the shutter. I hope you enjoy.

 

Late afternoon long exposure of the fog rolling in. I've really enjoyed going through my shots from last night. A part of me wishes that the fog didn't swallow up everything so quickly, but considering how many times I've been skunked, I'll take what I can get.

 

Long mid-afternoon exposure using the Lee Big Stopper. (color cast fixed in post)

 

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This shot I took just after the sunset from a tricky spot in Treasure Island in San Francisco. I wish I could have stayed little longer to get a better shot. Read my earlier post for details on why I could not stay.

 

Technical : Canon 5D mark III, Single shot, ISO 50, @50mm, @ F6.3, 30S. Processed using CS5.

Sutro Tower, San Francsico

Film: Fujifilm 200

They say the fog this morning was epic...

Moments like this make me speachless.

Sutro Tower is an amazing structure up close. I loved framing the City in its spires from the helicopter.

 

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Taken from the top of Yerba Buena Island. Frankly, this spot was a total bitch to get to. I circled the entire island just to get to the road where I could walk up the hill to get to this spot. The mosquitos that harassed me throughout the shoot bit right through my jeans.

 

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