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I just found out this photo won Sutro Towers' 40th Anniversary photo contest!

there were no survivors


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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.


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The views on SanFrancisco Bay are so cool. And the Lady Washington posed in front of them all. She was in the Pirates of the Caribbean, Curse of the Black Pearl, so she knows how to take a turn in the spot light,

I raced up to Slacker's Ridge and set up my camera gear so that I could get a shot of the car light trails streaming below from both sides. The fog came in too thick, and at times prevented me from seeing the lights on Conzelman Road. The best sunset colors were to the West and behind me (take a look at my previous photo to get a glimpse of the amazing color).


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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. :-)


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)


This past Saturday, I made my way to one of my favorite lookouts. As the sun set, I noticed that the rocks acted as a dividing line between night and day.


To the West, the glow of the setting sun illuminated the right hand side of my frame, while to the East, the darkness of the coming night put everything into shadow.


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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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This photo was taken a little earlier in the day than the previous image in my photostream. What I liked about this was the glow that the bridge picked up from the last rays of sunlight. The fog was pouring in, but had not completely taken over the bay yet, so I was rewarded with a clear view of San Francisco and beyond.


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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.

Last week on Sunday, we were treated to a beautiful display of low fog during sunset.


I took this photo from Slacker Ridge. While both sunrise and sunset are great from this spot, I tend to like sunset better because of the last rays of light hitting the hillside and the bridge towers.

Taken during an e-session in Potrero Hill, San Francisco

Irises in the twilight after dinner at The Blue Plate.

I was standing on the Marin County side of the bridge clicking away when I was approached by two couples from Missouri. One of the women asked if I would take their picture with the bridge in the background. As I clicked the shutter, her husband remarked that he was extremely disappointed in the bridge. I asked him why and he said, "it's just so much smaller than I imagined."


Hmm--sounds like a typical case of doused expectations, I thought, but I said, "you know it's not about the size, it's really about charm and atmosphere. Like the Eiffel Tower, you can show practically anyone in the world a photo of this bridge and they will recognize it."


Mr. Hubby looked at me, than he looked at the bridge for a bit. I could see the wheels turning. Pretty soon he looks back at me and says, "you're right. It is beautiful."


"Are you going to walk across it?" I asked.


"Well no, we weren't planning on it," he said.


"You mean you came all the way from Missouri to this point, to see this bridge, and you're not going walk across it?" I asked him. At which point the rest of the party chimed in with "yeah let's do it. Come-on Jim lets go for a walk."


"Alright, let's go," he said. And off they went.


Sausalito, CA

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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.




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.




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.





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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.

Yesterday, I woke up early hoping for some low fog. However, when I looked out the window and then confirmed with the webcams, I could see that the fog was too high to see anything.


Later in the afternoon, Nick Steinberg and I hiked up to Slacker Ridge in hopes that the fog would remain low enough to still see the bridge at sunset. We were rewarded with a nice show of fog and light.


As we waited for sunset, I decided to do a self portrait. It was by chance that I ended up catching some nice warm rays of light, but I like the effect it creates.

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

Sutro Tower with a contrail at sunset, before waiting to see Comet PanSTARRS. (I did see it, but it was very faint and I'm not sure I'd recommend trying to pick it out from the low twilight to most.)

Went exploring with etherjag. Also got a chance to test a NEX-7 with the Metabones Speed Booster. No camera test is complete without a shot of the infernal bridge. This little camera did exceptionally well, despite having to shoot through a less than exceptional optical adapter.


While we were waiting for the sun to go down, a photography workshop instructor gave us the evil eye. It was obvious he wanted our spot, but he stopped just short of telling us to move. Yes the bush is ours.


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This view turns me upside down.

This was the original shot, taken from my living room using a zoom lens, with the sky showing blended vertical strips over about an hour or so of the time-lapse shots. Credit to Brad Ellis for beautifully assembling this.

Sunrise on a boat near Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco Bay. A touch of Sunday sliding makes it look like a postcard. Looks lovely large.

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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's nearly 1000-foot tall steel structure is hard to miss when passing through the twin peaks area of san francisco, california. the communications tower sits atop mt. sutro rising from the eucalyptus and fog--so ugly, it's beautiful. san francisco, ca.

More of my Golden Gate Bridge photos here; San Francisco photos here.


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...





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Folks - I've been publishing a picture a day for a little over two years now (!) and I'm slowing my regular posts to one a week to recharge my creative batteries over the winter; I'll resume at full speed in the Northern Hemisphere spring :)


I'm going to be out on a sort of sabbatical, focusing on spending time with the family, doing a bit of academic research to get back to my computer science roots and somewhere in there finishing of a pile of unfinished projects. However, I'm still running I Live Here:SF - subjects required - contact me if you're interested! :)




Sutro swimming through the fog, as seen in Potrero Hill, San Francisco.

San Fransisco and the Bay Bridge shot from Berkeley CA, November 18, 2013

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


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




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