Category: photography

Muir Woods

I visited Muir Woods yesterday (in the company of a couple of beautiful women) via the main entrance and found it quite crowded — the only parking was a good ways down the road from the auxiliary lot. That’s one of the reasons we normally enter from the Pantoll or Bootjack trails. But the main redwood grove by the entrance really is quite spectacular, and I took a few pictures..

I’ve been taking pictures in Muir Woods for decades, but I feel it’s a difficult subject: it’s both very low (and quite green) light and also — perversely enough from the photographer’s standpoint — high contrast. Probably the best as a general rule would be a low ASA setting, a small aperture, and a very long exposure using a tripod. I didn’t have that luxury however, as I was just shooting with my trusty Canon A630. Still, these low-res samples might capture something of the feel of the day. (Expand to full screen or click through to the Flickr page for better views.)

San Francisco skyline

This photo of the San Francisco skyline was taken from a rooftop on Potrero Hill.

Love (now get back to work)

Here’s a belated valentine for back-to-work day following Valentine’s Day and the Presidents Day holiday. For Valentine’s Day Namastenancy linked to Robert Indiana’s Love painting — though a…

San Francisco skyline from Port View Park, Oakland

While we’re checking out the SF skyline, here’s a closer view, from Port View Park in Oakland. .

Photo Wednesday

This charming photo, taken near Moscone center, is from roger jones’ photostream. .

The city as it was

David Newman administs a Flickr pool called San FranGone: The City as It Was. Here you can find photos, postcards (such as the mid-a960s cable car above), and…

Photo Wednesday: Filbert steps mosaic

This photo of the Filbert Steps from EricGjerde’s photostream is actually a composite of many photos, as this detail shows: .

Exporatorium Roof Cam

The Exploratorium has a pretty cool roof cam. It is set to shift its view every fifteen minutes, or you can select from several presets. If several people…

Photo Friday

Bubbles and balloons in Golden Gate Park, from brokenchopstick’s photostream.

San Francisco Bay Area Photo Destinations

A good group of Flickr photosets by Thomas Hawke, who also has a set on San Francisco neighborhoods. Click the screenshot to visit the site.

San Francisco skyline from Bay Bridge

Here’s a view of the San Francisco skyline that I took from a car crossing the bridge a while back. I’m posting it because, unlike the Golden Gate…

Lee Friedlander retrospective at SFMOMA

  From February 23 through May 18, SFMOMA will presents an exhibition of photographic works by Lee Friedlander (the show was organized by organized by the Museum of…

A San Francisco webcam

Don Strickler has a webcam with a nice view of the bay. It’s located about 900 feet above sea level in Sausalito. The images are captured by a…

Muybridge’s San Francisco panoramas

Eadweard Muybridge produced two panoramas of the city. This one, made in January 1877 (the same year he produced photographic evidence that a trotting horse may lift all…

Low-Altitude San Francisco

Aerial photos, a flickr set. Shown: Golden Gate Park, looking southeast.

Lily and snake

Here’s another in my series of photos of water lilies. This is from the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. With this one you get a bonus:…

Secret List of Buildings You Can’t Photograph

I took this photo of the Bay Bridge from the Ferry Building. But a while ago when my daughter was at the Ferry Building she was accosted by…

Golden Gate Bridge, Sunset

I guess if you’re doing a San Francisco-related blog sooner or later you have to post a sunset shot of the bridge. San Francisco is not really known…

San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection

The San Francisco Public Library’s historical photograph collection is a great resource for old photos of San Francisco, such as this one of snow in Golden Gate Park…

San Francisco, May 28, 1906

  Here is a remarkably detailed (7000 pixels wide) photo of the city in the wake of the ’06 earthquake and fire. According to the legend on the…