San Francisco (and nearby vistas...)

by Frank October. 30, 2016 1205 views

In the summer of 2011, I had the opportunity to see San Francisco for the first time.  Here are some of the highlights.  (Most photos made with Canon 5D and 24-105/4 IS lens).

No trip to SF is complete without a tour of the Golden Gate Bridge.

My vantage point of the GG Bridge was from the brick building just beyond Crissy Field.

We rented the Flood Suite at the Fairmont Hotel, whose facade was used in the 1980's TV show "Hotel" (now I'm dating myself).  The Fairmont is an extraordinary place to stay, with wonderful views.

The lobby of the Fairmont (as of July 2011)

From the Flood Suite we had views in three directions (North, East, and South) and could see many of the San Francisco landmarks such as Coit Tower, the TransAmerica building, the Bay Bridge, and Alcatraz.

Coit Tower

I can't remember the exact name of this area, but I think it's "Russian Hill"

You can see Alcatraz in the center of this picture...

This is among my favorite shots of the trip, San Francisco at night, facing East from the Flood Suite at the Fairmont.

During our trip we took two south (Carmel and Pebble Beach) and one north (Muir Woods and Sausalito).

Along the "17 Mile Drive" there is a landmark called "the lone cypress":

The Lone Cypress along the 17 Mile Drive

No self-respecting golfer would miss an opportunity to see Pebble Beach:

Heading for the 19th Hole

The homes in Carmel-by-the-Sea were very's a sample:

Note the unique architecture and roof of this Carmel cottage

Our excursion north of San Francisco took us to Muir Woods and Sausalito.  Muir Woods is spectacular and is its own world, with plants and animals you don't see anywhere else.  You won't find trees this big in my home state of Alabama...

Trees on a scale this large can make people look very, very small...

An owl in the daytime? In Muir Woods....yes!

Back at the Fairmont there is a roof garden that is often used for parties or receptions.  If I remember correctly, it's about the fourth floor.

The Fairmont Roof Garden

No trip to San Francisco would be complete without a picture of a streetcar.

Here's my final's the fog that can appear and disappear, draping the city in a foggy white.

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Ben Mckechnie 4 years, 9 months ago

Hi Frank. Really nice shots! I was wondering why the quality felt familiar to me... then I
read about your gear. I use the same lens as you, paired with a 5D Mark ii. Sorry I missed
this when you originally posted it. I had just started working for PhotoBlog back then. I've
just upvoted this post for visibility to try get some extra eyes on it. By the way, the new
weekly theme is Parties and Celebrations. Don't forget to take photos this NYE and enter!

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