San Francisco Skyline from Treasure Island

San Francisco Skyline from Treasure Island

San Francisco cityscape skyline from Treasure Island

Treasure Island from above

Treasure Island is a man-made island in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s connected to the Bay Bridge via Yerba Buena island and is 5,520 feet long by 3,410 feet wide. Built in 1936-1937 for the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939, the island’s World Fair site is a California historical landmark.

Here’s an aerial view of Treasure Island from above from Google maps:

San Francisco cityscape skyline from Treasure Island

San Francisco skyline from Treasure Island

From the marina of Treasure Island you can take in an incredible view of the San Francisco skyline. It’s an amazing sight to see day or night. These photos were taken during and just after sunset.

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The view while watching the sun set over the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate bridge.

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San Francisco skyline in Polaroids

Here are more shots of the San Francisco skyline from Treasure Island. These are shot with a Polaroid SLR 680 camera on 600 series color film with mint frames.

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San Francisco skyline from Treasure Island at night

Here’s a couple of shots of the San Francisco skyline from Treasure Island taken over 6 years ago. If you compare the two above, you can see the addition of new skyscrapers including the Salesforce Tower and 181 Fremont.

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San Francisco Cityscape Views from Grizzly Peak

San Francisco Cityscape Views from Grizzly Peak

San Francisco Cityscape from Grizzly Peak, Berkeley

A new perspective from Grizzly Peak, Berkeley

Grizzly Peak is a summit in the Berkeley Hills. It’s located between the county borders of Alameda and Contra Costa. The peak was named after the California grizzly bear which inhabited the area until the late 1800s.

These photos were shot during the golden hour but the view is incredible no matter what time of day. The drive along Grizzly Peak Blvd is short with selective parking. But there’s plenty of vista stops along the way. You’ll see views of the San Francisco cityscape, the Bay and Golden Gate bridges, Treasure Island, and the East Bay.

Over the years I’ve discovered many places to photograph San Francisco, the Golden Gate as a key focus. But Grizzly Peak is a special one, offering a completely new perspective of the Bay Area. Watching the fog roll over the Golden Gate and Marin county is a peaceful experience. The way the colors gradate through the sky and clouds down to the San Francisco skyline is breathtaking.

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The Golden Gate and the Marin Headlands

Views of the North Bay a place I call home, from Grizzly Peak.

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San Francisco dreaming

These shots were photographed with a Lensbaby Composter Pro with Sweet 50 Optic lens.

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Polaroids

A few more views of the San Francisco Bay Area through the eyes of a Polaroid.
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San Francisco Ocean Beach

San Francisco Ocean Beach

San Francisco Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach, San Francisco

Ocean Beach is unlike any other beach in California. San Francisco is the perfect sweater weather. It rarely gets too hot and it’s usually breezy enough for wearing layers. This makes walking along Ocean Beach a unique experience just like this foggy, overcast day. The moody sky, the crisp cool air, and the bonfire flames crackling in the distance, it’s not your average picture of sunny California.

San Francisco Ocean Beach

The perfect escape from city life

Ocean Beach is a 3.5 miles of white sand stretched along the entire west coast of San Francisco, the widest and most expansive beach in the city. Seagulls fly over as the waves of the Pacific ocean flow in and out in a rhythm.It’s the perfect escape from the busyness of the city. There’s plenty of space to sit and admire the view, a must see for sunsets. The Great Highway runs along the beach joining Sutro Baths and the Cliff House from the north end to the San Francisco Zoo on the south end.

San Francisco Ocean Beach map

Usually you’ll catch a few surfers in the distance. If you’re a swimmer avoid getting into the water for its dangerous rip currents. The coldness of the water will numb you immediately with its cold temperatures ranging from 53-57°F year round.

San Francisco Ocean Beach

The chilled weather of typical San Francisco adds to the cool tones in this Instax mini exposure of Ocean Beach.

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Welcome to San Rafael, California

Welcome to San Rafael, California

Welcome to San Rafael, California

Welcome to San Rafael

Last week I shared about a recent life experience. Change is hard but when you go through tough times, there’s usually a silver lining at the end that makes it worth the struggle. Before I knew San Rafael would become my new home, I had the chance to explore the downtown streets of this city. These are some of the photos from those first visits.

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Mission San Rafael Arcángel

If you ever visit Central San Rafael, one of the things you’ll notice right away is this architectural gem. With the backdrop of Marin’s beautiful hills, this mission proudly bares its bold colors in the heart of the city. The pink tones are unmistakable even from a distance.

Welcome to San Rafael, California

La Misión del Gloriosísimo Príncipe San Rafael, Arcángel or the Mission of the Glorious Prince, Archangel Saint Raphael was founded in 1817. Originally it was a medical hospital treating sick Native Americans. The weather was much better than in San Francisco, which helped the ill get better. It wasn’t meant to be its own mission but grew to full mission status in 1822.

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The golden door

What caught my eye the most are these double golden doors. There’s so many intriguing details on this building, one glance won’t do it justice. But this is how I encourage looking at all of our surroundings. Take the time to look and find something worth capturing.

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Hope for the future

The more photos you take over time, the more you’ll start to associate them with certain memories. Whether it’s 5, 10, or 20+ years from now, I’ll look back on this set of photos and remember this phase of my life. One of change, strength, and hope for the future. What important lessons and memories do your photos conjure?

Welcome to San Rafael, California

 


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Paris, Las Vegas signage

Paris, Las Vegas signage

Paris, Las Vegas: Signage Photography

Paris, Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas is one of the many hotel and casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. Previously I’ve shared some of the amazing views from the top of the Eiffel Tower of Paris, Las Vegas, a story told through bursts of light and color. Today I’m sharing another piece of the Paris hotel/casino, the iconic Paris sign inspired by the Montgolfier balloon.

Related post: Night Aerial Views: San Francisco to Las Vegas

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What’s the significance of the balloon?

The sign is a representation of the balloon, the Aerostat Réveillon, that was used in a demonstration that took place in Paris before King Louis XVI on September 19, 1783, conducted by the Montgolfier brothers, Joseph and Étienne. This demonstration was the first lighter than air flight with passengers, a rooster, a duck and a sheep. The balloon reached an altitude of more than 1,600 feet and went just under two miles.

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Rainbow bright: Las Vegas bokeh

Rainbow bright: Las Vegas bokeh

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City lights: Las Vegas in bokeh

Las Vegas, a city that never sleeps. It’s a beauty from above. There’s plenty to see and do in Vegas but by far my favorite are the lights and signage that lure your attention to every corner. Every city is unique and has a story to tell. But most of the time these stories belong to experiences and memories we have. I’ll never forget this night’s story.

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From the Eiffel Tower (Vegas style)

Paris Las Vegas is one of the many hotel and casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. The Eiffel Tower is half the scale (541 feet) of the original Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. So far it’s the closest I’ve ever been to France (one day soon)!

One of the things I was most looking forward to do in Vegas is to see the view from the top. An elevator takes you up 50 stories above the ground to the observation deck. From there you can see the entire valley and the vibrant lights of the city as they burn through the night.

I have more photos of these views to post but first I want you to see the views from an abstract point of view. Before you have a chance to focus on the details of the signage or architecture, I want you to get a sense of the feeling of being at the top and experiencing these views.

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Can you guess with this swirling ring of light is?

Yet another memorable monument of the city, it’s the High Roller ferris wheel. I loved capturing its light as the colors transformed with each rotation.

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