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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Golden Gate welcome center

Golden Gate welcome center

Golden Gate Welcome Center

Golden Gate Welcome Center

On both the north and south ends of the Golden Gate Bridge there are visitor areas where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Golden Gate. Vista Point, next door to Sausalito is at the north end and boasts amazing views of the entire city skyline. Here’s the Golden Gate with the backdrop of San Francisco at sunrise captured from Vista Point.

On the southeast end you can visit the Golden Gate Welcome Center to check out views of the Golden Gate Bridge with Marin county hills in the background. In the video and photos below you’ll get a glimpse into the Welcome Center and the view of the Golden Gate from this vantage point.

Photo Editing Timelapse

While editing these photos I created a timelapse video to share my photo editing process with you. Watch the video and then scroll down to check out the final edited photos below.

Final Edited Photos

Of course I immediately gravitated toward the signage. The emblem of this sign in particular sparkles in the light.Golden Gate Welcome Center Sign

The color of the welcome center information and store building matches the Golden Gate.Golden Gate Welcome Center SignageGolden Gate Welcome Center SignageGolden Gate Welcome Center SignGolden Gate Welcome Center Sign

The Welcome Center includes a store where you can browse an unlimited supply of Golden Gate and San Francisco related souvenirs from books and postcards to t-shirts, trinkets, and more. Here’s a small sample of what you might see when you visit.Golden Gate Welcome Center Souvenir Gift Shop Golden Gate Welcome Center Souvenir Gift ShopGolden Gate Welcome Center Souvenir Gift Shop

There’s the Bridge Cafe which is open during the week from 9 am – 6 pm. It happened to be closed this day which explains the vacant space (perfect for photos).Golden Gate Welcome Center Bridge Cafe

There’s plenty of statues and sculptures offering historical information on the Golden Gate. This piece in particular is a mosaic that changes and shows the progression while building the Golden Gate.
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And last but not least, the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge.Golden Gate Welcome Center Golden Gate Welcome CenterGolden Gate Welcome CenterGolden Gate Welcome Center Golden Gate Welcome Center

Golden Gate iPhone time-lapse

Golden Gate iPhone time-lapse

San Francisco Golden Gate iPhone Timelapse

Using the iPhone time-lapse mode

Have you ever tried out the iPhone time-lapse video mode? It works the same as shooting in normal video mode except after you hit STOP it automatically saves the clip as a sped up version from what you shot.

This is helpful for those of us who love creating time-lapse videos (one of my favorite uses for time-lapse videos are sharing my photo editing process) but maybe don’t have access to software to create and edit our own. It’s also a lot quicker for on-the-go travel. You can press record to film, shoot for as long as you want the time-lapse clip to last, and it’s done when you press STOP. No need to export to your computer, edit with software, and then export again to share. It’s that simple.

Some ideal uses for the iPhone time-lapse mode are sharing via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or any of your favorite social networks. Since the video is automatically saved it’s easy to retrieve from you camera roll to share. If you’re looking to learn more about time-lapse video editing and explore the possibilities, this is a way to get your feet wet.

San Francisco’s Golden Gate

Here’s a sample of what the you can do with the time-lapse mode from your iPhone camera. I filmed the video handheld for about a minute and a half (thankfully the iPhone video has stabilization built in), just long enough to watch the boat speed past under the Golden Gate bridge. I also added a few black and white clips from behind my DSLR camera to set the scene and showed a couple of photographs of the Golden Gate at the end, also shot with the iPhone camera. It’s a short film but a small sample into more of what I’ll be exploring and sharing here in the future.

 


Have you experimented with the time-lapse video mode with your iPhone camera or do you prefer to use other editing software and third party apps to create and edit your own?

 

The perfect cup of coffee in San Francisco

The perfect cup of coffee in San Francisco

The Perfect Cup of Coffee in San Francisco

Coffee in San Francisco

Where is the perfect cup of coffee in San Francisco? This is a tough question to answer. I’ve been to many coffeeshops in San Francisco and it’s tough to nail down a favorite. Each one has its own vibe and I connect with many for various reasons. A few weeks back I tried out Four Barrel Coffee for the first time. Four Barrel has three locations total in the city, the one I went to is on Valencia street within the Mission district. Even from their website you can sense the personality in you’ll find when you walk into this coffeeshop.

Coffee and Photoshop

Two of the best things, right? I’ve chosen a select few photos from this coffeeshop visit to share with you and show you. In this time-lapse video you’ll see the photos from raw and unedited to the final photos you’ll see below. The Perfect Cup is definitely another photography and video series in the works. I’ll be sure to continue it with other San Francisco coffeeshops :) But for now, enjoy a cup of your own while you watch this short film.

The perfect cup

And here are the photos you watched me edit right before your eyes.The Perfect Cup of Coffee in San FranciscoThe Perfect Cup of Coffee in San FranciscoThe Perfect Cup of Coffee in San FranciscoThe Perfect Cup of Coffee in San FranciscoThe Perfect Cup of Coffee in San Francisco

Four Barrel Coffeeshop

Here are are a few other shots so you can get a better glimpse of the atmosphere of Four Barrel.

The Perfect Cup of Coffee in San FranciscoThe Perfect Cup of Coffee in San FranciscoThe Perfect Cup of Coffee in San FranciscoBeautifully engraved wooden signage adorns the inside of Four Barrel. The Perfect Cup of Coffee in San FranciscoThe Perfect Cup of Coffee in San FranciscoPlenty of original illustrations and a hand-crafted touch in the design elements of their signage and products. The Perfect Cup of Coffee in San FranciscoThe Perfect Cup of Coffee in San FranciscoThere’s a special (somewhat) covered section of outdoor seating if you prefer enjoying your coffee while watching the streets of San Francisco. The Perfect Cup of Coffee in San FranciscoAnd my favorite shot from the lot. I love how the signage covers the anonymity of the two people, creating more of an abstract idea of interaction.The Perfect Cup of Coffee in San Francisco

 


Where have you found the perfect cup of coffee in your city?