After living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I wanted to share some of my favorite spots for photography, which I found from my personal photography expeditions around the area. With its soaring hills, expansive bridges and an incredible waterfront, everywhere you turn in the Bay has more great photography locations and amazing opportunities for photography.
HERE ARE MY TOP 10 PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATIONS IN SAN FRANCISCO:
9. Pier 39: Sea Lions are one of the reasons why PIER 39 is a top attraction in San Francisco. On a typical day, you can find them lounging in the sun or piled on top of each other on K-Dock in PIER 39's West Marina. You can go there anytime of the day and take their pictures.
8. Fog from Hawk Hill: Hawk Hill is a 923-foot peak in the Marin Headlands, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge and across the Golden Gate strait from San Francisco. It requires about a quarter mile hike. The views are amazing and you may be able to capture landscape submerged in fog - especially in months of March and September when there is a low fog season.
AND THE TOP ONE IS
Hope the list above helps. Feel free to ask questions in comments section and I will be happy to respond.
I was in India - During summer of 2013. It was a sweaty afternoon with stormy skies and clicked this shot in Front of Hawa mahal in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
It was one of the moody evenings I decided to take a stop at Hawk Hill in San Francisco and my luck was smiling at me. It was one of those rare sightings where low fog at around sunset was creating this mesmerizing scene. Wind was blowing real hard as well and this beauttiful scene lasted for a shot time only as fog took over everything.
Tech: Canon 5D Mark III, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, @142.0 mm, f/5.0, ISO 200, panorama created using several shots. Raw shots imported in capture one, final touches and panorama created in Photoshop CS6
Mossbrae falls is a hidden gem around Mount Shasta region of Northern California. It is so amazing to see this place in person. It feels like a huge veil of water curtain over green moss falling in Sacramento river. If you visit this place in a summer afternoon, is is absolutely stunning to see amazing sunlight giving silvery touch to waterfall and lighting up green moss behind it.
How to go there: Accessibility to this place is another challenge as it is located in a very secluded place. You will have to travel to town of Dunsmuir in Northern California. You have to come to intersection of Scarlet way and Dunsmuir ave, park your car in a legal parking somewhere and enter thru a arch (Shasta retreat 41.228384, -122.275889) to Scarlet way and keep walking towards railroad (there are signs which will say no trespassing), crossing the river via over bridge (41.230357, -122.279238). Turn right and keep walking next to railroad about 1.5 miles and you will hear the waterfall sound (41.241572, -122.266795).
Technical: I took 3 shots using Nikon D800e and Nikkor 14-24, @ f/11, ISO 50, 24 mm in raw format, initial import and processing in Capture One, created HDR using Photomatix, final touches in Photoshop CS6 and Nik software.
Crater lake was always in my wish list to visit. This summer one of my friend called me on Friday and said lets have a family outing in Crater lake area. We drove from San Francisco area and stayed at Klamath falls. We started pretty late next day from there as I did not want to deal with massive long weekend traffic. We reached there around late afternoon had some snacks at hut on rim. Kids had lot of fun. We spent good 2-3 hours and decided to come back to hotel around sunset.
While returning , I saw few photographers standing close to rim near a almost dead tree and stopped there. Boy it was a beautiful sight, it was some famous tree which is pretty popular among local photographers. I decided to stay there for sometime and shoot the last sunlight featuring the tree.
Technical: Nikon D800E, Nikkor 14-24, 24mm, f11, 2 shots, raw processing in CaptureOne 8, final touches in Photoshop CS6 and Nik software, Panorama in CS6.
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