First shots in my new city

We’re still settling in our new city, San Francisco, but I’ve already been able to get out and explore. So far that has largely meant the more “touristy” shots, but it’s always a fun challenge to capture even what has been done before, and perhaps put your own twist on it.

Cable car. I captured this early one weekend morning on California Street at Leavenworth. Not only does early morning help with softer light, there is also less traffic (at least on weekends) so standing in the middle the street is somewhat safer. Emphasis on somewhat. As the cable car passed or headed towards me, I would go out in the street and nearly lay down to frame the shot with the tracks in the foreground.  I’d review, adjust, and try again.

Pentax K-5, Sigma Lens at 45mm, f/3.2, 1/320s, ISO 400

Golden Gate Bridge.  For this shot, I headed down to Marshall Beach with some friends before sunrise. It’s a less typical viewpoint that takes a little work getting to (really, it’s more work getting back the countless stairs back to the road!).

Pentax K-5, Sigma Lens at 20mm, f/8, 25s, ISO 100, 10 stop ND filter


I’m looking forward to becoming better acquainted with the area and state. I feel my best work happens when I really get to know an area and can focus on creating a great photograph, rather than being overwhelmed with the “newness” of the experience.

Happy shooting!

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