San Francisco Trip - Photo Recommendations

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by JimKramer, May 25, 2006.

  1. JimKramer

    JimKramer Guest

    I'm trying to plan a trip to San Francisco around the end of June.
    Anyone have recommendations on things/places to look at and
    things/places to avoid?

    Thanks,
    Jim
     
    JimKramer, May 25, 2006
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Don't spend more than a couple hours at Fisherman's Wharf.

    Check out the murals in the Mission District, explore the alleys, it's
    safe. North Beach, Telegraph Hill & Chinatown are cool, lots of hidden
    neighborhoods as well. Check out the book 'Stairway Walks in San
    Francisco'. Bring comfortable walking shoes and warm clothes in layers,
    it's cold in the summer. Ocean Beach sucks but check out the hang
    gliders at Fort Funston and Baker Beach or even China Beach, Point
    Bonita Lighthouse and the Marin Headlands. Skip Alcatraz, take a ferry
    to Sausalito instead & walk up along the waterfront way past the tourist
    section, get one of the slow ferries not the new ones. Drive to the top
    of Twin Peaks if the fog ever clears for the view. Take one of the old
    the F Trains up Market to the Castro for a movie instead of a cable car.
    Sunday brunch in the Haight then walk up through Cole Valley, over Tank
    Hill, down the Pemberton Steps, Kite Hill, Dolores Park & down to
    Valencia. Hike to the top of Bernal Hill too. Inner Sunset near Golden
    Gate Park then up to Grand View Park, Clement street in the Richmond
    district for Dim Sum. Walk up Edgehill Mountain.

    <http://www.edgehill.net/1/?SC=go.php&DIR=California/Bay-Area/San-Francisco>
     
    Paul Furman, May 25, 2006
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    Andrew Venor Guest

    The most obvious suggestion is the Golden Gate Bridge. Here is list of
    the vista points where you might want to shoot it from. I especially
    recommend the view from the Marin Headlands.

    http://gocalifornia.about.com/cs/sanfrancisco/a/ggbridge_2.htm

    Another nice view is the Dutch windmill at the Western edge of Golden
    Gate Park. Not to mention the Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of
    Flowers, and all the other sights in the park to numerous to mention
    right now.

    http://www.sfgate.com/traveler/guide/sf/neighborhoods/ggpark.shtml

    The Palace of Fine Arts is another good place to visit as well.

    http://www.nps.gov/prsf/places/palace.htm

    If you get a chance you should catch a Giants game. The views of the
    bay from AT&T Park make it the best looking stadium in Major League
    Baseball. They will be playing the LA Dodgers, the Oakland A's, and the
    Texas Rangers at home the last two weeks of June. Best bet for you is
    the Rangers, because I'm sure the A's and Dodgers games are already sold
    out.

    http://sanfrancisco.giants.mib.com

    For one last piece of advice I'll quote Mark Twain, "The coldest winter
    I ever experienced was a summer in San Francisco." So carry a sweater
    or warm jacket with you during your stay. The calendar may say June,
    but it can really get chilly when the fog rolls in from the ocean.

    ALV
     
    Andrew Venor, May 25, 2006
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  4. Ride all three cable car lines from one end to the other....Walk across the
    Golden Gate Bridge. Go to the top of Coit tower, and the top of Portrero
    Hill at the South end of the city. Go to Golden Gate Park, and to the
    solarium there where they have the neat tropical plants and flowers. Walk
    along the beach and take a picture or two of the Cliff House, and post it
    here. (I haven't seen it for ten years now) Go to the zoo if it's
    summertime, and send me a picture of the musk oxen.....I am lonesome for
    them, too.....Spend most of your money on food in the many fine
    restaurants.....Le Bougerie, and the Pacific Cafe on Geary street. and
    Scoma's on Fishermen's Wharf.....I wish I could go with you.
     
    William Graham, May 25, 2006
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    Paul Furman Guest

    They rebuilt the Cliff House. I haven't been inside the new one but it
    looks totally different outside.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tathei/49710347/in/set-1033707/
    -not my photo
     
    Paul Furman, May 26, 2006
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  6. Rita Ä Berkowitz, May 26, 2006
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  7. That's terrible! They have rebuilt the Cliff House a number of times over
    the years, due to earthquake and/or fire damage, but this last is the worst
    yet....It looks like the Lincoln Memorial! - Is this a joke? If not, then I
    take back what I said about taking some pictures of it for me.....I was
    talking about San Francisco scenery, not Washington DC scenery.......
     
    William Graham, May 26, 2006
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    Walter Banks Guest

    West end of Lombard Street early to mid day It is the twisted street that once straighten out goes all the way to KOIT tower 3 or 4 miles to the east.
    Folks living here, it is a residential street have some very well kept homes and creative gardens and parking

    w..
     
    Walter Banks, May 26, 2006
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    TheDave© Guest

    You're right. That is terrible. It has no character, no relationship
    to the surrounding area.
     
    TheDave©, May 26, 2006
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  10. It does appear to be closer in architecture to the original, fwiw.

    Lots of good suggestions. If you are drawn to Lombard Street (the very
    curvy little block of said street, walk up it from Coit tower and then
    catch a cable car down Hyde Street to the Maritime Museum. .... The
    Wharf is just to the East, if you are so inclined; I'd recommend a crab
    sandwich on the sidewalk rather than a sitdown experience, unless it's
    Scoma's....

    Enjoy.
     
    John McWilliams, May 27, 2006
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  11. The famous "twisty" part is on the eastern end of Lombard, about a mile
    from Coit tower. KOIT is a radio station.
     
    John McWilliams, May 27, 2006
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  12. It compliments the Embarcadero Center buildings very well........:^)
     
    William Graham, May 28, 2006
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  13. Herb Cain, where are you now that we really need you?
     
    William Graham, May 28, 2006
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  14. Herb Cain, where are you now that we really need you?Errrrr.......Make that Herb Caen........
     
    William Graham, May 28, 2006
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  15. Arrrr..... He'd roast you a good 'un for that.....Speaking of roasts, we
    had a really nice side of beef from the wonderful Harris girls, last
    seen on the Embarcadero peddling their wares....
     
    John McWilliams, May 28, 2006
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Paul Furman, May 28, 2006
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  17. You'd hate it if you remembered the old produce district that it
    replaced......Many interesting places.....Bars, and little shops....Import
    houses, little Italian restaurants, and the like....A real part of the soul
    of SF was destroyed when they Removed the produce district for the
    Embarcadero Center......
     
    William Graham, May 28, 2006
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    Paul Furman Guest

    I can imagine it was a tragedy. You know they tore down the Embarcadero
    freeway though after the earthquake in '89. That was a *huge*
    improvement. The Ferry building is redone with a bunch of shops, Ferry
    Plaza is redone, Third Street is undergoing a major transformation from
    the new ball park all the way to candlestick, the Dog Patch will be no
    more soon. I used to love prowling around there on a bike, down King
    Street when it was the last street I know of still paved in cobblestones
    and crazy old warehouses & houseboats on Mission Bay. My old cottage we
    lived in for 10 years is now demolished... it was built in 1881 and
    survived the '06 quake but not the condos:
    <http://www.edgehill.net/1/?SC=go.php&DIR=California/Bay-Area/San-Francisco/our-garden/back>
    I hauled away as many of those cobblestones as I could.
     
    Paul Furman, May 28, 2006
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  19. I can imagine it was a tragedy. You know they tore down the Embarcadero
    I had mixed emotions about the Embarcadero freeway.....It's only effect was
    on the skyline of the city as viewed by others across the bay, or on the
    bay....Otherwise, it helped route some of the traffic away from the city
    streets......I liked the little restaurants and bookstores that were nestled
    in the produce district area. Taking an elevator to the 20th floor of one of
    the Embarcadero center buildings to "shop" just isn't the same thing. There
    used to be an English style bar in the produce district....I forget it's
    name now, but there were no barstools, and you had to stand up and put your
    foot on the brass rail while you had your drink. Before they tore it out, an
    older carpooling buddy of mine took me there and told me that I should have
    a drink there before they destroyed it, because, "There will never be
    another place like this in this city again." - He was right.......
     
    William Graham, May 28, 2006
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  20. Can't agree with that.

    Otherwise, it helped route some of the traffic away from the city
    Not really. It sped a few through the Financial district, but certainly
    didn't reduce numbers of cars in, say, the Marina district or on Russian
    Hill.


    I liked the little restaurants and bookstores that were nestled
    Not to worry, William: Here in the Bay Area there'll still be lots of
    "here" here.
     
    John McWilliams, May 29, 2006
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