Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dog School at the Beach

It was a beautiful day in San Francisco so I decided to take our dog, Olivia to the beach. This shot is of the San Francisco Bay at Crissy Field. Its a popular beach especially for the dog walkers. Today, I counted 8 dog walkers each responsible for at least 8 dogs. The walkers always take them off leash so they can run and swim. Its funny to see all these different dogs (from labs to pugs and everything in between) and how much fun they are having. Most remarkable though is the control that the walker has over their canines. Its quite a sight to see!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Downtown City View

This was taken during our evening walk with our dog in San Francisco's Russian Hill District. There's a hillside garden along Vallejo street between Mason and Taylor and it even has cozy, little benches that provide the most breathtaking views of the city.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Regatta versus the Shipping Container

During the summertime, the San Francisco Bay is dotted with sailboats. At the same time, we are a pretty big shipping port and these large container ships need to navigate between all the other mariners...or is it the other way around?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Lake Moonrise

This is our Saturday evening view from our lakehouse in Kelseyville, CA in Lake County which is about 2 1/2 hours north of San Francisco. We spent the evening BBQing and photographing the moon rising as well as trying to spot the International Space Station. Really, there's nothing like sipping ice cold Reisling on a warm summer night in California!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Painted Ladies at Alamo Park

We indulged in an afternoon picnic the other weekend. It was a "sunny", Sunday afternoon at about noon and within an hour the fog started rolling in. This is taken at Alamo Park and is commonly known as the Painted Ladies. I've also heard peeps call it the Seven Sisters, too.
Whatever you want to call it -- it is a sight to see :-)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Hyatt Embarcadero Lobby

Here's a photo of the lobby in the Hyatt Embarcadero in Downtown San Francisco. We took this from the third floor while working on a Time Lapse video project. It's completely open and there's a fun lounge in the lobby. I thought it has a space-age look to it.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The World's at Crissy Field

This is Crissy Field near the Presidio in San Francisco. We go here often on warm sunny days because its a fun place to run, bike and the dogs love it too. A little while ago, there was an Earth Day exhibit and this one really caught my eye. It was alive and growing.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

We did a little exploring/wine tasting/photography this past weekend. This is a photo of the entrance to Ceago Winery in Lake County, California. Its located about 120 miles north of San Francisco and has become noted as a prime territory for grape growing (lots of rich, volcanic soil.) It was a lot of fun and you can even drive your boat up to their dock. The architecture is quite stunning; rustic and country and Southern European; lots of ironwork too. They grow lavender and also make wonderful olive oil, in addition to their yummy wine! Good Times!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Dinosaurs in Clarion Alley

A few weeks ago we took an afternoon stroll through Clarion Alley in San Francisco's Mission District. What a treat. It was like walking through an art gallery. This was painted on a fence of about 6ft high by 10 feet wide. There were probably about 50 of these individual murals with any and all themes you can think of.

Monday, June 21, 2010

North Beach from the Air

Here's a shot from the Carnelian Room (when it was open) in the Bank of America Building on California Street in Downtown San Francisco. Although kinda pricey, we would love to go there every once in a while to enjoy a glass of vino. The view from the lounge was fabulous and on this night we attempted a time lapse video. This is of Columbus Avenue and Brodway.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Blooming Bay Windows

If you are visiting San Francisco for the first time, one of the most amazing aspects is all the different types of Architecture. We found this building on Divisidero Blvd while we were driving over to Dolores Park. We had to pull over so I could take some pictures. The blooms were not only exploding, but striking as well. Hope the picture does it justice.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Golden Boy Pizza

Here's a shot of one of our favorite pizza places in North Beach. Yes, there are lots of different types of pizza and we have many favorites. Golden Boy serves pizza that's made on large sheets. They'll usually have three or four types that are placed in the window; cheese, pep, combo and maybe if your lucky a clam and pesto. They sell it by the slice and there's always a line. The place is old and there's only a counter to sit at with a couple of tv's for sports watching. The decor consists of old concert and events posters, loud Indie rock music, and many times a tattoo-covered server with an attitude taking the orders. Seriously, a must try for North Beach!

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Water Cannons at AT&T Park

In honor of the SF Giants weekend sweep of the Oakland A's, I'm posting a shot of the water cannons going off to celebrate a Splash Hit Home Run.
51 Splash Hits have been hit since the ball park opened in 2000. (Barry Bonds has hit 37 of them).

100 games remain in the 2010 Baseball season. SF Giants are currently in third place, 1 1/2 games behind division rivals San Diego Padres and LA Dodgers.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Sunday 2AM

This was taken off of our deck at our lakehouse in Clearlake in Northern California. The sky was absolutely clear and we decided to sleep outside under the stars. This is a shot from a series that we did for a time lapse video.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Here come the Heirlooms

I checked out an urban Farmer's Market today located right in the center of downtown SF. I was mesmerized by the bountiful pile of heirloom tomatoes and all the different colors and shapes.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Ferry Building Farmer's Market

Here's a photo of the Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building in downtown SF.
A few years back the Ferry Building was completely renovated and it now serves as an amazing destination for gourmet foods, restaurants and bakeries in addition to being the spot where one can hop on a ferry and head to Sausalito and Tiburon.
On Tuesdays and Saturdays there is an unbelieveable Farmer's Market with all the organic fruits and vegetables one can imagine.
This photo was taken from the Ferry Building looking towards downtown and the famous Embarcadero buildings.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Waiting for The Shot

Sometimes photography takes patience.
My husband was waiting for a shot, little did he know---he was my shot.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Other Bridge

Everyone has heard about the Golden Gate Bridge, but the Oakland Bay Bridge is actually much more impressive in so many ways.
First, it's located right downtown so everyone sees it all the time, it opened six months before the Golden Gate Bridge (in 1936), the total span is 3 times longer than GG (at 4.65 miles), it's a double decker and it carries twice the daily traffic load (270,000 cars).

Here's a view from the corner of Emarcadero and Harrison where the cars turn for the approach to the brigde.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Break of Dawn

Here's an HDR morning shot taken from Russian Hill. We hiked up to one of our favorite urban garden settings at Vallejo and Taylor. Whether its morning, noon or night, the view is breathtaking. This is a shot from our Time Lapse project we put together of the sunrise over the city. It was a fabulous way to enjoy our morning coffee!

Camera Settings:
Canon 50D
Focal length:21mm, f9.0, 1/400, ISO400,
+/- 2 stops and processed in Photomatix for HDR

Monday, June 7, 2010

Dolores Park on a Sunny Sunday Afternoon

It was a sunny 68 degrees yesterday so we decided to drop by Dolores Park for some people-watching. The park is located in the Upper Market district not far from the Castro so there's always an interesting cast of characters here. It is one of the most popular parks in the city for the locals on a Sunny weekend like this.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunset over the Pacific

Two things always bring a smile to our faces, sunrises and sunsets! Here's one over the Pacific Ocean. Hope this brings a smile to your face!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

A Day at the Zoo

We went to the San Francisco Zoo the other day.
There are a lot of caged animals there, but this little guy was too small to get caught.
It was very happy feeding on the wildflowers.

People have ask about settings so we'll start to include them when necessary.

A Day at the Zoo: 100mm Canon Macro, f2.8, 1/1250. ISO200

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Golden Gate Bridge II

A View from San Francisco

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Red Light District

This is taken at the intersection of Broadway and Kearny Streets in San Francisco's North Beach District. It was once known or perhaps still is known as the Red Light District. Evidence is in the neon signs in the rear. This picture is part of a Time Lapse series that we did that captured the moving traffic.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Closing Time

This is one of our favorite restaurants in North Beach. Its called Joe DiMaggio's and its a Steakhouse. They have a really fun and luxurious bar with lots of plasmas so we can cheer for our Niners and Giants. We were walking our dog one night and it had already closed and the normal busy place was eerily quiet.