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03-26-2009, 01:14 PM   #1
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san fran what is there to see?

besides the usual, golden gate bridge, trolleys, alcatraz, those pastel looking houses, that museum/park w/ the very nice roman architecture, fisherman's wharf, what else is there to do?

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I haven't been there in a while, but aside from what you listed, the ferry building is nice. I like sneaking up in the glass elevators at the sir francis drake hotel as well. excellent view . I believe the museum/park you are thinking of is Golden gate park, lots of eccentricities there to be seen. Chinatown on a sunday morning is ridiculous if you want to see some of that.

haight is the ex hippy now "trendy" neighborhood next to golden gate park. you could head out to the mission or wander the tenderloin if you're feeling brave and want to get some interesting street shots. Think Pursuit of Happyness, as it was filmed/set in the TL and at the Glide memorial church.

You should also know that it is fairly easy to get to Oakland and Berkeley if you're feeling adventurous. Both I feel have equally notable if not glamorous histories.

I never got to photograph S.F. I spend too much time eating when I go there

if you want to catch non-tourist angles of the bridge, there is a fort, fort point(?) I beleive that sits under the golden gate on the San Francisco side. On the other (Marin) side, there is an old fort that is still open to the public (now that I think about it, I don't know because I never checked) that I used to sneak up to at night with friends to. It feels like you're touching the bridge. I can't remember the name, but it is practically right after you cross the bridge out of S.F. if you checked a map you'd see what I'm talking about. For the east bay perspective, the Damn Brit has some pictures of the east bay that make me homesick. He manages to juxtapose the seedy underbelly that is the Port of Oakland with the city across the bay. I know it is possible to get similar pictures from the Berkeley and Oakland hills, via Tilden park and the access roads, but I couldn't tell you how to get there if you tried. I usually get lost and find myself at an amazing vista.

If you like nature, I think the elephant seal season might be ending at Ano Nuevo park. They have tours there during the winter/spring, but I can't remember the exact season. You could always do the wine country thing too :shrugs:

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thanks southy, i'll make sure to check out all that stuff
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Get an armed escort and street shoot the Tenderloin.
Actually we could meet up if you like, we could talk about football, have a few beers and then beat each other up.


Seriously, check out the ferry system for the bay. You can see an awful lot of the whole area from the north bay to the south bay and it's not too expensive. You can even rent a bike and travel inland a bit in certain places.
If you are renting a car while you are there, I can point you to some really nice state and regional parks that are easily accessible.
The farmers market at the ferry building looked pretty big when I passed it on Saturday when I was on the ferry. That would be a good place for 'street shooting' if you like to do that.
Roosevelts Yacht is moored at Jack London Sq. in Oakland (next to the ferry terminal)
USS Potomac - The Presidential Yacht Potomac
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hah. I used to make peanut butter jelly sandwiches every weekend in the TL. It actually isn't that bad. I guess it depends on your comfort level though

maybe use a birding lens though. some of the denizens are a little wild.

The mission is definitely more raw than tourist SF, but not quite tenderloin status.
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Actually we could meet up if you like, we could talk about football, have a few beers and then beat each other up.


Seriously, check out the ferry system for the bay. You can see an awful lot of the whole area from the north bay to the south bay and it's not too expensive. You can even rent a bike and travel inland a bit in certain places.
If you are renting a car while you are there, I can point you to some really nice state and regional parks that are easily accessible.
The farmers market at the ferry building looked pretty big when I passed it on Saturday when I was on the ferry. That would be a good place for 'street shooting' if you like to do that.
Roosevelts Yacht is moored at Jack London Sq. in Oakland (next to the ferry terminal)
USS Potomac - The Presidential Yacht Potomac
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rock on Gary, thanks for the advice! i'll let you know when the time comes
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n e 1 else have suggestions?

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I have a question for you!

When are you coming? And How long are you here for? Work/vaca? How much time will you have to shoot? Will you have access to a car....
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you're right, i've been kinda vague...
it will be around early-mid june ... maybe 4-5 days, but 2 days for a course
the other days i'm open for shooting for now ... probably no access to a car, probably not worth the hastle

i was thinking maybe i'd follow the route of the meetup guerillas :P
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Homeless people and hippies.

At least that was the case when I was there in 02.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pingflood Quote
Homeless people and hippies.

At least that was the case when I was there in 02.
dont forget the silver people and the trannies !
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Twin Peaks (offers the best view of the entire city), Coit Tower, Lombard St. (Crookedest Street), San Francisco Zoo, Academy of Sciences (entire Golden Gate Park has a lot of interesting places to visit), Land's End/Sutro Baths area, Treasure Island (right outside the city by crossing the Bay Bridge), etc. I'm sure there's other things to see that I just can't think of right now.
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liberal nut cases all over the place....
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
you're right, i've been kinda vague...
it will be around early-mid june ... maybe 4-5 days, but 2 days for a course
the other days i'm open for shooting for now ... probably no access to a car, probably not worth the hastle

i was thinking maybe i'd follow the route of the meetup guerillas :P
A lot of people rent a bike in San Francisco, take it on the ferry to Sausalito and then ride back across the GGB. If you do that, check first though because Sausalito isn't too happy at the moment with the current invasion of cyclists.
If I'm not at work when you are here, I wouldn't mind a meetup and acting as chauffeur.
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