If your are going to San Francisco .. 22.03.13
I will call it the pearl of the west coast. San Francisco is by far the most attractive city I visited along the west coast. There so many things to see and discover and I think the Golden Gate Bridge and the prison island Alcatraz are the most impressing of all.
I have been in SF a whole day and I visited as much as possible in that short time. Of cause I started with the Golden Gate Bridge which was half covered by the fog this morning and looked really magically because of this. To really see this Bridge with my own eyes was absolutely stunning and to honest the trip I did along the west coast and everything after that started with the idea to only see this bridge. Then I was driving over the bridge into the city and I was able to film this by unfolding my tripod in my car.
After I arrived on the other side I was just driving a little bit through the streets to admire the flair of the city of the thousand hills. Then I stopped at the Pier 33 to by my ticket for the Alcatraz ferry. Luckily I had some time left over before the ferry started and I was able to take a closer look at the Fishermans Wharf and especially at Pier 39. That’s the place to go in the harbor area. A lot of shopping and food stores and an aquarium are waiting to be visited.
Then I went to prison. Alcatraz is absolutely impressive. Every corner of the island showed the prisoners what they are not able to have anymore. You can see either the city or the bridge from every side and during the tour they told that if the wind direction was fitting, the prisoners could hear the people from the yard clubs laughing and celebrating and that with the surety of never being able to get away from there. Almost. There have been break outs and there are some prisoners, still nobody knows how they ended up. Officially they drowned in the bay.
I did not even try to swim back. After spending 3h on the island I took the last ferry back to the mainland. And now there where still two things on my list, Lombard Street and Twin Peaks. The famous Lombard Street is the snake shaped one way made of red bricks that made it, beside a lot of other movies, into Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
It was slowly getting dark and I still wanted to take some panorama pictures of the city. Twin Peaks is the best place to that and at night those big cities have a special charm. But the fog from the morning was spreading out and was now lying all over the city which made it nearly impossible to take good pictures. If the exposure time was too short then nothing was recognizable on the picture. If the exposure time was too long then fog was breaking the light so much that there was only milk on the picture. Furthermore the humidity on Twin Peaks was so high that the camera was wet within a few minutes which is why I broke up and stopped trying to find the perfect exposure time for this kind of weather.
On my way back I was again driving over the bridge and just realized that there was no fog on the other side. So I was driving to the viewpoint from where I took morning pictures. And from there I took the, to my mind phenomenal, night shots of the bridge. But enough of writing now. Have fun with the pictures.
And so i close as always: Cheers, ND