Transamerica Pyramid Skyscraper

Transamerica Pyramid Skyscraper

Staying three blocks north, I walked past this building a couple of times a day while in San Francisco. The Transamercia Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the city, built in 1972 with 48 floors. This was taken one evening on a walk around the China Town area. I was stood on the cross roads Broadway Street looking down Columbus Avenue.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Looking down the length of bridges not only gives a new perspective but also a better idea of the size and scale. An example of this is that it’s difficult to imagine 227 metre high towers but most of us are more familiar with the size of cars. The Golden Gate Bridge is six lanes wide and carries an average of 110,000 vehicles per day. I came across this view while exploring the western end of the Presidio towards Fort Point Rock. From here we look north along the length of the bridge to Lime Point in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Conservatory of Flowers

Conservatory of Flowers

Cycling through Golden Gate Park I wasn’t sure what I would come across to photograph. My original intention was to capture the Golden Gate Bridge from the west around Fort Point Rock. Having hired the bike for a full two days I cycled south along to Lands End park and Ocean beach. Finally I was heading back to the city when I came through Golden Gate Park (which is actually about a mile away from the great bridge itself). This was probably the last photograph of the bike ride. This huge conservatory (73 metre overall length) was built in 1878.

Sunset from Coit Tower

Sunset from Coit Tower

On arriving at my accommodation I asked the receptionist where to get the best views of the city. They pointed to Coit Tower on the map. This 64 metre tall tower was built in 1933 and stands on the top of Telegraph Hill. Not knowing how long it would take to walk up the hill from the waterfront, I arrived at 4:30pm (two hours before this image was captured) with the intention of getting some night shots of the downtown area of the city.

This view is looking west, with Filbert Street on the left and Greenwich Street on the right. The church in the middle of the photograph is Saints Peter and Paul Church. On the far right of the horizon in the mist is the Golden Gate Bridge.

BMX rider in front of San Francisco City Hall

BMX rider in front of San Francisco City Hall

Searching for good things to photograph in San Francisco, the city hall wasn’t high on my list. It seemed difficult to find a unique image of the building. Walking towards downtown from Alamo Square I was near San Francisco City Hall. Being my first time in the city I had some time to check it out. Little did I know Dew Tour (sponsored by soft drinks brand Mountain Dew) was on.

At first this was a disappointment. From the placement of the stands, big trucks and hundreds of people, there wasn’t a clear view of the whole building. Sports photography is something I do enjoy, especially on two wheels. After an hour or two of wondering around the track and shooting hundreds of photos I found this spot. Using the 200mm zoom lens I could crop out everything but the rider. The rider must be well over 100 metres from the front of the City Hall.