Taken from Crissy Field East Beach looking west towards the Golden Gate bridge. It was great to see so much activity on the water. There were dozens of people kite surfing, wind surfing and sailing. The person on the beach in the foreground with their kite makes this photograph work. At the time of capturing this scene there were dozens of other people around. Both with and without kites. I zoomed in to focus on this one person. But made sure I included the full length of the Golden Gate bridge in the background
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.
Walking down to San Francisco’s Civic Centre the last thing I was expecting was a sports event. I had planned an architectural photograph of the huge City Hall. What I found was an action sports festival called Dew Tour (sponsored by soft drinks brand Mountain Dew). There were many skaters and BMX riders doing huge jumps. As I had recently had a photo shoot at the Venice Beach Skate Park I focused on the BMX area. They had about half a dozen dirt jumps right in front of the Civic Centre and City Hall buildings. As always with such sports it can be tricky to capture the faces of the athletes but after hundreds of failed shots this is probably my favourite of the afternoon. I believe (please correct me if I’m wrong) that this trick is called a Superman.
One of my favourite parts of Venice Beach is the skate park. My friend Michael introduced me to this skater who had amazing skills. The skaters didn’t mind being photographed and even in the heat of the mid morning got some excellent air. This photograph is probably my best as you can really see the concentration on his face. It did make me wish I had a much faster lens, I was able to freeze the action here but the background is far to clear and in focus for my preference.
Paddleboarding is a water sport that appears to combine padding with surfing. The first time I saw someone doing this was across a small bay in Sydney Harbour, Australia. This photograph was taken in Judge’s Bay. This is a very still bay of water in Auckland. Although the boards look like surf boards and from this angle seem short, they are usually around 12 feet long.