Focus

Buttons
Buttons

I was playing with the “depth of field” the fast lens offers, so the subject swims in and out of focus. This emphasizes the depth of the subject. It’s a bit of a photographic cliche, but it’s amusing.

Veg
Veg
Blocks
Blocks

Twilight

Lanterns
Lanterns across the street in Chinatown

We went out walking at twilight on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, we didn’t have anything particular in mind, but the light was interesting. On Sunday we deliberately went to see Chinatown, hoping for a good show as it’s close to the lunar new year.

Chinatown was decked out in lots of red lanterns. I used this as an excuse to use my “faster” lenses (the ones which are better with less light). Unfortunately, the red of the lanterns didn’t always show up in the pictures, looking more orange, or even yellow. All the lanterns are actually red if you go see them in person.

Pagoda
Looking back up Grant Avenue, with a pagoda outlined against the sky
Chinatown
More lanterns in Chinatown
Spooky
Spooky lighting on Giannini Plaza
Frescos
Interesting frescoes in the lobby of the Monadnock building on Market Street
Moon
The moon peeking out between the interesting juxtaposition of the ultra modern Jewish Contemporary Museum and the old St Patrick’s Cathedral
Stubby
“Stubby”, what we took to calling the Salesforce Tower on Mission St. The top is actually a giant video screen and shows various scenes.
Juxtaposition
Another interesting juxtaposition, of the old cathedral and a modern hotel
Crane
A construction crane, one of many, making an interesting diagonal statement.

Bridges

The Bridge
A classic view of the Golden Gate Bridge seen from the overlook on the coastal trail at Lands End

We had no plan for the weekend, but on Saturday decided the Bay Bridge was close by, so went down to the Embarcadero to take some pictures.

On Sunday, we discovered there was a bus directly to Lands End, the northwest corner of San Francisco, and you can get great views of the Golden Gate Bridge from there. As usual, when we’re in the City, it was brilliantly sunny. The locals says this is unusual weather.

Strong
A strong view of the Bay Bridge, seen from almost underneath on the Embarcadero
Wider
A wider view of the Golden Gate
Oakland
Oakland under the main span of the Bay Bridge
Wide
Most of the Western Bay Bridge, showing how long the main span is

A Weekend in San Francisco

Cupid
A little late for Valentine’s Day, Cupid’s arrow missed the Bay Bridge

We spent the weekend in San Francisco, mainly just because. We did some wandering around and I took a few pics.

Square
Square
Hearst
The door of the Hearst Building on Market Street
Ferry Building
The Ferry Building seen from down Market Street
Sun on Sea
The sun shining on the sea, through cypress trees at Lands End. The Cliff House is just peeking out.
Rocks
Rocks in the surf at Lands End