Thursday, July 4, 2013

Pier 39 - San Francisco, CA (Part 1)

A while back a few SF Bay Area photographers hosted a photowalk at Baker beach in San Francisco, CA. I am here to show you some of the photos I took from the photowalk. If you visit the beach, please take note that Baker Beach is a nude beach and I did see a few during my walk on the beach. If you feel you may be sensitive to these types of things, take note of that. There are no nude people in my photographs. During this trip to San Francisco, I also visited Pier 39. I will show you the Pier 39 photos later in this chain of posts. If you do visit Pier 39, here is a hint for free 2 hour parking. Head to the end of Kearny Street. :) If you are lucky, there maybe a few spots free.

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. If you are interested, please select one of the links below:
Baker Beach: Part 1Part 2 | 
Pier 39: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Today I begin my photos from Pier 39 (and from my walk to there). These photos will include some long exposures, landscape shots, and a few flower and insect photos.

Message from the Photographer: Happy 4th of July to everyone in the USA! I will be heading off to Foster City, CA to photograph fireworks later. Hopefully I can get them up by tomorrow (RAW processing takes me a while). Which means there will be a slight break in these San Francisco photos. Hope you guys don't mind!

Some flower photos I shot on Kearny Street on my walk to Pier 39. As I said above in my introduction, there are some free 2 hour parking spaces at the end of Kearny Street. This is the first place I go to look for parking when heading to Pier 39. 

A photo I shot on my walk to Pier 39.  

 Flowers and bushes near Pier 39.

Close up of the flowers and a bee on a tree shown in the previous photo.  

More close up shot of the flowers.  

 Bees on the flowers. 

 Super long exposure at the head of Pier 39. Photo took me 5 minutes and 40 seconds. Used 2 ND filters to achieve blur. 

People on Pier 39.  

 20 second exposure on Pier 39. ND filter used. 

Photography Tip: Use ND filters to slow down your shutter speed to achieve long exposures even during day time. They are great for blurring out moving things (especially people). Just make sure you get a good brand such as Hoya or B+W as cheaper brands can make your picture blurry, and sometimes may even cause a color cast. The brand I used in these shots are all from Hoya. Also as with all long exposure shots, make sure you have a steady tripod. 

20 second exposure on Pier 39. ND filter used.  

Didn't feel like watching magic, but still took a photo. Thought the stance the performer took was nice.  

A photo of Alcatraz Island I shot with my telephoto lens. Lost a lens cap taking this picture, but lucky for me, knock-off ones on Ebay is fairly cheap. XD I put the lens in a Ziplock bag after getting home and got a new lens cap off of Ebay for like $2. 

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will have sea lion and bird photos from Pier 39. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

Baker Beach: Part 1Part 2 | 
Pier 39: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
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