Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Embarcadero (San Francisco, CA)

Four days ago, I had some things to do in San Francisco. I thought I might as well take along my camera and use the opportunity for some photos. Here are the photos I took. :) This blog post is on the photos I took at the Embarcadero Waterfront. After Chinatown, I decided to drive to Pier 7. I then decided I might as well walk along the Embarcadero from Pier 7 and see if there is better photography places. I ended up walking all the way to Rincon Park which is almost right under the Bay Bridge. Sure was a walk! It also tired me out a lot, but I did get some nice photos.

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. To view my best day time shots of San Francisco, use this link. To view all of my photos from that photowalk, use this link.

Parts: Treasure Island Sunset | San Francisco Street Photography | The Embarcadero | 

I shot all of these photos with the help of my Joby Gorillapod Focus. Since my trip wasn't mainly for photography, I decided to ditch my super bulky tripod, for something a bit more light for this trip. The tripod is very steady and you can pretty much set it anywhere. Also great for some of those low angle shots. :) I shoot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a  Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens, so the set up isn't that lightweight either. If you are considering on buying one, it is a great tripod. Just one complaint is the quick release area that attaches to the ball head, the screw loosens up after a while so you do have to retighten it using a hex key. Once the screw loosens, the camera does wobble a bit on the tripod, but it won't fall off, and you can kind of "compensate" for it when framing up your shot. I don't find it too annoying, but the hex key is 1 extra thing you have to pack in your bag.

These first 2 photos were shot from Pier 7. This is a photo of Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge from the end of Pier 7. The piers are is a great place for the Joby Gorillapod Focus as you can attach it to the railings of the pier. That is how I shot most of these pier photos. 

This is a photo of the San Francisco Belle from Pier 7.  

These next 2 photos are from Pier 14. This one is of the pier. I just set my Joby Gorillapod Focus on the ground for this shot. It made a really nice low angle shot of the pier. 

 This is a photo of Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge from the end of Pier 14. 

The next 3 photos are from Rincon Park which is almost under the Bay Bridge. This sculpture you see here is called Cupid's Span. To take this shot, I set my Joby Gorillapod Focus on a parking meter on the side of the road. Great use of parking meters right? :P

 This is a photo of Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge from Rincon Park. There were some large flat areas in the railing for the park that I was able to set my Joby Gorillapod Focus on. 

Before I end this blog post, I wish to share a sad story with all of you guys. This happened on my walk back to Pier 7 from Rincon Park. Near Rincon Park, I saw a homeless man first talk to a trash can, walked away from it about 500 feet, turned around and said "Oh I'll be fine. I'll be fine." He then started to "stroke the hair of a non-existent person". I did start walking faster away from him, but part of me can't help but feel sad no one can help him out. He obviously has psychiatric disorders. This country is not doing enough to help individuals like this. Sadly, I doubt individuals like these even know they are mentally ill, and even if they do, I doubt the know where to get help if there is any. 

These are all the photos for today and for this San Francisco trip, I hope you have enjoyed them. Please don't forget to share the blog post 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.

Parts: Treasure Island Sunset | San Francisco Street Photography | The Embarcadero |