This is one of the most lovely shops I ever saw, Goorin Hatmakers on North Beach, San Francisco. When I first saw it, I really didn’t know that the company is running over two dozens of branches all over the U.S. headed by three stores in San Francisco alone. Have a look, isn’t it beautiful? Everything looks like it was done with a lot of love for details. And the staff was very friendly as well…
I just had to take a line of snaps and buy that black sailor’s cap.
Find it here.
Let’s take a break from San Francisco. Saw this upright old lady standing alone and had to take a line of frames.
Seeing a vintage vehicle always makes me wonder when exactly cars ceased being beautiful. Must have been somewhen in the late seventies I guess.
The owner was a very friendly guy who would even open the car for me so that I could take a picture of the tidy minimalistic dashboard. Compare that to the dozens of controls in a today’s cockpit. Driving must have been so much easier then.
Of course we had to take a boat trip through the bay. Seeing Alcatraz from a distance was already creepy, in particular with some knowledge about it in the back of mind. Our original idea was to take a guided tour to Alcatraz, but as we learned those had to be booked some weeks in advance. And were really pricey on top.
And another shot of Golden Gate Bridge from off the bus top. Vertical version this time.
(Fujifilm GX617, Ilford Delta 400)
Just a snapshot from the upper deck of a sightseeing bus. Like so often the bridge is hiding itself in heavy fog.
(Fujifilm GX617, Ilford Delta 100)
Today’s focus is fixed to San Fran’s architecture, as you probably assumed by reading the headline. Not much more to say. Have a look.
We’re going vertical today. Fire escape staircases on turn-of-the-century buildings are probably the most normal thing in the world if you are a US citizen but they are not if you are a Euro-guy like me. Reason is: we don’t have it. At least not on older buildings. Even though I’ve seen it many times before I was still fascinated by those antique steel constructions and just had to take some photos.
This one here was shot on Russian Hill near Van Ness Avenue, pretty close to our hotel.
A streetcar of the historical F-line. The F-line with its original streetcars from the 1950s was reinstalled in the 1980s mainly as a tourist attraction and also as a substitute for the cable car line which was out of business for two years due to technical overhaul. Over the years more and more waggons were bought and today the F-line is a normal transportation for locals as well as for tourists.
The waggons come in many different colour designs following the original paintwork of the cities where they once ran. Actually I wanted to take a shot of each colour combination there is, but missed it because time was running out and in the end this was the only one I took.
Actually I don’t know what the name of this dock or pier on the westside of Aquatic Park is. Just like big parts of Aquatic Park Pier it’s in a quite a derelict condition and because of that public access is not allowed. Shot the frame in the very early morning when the city was all quite and peaceful. The island on the right side of the background is Alcatraz. I will tell you more about it later.
Some snapshots from Chinatown, which of course we just had to visit. It’s one of the leading tourist attractions of the city and with 80.000 inhabitants it’s the second largest Chinese community in the world. (The largest community can be found in a place called China.)
Entering this cultural microcosmos is more than impressive, a real must-see. In fact, it attracts more visitors than the cities most noticable landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge. In my personal view it’s also a very good place for eating, as there are reasonable-priced restaurants everywhere. Don’t miss out when you are there.
This viewpoint is on Lombard Street, just above its extremely curvy part for which it is so famous (or notorious if you prefer). Quite in the middle you can see Coit Memorial Tower which is another great site for cityscapes.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park seen from the end of Aquatic Park Pier in the early morning.
The ship on the left is the historical ferryboat “Eureka”. In the misty background you can see the Financial District high-rise buildings.
It’s 11.30 pm. Out go the lights. (Sigh of relief)
Until next year.
Finally, here it comes. The first row of snapshots taken during my last trip to San Fran. As before I was truly impressed by the beauty of the city as well as by its multifacedness.
At first when booking the trip I wanted to locate directly at Fisherman’s Wharf, the touristic centre of the city or rather its tourist trap to shorten down ways to the harbour. In the end I was happy I didn’t. I booked a hotel on Russian Hill which was perfect for discovering the city in all directions. It’s really easy to explore San Francisco afoot or by bike as there are bike rentals nearly everywhere. The only obstacle you may find might be your physical fitness when climbing the hills of the city. But that’s up to you.
Some words about security: people generally warned me about strolling alongside Market Street or Tenderloin after dark. It’s true that those places are… let’s call it “funky” especially during nighttime and I saw a lot of people of all ages who obviously where kind of out of their minds for some reason. But I never felt uncomfortable and nothing ever happened to me there, not even bad words. Most San Franciscans are polite and friendly, so just be relaxed and act respectful just like you would in your hometown and you don’t have to worry.
More to come during the next days and weeks.
P.S.: the only unfriendly people I met there were those … cab drivers.
Yes, I did another extreme low angle shooting on a high rise business building. But this time it wasn’t the beloved O2-Tower. Actually, this is just one of the digital test shots. The real thing was done with my analog panoramic camera.
Spent a weekend on a farm in East-Bavaria, pretty close to the Austrian border and saw this…
I just couldn’t resist posting another blue-containers-on-a-junkyard panorama picture. I also wasn’t able to resist taking part of a weekly photo challenge. So, here we go.
(Fuji GX 617, Fujifilm Velvia 100)