Thursday, July 23, 2015

Road Trip: Day 3 - San Francisco Briefly

From Monterey we continued north into San Francisco. We had wanted to spend more time here, obviously, but we ended up getting here a little bit later in the day than we would have liked. Our time in San Francisco might have been brief but it was still a lot of fun. Our first stop was was the Camera Obscura and Sutro Baths ruins.

The Camera Obscura. It's basically a giant pinhole camera that you can go inside of. Unfortunately it was closed by the time we got here, but the building itself was worth the stop. It's something straight out of a Wes Anderson movie.

Probably one of the coolest fishing spots I've ever seen.

The Sutro Baths was a massive and beautiful building built in 1894. Sadly, the business was never all that successful and in 1964 developers bought the sight in hopes of tearing down the baths and building high-rise apartments. A fire ended up destroying the building and the plans for high-rise apartments was thrown out by the city, and the ruins of the baths and the surrounding area became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

At this point the fog started to thicken. 

And the fog followed us getting thicker and thicker as we drove around the city. The idea was to go see the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset but by the time we got to the bridge it was dark, or so we thought. We drove across the bridge without being able to see the bridge itself. The fog was so dense. I've never seen anything like it. This is the only photo that I got of the Golden Gate Bridge. It's actually a long exposure with extensive editing in Lightroom. Standing there looking at the bridge with the naked eye it looked more like just a few street lights hidden behind fog in the middle of a moonless night. Little did we know that the sun hadn't actually set yet. We drove away from the bridge heading north and after about half an hour we drove out of the fog to see that there was still light in the sky, the sun had just set.

I wish I could have spent a lot more time in San Francisco. Definitely a city that I would like to return to. Hopefully next time I'll actually have a chance to photograph the bridge.

Photos taken with a Canon 6D, using a Canon 20mm f/2.8, Canon 135mm f/2.0, and Canon 35mm f/1.4.

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