Blue hour at Fisherman's Wharf

Blue hour at Fisherman's Wharf

I love San Francisco and find it to be a very beautiful town.  In the blue hour light after a good, solid rain...well, it's beyond beautiful - it's downright amazing!

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Sunset at Pier 39

I love San Francisco, and I love sunset.

It's so hard to predict what is going to happen at sunset on any given day.  I always look at the sky and the clouds (if there are any), and my mind starts wandering, or racing, depending on what I see.  If there are good clouds out, I get all excited thinking that I am going to have a fabulous sunset.  Then many times, it just fizzles and nothing exciting happens.

On the other hand, there have been plenty of times when it looks like a complete crap sunset, and something amazing happens and it gets all awesome on you!  Those are the best ones, since they come as a surprise.  Everyone like a surprise.  Well, a good surprise, anyways.

And that is exactly what happened on my recent trip to San Francisco.

It had rained a lot that day, and after work I got out to shoot, starting at the Ferry Building.  From there, I just wandered down the Embarcadero, taking all sorts of photos along the way.  I ended up at Ghirardeli Square during blue hour, which was great.

But a little while before that happened, I was walking past Pier 39 and the Fisherman's Wharf area.  The sunset was coming together and the flat, gray skies from earlier were just bursting with color.  It was great!

So I did what I always do - I aimed my camera at everything and fired away incessantly.  It was crazy but so much fun.  I was in a hurry since light can be so fleeting, and it seemed like there was something interesting to aim the camera at everywhere I looked.  This was San Francisco, after all, which is a gorgeous city.

Hope you enjoy these shots.  I still have many more to get to from that trip - it was very productive!


The guardian of Pier 39

Just a quick snap I took on one of my trips out to San Francisco.  I was walking around Fisherman's Wharf and off to the side of it is Pier 39, where all the sea lions bask in the sun.  I saw this seagull sitting on the sign, and it just looked to me like he was watching over all the sea lions...

Twilight at Fisherman's Wharf

I always enjoy seeing photos of boats, though I am not a "boat guy".  I don't own a boat, and really have no desire to.  But, I appreciate their beauty and find them interesting.  Rarely though have I taken photos of a boat or boats, and when I have the shots have been disappointments.  So, I found myself at Fisherman's Wharf along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, and it was nearly sunset.  I had spent the better part of the day behind the camera, which is always great fun (especially in San Fran) but I was tired and in need of food.  I found some place serving fish and chips - image that! - and hunkered down for some refueling.  After a bit though I started to notice the subtle changes in the sky and the color and light, and got itchy feet and headed back out to shoot some more.  I walked around Fisherman's Wharf for a while, but it is crowded with tourists and I was looking for something a little quieter.  I meandered around the backside of the wharf and found this marina, which happens to overlook Alcatraz.  It was peaceful and quiet, the sun was setting over distant hills, the light was just right, and it was just me and the camera.