Golden Gate Bridge at Fort Point, San Francisco
For part two of my San Francisco Vacation circa 2012 I would like to concentrate on my visit to one of the city’s most iconic and probably most photographed attractions – “The Golden Gate Bridge“.
But before I do I want to recap and say this was one of the best vacations I have ever been on. (My previous best was a week-long stay in Hawaii on Waikiki) We had a great time and saw many of the sights, most just walking distance from our luxurious hotel on Knob Hill. We visited Molinari’s Italian Delicatessen, walked the street climb to Coit Tower. Visited Union Square, toured a Victory ship, played in a vintage arcade, spent some time in the Financial district and saw the Sea Lion’s on Pier 39. Even toured the Palace of Fine Arts and walked the grounds of the Presidio.
Iron Girders under Golden Gate Bridge at Fort Point, San Francisco
But I must say the highlight of the trip came on our second to the last day when we visited Fort Point and the Golden Gate Bridge. Now not being a resident of the city by the Bay my opinion is skewed by my single visit but this is the must see on any vacation to San Francisco. Now you can ride the trolleys and visit Alcatraz ( I missed the chance this trip.) but don’t dare pass on Fort Point!
It offers the classic waterfront views, crashing waves, occasional fisherman. We walked the long drive in along the rocky shore up to the large brick fortress of an earlier time. Climbed to the top of the Fort and was offered a breathtaking view of the bridge’s superstructure. You find yourself looking up as traffic passes overhead, the noise of clanging bells echo in the distant fog. You will see fog almost certain, but it will eventually clear opening up vistas destined for tourists.
We then climbed up the side of a large hillside on the Fort Point Trail to the Battery East Observation Area. Breathtaking!
In the words of Tony Benedetto “I left my heart in San Francisco.“
Alioto’s on Fishermans Wharf in San Francisco.
This is the first of two posts on my 2012 vacation to San Francisco California.
The highlight or purpose of this trip was to celebrate my girlfriend Deb’s birthday. She grew up in and around the city and I wanted to give her something special so I booked a week-long stay there at the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel. My motives for staying at the Fairmont were two-fold, a great online deal and the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar.(I think I had watched too many Tony Bourdain shows highlighting this place!) We met up with friends and family members during that week and had a big get together at Bucca Di Peppo’s for her birthday party.
This was my second visit to San Francisco, the only other was a short visit during my Coast to Coast trip in 2011. Continue reading
It’s no joke folks I’m introducing watermarks and Creative Commons Licensing to my blog posts! And a photograph I took recently on a walk through a downtown St. Pete alley is my first example. It’s of a cool and classic Ford Falcon back-dropped by a wall with murals. ( I think BASK helped on one.) Continue reading
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
I need some inspiration right about now because I feel I have gone off track.
“How’s that?” you ask.
I’m finding it difficult to balance quality and quantity when it comes to producing content for my blog.
Maybe it is different for some of you but I find that I love blogging so much I want to post each and every day. The problem is making sure that each post I put up is worthwhile. It does not have to be perfect mind you but it should be relevant, intelligent and readable. I’m not trying to write for writing’s sake but with the goal of becoming a better writer.
I am at the point where I am telling myself to slow down, take your time, review your work and publish only when ready. That is a difficult task though, for some reason there is this feeling of racing against time, against an unseen opponent.
I’m trying not to run out of my shoes.
How was I able to pull this off?
Via Getty Images that’s how!
I saw an article on the American Photo website that outlined the details of how Getty Images is now allowing certain images from their archives to be embedded on blogs and social media sites watermark free.
I followed the links and found the portal for searching embeddable images and browsed the catalog. At first I thought I would put some hot young models photo up as link bait but thought better of it and choose my favorite musicians U2. Continue reading
Catchy title right? But we all know it’s not true, my photo is just an optical illusion thanks to Nik Silver Efex Pro and a custom preset I call “Snowfall”. As with most of my presets it is free to download on my Google Drive page. Continue reading