GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, SAN FRANCISCO: When most people think of the Golden Gate Bridge, the image that most likely comes to mind is the view from a distance, taking in the full span of this beautiful structure. What is not much appreciated is that while the bridge handles thousands of vehicles each day, it is also a pedestrian, hiker and cyclist Mecca. It’s easy to get up close to the bridge and photograph it from interesting angles. The bridge first opened to pedestrians on May 27th, 1937. Vehicular traffic followed the next day. There are numerous cycling and walking paths all around the bridge. One side of the bridge is reserved for walkers and runners. The other side is strictly for cyclists. Maintaining the bridge is a constant project. 38 painters work on the bridge, as do 17 iron workers who replace rusting rivets. More interesting facts on the Golden Gate Bridge website.
Shot handheld with Nikon D300, with a Nikkor AF-S 16-85 lens at 16mm, f20, 1/200 sec., ISO 640. Photo by John Ecker | Pantheon Photography
CLIFF HOUSE FROM PACIFIC BEACH: Pacific Beach is a great spot for a walk along the beach. When the waves come crashing in, the sound is deafening. This shot look up to the Cliff House. Click here to see my photo of Pacific Beach from the Cliff House. This is one of my favourite parts of San Francisco. It’s near the Land’s Trail and a short distance to Golden Gate Park. And, while some dismiss the Cliff House as touristy or expensive, I disagree. The food is really quite good. They do an amazing green and white asparagus soup! See the rocks to the left in the photo? They are call the Seal Rocks. The white stuff? Bird guano.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm at 18mm, f22, 1/320 sec., ISO 1250, Photo by John Ecker | Pantheon Photography
PACIFIC BEACH, SAN FRANCISCO: Ocean Beach runs along the west coast of San Francisco, on the Pacific Ocean. It’s next to Golden Gate Park, on the Great Highway. The photograph was shot next to the Cliff House and the site of the former Sutro Baths. The currents here are very strong; rip currents and unusually cold water make it hazardous for swimmers and surfers alike. In 1988 a record seven people died in the frigid and dangerous waters. Over the years, a roller coaster and the Ocean Beach Pavilion (concerts, dancing) were popular attractions. The Sutro Baths opened in 1890s and for years brought bathers to the enclosed facility near the beach. It burned down in 1966. The current Cliff House provides great panoramic views of the beach and ocean and is an upscale restaurant. See my shot of the Cliff House, shot from this spot on Pacific Beach. Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm at 112mm, f36, 1/320 sec., ISO 1250.
Photo by John Ecker | Pantheon Photography
PACIFIC COAST, CALIFORNIA: The drive up the California coast from San Francisco is one of the most exhilarating journeys you can take in a car. The highway twists and turns. It barely hugs the cliffs, giving the sensation of almost soaring above the rugged coast. As a photographer, the temptation is always strong to stop and take a shot. But on this highway, doing so can be fatal. With twists, turns and switchbacks, there are few straightaways with views down the road. The shoulders are narrow and often rock-strewn. This photo was taken at one of the coastal lookouts. Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 16-85 mm lens at 60 mm, f25, 1/1/250 sec, ISO 800. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography