Photo Adventure #1: SF’s Haight-Ashbury

on the move

I’ve come to realize that San Francisco is a town full of photographic enticements. I’ve been taking pictures here consistently for about a year and it seems as if I’ve barely scratched the surface. I’ve taken thousands of pictures covering most of the city and have come to realize that I should share my little photo journeys with everyone else. I’m particularly interested in sharing with other photographers, possibly helping them prepare for their own SF adventures. So, without further adieu, here is Capturing the City’s Photo Adventure #1:

Today’s path lead us through the Inner Sunset into the famous hippie haven, Haight-Ashbury. This time of year (mid-fall) is fairly warm (65-70 degrees mid-day) but quite breezy so I would suggest a light jacket. It’s a great time to be on foot and/or use public transportation (we use the fairly reliable MUNI train and bus system) to reach the best photo spots. It’s just a bad idea to drive a car in SF, especially if you don’t know the terrain very well.

modern facade

The Inner Sunset is mostly a residential area but has a great collection of unique shops, great restaurants, and plenty of photo-worthiness along 9th Street between Lincoln and Kirkham. This neighborhood is also steps away from Golden Gate Park and is easy to traverse (despite being slightly crowded during daylight hours). Today, the bustle seemed to congregate around the intersection at Irving and 9th where the most popular area restaurants are located.

graffiti found in Haight-Ashbury

After running a couple of errands, we hopped on the train and headed into the Haight. When it comes to photography, this neighborhood offers a wide range of subjects. The homeless congregate here so if compelling portraits are your thing, this is the place. The shops are strange, colorful, and unique. The homes are of legend and the graffiti is phenomenal. Oh, and the food choices in this area are great! We highly recommend The Citrus Club (where we ate today) and Rosamunde Sausage Grill.

garlic edamame from the Citrus Club, SF

Along the way into the Haight, we tried out our new Flip Video camcorder. While I can’t brag about my camera skills, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how well this cigarette pack-sized camera works. The picture was great and it handled lighting very well. A sample video will hopefully be coming real soon. Once I figure out how to get one up here, that is.

Well, I hope everyone a has a great weekend!

Camera: Canon Digital EOS Rebel XT, EF-S 18-55 mm lens 

Time of day and year:  late afternoon, late October

Weather: sunny, 65 degrees (F)

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