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San Francisco Skyline

Like a number of American Cities, San Francisco has a remarkable skyline. Unlike many American cities, however, the skyline can be viewed (and photographed) from a number of different perspectives.

San Francisco Night Skyline; Alcatraz Island copyright 2011 Andy Richards

Because San Francisco Bay wraps around the peninsula of the City, the skyline can be viewed from a different perspectives on the water. I have read that the ferry to Oakland creates a nice view of the skyline, as does Treasure Island (an island between the two spans of the Bay Bridge). Another view of the skyline is from Alcatraz Island.

San Francisco Skyline; Twin Peaks copyright 2011 Andy Richards

Still another can be viewed from the highest point in the City; Twin Peaks.

San Francisco Skyline from Marin Headlands with Golden Gate Bridge in foreground copyright 2011 Andy Richards

Yet another view that is occasionally clear enough is from the Marin Headlands, across the Golden Gate and to the North of the City.

Nob Hill copyright 2011 Andy Richards

These each yield a grand and expansive view of the city skyline. But there are also other, more intimate views of city skyline from various points in the city. The numerous hills in the city provide partial views from high up.  There are also “intimate” shots which normally are made from buildings.  Some reader, will note, for example, that the Transamerica Building, which is an icon in downtown and often seen in photographs of the city, does not figure in a significant way in any of the images here.  I did not have the opportunity to get to one of the building-vantage points this trip.  I hope to do that in the future.

San Francisco Skyline from Embarcadero, Pier 14 copyright 2011 Andy Richards

There are also partial views from the various piers along the Embarcadero.  Because of the rather unique geography of San Francisco, “seeing” and photographing the the city itself has apparently endless opportunities.  I spent 4 mornings wandering around parts of the city and I am sure, only scratched the surface.

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