San Francisco is an urban landscape that every photographer must see. My recent post Get the Shot features the bay bridge from the Embarcadaro in San Francisco. When I first visited San Fran, it was officially my first date with my now fiance. We visited Fishermans Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Union Square and several other places. Those that know me, know I am not a big city guy but San Francisco is my favorite big city in the world just ahead of Rome.
I am normally a tree, mountains and water guy but the landscape that San Francisco has to offer is amazing. Things like the historic Golden Gate bridge, the Bay Bridge, which connects San Francisco to Oakland, Alcatraz, China Town and much more. I have visited San Francisco on many occasions with always something to photograph. The first stop that I recommend is the Marin Headlands. This will give you several different vantage points for panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Bring a wide angle lens to capture the entire bridge and a telephoto to focus on the parts of the bridge. A tripod is also a good idea for foggy days and night shots. This is also a great spot to watch the fire works on 4th of July but get there early because a couple thousand people also think its a good spot. For directions to the headlands click here.
When I visit I have always stayed at the Marines Memorial Club. This is one of the best Hotels I have stayed at. They have comfortable cozy rooms and the location is great. The daily breakfast is first class and different everyday. They also provide big discounts for active duty military and veterans. Parking is done in a parking garage less then a half a block away, the charge is $25 per day, so take that in account when staying there. Just outside the hotel is a small Italian restaurant called Cesario's. We go there every time we visit San Francisco, and I highly recommend the Pesto linguini. Being downtown is great and is in easy walking distance to china town and union square.
All in all it's a great city with many photographic opportunities and with countless photographic subjects. Like I say to people that come visit us in California there are two things that are a must see. Yosemite and San Francisco.