Larry showed me a great place to shoot up on Tam. It's an abandoned Air Force Base, somewhere he used to go as a kid. There's a tennis courts and the foundations of lots of old buildings. It has a view on the city on one side and out towards Pt. Reyes the other way. This stairway was a great find and the sunset lined up perfectly.
I was going to leave this morning, given the somewhat overcast conditions and the lack of a good burn for sunrise, but as I was packing up, I turned around the sun peaked through the clouds for literally about 90 seconds and then was gone.
Summer fog is a different beast. It rarely allows you to stay and catch a sunset, at least on the west side of the bay. It's also a fickle beast, as Larry and I watched the fog rolling in from Mt. Tam, we considered heading down to Rodeo Beach, thinking it might be a rare clear summer evening, but as we were thinking about it the fog suddenly shifted from receding to taking over most of Marin County. Got a lucky moon rise at sunset this evening, and I also got to meet a whole new set of IGers, which was a treat. What a great day to go out and shoot!
There's a great spot right in the parking lot of Merritt College to get a view of Oakland and San Francisco. You could spend some time exploring this site with everything from wide angle to super telephoto.
A friend once told me that I had it better living in Oakland, because when I go out I get to look at San Francisco but when he goes out he has to look at Oakland. He may be right, but in this picture I got a chance to look at both as well as the beautiful curves of Highway 24.
I got lucky a couple of weeks back and finally caught some early morning fog. I got up very early on a Friday on a hunch and made it over to the headlands. Saw Max there as well. Great morning. More and more I'm enjoying monochrome for my landscapes, and this fits well with my new penchant for B&W.
I saw a picture by Swee Oh recently from a trip to the San Francisco zoo. You can find it here: https://plus.google.com/102390118349128083852/posts/9WtZQmnnxBx . It was inspiring. My family went to the Oakland zoo this weekend, and this is my much poorer imitation of the processing in that image. Swee should really teach a class in how she processes, because I'm really loving the B&W images I'm seeing from her recently. Great job Swee!