A photography vacation starts months in advance – researching the area to determine “the best places to shoot.” We start with the iconic shots such as the Golden Gate Bridge for Landscape and the Transamerica Building for Architecture. These large items are easy to research (and easy to find). It’s the smaller items that take detailed research or a lot of walking around. It’s the walking around “street shooting” where we hope to stumble across something a little different – A unique angle, event or person that captures a different dimension of the city. (See The Streets of Boston article).
So, instead of shooting the archway into China Town, there is street art that is a bit more fun.
Or interesting stairways where a guard told us that we couldn’t take pictures. He wasn’t packing so we decided to live on the wild side.
Sometimes it’s a shape that catches our eye:
Or a reflection…
Or interloping in an Indian Wedding. They were outside on a public street, so we invited ourselves for a few moments.
Every city has its unique charms. The goal of a street shooter is to find them. After many miles on feet, I think we found them in San Fran.
Love the Chinatown wall. I missed that shot when I was there several years ago. And I love the staircase. I wanted to shoot a cool one in the Vatican on our trip but the tour guide was on a mission to get us to the next stop–no time for shooting!
Its great that you have the opportunity to wander and discover!