Thomas Hawk in Wired News Today

Wired News: The Right to Bear SLRs Wired News published online today their article that they printed in their Test issue a few months back called “The Right to Bear SLRs.” The article was the result of a Wired reporter, Evan Ratliff, following me around San Francisco one afternoon while we took photos.

The afternoon was pretty hassle free except for one small incident at the Transbay Terminal where a security guard didn’t want me to shoot. We shot a lot of the typical stuff that I shoot downtown that day. We shot all around the Embarcadero Center, went to the top of the Mandarin Hotel for some breathtaking views of the City from the 43rd floor. We went down and shot in the CNET lobby, went up and down alleys and spent a great afternoon photowalking around San Francisco.

Interesting thing about the CNET lobby by the way. The lobby there (with free wi-fi by the way if you need it) is officially public space. I love it when the City of San Francisco forces developers to open up public space as part of the conditions of getting their permits for development. There are roof decks on buildings and other public spaces inside of buildings downtown. Some day I might try to research where they all are.

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  1. Hey Tom, I sent you an email a few weeks ago inquiring about using one of your images for the cover of my band’s next album. I can resend it if you’d like.

    Also, what do you think about the 85mm f/1.2 II USM lens? I’m looking at getting one this week and figured I’d get your thoughts on it.

  2. Sarah says:

    Fantastic article. I was telling a friend of mine that it also seems like those with those teeny P&S; cameras are less likely to get hassled than those with DSLR’s or what rent-a-cops deem “professional looking” cameras.

  3. Fazal Majid says:

    Well, that looks like the only way to get public WiFi in SF since the supes live in an alternate reality where Google is expected to pay for the privilege of offering free WiFi to San Franciscans…

  4. steve says:

    Rebar and Sothern Exposure are doing a project on private public spaces

    http://rebargroup.org/projects/commonspace/index.html

    http://soex.org/Exhibit/40.html

  5. Anonymous says:

    “I love it when the City of San Francisco forces developers to open up public space as part of the conditions of getting their permits for development.”

    Are you being serious? I don’t think so by your use of the word force, but..

  6. Cyphase says:

    The last post is mine. Don’t know why it said Anonymous.