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  1. Jeremy Brooks
    February 28, 2008

    Thomas, thanks for the summary. I really appreciate your willingness to share the great spots that you have found with everybody. It’s a good reminder that photography, like so many other things, is better when it’s about sharing.

  2. Tom H
    February 28, 2008

    Great suggestions, Thomas. I keep a spreadsheet of great photo locations, and these all went right in there. I have never been to San Francisco, but hope to visit some day soon.

  3. Henrik
    February 28, 2008

    Timing is everything. I’m flying to the Bay Area on Sunday, staying for three months :). Thanks Thomas.

  4. Jeremy
    February 28, 2008

    Thanks for the well thought out post. I am visiting SF (again) in April and this will come in handy.

  5. Aaron Spence
    February 28, 2008

    G’day Thomas,

    Great post, I’ll keep it handy for my next trip. I was over there last year from Oz and shot some of the places you mentioned…although I shot panoramas (virtual tours) for my pano/mapping site panedia.com

    http://tinyurl.com/37b4fv – SF panos.

    http://tinyurl.com/39loyd – Alcatraz panos.

    Thanks, Aaron.

  6. Thiago Silva
    February 28, 2008

    Cool, I got six out of them without asking anyone :D

  7. Markus Puustinen
    February 29, 2008

    I would like to add that SF is great for street photography. I visited there last spring and shot a couple of sets of black and white photographs:


    By the way, I loved the city and hope to visit there again soon.

  8. J
    February 29, 2008

    Here’s some favorites of mine that you missed:

    Treasure Island – Great for sunset over the city shots. Try a day when the moon and sun set near the same time.
    Fort Funston – West on the coast, an old coastal fort. Watch for the hang gliders there.
    Angel Island – Best kept secret of the locals. Rent a bike, take the ferry and spend the day. The Ellis island of the west coast.
    Devil’s Slide – About 30 minutes south on US 1, incredible landscape.
    Lighthouse at Montera. Just south of Devil’s Slide.

  9. Disoriented
    February 29, 2008

    These suggestions are awesome! Thanks and I hope to be back to the City sometime soon.

  10. Stephen
    February 29, 2008

    Oops, I spelled ‘Francisco’ wrong. :P

  11. Stephen
    February 29, 2008

    *wistful sigh* I love San Franscisco. My wife and I went on our honeymoon there.

  12. JivZ
    March 1, 2008

    Great tips, thank you. I’ll be visiting this may and will use your tips for sure!

  13. Anonymous
    March 7, 2008

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  14. William Beem
    May 8, 2008

    I just had a 2-night business trip there and definitely appreciated this guide for my limited free time to plan some shots.

    One shot that I couldn’t get was from the Mandarin Oriental hotel. They keep the doors locked now. I spoke to some folks at the front desk. Were I a guest there, I’m sure they would’ve opened up for me. Likewise, they also said that I could obtain a permit as a non-guest. Unfortunately for me, it was my last night in town and they were unwilling to open up for me to take a shot.

    For those who want to capture this view, plan ahead.

  15. topfloor
    July 5, 2008

    Hello from Germany!
    I had the pleasure to visit SF for 6 days in June 2008 – with your tips it was a really nice experience to explore the city around your tips. Thank you very much for the post.

  16. sfphotooo
    May 10, 2009

    the best breakfast place in the city is a little place called “Dottie’s True Blue Cafe”…..it is on the corners of Jones and O’Farrell in the Tenderloin. It’s only open until 3. The only thing in the restaurant they don’t make from scratch is their english muffins. I highly recommend going and is worth waiting in line, I promise.

  17. Ray
    May 29, 2009

    Thanks for all the links and info.

  18. Wendy Baker
    July 13, 2009

    Wow. Thanks so much for info. Very,very useful. I appreciate it.

  19. Lena Y
    July 22, 2009

    Thanks! I am heading for SF shoots this Friday. I would highly recommend spot from Treasure Island.
    Your photographs are great.

  20. Ronald
    August 7, 2009

    Thank you very much sir for the insight this will definitely help in my San Fransisco Vacation Aug 09.

  21. Bob
    October 21, 2009

    Great tips, thank you. Been visiting this week on business and taking photos early morning and late evening. Lots to process but I posted some to Flickr.

  22. Dale Ward
    November 13, 2009

    Just what I was looking for for my upcoming trip. Thanks a million for putting this together.
    Any recommendations for the Sonoma/Napa area? (Anybody?)

  23. April Greer
    January 7, 2010

    Thanks for posting this fantastic guide, I’m in SF for 4 days and your tips were great! I’m on my way out the door to capture day 1 of 4 and take advantage of this beautiful light. Dankeschoen!

  24. Emily L.
    March 20, 2010

    What about equally beautiful places to stay? planning a wedding, and I need hotel rooms that are photogenic and gorgeous. Recommendations?

  25. catherine hall
    April 15, 2010

    fantastic suggestions; thank you!

  26. Mike
    May 4, 2010

    Hey! great post! thanks!

  27. Ed
    July 13, 2010

    Great blog, can you suggest hotel near wharf for myself and family? Ratings online can be somewhat misleading.


  28. Daniel van Moll
    August 12, 2010

    Just when I thought about where to shoot next, I’ve stumbled upon your list. Thanks a lot – you probably saved me for the next few weeks :)

  29. Blueangel19
    September 2, 2010

    Thank you so much for posting this! I really love your work!!!

  30. RK
    September 9, 2010

    Thomas, thank you so much for sharing all these locations for photography in San Francisco – very helpful and instructive for a learner like me.

  31. Eric from NZ
    October 1, 2010

    Thank you a bunch Thomas. I get in Sunday noon and as soon as I drop my bags in my room (Hilton Kearny St so I’ll get the Coit tower shot on the way out) I’ve got my Google map list taking me to Painted Ladies, Baker Beach, Fort Point, a garage location on Vajello mentioned by another photographer on-line, the dinner at Henry’s and after I’ll try the Oriental before getting back to the hotel.
    Google says it’s a four hour walk, so with time spent getting the shot I reckon seven should do it!

    Thanks again and let me know when you’re heading down here to Christchurch NZ and I’ll return the favour.


  32. Iden Ford
    January 2, 2011

    Need some help here. Gonna be in SF for a day in May. I want to do a kind of noir shoot with a model. Am happy to pay for permits or rent a cool space that has a 40’s feel to it. Can you give me any suggestions as I am in Canada

  33. Keri Standeven
    January 4, 2011

    Great website i love it. always recommendSuggest to all my friends and they love it to. Great Theme i love it. Always speak highly of to all my co workers and they love it to.

  34. GB
    January 13, 2011

    Great list with awesome tips. Also, thanks for the foodie advice too. Looking forward to following this well thought out plan. :-) THANKS!

  35. Jackson
    February 2, 2011

    Thanks for posting this article. I just booked a trip there this upcoming May. This info is priceless. Thanks again!



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