San Francisco with the Panasonic DMC-ZS40

I went a little crazy today with the camera in San Francisco. We needed to go up there to get visas to visit Russia. I was happy it was a foggy day because I’ve needed some photos in these conditions for a project.

What follows is a chaotic sampling of San Francisco taken hanging out car windows, shooting through the windshield, or getting the hubs to stop for a moment while I clicked. I think they will give you a bit of a flavor of the city on this quintessential San Francisco day.

Before I get into it though, I have to show this action sequence. After I discovered what the creative dial on the camera can do, I said, “Wow, now I can take each picture on our trip a dozen different ways!” This was my husband’s reaction.


Oh, the travails of being married to a shutterbug. Okay, here are some photos. I deliberately went back to the spot I went last month with the Sony DSLR A300 just so I could try the same shots with the new camera. Here is a shot in Pacific Heights. It’s nothing extraordinary, but I like looking out over the city.


Here is that apartment building I turned into a pen and ink plus painting.SONY DSC

We had lunch on Union Street near the Marina District at Betelnut. I had Chilean sea bass on noodles.



I took this out the car window.Golden-gate-bridge-fog

Some shots out the window as we made our way down 19th Avenue out of the city.


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San Francisco impressions 2, Hayes Valley and Pacific Heights

I liked the 3-dimensions shown in this San Francisco Pacific Heights apartment building. To make it a bit more interesting I added some art effects.


Here is an interesting dresser made out of rulers, spotted in a shop in the Hayes Valley area.


Here is some “hula art” hanging on a cyclone fence around some Hayes Valley restaurants.hayes-valley-hula-art

After the 1989 earthquake, some of the freeway ramps in San Francisco collapsed. The city used the opportunity to relocate some of the ramps from gorgeous (the Embarcadero) or interesting (Hayes Valley) areas. They redeveloped the areas that were now free of transportation blight.

There’s a lovely park in the Hayes Valley with interesting shops and a coffee vendor serving cold-brewed ice coffee (delish) and an ice-cream shop.


I didn’t sample the ice cream, but the flavors looked interesting.


The park is a nice place to relax.


The stores are trendy. This clothing store is built out of shipping containers.