Did you know that San Francisco’s number two industry is tourism? Yep, it’s true. Now second only to healthcare. In fact, over 16 million people visit the City annually. That means a lot of people are snapping numerous photos. With the ubiquity of smartphone cameras, it’s safe to presume more pictures are now taken here than ever before.
As a photographer, I am always on the lookout for a new perspective and vantage point to capture the character of America’s #1 city. Undoubtedly, many tourists are drawn to the City because of its iconic landmarks such as the awe-inspiring Golden Gate Bridge, or our one of a kind Cable Cars. There is also the infamous Alcatraz Island, Coit Tower and let’s not forget the city skyline standout, the Transamerica Pyramid.
I live in the skyscraper’s shadow, and I’ve come to appreciate the building’s prominent role in bringing unique architectural character to the skyline. Interestingly, I find myself snapping a lot of pictures of this building.
My favorite vantage point is on the median island at the intersection of Broadway and Columbus Avenues. This particular spot is a vortex of sorts. It’s here where the Financial District meets Chinatown meets North Beach meets Broadway’s red light district. This area of town is often buzzing with lively crowds of people, Uber drivers honking horns and strip clubs flashing their neon lights. It’s a historic location along with being one of my favorite photo opportunities in the city.