Chris and the Tower

Chris and the Tower, original photography by Joe Ercoli.

Do you know how it feels to be a tourist in your own town? I do…

I’ve lived in the SF Bay Area all of my life and I had yet to make it to Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill. I guess I’ve never really liked going up to the city except for special trips. You know: Chinatown in your teens to buy firecrackers, catch a ball game with the Giants at Pacbell Park (or whatever the hell they’re calling it now), or Hooters at Fisherman’s Wharf for some quality food. Not that I would know, but I hear that the one in Dublin is much better because the waitresses provide much better customer service. Yep, that’s it.

But I digress. San Francisco is a spectacularly target rich environment for those with a camera and I feel like I’m rediscovering my own home.

I grabbed the shot above while crouched behind my tripod with my ass hanging into the bus lane. Did I hold up traffic? Hell yeah… but only for a second. They could wait. I was playing tourist.

The view from Coit offers a 360 degree view of the tip of San Francisco. I was able to get some shots looking down into the neighborhoods and I was able to try to create a tilt shift effect in Photoshop. You can check out those shots here.

HDR Info: 3 RAWs combined with Photomatix and spot corrected with Photoshop by layered exposure blending. Shot on a tripod by my Canon 40D through a Sigma 10-20 @ 10mm with f/4.0 and ISO 200. Here is the complete EXIF.

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