Photowalk: Coit Tower and Fireworks

UPDATE: Coit Tower officially closes at 6:30 (even though it was open until 8pm last week). We will meet at 5:30 for those that want to go up the tower and see the murals. If you can't make it earlier, meet us on the lawn next to Coit Tower at 7pm. We will then take a walk down the Filbert Steps towards Levi Plaza, then back up for the fireworks if the weather looks promising.  If it is totally fogged in, we will end the walk early down at the Embarcadero. Sorry for the last minute changes.

 

Hello Travel Photographers!

This one is for all of you who didn't make any plans for Fourth of July or just love photography more than BBQ picnics.

Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill, unarguably has some of the best views of San Francisco. And that goes for fireworks too! If the beautiful weather holds we are in for quite the treat.

Coit Tower also contains phenomenal murals from the 1930's depicting San Francisco life at that time. (No admission required to see the murals.)

You can of course pay to take the elevator to the top. Space is extremely limited at the top and therefore no tripods are allowed.

We will meet in Washington Square Park on the east side across from the Washington Square Inn and Park Tavern. From there we will walk up Filbert Street which lead to the Coit Tower steps. Stay as long as you like and feel free to bring your own dinner picnic while we wait for the fireworks to start.

I will talk about some of the considerations in creating a memorable travel photograph (after all San Francisco is a major travel destination) including composition, perspective, lens choice and how to include people. And of course I'll talk about how to capture fireworks. Tripod recommended, though you can shoot hand held at high ISO's.

This event is suitable for all photographers, no matter what level you are it. My style is casual. No stuffy lectures, all hands-on experience. I’ll be shooting right along side you, so you can see what I’m doing and pick my brain.

I hope to meet some new members and say hello again to old friends.

Christine




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  • Love S.

    Hi Christine
    I will try to be there by taking the train from South Bay. I do not know about the view of fireworks from the Coit tower. Should I bring a telephoto or a wide angle? I can only carry one lens. Thanks.

    July 3, 2013

    • Steve D

      Really wonderful images, Love! Wow!

      July 6, 2013

    • Love S.

      Thanks Steve!

      July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Christine for "pointing out". Probably may walk down stairs many times without noticing Humphrey......

    July 5, 2013

  • Steve D

    Hi Christine. Thanks for the kind words. After struggling all afternoon over how to brave traffic and transportation to get to Coit, my family plans ended up rerouting me to the Marin County Fair fireworks. So I was with you only in spirit this time. BTW, I read an article which suggested using F16'ish, ISO 100, and the BULB setting and this worked out great.

    July 5, 2013

  • Elena D.

    Great walk! Christine is an inspirational teacher! Thank you!

    2 · July 5, 2013

    • Christine K.

      Thanks Elena. And you were an inspiring student to me!

      July 5, 2013

  • Christine K.

    FANTASTIC weather yesterday. I'm sorry about not being able to find the late comers. My cell refused to respond to any VM and text messages. In the end it was not the most ideal spot for fireworks as it was crowded (expected), but also trees obstructed the view in places. However, the walk in and around Coit Tower was wonderful and the stairways with all the hidden gardens a delightful surprise. I will do the stairways again, but next time without lugging my tripod the whole way.

    July 5, 2013

  • Karim

    Traffic coming into the city is horrible and I understand that parking is impossible. sorry to have missed this.

    July 4, 2013

  • Steve D

    Change in family plans, but will try to catch the Marin County Fair fireworks. See you next time!

    July 4, 2013

  • Christine K.

    I'm excited about today's photowalk around Coit Tower. The weather looks promising for the fireworks. As for the perfect lens, I cannot make an either/or recommendation. A telephoto will allow you to zoom in on a particular detail or single fireworks burst. A wide angle will give your images context of place. It is really up to you what you prefer most. I am bringing both lenses as I like both and don't want to have to choose. Yes, a photographer's life is a heavy burden... We haven't even mentioned the tripod yet, the snacks, the bottle of wine... :-)

    I will have my cell phone on:[masked], in case you arrive later and can't find us. No need to call to say you are late or not coming. Happy Fourth everyone!

    July 4, 2013

  • Marion W.

    Happy 4th July!

    July 4, 2013

  • Steve D

    If I can beat the traffic from the north bay, I will definitely be there.

    July 3, 2013

  • Melissa

    If I don't see you at the park at 5:30, I'll meet you at the top. Sounds like fun!

    July 3, 2013

  • Nash

    Lets all pray the BART strike ends soon.

    July 2, 2013

  • Robin A.

    Hi Christine,
    Sounds great. How can I contribute?

    June 30, 2013

  • Min Z.

    I will be there with my family.

    June 28, 2013

  • Christine K.

    I highly recommend taking public transportation. The 30 and 45 Muni bus runs past Washington Square park and also crosses Market Street at Third Street nearest the Montgomery BART station. If you cannot climb the hill the 39 bus takes you to the top and you can just keep a lookout for a gaggle of photographers.

    June 28, 2013

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