California

The City of San Francisco (in Monochromes)

I don’t know what to make of San Francisco’s Union Square. I guess there is just so much to see. Lots of varieties and diversity. And that makes San Francisco one of its characters.


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Warning: There is an overload of pictures on this post. All images are taken with a cellphone, Samsung Note 3.

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I only went to watch an independent film without even realizing that I was already at the Union Square in San Francisco. I even walked around not knowing it until only when I got to Macy’s that it became clear to me that this really was a familiar place about 10 years ago. πŸ™‚

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There’s so much of everything. I guess that’s what you really get when you’re in a big city. Especially a city like San Francisco.

Kids laying on a grass, a house of worship, and a tall modern building

Kids laying on grass, a house of worship, and tall modern buildings

I saw a lot of arts. Even the stores. They seem to have competing art exhibits.

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Nike Store

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450 Sutter Street Building is a medical building. But wait, it’s a historical skyscraper with Neo-Mayan Art Deco…including a majestic ceiling inside it.

If you happen to get here, try walking around Yerba Buena Center for Arts. There’s lot of cool architecture and art displays.

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Right by the picture above, there’s a place for cards and chess players.

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Across Yerba Buena (and around) are more interesting architectures…

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The Museum Store

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I actually find it much like a modern-day Rome. The buildings are incredible. San Francisco is so rich in arts and architecture. I love that about it.

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And in the midst of it all are the people, the peculiar and the mundane…

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Ice skate rink in front of Macy's

Ice skate rink in front of Macy’s

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There’s so many people. Driving there is, well, awful. Then big buildings. Big cities can get so dizzingly overwhelming. But you can always find serenity.

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Then there’s me, a tourist who took so many pictures and wonders why nobody “seems” to bother about the great arts and architecture of San Francisco. Everyone is minding their own business, I guess.

I actually went here twice. One by myself. The second with my parents and an aunt. Seen are Yerba Buena Center for Arts, 450 Sutter Street, Chinatown, Pyramid Building (the tallest in SF), and The Museum Store.

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  1. An awful lot of people ignore their own towns and cities Rommel, they just take it for granted. One of the great things about photography is the way it makes us open our eyes and minds – as you always do!

    • I really felt like I was the only person who was always looking up at the architecture in San Francisco. I think being so attentive with details id one of the skills us bloggers honed. πŸ˜€

  2. These are very beautiful, particularly the one with the pigeons and the one right after that.
    I have an obsession with monochrome architecture shots.
    I think you should plan a show with some of these.

    • I for got to mention about the homeless. Geez, there are lotsa them! Anywho, I didn’t find the right timing on taking a picture of one of them anyways.

      • Yeah, you want to be careful taking pictures of the homeless in San Francisco!! My favorite scenes are of them in contact with the police. I want so badly to take a photo whenever that happens but am afraid of getting my ass kicked by either the homeless, the police or both. But what is funny is that whenever I come across the police and the homeless it’s usually the homeless guys who are winning and they are usually yelling loudly, “I know my rights, mahn!” Ha ha ha.

  3. Happy New Year, Rommel! Very nice post about my city. BTW – my dentist used to have an office in the 450 Sutter building. There’s still a lift man who calls for the elevator and holds the door.

    • I actually didn’t get to go inside. It was close. You probably are so used to what I shared here, eh. It actually felt like a fresh visit to me. I never fully this city “side” of San Francisco. Happy New Year, magie.

  4. Excellent photos and a wildly diverse look at SF. SF is such a cool city, a little bit of everything for everybody ~ your photos show it as such! Really like the shot of the kids laying on the grass with the church in the background, a great mood with this shot. Reviewing this series of photos makes me want to return… Cheers Rommel, wish you a great weekend!

      • I think that is it ~ SF can just about offer anything for everyone, and with this great diversity are generally very cool people and culture. Then just step outside SF, such as the Napa Valley, and it is like entering another beautiful world. πŸ™‚

  5. Rommel, I was there a month ago! It rained a couple of days, but it was lovely, still. I love your photos. They sure bring back a lot of memories. Thanks. Helen

    • Really!? I wonder how? This is where I’ve seen people just start to break-dance. There were people yelling at each other, There are those chessplayers. I think that all I can say about San Francisco being seen as a free city. Architecture and art-wise, San Francisco definitely shows liberation.

  6. Thank you for liking San Francisco. Indeed it is a very interesting city with lots of arts and food to share. I hope you would have the chance to see tge cuvic center area which many tourists miss. The City Hall, Ooera House, the symphony hall, the Asian Art Museum…
    Continue to have fun in SF! Happy 2015!

    • Whoopsies! I already missed those. I was only there to visit for a short time. Well, I can easily always have time to visit SF again and again. It’s only 30 mins from my parents’. πŸ˜‰

    • Great eye, Jo. That is actually awesome to see in person. I was very shy inside the store though… I was the only one taking pictures of it. πŸ˜€

  7. I love San Francisco– my second favorite city next to Paris! Great pictures- can’t wait to return later this year. When I lived up there I went to an amazing free Blink 182 concert at Union Square.. will never forgot it. πŸ™‚

    • Really!? Hmmm … makes me wonder which is my most favorite California city. I think it’s a toss up between San Diego and San Francisco. But I’m afraid San Francisco is inching up after this recent visit.
      A free Blink 182 concert!? Thatsa lotsa bouncing crowd. πŸ˜€

      • I love that San Diego is a great beach city- but it is more like LA… San Francisco is something totally different. I’m a big fan of NYC as well, but haven’t been able to spend more than 2 weeks there total over 4 different trips.

        The Blink concert was back in the day- I remember hearing about it on the local radio station and then hopping on the BART to catch the show… and having it at Union Square was lots of fun. Definitely the best free concert I have seen!

  8. It is one of my favorite places. Just very interesting all around. Did you spend much time in Little Italy or Chinatown? Fascinating neighborhoods! And of course, Fisherman’s Wharf. I didn’t spend any time in Union Square, we just whisked right through on the Big Old BUS. It is easy to take TONS of photos in San Francisco. Another interesting place for architectural photos is Chicago. πŸ™‚ Happy New Year, my friend!

    • Oh yeah, I hear you loud and clear. To be honest, this is the first time where I felt SF is so much chaos… the driving, the people, the construction work on the road… If not for the great arts and architecture I found, this post wouldn’t had been on a lighter note.

  9. You have got the eye for taking an interesting urban picture….every single one.

    I find myself taking pictures while out hiking and not being happy with many of them when I get back home. They don’t quite catch the colors, the sights, heck, even the sounds.

  10. …and again…beautiful photos especially taken with a mobile phone!!! I almost got the same phone a few weeks ago but decided to wait and now that I’m looking at the photos that you’ve taken it looks like it’s really an excellent choice! I love how it’s all monochrome as it added more depth to the images making it more dramatic! πŸ˜‰

    • Ahihi… Just wait for the next upgrade cycle. πŸ˜€ It’s actually cool upgrade because I pay the same with the old phone and the new phone. It’s so nice to play with monochrome from time to time. πŸ˜‰

      • I am actually due for upgrade as of 12/30 and 10 days before that my S3 broke πŸ˜€ . I went to the store and tested phones and I was drawn to Samsung at first until I tried the Sony Experia :D. That phone took excellent photos both front and back camera! I still didn’t get it though in case a new one comes out within the next few months. πŸ˜€

  11. Great photos. I’m taking my son to San Fransicso for a few days en route to Europe. It will be his first time there, and my first for over 20 years. So looking forward to it. Cheers, Su.

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