san francisco : by bus

The next morning I woke up to more fog. Joy! I had booked a bus tour for 10am - not good - and rescheduled for the 2pm tour - good! I don't typically do tours, but in an effort to maximize my time thought I'd give it a go. I did a city tour (not the double decker) that went pretty much everywhere I wanted to photograph. That said ... it only let us off the bus in three locations to actually take photos - and for 15 min each!! Eek!


Our first stop was at the Golden Gate Bridge. I basically had to run in order to get positioned to get that iconic shot. I was working three cameras - Canon 40D, Leica D-Lux 5 and iPhone. Ridiculous really, but it's just too hard for me to decide which camera to use. This trip was really about me testing to see if I could travel without the Canon in an effort to downsize for short trips like this one.


And to my surprise, the Leica lived up to the hype! I found the results were right on par with my DSLR and am super happy about that. Don't get me wrong, I will never give up my DSLR, but for a quick work trip, the Leica will be forever by my side. I love the different formats - shooting square format is super fun and 16:9 actually rivals my 10-20mm Sigma lens! I could not have been happier with the Leica performance!


Our second stop was by the Cliff House on Point Lobos Ave. Beautiful views of Ocean beach and the Pacific Ocean! Would have been nice to plan time to get a meal at the Cliff House... next time!


Back on the bus through Golden Gate Park and up to the top of Twin Peaks for panoramic views of the city. It's beautiful and not super easy to photograph - you want a wide angle to capture the whole thing, but everything looks so small. Seriously, I was just happy the city was not covered by fog! It had burned off a little after Noon and we had the perfect afternoon!