I went a little nuts on this task, because I fell in love with the subject.
I had always thought Sutro Tower was kinda cool... until I got close up. It's more than cool. It's simply grand. It's majestic. And it's GIANT
- almost 1000 feet tall and the tallest structure in SF (for the benefit of those who haven't Wiki'd it yet). And I don't truck with the slander
that Wikipedia has to offer about it. I think the tower is an artful, graceful testament to beauty in functionality.
So you may say, "Hey Lank, you're supposed to take a picture of the Tower from YOUR
neck of the woods, which is L.A., right?" Well, friends, I'm in the process of completing this task
very soon, and I already consider San Francisco home. I just don't know exactly where
in the city I'm going to end up. So yesterday, as part of my exploration of the city that is my new home, I went up La Avanzada Drive.
On the way up, I saw this and was thought it pic-worthy, since this guy
is the tower's namesake:
I made a 360-degree tour of the tower, mostly on the surrounding residential streets. I envied the people who get to see it every day out their living room windows. As I got closer to it, I felt more and more quixotic. Although I was trying to get a shot that captured the grandeur and immensity of this marvel, I don't quite think I managed it.
I went as the sun was descending in the sky, hoping to finish off my shoot in the dark, catching just the tower's blinking lights. But the cloud cover was proving to be just too thick to see said lights. As the last rays of sun hit the tower, though, I got some great shots of it casting shadows on the clouds. And I got a quick series of shots with the clouds moving over the tower which anna one
was kind enough to animate for me.
Did you know that there's a path through the woods that surround the tower? It's a really cool little trail through some seriously old native trees and such - very pretty. So with the last of the light, I got a close-up shot and a shot of the base of the tower through the trees.
(I really need to get a better camera, I know.)