San Francisco People Watching

It is summer, and in Fair Oaks that means it is hot. A photography meet-up group planned to meet in Vallejo and travel by ferry into San Francisco. Great escape from the heat, and great way to capture some images with my new Fuji x100f.

The Vallejo Ferry goes to the San Francisco Ferry Building or Pier 41 near Fisherman’s Wharf. The drive is easy, and parking early on this Saturday morning was simple. The parking fee and round-trip ferry ride cost $22.00 (for Seniors). Cheaper than finding parking around the Embarcadero. I like hassle free travel.

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We pass under the Oakland Bay Bridge
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Satisfied with the image

Arrived at the Ferry Building and right away the group scattered. I like to spend the day photographing with a friend, and so Anne and I forged ahead. Preparing for this day I decided that I would focus on little stories or interactions between people. There was no shortage of people out enjoying the day. The San Francisco Ferry Building was getting busy when we arrived just before 10 a.m.

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Artisan Cheese discussion
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An interested by-stander
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Sampling some chocolate

Lighting was tricky, and we decided to head out to walk the Embarcadero. Plan to meet @ Pier 41 for our ferry ride home at 4 pm.

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He shows me what he was eating. Looks yummy.

Families, tourists, and locals crowd the street.

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The little red haired girl caught my friend’s eye. I was interested in how the rest of the family reacted to her getting the attention.

There are lots of ways people travel down the Embarcadero.

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Many tour buses allow for on/off possibilities
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A modern version of a rickshaw
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Go-cart tours stopped in traffic
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Skooter power
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Attention Grabbers from Alcatraz
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Segway tourists take off

My friend and I click away as we walk down the street.

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Spotted this lone man waiting to cross the street
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Having trouble taking everything with him into the restroom

It is about lunch time, and we arrive at Pier 39.

I leave you with the promise to post more from this adventure soon.

Street photography is fun! Where do you go when you want to capture your images?

 

 

 

 

 

Exploring the Island of Maui

North of Ka’anapali the road narrows, and ends up as one lane. There are rules to take care of the situation when two vehicles meet: the car heading uphill has the right of passage, and the other car or SUV needs to back up. This gets pretty tricky on these curvy roads along the cliffs. Faith in the driver is a must, and the views are worth it.

Tiny Baby Pineapple. So Cute!
Tiny Baby Pineapple. So Cute!
Kapalua Coast
Kapalua Coast
Powerful waves along the Kapalua Coast
Powerful waves along the Kapalua Coast
Kapalua Coast provides good snorkling opportunities
Kapalua Coast provides good snorkling opportunities
I see a face. Do you?
I see a face. Do you?
Lone Pine Tree
Lone Pine Tree

Stopping along the way I could see tourists snorkeling, and traveling on mopeds. Julia’s, a vendor located along the northern coast is mentioned in my tourbook as a “must see” experience. The best banana bread in the world, coconut candy that is very addictive. I hope I didn’t lose her card because the tourbook is right. I am not fond of coconut, but this dried and sweetened candy is hard to pass up.

Tourists on mopeds. May be a better way to manuever on narrow road.
Tourists on mopeds. May be a better way to manuever on narrow road.
Worth the trip! Coconut candy. Yum!
Worth the trip! Coconut candy. Yum!
Julia has been serving travelers for many years!
Julia has served travelers for many years!

Throughout my travel on the Island I want to include people in my photos. In Lahaina there is a Banyan tree that takes up the entire plaza. Here is a great place to people watch, and I did just that.

Banyan Tree in Lahaina takes up the entire plaza.
Banyan Tree in Lahaina takes up the entire plaza.
Some left their mark on the roots of the Banyan Tree.
Some left their mark on the roots of the Banyan Tree.

Walking along the touristy street I want to see art work created here. I didn’t want any souvenirs made overseas. I saw a turtule made locally, but I passed up the opportunity, and later could not find it. So tee shirts it would be.

Trinket shops for tourists.
Trinket shops for tourists.
Local street artist at work
Local street artist at work
Lahaina
Lahaina

Iao Valley is beautiful and peaceful now, but it is the scene of a violent past.

Approaching the Iao Needle
Approaching the Iao Needle
Going up to get a closer look at the Iao Needle
Going up to get a closer look at the Iao Needle
Higher and higher
Higher and higher
Iao Needle
Iao Needle
Cooling off in Iao Valley
Cooling off in Iao Valley

Luau entertainment provides a look into Hawaiian history and some good images as well.

Royal Lahaina Luau Master of Ceremonies
Royal Lahaina Luau Master of Ceremonies
Royal Lahaina Luau capture on cell.
Royal Lahaina Luau
Luau Entertainers
Luau Entertainers
Entertainers
Entertainers
Entertainer
Entertainer

Don’t know if you can call it street photography if the locale is the beach, but I do.

Enjoying the warm water
Enjoying the warm water
Beautiful Ka'anapali Beach goes on and on
Beautiful Ka’anapali Beach goes on and on
My footprints in the sand!
My footprints in the sand!
Water Shadow. Proof I was in the water!
Water Shadow. Proof I was in the water!
Enjoying the beach. Love the color. Love the clouds.
Enjoying the beach. Love the color. Love the clouds.
A Look at the Beach
A Look at the Beach

A sunset cruise complete with whale sighting ends our vacation.

Sunset Cruise on cattamoran.
Sunset Cruise on catamaran.
 I captured a whale in this photograph. You need to look closely. It's there swimming with some buddies.
I captured a whale in this photograph. You need to look closely. It’s there swimming with some buddies.
Sunset Cruise complete with sunset!
Sunset Cruise complete with sunset!

 

Many ways to get around Maui
Many ways to get around Maui
Always remember to appreciate what you have in life!
Always remember to appreciate what you have in life!
Vacation over, homeward bound!
Vacation over, homeward bound!

Arrive home, and Sacramento happy with my dog Libby!