By Josh Simons on Jun 17, 2005
I'm arriving in the Bay area next Tuesday evening on business am thinking about bringing my camera to do some shooting that evening before I head to Palo Alto to my hotel. I'm taking a continuing education landscape photography class at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) and would like to find some nice vistas to capture in the setting sun. But where to shoot?
I initially turned to Google Maps to get an idea of how far east SFO is from the ocean. But I quickly realized that the satellite view is a dream come true for anyone planning a photography trip. I was able to follow Highway 1 south, looking at the topography to decide which exact locations look promising. I can see places where the beach is near the level of the road and others where there are cliffs and other photographically interesting features. Switching back and forth between map and photo mode let me plan out my stops very easily.
How cool is that?