The Streets of San Francisco – Part Two

“San Francisco itself is Art.  Every block is a short story, every hill a novel.  Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal.” – William Saroyan

For me, there is no quote that describes San Francisco better than this one.  Every day I am there I start shooting  early, as the sun rises, eager to explore.  This isn’t a big city, but in the blink of an eye the sun has set and I have walked over 20 kilometres.  My feet are sore, I am mentally and visually exhausted from shooting for so long, but I can’t bring myself to head back to the hotel because there is just so much to see and discover.  This is a city full of life, a city that embraces you, and there is always one more block to explore, one more corner to turn, one more person to meet, one more photo to take.

Being a photographer in San Francisco is a wonderful thing.  Here is another series of street images from my most recent trip there…

Note:  The next photograph has a funny story:  I pass through this tunnel on my way to Chinatown often and these steps have always intrigued me as a vantage point for a new photo.  I finally made this one, which I like, but something felt off about it as soon as I clicked the shutter… like it felt familiar.  It wasn’t until days later that I realized that my good friend Valerie Jardin had made a photo from this spot, which was published in one of her recent books.  I was going to just delete it, but I think I will leave it here as an homage to a friend.

All images in this series were shot with Fujifilm X Series cameras, either the X100F or the X-Pro2 (using either the 23mm f/2 or the 50mm f/2 lenses). I can’t think of any other camera system I would want with me on the streets of a city like San Francisco, or anywhere else for that matter. 👍

To view Part One of this Series click here.

To view Part THREE of this Series click here.

8 thoughts on “The Streets of San Francisco – Part Two

  1. Hank R. says:

    Hi Mr. MacDonald:

    Great shots of a fantastic city. Awesome website in regard to photos, articles and Fuji gear.

    One quick question for you. Why did you opt to bring the X100F when you had the X-Pro2 and the XF 23mm f/2? If you didn’t bring the X100F, you could have added the 35mm f/2 (or f/1.4) to the X-Pro2 lens set. Was it the X100F form factor and that it’s a perfect camera for street?



    • Ian says:

      Hello Hank,

      How are you?

      I brought the X-Pro2 as a backup, and because there was a day or two this trip that was going to have heavy rain. I prefer shooting the X100F on the street though, the form factor just resonates with me for much of my photography. I currently own 4 Fuji X cameras and 7 lenses, but if you were to go through my Lightroom catalog I think you’d find that 70-80% of my work, including my professional work, is shot with the X100F. 👍



      • Hank R says:

        Hi Ian:

        Thank you for the quick reply.

        I’m doing well and thank you for inquiring. In reading your blog, quite frequently, I’m happy to see that you’re doing well also.

        Your LR percentages are a ringing endorsement for the X100F! I have an X100S and like it a lot but I’m thinking of buying an X-T2 and the XF 14mm f/2.8 for architecture shooting.

        All the Best,


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