The next time you pass through San Francisco, traveling with your camera gear, check out this location called “Alamo Square” at the corner of Steiner and Hayes Streets. The square covers a city block and is one big lawn. Arrive on a winter evening while all the lights of the city are still burning. Find a spot for your tripod along the Hayes Street side of the square looking northeast toward the center of San Francisco. A lens with a focal length in the 100mm range will compress the foreground and background and create a stronger image. Just to be safe, I make this after-hours trip with a few friends.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.