Photo Essay

Hyde Street Pier

Balclutha-1886 Figurehead 2

Hyde Street Pier is a beautiful place to sit and wait for a friend or just get off one's feet after much walking.

It's a small, quaint National Park – today, the pier is part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Various historical ships are anchored to the pier. The Balclutha, an 1886 square rigged sailing ship, as well as C.A. Thayer, Eureka, Alma, Hercules, Eppleton Hall. On one of my trips back to check on a title for an image I found the Thayer was put in dry-dock and will return with full mast – in place was a shrimp junk The Grace Quan.

Over the years I would try to figure out how to photograph the Pier and the ships. There was and is always the overall shots, postcard type, the ships in full etc. And I would do that with film but never to my satisfaction. The fact that I live here no doubt influenced my critique knowing that I could always go back to find that 'different take' on an otherwise typical tourist attraction albeit unique.

About a year ago I got a digital camera just to do some color work – next I found myself at Fisherman's Wharf again exploring and onto Hyde Street Pier. And so, it began, detail after detail shot. Overcast day was just right throwing one huge diffusion umbrella over everything. Back the next day, and the next and then again and again. In the end what took years to figure an approach seemingly was done. The interiors of the ships open up a whole new world of possibilities.

Here are just a few of the digital details and a film shot from years past.

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4 responses

  • Andrew Dutton

    Andrew Dutton (Deleted) said (21 Apr 2016):

    I've visited this pier many times but have never been able to capture fine art images like these, great story, wonderful images!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 May 2016):

    Hell YEAH, Rad!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 May 2016):

    Congrats on making Story of the Week!

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