cable car

HD video: San Francisco Cable Car ride from Powell St to Fisherman’s Wharf, in 2 minutes

On Saturday we took the San Francisco cable car from the Powell St stop, where it turns around, all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf. I shot the entire ride in 1080p with my Canon 5D. I’d never done the cable car ride before but now I highly recommend it. Make sure you are sitting in the front, or hanging off the side. It’s a great way to see a lot of the city.
Check out the rolling fog over Alcatraz towards the end of the video. Very cool. Make sure you click to full screen the video, HD is on.

The Powell St station is also where the cable car turns around.

Details on the video: Canon 5D Mark II 1080p H.264. Edited on Final Cut Pro with ProRes 422. 1000% speed across the board. Exported to H.264 and then uploaded to Vimeo. The exported H.264 video still looks flawless on my machine, but Vimeo definitely added a lot of encoding artifacts. Boooo. You can click to download the quicktime video on the Vimeo page.
No, I’m not going to stop complaining about flash video. Get over it.

It’s a beautiful day in San Francisco

Spent the day our in the city yesterday. The weather was perfect and we took advantage of it.
First, the cable car ride from Powell St to Fisherman’s Wharf. It was my first time taking it and it was awesome! I shot HD 1080p video of the entire ride (8GB!). I’m going to speed it up and post it soon. Please click on images to see the larger versions.


Alcatraz in the fog.


Kate’s friends Sean and Devon.


Some more amazing views. Such a perfect day, sunny, but with just enough fog for some cool dramatic photos.


Then we took one of the ghetto boat rides that went around Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge. BYOB. GTOB.


Coit Tower:


The boat ride was too rough and too wet to get any good shots. Here are a couple iPhone pics though: