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Here's a photo passing over downtown San Francisco... - Mark's Journal
Here's a photo passing over downtown San Francisco...
Buzzing downtown SFI snapped this shot as we climbed back up and over the city from our aborted first landing.

If I've got my bearings, the ribbon at lower left is Market Street, the large lit area to the right of it is Yerba Buena Gardens atop the underground portions of Moscone Center, the black area above is the Bay, and the ribbon across it is of course the Bay Bridge. Across the Bay at the top is East Bay, probably Oakland with Berkeley to the south (right). The Embarcadero would start roughly at the east end of Market and go north (left), and Fisherman's Wharf is out of frame at left. The Golden Gate Bridge would be out of frame to the lower left, heading north to Mill Valley, Muir Woods, Marin and Sonoma Counties, and on to northern California.
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brazenredhead From: brazenredhead Date: June 10th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Argh! I'm having a hard time telling from this photo, but I'd say you're probably mostly right. Although, if that's all that's in the frame, then that's not the East Bay, but Treasure Island. Oakland would be on the other side, out of frame to the top and center of the photo, and Berkeley to the top and left of the photo.

GGB would be out of frame to the upper mid left (on this side of the black area), and you can see the lights of the south/east side of Embarcadero on the right of Market St.

The main stretch of curvy light is probably I-80 (If you look at that white patch in the center between Market and the lower curve, it looks like that's the Coca-Cola sign. But then the bright patch in the center ISN'T Moscone.

I'm lost. I need to stare at this photo for another few hours. I only lived there for eight years!
brazenredhead From: brazenredhead Date: June 10th, 2011 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I also think you've done a better job of guessing where everything is than I would, because I'm still half convinced that the really bright roadway is Van Ness, but that makes no sense whatsoever. So, really, you're brilliant :-)
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: June 10th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC) (Link)

No sense at all, indeed! Van Ness wouldn't be that bright, but Mission or Market might be. Probably Market, which I've just successfully used to find my way back to my laptop. Or someone's laptop that seems sufficiently similar to mine to fool me into responding to your comment. (Also, your absence is quite problematic.)
brazenredhead From: brazenredhead Date: June 10th, 2011 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, VN IS 101, so it gets some light, but... Mission's not that bright, either. I guess I'm used to seeing Market at an angle, which is why I'm having an issue placing everything else.

And I'm so sad I'm not there to hang with you! But, we're going to meet up in NY this fall. For sure. :-)

Have you been eating well in SF?
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