Notes on Kite Aerial Photography: Photo Gallery

The St. Francis Yacht Club
San Francisco, California

Parking for boats and cars (August, 1996, 41K jpg).

go to location mapThe St. Francis Yacht Club sits on the bay edge of San Francisco's marina district. This is man-made land constructed when debris from the 1906 earthquake was used as fill in the bay. The yacht club itself sits on a small peninsula between a marina and the bay. These shots were taken on a sunny August Sunday using KAP rig #1 and its Yashica T4 camera. Some of the shots, like the one opposite are from altitudes in the 300 to 500 foot range. This plan view, scanned from a very detailed print, shows a parking area and boat slips. In the print you can read the letters painted in the red labels denoting reserved parking - great detail.

The St. Francis Yacht Club and adjacent marina as seen from the west (August, 1996, 49K jpg).

This eastward-looking view shows the yacht club to the left (red-roofed buildings) and its entire peninsula. You can see the entire marina basin as well. The deep shadows in the lower righthand corner are from a fine, old eucalyptus windbreak. It is effective enough to encourage my kite flying downwind of it to be above its influence. At the top of the image is the rectangular Marina Green, a park popular with kitefliers. The buildings of the Marina District lie in the upper right while Fort Mason can be seen along the photo's top edge.

Oblique views of the marina and yacht club peninsula from the east (56K jpg left and 51K jpg right).

Views of the marina basin looking west. The left image shows the eucalyptus windbreak along the top of the image. Also visible is the rounded dome of the Palace of Fine Arts.

Views of the Palace of Fine Arts from above the yacht club (44K jpg left and 56K jpg right).

These shots show the Palace of Fine Arts located between the Marina District and the Presidio. The Palace of Fine Arts was originally built for the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915 honoring the opening of the Panama Canal. The structure is now used by the Exploratorium, our local science museum. Both photos show the eucalyptus windbreak and the right photo offers the interesting juxtaposition of a bare dirt field in the Presidio (a former military base) and the extremely dense residential fabric of the Marina District.

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