Smartphone PhotoWalk: Financial District

San Francisco, CA

  • The Sentinel Building in the late afternoon.
  • Horizontal shot taken in the late afternoon.
  • The staircase on Montgomery St.  Climb to the middle landing.
  • The Embarcadero and Bay Bridge in the late afternoon.
  • The fence overlooking the Embarcadero and Bay Bridge.
  • Panoramic shot from the top of Kearny & Union.
  • Vertical shot of the Transamerica and North Beach.
  • A picture taken in the early evening.
  • A bright afternoon sky makes for a silhouetted effect.
  • The Sentinel Building in the mid afternoon.
  • The Sentinel Building in the early evening.
  • The buildings along Leidesdorff frame the Transamerica Pyramid with an upside down "V."

45 minutes
1.0 mi
Guided by Clay
Clay Sortino


Packed with photogenic vistas, iconic architecture and emotive characters, San Francisco demands to be photographed. This walk will guide you from the Financial District to the Embarcadero to capture perfect shots of the Transamerica Pyramid, Sentinel Building, Bay Bridge and other points. We'll also provide composition recommendations to help capture a striking photograph, whether you're using an smartphone or DSLR.

About Your Guide

When I was a kid growing up in Central California, San Francisco was a pulsing metropolis - the place to be. SF had all the best concerts, all the creativity, all the food, all the best stories. Now that I live in SF all these years later, I still feel that way. I find humor in things I probably shouldn't. I love being outdoors, taking photographs, learning local history, and exploring the world through my rambunctious children's eyes.

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Guide Points

  1. Transamerica Pyramid and FiDi Skyline

    We start closer to North Beach than the Financial District, but we're up here to photograph the Transamerica Pyramid. Besides, everything i…

  2. Quick Shot: Bay Bridge

    This is more of a quick photo opportunity than anything else, but at the right time of day, you'll be rewarded with a great view of the lon…

  3. Transamerica Pyramid and Victorian Houses

    We're going to aim for a slightly different angle on the Transamerica Pyramid in this shot. Kearny St has some great Victorian facades that…

  4. Language of the Birds

    This is a fun picture that we're going to try to line up. Stand on the west side of Columbus so you are under the flying books themselves.

  5. The Sentinel Building

    Here is a juxtaposition of two colorful buildings: the modern white facade of the Transamerica Pyramid (1972) and the green copper Beaux-Ar…

  6. Transamerica Pyramid Close-Ups

    Because of its size, the best shots of the Transamerica Pyramid are from a distance, but there are some interesting opportunities for detai…

  7. FiDi Canyons

    If we walk slightly south towards Market Street, the FiDi buildings make for excellent framing devices to showcase the Transamerica Pyramid…

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