Laura Macky Photography

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Sutro Baths (2 images)


Yesterday I took my camera club to the Sutro Baths in San Francisco.  I’ve never seen it that busy there, but perhaps it’s because I usually don’t go there on a weekend.  But with the perfect weather AND it being a Sunday evening, the place was packed!  I worried about my camera club members finding parking because I had to circle in the parking lot until someone vacated a space.  Fortunately people did work out the parking and twenty-three of my camera club members showed up!  It was a fun time had by all and I’m enjoying seeing the pictures everyone is posting on my club website.

For people who don’t know what Sutro Baths is, Adolph Sutro, the self-made millionaire who designed Sutro Heights and later the second Cliff House, developed the amazing Sutro Baths in 1894.  With his special interest in natural history and marine studies, he constructed an ocean pool aquarium among the rocks north of the Cliff House.  Sutro then expanded his ocean front complex by constructing a massive public bathhouse that covered three acres and boasted impressive engineering and artistic details.

You can see some of the ruins of Sutro Baths in the first image and the Cliff House in the second image.  (To read more about the history, please click here.)

Into the Light at Sutro Baths in San Francisco

Into the Light at Sutro Baths in San Francisco


Cliff House in San Francisco with remnants of Sutro Baths in Foreground

Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

29 thoughts on “Sutro Baths (2 images)

  1. I love the color of your first shot, Into The Light. I remember the bath and actually got to eat at the Cliff House one evening. Just beautiful!

  2. Excellent post and shots, Laura. I just got back from an early morning shoot of a friendly neighborhood Great Blue Heron. He, or she, gifted me with some amazing pics and in light similar to yours. Have a great week!

  3. Quite the spot – great photos…

  4. What year did it finally burn down? I’ve been there…

  5. The light is just beautiful, wonderful photos!

  6. Beautiful shots into the Light, Laura. I’m sure your club members were thrilled. 🙂
    A little beside the point; I’m contemplating getting the Sony A/ for easy, lightweight travel reasons … Do you use yours often, are you happy with it?

    • Hi Dina thank you 🙂 I honestly would get the A7ii or AR7ii. I’ve been noticing flare issues with the A7 and i’ve found out that is a known issue and it won’t be fixed. They’ve resolved it in the A7ii. I LOVE it though and if I’m not pointing the camera directly at the sun it’s not a problem. But I do that a lot so it is kind of an issue. The lenses are expensive and I wouldn’t use adapters to try and use my Nikon lenses on it though because it doesn’t allow auto focusing any longer on the lenses so you have to manual focus them. I would NOT get the lens that comes with the camera. It’s a crummy lens. Buy the body separately and get a good lens to start with. I really do love it though. I’ve used it almost exclusively since I got it and my Nikon has been collecting dust. Except for this evening I will be taking my Nikon for a sunset. Hope that helps!

  7. Great light, and a fascinating location. Nicely done, Laura!

  8. Thanks for the link on the history of this site I found it really interesting, great shots.

  9. Good job, Laura. Forget the flare, just shot the pictures. Life is like that. Hey, ho.

  10. Great images Laura ..Special light 😃

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