San Francisco from Above: Aerial Photos of the City by the Bay

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In 1962, Tony Bennett recorded perhaps his most iconic song. It was about that fabled city by the bay. The lyrics to that tune go like this:

I left my heart in San Francisco
High on a hill, it calls to me
To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars
The morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care…

San Francisco has that special magic that leaves its indelible imprint in many hearts. It is situated on the West Coast of the United States at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula and traverses noteworthy stretches of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay inside its boundaries. Residents of the city as well as tourists and visitors fall in love with its unique, quaint charm.

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It is such a celebrated place, known for its cable cars, hilly streets, Victorian architecture, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and many more iconic structures and places. Admittedly, most of the images people have of San Francisco are from a ground vantage point. This is why photographer Matt Galligan’s images are different. The San Francisco-based entrepreneur recently documented some beautiful aerial photographs of the city from the perspective of a small airplane. Galligan did this over the Labor Day weekend celebrations.

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A friend, Ian, piloted the single engine Cessna 172, a four seater, single engine, high wing, fixed-wing plane.  That flight over the city yielded a lovely bird’s eye view of many of the city’s iconography. The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco International Airport, in addition to the city’s downtown area like Union Square all look different, but equally as lovely from above.

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Check out the entire series in Galligan’s website.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I’m talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.