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Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005

Anyone From San Jose??

I was wondering if there was anyone out there that was from the san jose california area?

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9/1/2006 5:26:45 PM

Tamera S. Phillips
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/28/2005
  I live in Foster City! That's not too far from San Jose. Only draw back is that I'm new to this area so I don't have any good spots to shoot. How about you?

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9/1/2006 6:06:17 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Old town San Jose has some interesting old buildings and parks. Downtown architecture is roughly interesting. But the hot views are over Highway 17 in Santa Cruz and down the coast in Monterey / Carmel / Big Sur which is roughly 50-60 miles from SJC.

S.C. has the boardwalk, great old architecture, UC and students, surfers, beaches, ad infinitim and state parks just to the north east.

As Tamera has discovered (I think) San Francisco is big time photo country. You can hardly turn around wherever you are, without seeing something new to photograph there, whether it's the bridges, city scapes, parks, street scenes, people, architecture, and on and on.

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9/1/2006 7:39:18 PM

Tamera S. Phillips
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/28/2005
  Hey Mark - I've seen you post before and realized you must live somewhere close to me. I drove along the highway near Monterey but must not have taken the right exit because I just didn't see much...any pointers? Maybe I need to hit Carmel. San Fran has some great place to shoot - I agree. It's a huge city with wonderful history.

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9/1/2006 7:42:35 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Well Tam, there's not much of Monterey to see from Highway 1 unless you're headed North from highway 68. That view is pretty nice. The views are in town. Next time, after you get past Sand City, you can get off at the Del Monte exit. For Fisherman's Wharf and Downtown and the aquarium, just stay on Del Monte and follow the signs.

Monterey has 3 wharves. The first one you'll pass is the commercial wharf that has some interesting stuff going on at the end of it and The Sand Bar and Grill restaurant. Goood photo ops and good chow. Sea otters are up close and personal. The middle wharf is Fisherman's with all the shops, etc. The Coast Guard Wharf is through the tunnel on Del Monte, bear to the right as you get through the tunnel and turn right at the first available. At the end of the CG wharf is where seals, sea lions and otters hang out and it's adjacent to the boat harbor.

Downtown monterey is just downtown. Nothing really spectacular to see.

Highway 68 West is the exit for Pebble Beach and 17 Mile Drive. It's ok but foggy this time of year. Lone Cypress tree, nice coastal views, beaches, some huge decadant houses, stables and golf courses. Costs 8.50 to cruise through or tell them you're going to the lodge for lunch and get your admission ticket validated.

Carmel would be to continue south past MRY on highway 1, past highway 68 west to the second set of lights which is Ocean Ave. Turn right there and head to downtown carmel. Buy some t-shirts, post cards, maybe see a concert at Sunset center, photo galleries, eat, and if you stay on ocean all the way down is a turn around for the Carmel beach. Bring your dog.

Further south of course, about 20 miles is Bixby Bridge, Point Sur lighthouse (tours available [I'm a docent there] call the State Park Service # on Garden Road) and it's kinda the gateway to Big Sur. Big sur has Pfeiffer beach, The River Inn, (jazz joint) and other neat stuff, galleries, etc. Napenthe has a couple of nice views but Rocky Point Restaurant just before Bixby Bridge on the rh side, has some really cool views.

Now for San Francisco, I'll leave that for a different time. ;>)

Take it light.

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9/2/2006 3:00:40 PM

Tamera S. Phillips
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/28/2005
  Hey thanks Mark!! That's enough stuff to keep me busy for awhile. LOL. It was foggy the last time I headed that way so I think I kind of gave up and headed back to Santa Cruz which is a fun little town. Gotta love the boardwalk but it was very crowded. I really appreciate the great directions and suggestions.

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9/2/2006 3:28:46 PM

Margie M. Heldt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/6/2005
  I just saw this post! I am from San Jose, too.
Sounds like you are looking for some photogenic spots!
One that is new in the downtown area is the new civic center...I haven't even seen it yet.
Also...Keily Park and Japanese Garden and Historical museum.
Alittle further away off of Hwy.9 between Los Gatos and Saratoga is Villa Montalvo...and past Saratoga off Hwy 9 is the Hakone Japanese garden, where the Geisha movie was filmed.
Not too far away in Gilroy area is Clos La Chance winery.
There are many beautiful areas to photograph...not too far from S.J.
Another really beautiful one, just to the north is Filoli's Garden !!!

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9/3/2006 9:03:30 AM

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