I walked around downtown San Francisco on Sunday in beautiful weather and photographed not people (well, very few people) but buildings. It’s not an original observation, but monochrome works especially well for architecture. And in post, I can easily turn skies almost black, which gives the images with light or white buildings a lot of impact.

Here’s the Transamerica Pyramid.

This is the unusual Hobart building on Market St. at 2nd. Next to it is 44 Montgomery.

I like this old-fashioned hotel sign and its context in the French Quarter and have photographed it several times.

And this is Pier 7 on the Embarcadero. Very popular with photographers. The perspective looking either way down the pier is pretty irresistible.

Every time I go into the city I can see again why, despite its problems, it’s such a draw for tourists from all over the world.