Our road trip through the United States ended with a drive along the west coast, visiting both Los Angeles and San Francisco for a few days. I was really astounded by the drive through Santa Ynez Valley, a part of California that is world famous for being the set for many movies. The rolling hills and beautiful lush countryside were such a strong contrast to the desert we had just experienced in Death Valley and to the mountains and pines of Sierra Nevada.
San Francisco was an incredible experience. The city itself felt much smaller than I had pictured it and everything seemed so familiar, most likely because I recognized a lot of things and scenes from movies I have seen growing up. San Francisco is by far the most diverse and colorful place I have visited in the United States and makes for a really interesting mix of people. We stayed in a small hotel for just three nights and were able to walk almost everywhere without having to use our car.
Besides the amazing coffee and food culture, one of the highlights was definitely meeting our friends Cindy, Seth and their daughter Olive (who loves crocodiles) and our friend Pei, all of whom we had known online through their incredible work for years but never had a chance to meet in person before. We had such a wonderful time with them.
As with many of the other places we’ve visited on this trip, I wish we would have had more time to stay just a little bit longer. I feel that the photographs I was able to share barely scratch the surface of what all there is to see and explore. I’m really looking forward to going back soon and revisiting this beautiful part of the world.
All images below were either taken with the Hasselblad 503CW and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 or with the Leica MP and the Carl Zeiss C Sonnar T* 1.5/50 ZM on Kodak Portra 400. All images scanned and processed by Richard Photo Lab in California: