Step Right Up

If you’re looking for the elevator in this part of San Francisco called Twin Peaks you’re in for a disappointment.

The stairs here aren’t just a perfect place for a portrait, but a functional means to get higher and higher up in order to take in one of the most magnificent urban views between Denver and Seoul.

It’s easy to forget that sometimes the weakest link in the creation of art is the physical condition of the artist. For a photographer, having a baseline of optimum health and fitness can be the difference between getting and missing the shot.

When I was there for my session I saw a few locals who had climbing skills that indicated some mountain goat DNA in their bodies. I wasn’t going to win a race to the top but I also got where I needed to go without breaking a sweat or even huffing or puffing.

It didn’t hurt that the weather was typical for a summer day. By that I mean cold and cloudy which kept my temperature regulated and also provided for some compelling diffused light.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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