We browsed the far depths of the Instagram ocean in search of killer local feeds and we’ve just discovered another one. Michael O’ Neal, a pro photographer based in San Francisco, takes amazingly picturesque photos that really capture the heart and soul of the city and surrounding areas.
We caught up with him to talk about photographer and some of his favorite hangouts in San Francisco.
Name: Michael O’Neal
For Work: Photographer
For Fun: Exploring the bay area, photo adventures and lots of live music.
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
What do you love about your neighborhood? The views of downtown SF and Sutro Tower, and the hills of course!
Where would you have your last meal on Earth? Pizzetta 211
Favorite SF Establishment: Zuni Cafe
Go-To place to take an out-of-towner: Too many to name, I would have to say Cozelman One Way road in Marin Headlands, down to Point Bonita Lighthouse and Rodeo Beach.
SF’s Best Kept Secret? The observation deck at the deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park, it’s free!
Neatest story while living in the city: Leaving my job at Apple after 9 years to set off out on a new career, photography.
What makes a great photo? If it’s memorable in some way; when the light, the subject matter, and the composition are all in perfect harmony.
What are some awesome IG feeds you are following now? Too many good ones! @bythebrush @colerise @chrisconnolly @brockdavis @withhearts @chrisozer @cubbygraham @jasonmpeterson @pauloctavious @tonycross @jaredchambers @pketron @artchang @lauradeangelis @heysp @thiswildidea @dirka @joshua_allen_harris @kylesteed etc…..
Advice to other photographers just starting out? Shoot everyday, explore your surroundings and look at all the good photographs in the world. Be Inspired.
Events you are looking forward to in the next few days, weeks, months? SXSW, Nike Run, Grizzly Bear at Henry Miller Library!
Finish this sentence: SF is…… the best place to live if you like day/weekend trips—so much natural beauty, so diverse! There are hundreds of places to visit, if you need to escape the city. Where do you wanna go today? Over the bridge to Muir Woods , Mt Tam or Healdsburg? Down the coast to Montara, Moss Beach, Big Sur? Decisions, decisions!
For more, visit Michael O’Neal.
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