Mount Sutro: An Electronic Periodical

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The Sun of the Night

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Photo Credit: David July — The moon rises over San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island with the Golden Gate (1937) and Oakland Bay Bridges (1936) in view from near Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands, Sausalito, California, 29 January 2013

The moon rises over San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island with the Golden Gate (1937) and Oakland Bay Bridges (1936) in view from near Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

Conzelman Road, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito, California: 29 January 2013

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The Three Fish Conjunction

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Photo Credit: David July — Eric Rewitzer's and Annie Galvin's logo in metal in the spacious backyard of 3 Fish Studios, San Francisco, California, 21 January 2013

Eric Rewitzer's and Annie Galvin's logo in metal in the spacious backyard of 3 Fish Studios.

4541 Irving Street, San Francisco, California: 21 January 2013


I cannot remember when I first came across the original artwork of Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin, the husband and wife team that call 3 Fish Studios their home away from home.

Presumably the discovery was via a piece of Sutro Tower artwork, as Annie and Eric have featured my favorite tower in numerous pieces over the years.

Since I was unable to visit their former studio in the Dogpatch during my last visit in May 2009, I made a point to write Eric and Annie in advance of this trip. We made plans for a visit at their new (as of mid-2012) studio in Outer Sunset, just blocks away from the Pacific Ocean, on Monday, 21 January 2013.

View the entire 3 Fish Studios album in the Gallery

Founded in 2007, 3 Fish Studios "creates a dedicated space where [Annie and Eric] can make and show their artwork together, and invite people to share the joy in doing the same."

When not producing their own work, Eric and Annie regularly host small printmaking classes. All materials and instruction are provided; students leave with new skills, fun memories and an edition of their own prints.

Photo Credit: David July — The exterior of 3 Fish Studios in the Outer Sunset district, a 1917 building originally used as a grocery store, San Francisco, California, 21 January 2013

Marc and I started the day by driving from Sunnyvale to the Haight for lunch and a beer at Rosamunde Sausage Grill and Toronado Pub, respectively. It was a short drive from there to the Outer Sunset, where we easily found street parking.

The 3 Fish Studios storefront at 4541 Irving Street has been attractively refurbished and decorated with tiles. The 1917 building was originally used as a grocery store and more recently was home to a local dance studio.

The interior is a pleasant and comfortable space with high ceilings and light colored walls. Those entering the gallery are first met with tables and wall displays with artwork by Annie and Eric in various designs and sizes. Beyond the finished works is the studio area complete with work tables, supplies, printing presses and other equipment.

Photo Credit: David July — Toy robots on a shelf in 3 Fish Studios, some of the models used for artwork by Eric Rewitzer, San Francisco, California, 21 January 2013

It was a pleasure to meet and talk to Eric and Annie, as well as their studio staffer, a very nice San Francisco native whose name I embarrassingly cannot recall. It is obvious that they are great people who love what they do and the city in which they do it. Annie moved to the area from Dublin, Ireland in 1989 while Eric relocated from Ohio in 1987. They married in 2001.

Photo Credit: David July — While completely engaged in conversation with me, Annie Galvin does not miss a beat working on her latest paintings at 3 Fish Studios, San Francisco, California, 21 January 2013

While discussing the inevitable topic of Sutro Tower and sutrotower.org, I mentioned a tattoo based on one of Eric's Sutro Tower linocut prints. He immediately knew that I was speaking of Chris Rosa, who commissioned the tattoo as a tribute to his deceased father.

Rosa had lost track of the original artwork, which he had seen on Etsy, so I put him on the path to 3 Fish Studios and Eric's original print.

Upon hearing this, Eric quickly walked over to a storage cabinet, opened a short but wide drawer and removed the original linoleum sheet carved with the artwork featured in Rosa's tattoo. And with that, he and I were off to create a one-of special edition hand pulled print!

Eric took the carved linoleum Sutro Tower to the painting area in the back section of the studio and presented me with a selection of three colors. I picked the red paint because the shade reminded me of Federal Standard 595 Color 12197 "Aviation Orange," one of two colors used to paint the real tower.

Photo Credit: David July — Eric Rewitzer paints the linoleum sheet carved with Sutro Tower artwork in preparation for a hand pulled linocut print, San Francisco, California, 21 January 2013

After rolling the paint onto the linoleum, Eric moved it to an alignment page on the printing press and placed a piece of thick paper on top. He then positioned the press blanket and readied the machine for use. I was pleasantly surprised and amused when I was told that I would be operating the press myself.

Photo Credit: Marc Malonzo/David July — David July operating the press and producing a hand pulled linocut print from a painted linoleum sheet carved with Sutro Tower artwork by Eric Rewitzer, San Francisco, California, 21 January 2013

Turning the large, plus-shaped handle of the press for about a minute, the blanket, paper and linoleum moved slowly through the contraption. When complete, Eric signed the work and embossed it with the 3 Fish Studios logo.

My contribution was small, but it was a fun experience. I can only imagine how fulfilling an entire printmaking class would be here.

Marc and I spent the rest of our time chatting with Eric and Annie, who also graciously served us delicious pints of beer, as well as looking around the rest of the building.

Photo Credit: David July — Among artwork in progress by Annie Galvin, my hand pulled linocut print from a painted linoleum sheet carved with Sutro Tower artwork by Eric Rewitzer, San Francisco, California, 21 January 2013

The spacious but cozy fenced-in backyard seems like a wonderful place to spend time outdoors with friends, family and customers alike. Eric's wooden table in the shape of California sits at the center, while gardens and other adornments complete the space.

Whether you are looking for affordable local artwork, clever one-of-a-kind gifts or to learn and make your own linotype prints, no visit to San Francisco would be complete without a trip to 3 Fish Studios.

Thanks to Annie and Eric for their hospitality!

Photo Credit: Marc Malonzo/David July — Eric Rewitzer posing with my hand pulled linocut print from his painted linoleum sheet carved with Sutro Tower artwork, San Francisco, California, 21 January 2013
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The Benevolent Guardian

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Photo Credit: David July — Thirty-second exposure from Twin Peaks of Sutro Tower (1972), the sky and lights from the western neighborhoods beyond, San Francisco, California, 31 January 2013

Thirty-second exposure from Twin Peaks of Sutro Tower (1972), the sky and lights from the western neighborhoods beyond.

Christmas Tree Point Road, San Francisco, California: 31 January 2013


I have wanted to take long exposure photographs in California and from Twin Peaks in particular ever since my last visit in May 2009. As Marc has a tripod, we were able to visit some key shoot locations—including Yerba Buena Island, Twin Peaks and the Marin Headlands—and do just that.

This was my first real experience with a tripod, not counting the two Milky Way Galaxy pictures Erik took at St. George Island with my camera, and it was a true learning experience.

Consequently, the results are a mixed bag of successes, near misses, beautiful mistakes and garbage. I had some difficulty getting clear and still shots, especially when using longer lenses.

I guess that wind gusts in a few of the locations were a contributory factor, but I really think that for my setup I need a heavier, more sturdy tripod. Not only will that help support the weight of my longer lenses, but should make it easier to stabilize the tripod on inclined or unpaved surfaces.

Fortunately, many of my long exposure shots seem to have come out well, including the thirty-second exposure of Sutro Tower atop this article. It was taken in the early morning hours of my last day in California—one last trip to Twin Peaks and the city before heading back to Florida.

Like most of the days of my visit, the weather on this night was perfect for outdoor photography. In fact, the weather during my entire trip was uncharacteristically nice, a fact which locals continued to mention to me with their thanks and appreciation. The moon was also still nearly full, providing an incredible amount of ambient light.

When I first saw this photograph, I had very mixed emotions. The lighting, the colors, the sky; everything turned out perfectly except for the wide-angle lens perspective problem. As close as I was to Sutro Tower and shooting at 18 mm to fit the tower in frame, it gives the appearance that Sutro is leaning to the left.

In the end, I was not pleased with any of my attempts to correct the problem in Lightroom and accepted it as-is without perspective correction, rotation or cropping. After all, many of the 2,493 photos that I took this trip are of Sutro Tower and are not shot the same.

Besides, should I discover that I failed to adequately capture something I had planned, I will simply have to return for a re-shoot.

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The Wait For You

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Photo Credit: David July — The sun starting to set behind Pigeon Point Lighthouse (1872) casts light over the watch house, fence and path, Pescadero, California, 30 January 2013

The sun starting to set behind Pigeon Point Lighthouse (1872) casts light over the watch house, fence and path.

210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero, California: 30 January 2013


After returning from my two-week California adventure, I am exhausted as well as nostalgic and a little bit down. After all, returning from heaven is quite a fall indeed.

Listening to songs that became part of the trip's soundtrack while looking through the 2,493 photographs that I shot, I keep thinking about how grateful I am. Great friends, great weather, no travel issues; things really could not have gone much better.

Thanks to my navigator and travel partner Marc as well as Jeff, Tom, Adriana, Matt, Thom, Jeff and Christian for the hospitality and good times!

I am also anxious to share highlights from the trip. Instead of taking a few years to write an epic tome, the plan is for short stories covering only a few aspects each. Given my history with series, perhaps this will be an appropriate level at which to set the bar.

Until then, you can look at the few mobile pictures posted; consider them a sample of what is to come.

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