Sutro from the Bottom of the Bay
I was shocked — no, SHOCKED — that I could easily see Sutro with the naked eye from San Jose / Alviso.
As the bird flies, Sutro is 36 miles away in the picture.
Here’s what downtown SF looks like:
The Transamerica Building and One Rincon are pretty easy to make out in the right third of the photo. If you go to the left you can see the Bank of America building. I’ll be damned if I can figure out the other buildings.
Here’s a panorama of Sutro to downtown SF (click to zoom, 4 MB, 10,000 pixels)
The perspective is (to me) somewhat surprising — I’ve never quite wrapped my head around the fact that San Francisco is northwest of San Jose, not north. (280 North, my ass.) It’s really quite an angle as you can see from these sight lines I drew in Google Earth (The blue line is to Transamerica, green is Bank of America, red is, of course, Sutro.
Rotating the map, you get a better idea of the perspective in the panorama:
Of course, the first question one asks is “where am I?” (Insert Descartian existence joke here.)
Utilizing the power of BURRITOVISION combined with the gridding mechanism popularly known as BRADVERTIZIFICATION, we chop up the map in units equal to the distance between B of A and Transamerica.
Full version here:
Through a bunch of clicking that I won’t bore you with, we turn SF into a bunch of wedges (fortunately less than 26 as I was almost out of letters):
Unfortunately my camera isn’t that great and while visibility was good, contrast of SF hills against the Marin headlands was sub-optimal unlike the view from the Farallons. Bernal should be in wedges E and F, and while there’s a hill there I really can’t pick anything out distinctive (unlike the view from Mt. Diablo.)
Go to town in the comments if you figure anything out.