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Camera Obscura

1096 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121-1449
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  • Camera ObscuraPro 2014
    Tammy Intrepid A.
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    5 Apr 12, 2014

    If you're scheduling a visit, be sure to call ahead as the one-man operation is open on an erratic schedule based on maintenance and weather. If you're serendipitous and come upon Camera Obscura when it is open, go with the flow and pay the nominal fee to enter. You will be mesmerized far beyond what the kitschy exterior may lead you to believe.

    Recommended for:Family TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsSpiritual Seekers
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  • Camera ObscuraPro 2014
    Travis Katz
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    5 Jul 30, 2013

    Using a design from Leonardo Di Vinci, the Camera Obscura reflects sunlight from outside and projects a beautiful, crisp moving image of the seashore outside onto a curved platform inside. The image is beautiful, and the science is cool. And at $3 - why not.

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  • Camera Obscura
    Luke Maffei
    2 Jul 05, 2012

    One of those interesting little things that's not that interesting. Underwhelming even for people with low expectations. I'd say only go if you have nerdy children with you and you're literally right there.

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  • Camera Obscura
    Luke Hornof
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Don't know why I like this thing so much... I guess I just think it's super cool. Or is just a real simple way to explain how cameras work. If you're already nearby (Ocean Beach, Cliff House, Sutro Baths, etc.) be sure to check this out.

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  • Camera Obscura
    Mel
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    I love photography and if you do then check out an attraction showcasing one of the first forms of photography - the camera obscura. It is a small building next to the White House along the north west coast of San Francisco by North Beach. For only a small 3 bucks and a few minutes of your time you shall discover how the photography processes first started - in a dark room with one small hole beaming the light from the outside world onto a plain white table with images of the surroundings painted right before your eyes. Be inspired and then maybe even try the process when you go home!

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  • Camera ObscuraPro 2014
    Ingrid Katz
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    4 Oct 03, 2013

    This is a national Landmark. It produces live Images of the Seal rock area.

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For an offbeat visual treat, visit San Francisco's Camera Obscura. Built in 1946 and featuring an exterior that looks like a giant camera, this unusual attraction stands on Point Lobos Avenue near Ocean Beach. The Camera Obscura uses sunlight to display spectacular images of the golden beach sands and glistening ocean outside the building on an interior viewing table. An operator is available to describe the inner workings of this incredible device and answer your questions. Remain inside for at least six minutes to view a 360-degree view of your surroundings, including the Cliff House and Seal Rocks.

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