View from Angel Island

The photographer: Tom Gomes of Granite Bay

Behind the lens: I am a photographer and a sea kayaker. I led a small group of Sacramento Sea Kayakers on a paddle, with the intention of viewing and photographing Fleet Week from two unique locations. The best vantage point to view the Parade of Ships was from the water about 100 yards south of Alcatraz. Shooting from a kayak on the San Francisco Bay can be very challenging because the water is active and can easily move you away from your target. Because the water was so active, we kept drifting toward the secured zone around the ships and were directed by the Coast Guard to move back toward Alcatraz Island. We then paddled over to Angel Island (about 1.5 miles) and hiked to a very remote location to photograph the air show from noon to 4 p.m. This location has panoramic views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge and provided an incredible background to view and photograph the air show.