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Wilderness and Rivers.

Wilderness and Rivers.
Made by underthewaves
New favorite place in the Peninsula to shoot at! Unfortunately, it also seems to be a favorite spot of senior portrait/family photographers as well... or at least it was today. Welcome to the Pulgas Water Temple. I really hope that my Rolleicord shots come out looking this good, but - given that I didn't shoot it from this angle with that guy - I'm guessing they won't. Day of firsts for me: shooting the M2 in RAW, ISO 50, liking the normal lens shots more than the LB shots, voluntarily waking up for work at 5 (as opposed to setting my alarm for 5 and snoozing it about 90 times before rushing out the door at 7 and ending up horrifically late). I've gotta say that the 28-135mm continues to impress me. I had a brief moment of hesitation when I ordered it instead of the 24-105mm. I'm pretty sure I want my first L lens to be a wide-angle. Even though I've shot with both the 24-105 and the 16-35 II before. (I'm leaning towards buying the 17-40mm because it just fits in my budget better.) The quote along the top is I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people from the Book of Isaiah. (Sunol's water temple has The streams whereof shall make glad the city from Psalms and I think I like that better.) I kind of wish that water temples were a thing... but I kind of like that they're just Bay Area. And I like that the original one is in Sunol. And I like that it ties back to Italy in a weird way. If I were a crazy rich person, I would build myself a water temple. Explore #211... not sure how, but I'll take it!

At the temple

At the temple
Made by very1silent
The Pulgas Water Temple marks one of the pumping stations on the Hetch Hetchy water system which supplies drinking water to the San Francisco Bay Area. The inscription at the top reads I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people. The inscription at the bottom reads Erected 1938 A photo of the Pulgas Water Temple in 1938 can be found here. A 1934 water temple, erected in the same spot as a backdrop for the Harold Icke's speech dedicating the Hetch Hetchy water system can be seen here. There is also a similar water temple in Sunol. Lit with a 580ex at 1/2 power in a small softbox hidden behind a column. Alien Bees triggers.

Pulgas Water Temple

Pulgas Water Temple
Made by goatog
No, this isn't Greece. Rather it is the Pulgas Water Temple in Woodside California. This monument celebrates the 1934 completion of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct project and is located at its western terminus. Originally, water flowed thru this structure into the Crystal Springs Reservoir but that is no longer the case. San Francisco and surrounding communities get most of their water, via this aqueduct, from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir which is located approximately 160 miles away in the valley immediately north of Yosemite valley. The Pulgas Temple is a popular local venue for weddings and wedding photography. See here for details.

Water religion

Water religion
Made by SF knitter
On my way to the gardens at Filoli, I decided to stop by the Pulgas Water Temple. This structure was built to commemorate the finishing of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct in 1934. The challenge of photographing this site is that it is only open on weekdays from 9am - 4pm. I also lucked out, as they are closing access to this for the next few months for renovations. As I walked to the reflecting pool, I was initially disappointed that it hadn't yet been filled for the day! On the other hand, the jet of water allowed for some nice water movement...I even had a few clouds instead of a blank blue or a blank gray (ie fog) sky. sfwater.org/mto_main.cfm/mc_id/20/msc_id/177/mto_id/308

Pulgas Water Temple on Film

Pulgas Water Temple on Film
Made by S Migol
Some shots at the Pulgas Water Temple, as taken with a Pentax ZX-M film camera. I used Fuji Film, ISO 400. Used several different lenses. This one was taken with the smc P-M 28mm F2.8 with a Cokin graduated ND filter to control the overcast skies. This was my first real chance to use this kind of setup in a long time and I found it hard to estimate the proper position for the filter. Processing was done via Costco, which scanned these images.

Pulgas Water Temple on Film

Pulgas Water Temple on Film
Made by S Migol
Some shots at the Pulgas Water Temple, as taken with a Pentax ZX-M film camera. I used Fuji Film, ISO 400. Used several different lenses. Again, this one was taken with the smc P-FA 50mm F1.4 with a Cokin graduated ND filter to control the overcast skies. The filter position wasn't the best in this case, so the picture looks too dark in the corner. Processing was done via Costco, which scanned these images.

Pulgas Water Temple 04

Pulgas Water Temple 04
Made by darkfoxprime
The Pulgas Water Temple is a monument built by the San Francisco Water Department to celebrate the completion of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct. The Temple was the original terminus of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct, bringing water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir near Yosemite Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area. , south of San Francisco, 22 September 2008.

Waters in the Wilderness

Waters in the Wilderness
Made by Joe Ercoli
Taken at the Pulgas Water Temple near Crystal Springs Lake in the San Francisco Bay Area, the water from coming from Hetch Hetchy to the Bay Area used to flow through this temple. You could look down the center and see the water flowing into a tiled cistern and over a C shaped waterfall before rushing out to Crystal Springs Lake. More on my blog @ www.anvilimage.com

Pulgas Water Temple on Film

Pulgas Water Temple on Film
Made by S Migol
Some shots at the Pulgas Water Temple, as taken with a Pentax ZX-M film camera. I used Fuji Film, ISO 400. Used several different lenses. For this shot, I used the Vivitar 17-28mm f4-4.5 wide angle zoom lens. This allowed me to stand at the base of the temple and shoot upwards, getting the whole structure in the frame. Processing was done via Costco, which scanned these images. Compare with a .

Pulgas Water Temple on Film

Pulgas Water Temple on Film
Made by S Migol
Some shots at the Pulgas Water Temple, as taken with a Pentax ZX-M film camera. I used Fuji Film, ISO 400. Used several different lenses. This one was taken with the smc P-FA 50mm F1.4 with a Cokin graduated ND filter to control the overcast skies. Too much filter on the top renders the shot not so good. Processing was done via Costco, which scanned these images.

Wilderness and Rivers

Wilderness and Rivers
Made by Eric in SF
From Wikipedia: The Pulgas Water Temple is a stone structure in Woodside, California, USA, designed by architect William Merchant. It was erected by the San Francisco Water Department as a monument to the 1934 completion of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct and is located at the aqueduct's terminus.

Pulgas Water Temple on Film

Pulgas Water Temple on Film
Made by S Migol
Some shots at the Pulgas Water Temple, as taken with a Pentax ZX-M film camera. I used Fuji Film, ISO 400. Used several different lenses. This one was taken with the smc P-FA 50mm F1.4 with a Cokin graduated ND filter to control the overcast skies. In this case, the ND filter is not helpful again. Processing was done via Costco, which scanned these images.

1e. Pulgas Water Temple dedication

1e. Pulgas Water Temple dedication
Made by kqedquest
The Pulgas Water Temple was built at the terminus of the Hetch Hetchy aqueduct as a monument to the new water system. It’s located within the watershed, just south of Crystal Springs reservoir. The plaque reads, “I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people,” a quote from Isaiah.

Big Nose Farrar

Big Nose Farrar
Made by S Migol
Photos taken on August 30, 2010 for a project with Mr Farrar. We went to the Pulgas Water Temple where we explored the various sights of the structure. Taken with the Pentax K10D camera. No PP, these are SOOC. Used the smc P-DA 14mm F2.8 lens. Also used the Pentax flash af540fgz to provide some lighting.

Ring in the Clouds

Ring in the Clouds
Made by S Migol
Photos taken on August 30, 2010 for a project with Mr Farrar. We went to the Pulgas Water Temple where we explored the various sights of the structure. Taken with the Pentax K10D camera. No PP, these are SOOC. Used the smc P-DA 14mm F2.8 lens. Also used the Pentax Flash AF540FGZ to fill the shadows.

Handsome Tree

Handsome Tree
Made by S Migol
Photos taken on August 30, 2010 for a project with Mr Farrar. We went to the Pulgas Water Temple where we explored the various sights of the structure. Taken with the Pentax K10D camera. No PP, these are SOOC. Used the smc P-DA 14mm F2.8 lens. Used the AF540FGZ wireless to give some fill lighting.

1c. Facing the Pulgas Water Temple

1c. Facing the Pulgas Water Temple
Made by kqedquest
In 1934, the first rush of Hetch Hetchy water flowed through the gravity-driven tunnel system, across the California’s central valley. It swooshed through the base of the Pulgas Water Temple and into nearby Crystal Springs reservoir while San Franciscans cheered, and some conservationists frowned.

Pulgas Water Temple

Pulgas Water Temple
Made by mcrider
... San Francisco built Pulgas Water Temple as a monument to the engineering marvel that brought Hetch Hetchy water more than 160 miles across California from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Bay Area. [ From sfwater.org/ ]

Pulgas Water Temple on Film

Pulgas Water Temple on Film
Made by S Migol
Some shots at the Pulgas Water Temple, as taken with a Pentax ZX-M film camera. I used Fuji Film, ISO 400. Used several different lenses. For this shot, I used the smc P-K 200mm F2.5 lens. Processing was done via Costco, which scanned these images.

Photographer

Photographer
Made by S Migol
Photos taken on August 30, 2010 for a project with Mr Farrar. We went to the Pulgas Water Temple where we explored the various sights of the structure. Taken with the Pentax K10D camera. No PP, these are SOOC.



Nearest places of interest:

Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserves parking
Bella Vista Continental Restaurant
chloramination facility
Pulgas Balancing Reservoir
  280 Southbound Vista Point
Abandoned - 280 Vista Point 3
Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir
San Mateo County Explosive Materials storage area

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