With todays fast cameras, it almost is too easy to get a good shot. The camera I use, a Canon 7D, will shoot 8 frames per second in raw mode, for 3 second bursts until it has to slow down and write out to the memory card (see Firmware upgrade at Canon's site. Using that, you can shoot lots of images and one of them will look good. However, sometimes thinking about where you want to be, and what you want to show can allow for a more unique image.
I decided on the Palace of Fine Arts and Alcatraz. I knew where I could get a shot with both of those, and if I was lucky I would be able to get the shuttle in there as well. It depended on how they flew around the bay.
Arriving early, I set up a tripod and my camera with the 100-400 mm lens, in portrait mode. Then it was just a matter of waiting.
While I didn't get the larger number of photos other did, I did get the photo I wanted. Next comes the typical adjustments in the "darkroom".
Photo info: 1/2000 sec, f/11.0, 115 mm, ISO 800.