Pier Pilings, Green Water, Bright Starfish

Crissy Field Fishing Pier, San Francisco, CA

This may be the final photograph worth posting from the trip to Marin and San Francisco 3 weeks ago.  I may eventually revisit this day’s portfolio in the future and find out what else I can put through post processing.

If we, in fact, made it over the Golden Gate Bridge to the San Francisco side, I had 3 specific locations I wanted to shoot, time of day and conditions dictating.  The first, and only location we made it to, would be the Crissy Field Fishing Pier to compose a similar photograph to “Pier, Starfish, Morning Light“.  The other two potential locations would have been under the semi-circular Municipal Pier at the Aquatic Park near Ghirardelli Square around sunset, and finally the San Francisco skyline from either Treasure Island or Yerba Buena Island after sunset.

The differences between this photograph and the one taken under the Fort Baker Pier are time of day and the smaller light opening at the end of the pier at here.  The Fort Baker photograph was taken early in the morning and does not get as much light as the hills of Sausalito and Tiburon shade the area.  The opening at the end of the pier was also much larger (and consequently much brighter) at Fort Baker, forcing me to bracket 3 shots for an eventual HDR.

At Crissy Field, this photograph was taken at midday but with decent cloud/fog cover, but is still much brighter.  The opening at the end of the pier is smaller and the contrast within the photograph was not high and thus did not require an combination of exposures into an HDR.

All in all, my preference is still the Fort Baker photograph over this one.  While the colors on the pilings are beautiful, there is just too much light for what I was going for.  A certain lack of mystery accompanies this photograph.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, patterned metering mode, 70mm, ISO 100, 1/4 sec, f/16

Pier Pilings, Green Water, Bright Starfish.  Crissy Field Fishing Pier, San Francisco, California. April 15, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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