SF Ferry Building, Bay Bridge, 49ers Colors, Long Exposure

ISO400, 23mm, f/10, 15 sec
The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

With the hometown San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl this coming Sunday, many of the tall buildings in the city have some orange and gold themed lights.  And many are probably holdovers from when the Giants won the World Series 3 months ago.  The Ferry Building, which is now primarily known for specialty foods purveyors and restaurants, is no exception.

(Click through the image for a 700px view of the City at night)

While anyone can stand on street level and snap a similar photograph such as this, those photos tend to have the building tower’s lines converge the further up one looks.  Plus, you would not see the back side of the “Port of San Francisco” neon facing the bay or much of the Bay Bridge.

The solution?  Go across the street to the architecturally impressive Hyatt Regency.  The publicly accessible 14th floor faces the tower straight on, or very close to it.  There are other hotels in the area that grant equally impressive views of other San Francisco landmarks.

Listing of photograph(s) from this day’s San Francisco daytrip:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, 23mm, ISO 400, 15 sec, f/10

SF Ferry Building, Bay Bridge, 49ers Colors, Long Exposure.  The Embarcadero, San Francisco, California.  January 26, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


4 thoughts on “SF Ferry Building, Bay Bridge, 49ers Colors, Long Exposure

  1. Steven, San Francisco is my favorite city, and the Ferry Building is one of my favorite places to go. So even though I don’t have any strong leanings one way or the other re. the Super Bowl, I really do like this shot. It makes me want to start planning a trip…..



    1. Yep, I’m totally going to take credit for making you want to plan another trip out here! There are still so many time-critical locations I have to try out myself.

      Did you know that you are not allowed to use a tripod in the Ferry Building? Taking photographs are fine. I found that on Saturday. I took to long to try and find a composition and got “caught”. It probably didn’t help that the building had just closed and I was one of 4 people left. If you can make it up to the 2nd floor by convincing the guard you have business with one of the companies located therhttps://steventze.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-forme, there are some possible great shots available.


      1. I’ll have to try to get to the second floor next time! I wonder why you can’t use a tripod?

        We’ve stayed at the Hotel Vitale two times (Mission and Steuart), and enjoyed the view of the bridge and the Ferry Building. There’s a roof garden with really good views, but it might be accessible only to hotel guests. The first time we stayed there, I woke up early (still on Texas time) and watched the vendors set up for the Saturday farmer’s market on the plaza around the Ferry Building.

        And, now, off to scan conference schedules for some of my professional organizations – maybe one of them has a San Francisco conference coming up…..


        1. A top-down view of the Farmers’ Market would be a great shot to apply the tilt-shift effect to!

          The Mandarin Oriental (47th fl catwalk) and Fairmont (rooftop access) hotels both have great cityscape views around sunset. Both are still on my list of must-shoots.

          Ahh very nice. Rolling in a conference with some shooting!


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