Originally built in 1915 for the Pan-Pacific International Expo using plaster,burlap, and chicken wire with planned obsolescence by the end of that year, the Palace of Fine Arts survived demolition due to the fundraising efforts of Phoebe Apperson Hearst during the Expo. All structures were reconstructed in 1967 with seismic improvements in 2011.
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Maybe if I had stopped by during the evening, I would have taken relatively standard photographs of the structures reflected off the lagoon and then worked to shoot architectural details. Yet at 2:30 in the afternoon on a bright sunny day, here I was. I was due back to the Embarcadero by 3:45 to catch the one and only ferry to Alcatraz so I needed to find something, anything to shoot. The entire underside of the rotunda was a good start but I soon realized that my lens could not get “wide angled” enough. I was forced to shoot as much as I could and further square cropped the image in post.
Listing of photograph(s) from this day’s San Francisco daytrip:
- Alcatraz, Lighthouse, Chapel Windows
- Hyatt Regency San Francisco, Atrium, Elevator, Monochrome, Long Exposure
- SF Ferry Building, Bay Bridge, 49ers Colors, Long Exposure
- Alcatraz Hospital, Glass Vacoliter, Monochrome
- Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, Sunset, Seagulls
- SF Newhall Building, Terra Cotta, Uplights, Long Exposure
- Alcatraz, New Industries Building, Broken Panes
- San Francisco Skyline, Treasure Island, Long Exposure, 3-shot Panorama
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 18mm, f/16, 0.6 sec
SF Palace of Fine Arts, Rotuna Dome, Underside. Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California. January 26, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.