West Sacramento, The Ziggurat, Sunlight and Shadows

ISO100, 90mm, f/8, 1/100 sec
West Sacramento, CA

For those of you that may have driven through downtown Sacramento or seen a telecast of a Kings basketball game on ABC or TNT, you may have seen the Ziggurat (pyramid) building.  It is located next to the Tower Bridge across the river in West Sacramento.  Television telecasts will usually show an image of the building right before or after a commercial break, especially when the building is lit up at night.

(click through on the image to view in 700px)

While definitely interesting to look and marvel at, shooting the Ziggurat in its entirety is rather pedestrian.  Thousands of people have taken that same shot and thousands more will do the same in the future.  So as I usually do in these scenarios, I try and isolate specific building elements to focus on.  In this case, the Minnesota Grey Bluff limestone panels set in light and shadow.  Surprisingly, each limestone panel weighs 4 tons/8000 lbs!

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, 90mm, ISO 100, 1/100 sec, f/8

West Sacramento, The Ziggurat, Sunlight and Shadows. West Sacramento, California. February 16, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


4 thoughts on “West Sacramento, The Ziggurat, Sunlight and Shadows

    1. I kept trying to figure out what this isolated shape looks like and came up blank, but now that you have mentioned a sinking ship, I’m going with that! A random tidbit, but this is one of the first buildings in CA that is earthquake rated (to 6.9) and on seismic dampers. Of course, I wouldn’t be caught anywhere near here during an earthquake with the possible falling slabs.


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