San Francisco, Coit Tower, Eucalyptus, Monochrome, Long Exposure

ISO100, 55mm, f/4, 10 sec
San Francisco, CA

Coit Tower.  At night.  3AM.  Oddly there are still people here.  A group of drunk women who probably should not be driving.  One is crawling on the ground looking for something, knickers in the air.  A bottle breaks.  Eventually one of them asks us if we saw anything.  I had to make a joke by slyly answering, “Depends.  Maybe?”  She is too buzzed to understand the joke and is now suspicious as to what we saw.

Such are the “hazards” of shooting photographs in the city in the middle of the night.  It could be much worse as this encounter was much more amusing than threatening.  But in the meantime, we have the sight of a lighted Coit Tower given the soft fog treatment.

Coit Tower was built in 1933 using funds left by wealthy socialite Lillie Hitchcock Coit, now the patron saint of San Francisco firefighters.  The interior is decorated with 27 painted murals by 25 Depression-era artists.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 55mm, f/4, 10 sec

San Francisco, Coit Tower, Eucalyptus, Monochrome, Long Exposure. San Francisco, CA. October 27, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


5 thoughts on “San Francisco, Coit Tower, Eucalyptus, Monochrome, Long Exposure

  1. I know, right? Luckily only the photograph is creepy. It was actually really cool to be able to explore with the area without the usual hundreds of visitors and tourists milling about.


  2. Here’s the thing – it’s been a couple of years since I’ve been to San Francisco and I am trying to figure out when I can get back. Then you post THIS and now I REALLY want to go – soon! (And make an early morning stop at Coit Tower, too – this shot is fantastic!)


    1. It’s been 8-9 months since I’ve been back in SF AND have had time to shoot. The 4 hours of shooting were certainly not enough! I’m itching to go back again already! Interestingly I have been moving closer and closer into the city core as time goes by. It used to be more about Marin Headlands, Sutro Baths, the bay. Now I’m finally able to start hitting some of the spots in SF proper.


        1. In case you ever need it, I sometimes update my own list of locations in SF to shoot. If you are more interested in industrial, rundown, or abandoned buildings the Dogpatch area in SF, Treasure Island, and Mare Island in nearby Vallejo would be totally up your alley.


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