Treasure Island (CA), New Bay Bridge, Ghost of the Old, Monochrome

ISO1600, 55mm, f/4, 0.8 sec
Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA

It feels as though I have spent the last 3 hours processing 3 photographs from this past Saturday.  None of the 3 is the image shown on this post.  I said to myself as reviewing one of the rejects, “This photograph isn’t great, but it’s interesting and good enough for tonight.”  Yet, there is really no point in posting mediocre images when I can always go back and shoot a better image the next time I am in the city.

(Click thru the image for the 700px view)

Thus, we have this photograph of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge.  The first instinct of a photog is to include the main tower or include as much of the new span as possible.  Understandable.  This introduces a problem though.  The eastern span’s backdrop is likely going to be the port of Oakland or the distant lights from Oakland or Berkeley, all illuminated by the familiar orange sodium vapor lights.  Bright white bridge with orange lights, cargo ships, and shipping containers stacked high?  I think not.  I went with a simplier view of black and white lines, a bridge abstract of sorts.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 1600, 55mm, f/4, 0.8 sec

Treasure Island (CA), New Bay Bridge, Ghost of the Old, Monochrome. Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA. October 27, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


6 thoughts on “Treasure Island (CA), New Bay Bridge, Ghost of the Old, Monochrome

    1. This image was a bit of a good surprise for me. I was really set on capturing the suspension tower, the centerpiece of the new span of the Bay Bridge, but we all know those compositions have and will be prevalent from here on out. So knowing me, when all else fails, I start reducing elements in the comp. Fortunately the image works! Hope you have a great rest of the week!


        1. Same here James. I am hoping to find some very local fall color and likely another evening shoot in San Francisco on Monday with another photog. I hope you either get to relax and/or find time to shoot this weekend!


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