It was another quick trip to San Francisco for a few hours of night photography. This is the second time in 3 weeks (and third time this year) I have done night shooting in “The City”. For the previous 2 years, I had thought about it, but was so focused on Marin Headlands that I put the night shooting on the back burner.
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Fortunately this past weekend a photographer friend (Beau Rogers Fine Art Photography) I met online was driving into the Bay Area from Reno to pick up new camera gear. We quickly made plans during the week and eventually settled on meeting up midday Sunday to catch the 49ers game at a bar and then we would shoot for a few hours at night.
We settled on Chinatown for the shoot thinking there would be neon lights, bright signs, and red lanterns to make for some exciting compositions. We were wrong. The red lanterns strung up over the streets were powered by these low lumen greenish LEDs. There were few lighted signs. It was a disappointment. It was onto Plan B. We would walk down to the the Bay Bridge (with the relatively new LED light show) and find some shots. Once we arrived, I started to realize I would be shooting all the shots I had been avoiding for the past year. All the shots seemingly every photographer had to take and post of Facebook, Flickr, SmugMug, and Google+. Yes, I am talking about Pier 7 and with lamps blazing and the Pier 14 composition with its old pier pilings as the foreground and the Bridge in the back. The great thing for Beau is that he actively attends art festivals and sells his work. These overly shot compositions are beautiful and will be in high demand.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, spot metering mode, ISO 100, 200mm, f/22, 15 sec
San Francisco, Bay Bridge Lights, Pier 7 Lamps, Monochrome. San Francisco, CA. November 10, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.