Berkeley (CA), Concrete Stairwell, Light Bulbs, Shadows

ISO100, 18mm, f/14, 1.6 sec
Berkeley City Club, Berkeley, CA

The last time I was in Berkeley, it was specifically to take photographs inside the famous Berkeley City Club.  Designed by Julia Morgan (the architect of Hearst Castle) and built in 1929, this steel-reinforced concrete building dubbed “The Little Castle” began as a women’s only social club with 5,000 members and residence to now a club with both women and men and doubles as a historic hotel.

This time, we were here as hotel guests.  Quaint and perhaps a little dated by today’s luxury hotel standards, it was the cozy, intimate, and throwback vibe that made it a perfect weekend stay location.

Shockingly, in the 3 days spent as a guest, this was the only composition made with the dSLR camera and only 2 shots were taken.  There are times when it is better to enjoy the surroundings and the person you are there with than the need to capture every nook and cranny with a camera and a tripod.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 18mm, f/14, 1.6 sec

Berkeley (CA), Concrete Stairwell, Light Bulbs, Shadows.  Berkeley, CA. February 22, 2015. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.