Friday, July 06, 2007

The View To Alcatraz


You may have thought I was done with my San Francisco pictures, but I'm not. There are still plenty of great pictures that I want to share with you, I just need to get in there and find them. Sometime during the day I will remember something I shot that I haven't looked at yet, then I forget to try and find the picture when I sit down at the computer later. That happens to me a lot, actually. I assume it's a sign that I take too many pictures, but I'd rather have taken too many pictures than not enough. The shot I'm sharing with you above was one of my favorite from the whole trip. I tried for several days to get down to the waterfront at sunset, but I missed it most nights. One night I figured it was my last chance, so I got off of the Bay Bridge in the middle onto Yerba Buena, and wait for the sun to go down. I was lucky because there was very little fog, only minimal haze, and some pretty good color. I shot many, many different versions of this picture, trying to get the best light, the most ethereal tones, and of course a little flash from the lighthouse. Look close, because I did get it in mid-flash. The sign below, which has clearly seen better days (as has Alcatraz) was from earlier in the day somewhere near Pier 39 and the ferry boats that take tourists out to the island and back. It was too far off the ground for me to get the actual island in the picture with the sign, but I did think about it.

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