Shots of San Francisco taken at night. Some are digital, some are film, all are everyone’s favorite City by The Bay.
December 1st is World AIDS Day and in honor of this fact, many cities across the globe have illuminated major landmarks in red. The City of San Francisco was no exception and did this wonderful job lighting City Hall in a very deep red. I wasn’t able to shoot from my favorite spot in Civic Center Plaza, as the city was in the process of erecting it’s Christmas tree and the unlit tree and hydraulic lift was smack dab in the middle of the shot. So, I moved to the northeast corner of McAlister and Polk. If it looks like I was standing in the street when I took this shot, it is because I was. I did this to keep the electric lines for the buses from cutting across the top of the dome. Luckily there was a couple of available parking spots and I parked my Jeep in one spot while I stood in the spot in front of my Jeep to get the shot.
I took this shot with my large format Toyo Field 45CF, using a Fujinon 90mm f/8.0 SW lens mounted in a Seiko #0 shutter. The exposure is eight minutes at f/64 on Fuji Velvia 100. The eight minute exposure was to maximize the light trails and to try and minimize the ghosting of the vehicles stopped at the red lights. I used a Gossen Lunasix 3 light meter and a Benro A-169 Travel Angel tripod with a B-0 ball head.
This shot is actually from December 1st 2010, as I was unable to make it into San Francisco this year.
Located 5 miles south of Pescadero, California is the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Built in 1871 it, along with the Point Arena Lighthouse, is the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States at 115 feet (35m) in height. The old Fresnel light was decommissioned in 1972 when a new aerobeacon was installed and the old light is lit only once a year, except for this year (and possibly next year as well). This is due to a long awaited restoration of the tower.
I took this shot last year (2010) when the aerobeacon was extinguished and the old light was turned on at 6PM. For the first 15 minutes, the Fresnel lens was not rotated, which is what created the wonderful streaks of light in the image. This is done to allow the hundred of photographers and other onlookers the opportunity to take such wonderful images as you see here.
The lighthouse is part of the Pigeon Point State Historic Park and additional information can be found on the official website by clicking on the link below.