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N 77 B 1.9K C 13 E Sep 24, 2014 F Sep 26, 2014
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It was a dark and stormy night in the City by the Bay. What started as a thick mist and drizzle on the beach turned in to a steady pour. The wind blowing the waves way up onto China Beach reflected the bridge in the distance. The light from the Golden Gate Bridge sparkled on the turbulent ocean bouncing as waves rose and fell across the sandy beach. It was a warm storm but the dampness soaked you to your bone. The lights in the homes above glowed down on the rocks making them shimmer in the wind and mist. The first storm of Fall meant good news for the bone dry Northern California Coast and distant mountains. It was a somber night as nights often are on a the foggy San Franciscan coast. You get used to it after a while... and after a manner I suppose. The only thing that remained totally dry was the lens itself. Then it was homeward bound with nary a shot to account for my time in the Bay Area. Sometimes you take what you can get.


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Tags:   San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Windy Stormy Night Fog Mist Drizzle Rain Waves Spray Rocks Wet Soggy Coast California Bay Area Somber Mood Long Exposure Suspension Glow Reflection Darv Darvin Atkeson YosemiteLandscapes.com

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Friends finally got me to take the plunge down the steep hill below San Francisco's Bay Bridge. I knew the view was stunning but I didn't realize the view of the city was as stunning. San Francisco is one of the world's more beautiful cities and is surrounded by magnificent suspension bridges that seem to adorn the city with steel lace. My favorite is still the Golden Gate Bridge but this view of the Bay Bridge holds its own. This was the easy part, heading on down to the beach level I understand is quite steep. The area is officially off limits but seems to be a common location for photographers. I was surprised that a recent fire form where this was taken hadn't caused the closure of the area. This is one of those views that everyone should have access to.

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Tags:   Bay Bridge San Francisco Skyline Cityscape Landscape Vista Suspension City Glow By The Bay Bay Area Night Lights Stars Silver California Coastal Journey Cables Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

N 50 B 6.3K C 15 E Sep 6, 2013 F Sep 9, 2013
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As the sun sets on the bay the new bridge lights came on and illuminated the
brand new and glowing addition to suspension bridges that the San Francisco
Bay Area is so well known for. This towering structure replaces the much
less impressive but long functioning cantilever section that partially
failed during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that crippled the Bay Bridge.
The new Bay Bridge is stunningly white reflecting whatever color light hits
the bridge. As the sunsets bright LED lights illuminate the structure and
roadway. Amazingly driving across the bridge is a pleasure. Though the
lights are incredibly bright, they are cleverly placed so they do not shine
in your eyes and illuminate every square inch of the roadway amazingly
evenly.

Controversy has surrounded the bridge since the time when it was determined
a new one should replace the aging Eastern Span. In researching
information for this image I found out that at this time, there is a bill
before the Senate proposing the new span of this spectacular span be
christened after former Speaker and Mayor Willie Brown. If it passes and
recent reports seem to indicate it will, the bridge would be named the
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Bridge and being such a mouthful, would likely simply
become known as the Brown Bridge. No doubt the name will confuse tourist
who look at the gleaming white bridge and ponder why it's called the Brown
Bridge. But it will be in good company as they look at the International
Orange that adorns the more famous Golden Gate Bridge. No doubt, they
will assume Californian's are just nuts. Perhaps they would be right.

Unfortunately the pathway on the bridge is not yet complete and the bridge
is already undergoing retrofitting to resolve some of the issues that arose
during construction and contribute to the controversy of the bridge. Yet
no one can deny that it's a remarkable structure and one that will be even
more impressive when the old bridge is removed and new views of the bridge
become available as the walkway opens. Unfortunately a walkway from
Yerba Buena Island to San Francisco it still a number of years away and will
not likely be seen any time in the near future.

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Tags:   Bay Bridge Suspension New Cantilever Earthquake 1989 Loma Prieta Collapse Willie Brown Brown LED Golden Gate Treasure Yerba Buena Island Landmark Landscape Scenery Skyline City Oakland San Francisco Sunset Reflection Span Interstate 80 California Mayor Speaker Bay Area Name Naming Gateway White Spectacular Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

N 44 B 5.7K C 14 E Jul 30, 2013 F Aug 5, 2013
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Returning the next evening to film the Guardian fireboat at Pier 22 ½ under
the San Francisco Bay Bridge the fog proved to be as unpredictable as ever
and though forecast were for slightly higher fog, the high rises were
shrouded in fog. The much lower fog cut the orange glow from the Port of
Oakland making for a much different mood. Capturing the little boat as it
wobbled back and forth with the waves meant a fast exposure which also
helped to capture the Bay Lights, a 25,000 LED project celebrating the 75
years since the Bay Bridge was completed which will remain running for the
next two years.

The fireboat is docked at Firehouse 35 along the Embarcadero near historic
Market Street in downtown San Francisco. Its an easy walk along the
Embarcadero all the way down to Pier 39. Along the route you will see a
number of landmarks from the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower and the
Transamerica building. I highly recommend it but keep in mind it will take
a while. Once there you can take the world famous Cable Car back to
Market Street which travels over the steep hills of San Francisco.

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Tags:   Guardian Phoenix Bay Bridge San Francisco Pier Dock Bay Bay Area Bay Lights Twinkle Sparkle Glow Port Oakland Market Street Embarcadero Reflection Suspension Night D800E Nikon Fire Department Marina District Famous World Fireboat Boat Fire Department Hero Heros Orange Sky Fog Celebration 75th Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

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The Guardian stands ready by Firehouse 35 at Pier 22 ½ under the 25,0000
brilliant sparkling and ever changing LED display of the Bay Lights
celebration of San Franciscos famous Bay Bridge. The Guardian fireboat
was donated to the city of San Francisco following the 1989 Loma Prieta
earthquake and resulting fires of 1989. The Guardian can pump 26,000
gallons of water per minute making her the most powerful fireboat in the
world. She became a fixture of San Francisco when the aging Phoenix
nearly single handedly saved the Marina district. You can just make out
the Pheonixs water canon rising above the SFFD building.

The twinkling lights of the Bay Bridge sparkle above the two boats every
night in celebration of the completion of the Bay Bridge 75 years ago.
Simply called Bay Lights, the fantastic display of lights will adorn the Bay
Bridge for the next two years from dusk till 2AM each night. A twinkling
and sparkling pattern changes constantly in streaming and chasing patterns
of circles, waves and clouds. The orange light is the glow of the Bay
Areas historic Port of Oakland which is busy unloading ships day and night.
The fog was just high enough to create a wonderful orange red glow in the
sky behind the bridge and famous fireboats. The scene can be seen from the
Embarcadero just South and East of the Port of San Francisco at the very end
of Market Street. If you can resist the irresistible smell of several of
San Franciscos finest restaurants just behind you, you might even be able
to get a good picture but it wont be easy if you are hungry.

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Tags:   Guardian Phoenix Bay Bridge San Francisco Pier Dock Bay Bay Area Bay Lights Twinkle Sparkle Glow Port Oakland Market Street Embarcadero Reflection Suspension Night D800E Nikon Fire Department Marina District Famous World Fireboat Boat Fire Department Hero Heros Orange Sky Fog Celebration 75th Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com


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