Embrace the Amber Glow
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A low-res, flatbed scan of a 6x7 (2 1/4 x 2 3/4 inch) transparency
Well, while I'm all for daylight color temperature white lights instead of the puky amber/urine-colored ones, well...this is the way they are. I remember driving down to see the new uplights in the 80's and, while that was a big improvement, I still think they could be better. I've heard many reasons for the amber color, like better visibility in fog, less expensive, and even "Because it makes the Golden Gate golden (haha)." The lighting design, from the beginning, was considered complimentary of the bridge and it's grandeur and not overwhelming and the High Pressure Sodium lamps are merely following in the footsteps of the original Low Pressure Sodium lamps. You know, tradition. Well, you can see that there are actually filters on the lamps, so even removing them and just going with the sodium vapor light would be an improvement (Did I just say that?) Haha. But, why stop there? I say there is enough toll money to upgrade the HPS (and LPS) lamps to ones much closer to the color temperature of sunlight. Quite honestly, I would be happy with just improving the uplights. But, anyway, I don't see that happening any time soon. We will just have to appreciate and photograph this iconic wonder the way it is....for now.
On this night, I met the very cool and talented Rendy Lai up on Conzelman Rd. I thought he was rolling up to jump me, but he turned out to be a freindly. Haha. We had a good time until the fog vanished rather quickly right after this image was taken.
I appreciate your stopping by to have a look. Thanks!