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San Francisco skyline and the Bay Bridge | by Darvin Atkeson
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San Francisco skyline and the Bay Bridge

Ok, so for tonight I present a picture of the only other manmade objects I

enjoy taking pictures of and lucky for me, the Bay Area is full of them with

more on the way. This is a picture from Yerba Buena island and I

literally risked my life to bring you this shot of The San Francisco Bay

Bridge with San Francisco in the background. It was early in the morning

just as the sun was rising. You can just see the lights starting to hit

the buildings in San Francisco. Stars still light the sky. Below me, the

tunnel though Yerba Buena. The red streaks the tail lights of car headed

in to San Francisco. For those of you unfamiliar with this bridge, the

opposite traffic is on the lower deck making this a bit nicer to film than

the Golden Gate in that you get only the red of the tail lights. Another

nice feature is that this Bay Bridge has lights along the main cables that

support the bridge making for a much more artistic picture at night.


You probably heard of this bridge when a section collapsed during the last

major earthquake that shook the area. However the Bay Bridge actually

consists of two bridges. The suspension side shown here was undamaged. It

is hard to believe that this bridge was opened in 1936. I've seen bridge

workers high up on the cables and even the thought gives me chills. What a

view that must be. Not well known is that this bridge has also been struck

by a military fighter jet, several ships a earthquakes. She's a tough ol

girl and has held up well. She is also the most used bridge in the US

carrying over 280,000 vehicles per day.


One of the most popular times to film the bridge is on the 4th of July when

fireworks are launched from the Embarcadero just to the right side of the

bridge. Photographers can be found all up and down the length of Treasure

Island. My plan this year however is to try and capture the firework show

from the Marin Headlands. I've seen some great shots of both bridges along

with the fireworks. So see you there if you make it.




© Darvin Atkeson

California Photography

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Taken on February 2, 2004