The Entry Veins of San Francisco

Don't know why it took me 3 years to actually go and take this one. I drive through one of those overpasses every week and say to myself how cool the shot would be. Well I finally got myself their to get it. It was a little breezy, so the shots were not as crisp as I would have liked. Definitely will be exploring around this area for more angles though.


San Francisco, CA

April 5, 2012

Canon 7D

Canon 70-200mm f/4L

30 seconds at f/18 ISO 100

Taken from Bernal Heights Park, San Francisco. 101 and 280 interchange.


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2) Used on Jalopnik for the article "The Ten Worst Places To Own A Car In America"

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  • katejbrown photography 3y

    Very cool, great light capture!
  • Sealis 3y

    Wow, crazy mess of freeways! I think this would look cool zoomed in just in the area of the light trails too.
  • Andrew Schroeer 3y

    This is awesome. I agree with Sealis. In fact, now I want to head over there and take that picture.
  • Toby Harriman 3y

  • Toby Harriman 3y

    Sealis You know I tried zooming in a little and for some reason didn't love it, not sure what I was thinking, must have been late when I was editing :) But yea I definitely agree! Thanks!

    Andrew Schroeer Thanks Andrew, It's a cool spot and down the hill you can get even closer, in my other picture which I haven't posted it is a great spot, but want to get even closer next time, and maybe even a bit earlier as well. Here is the other spot.,-122.409633&hl=en&am...
  • Todd Lappin 3y

    Fantastic. We Bernalians call this the Spaghetti Bowl.
  • Shin 3y

    Great shot !!!
  • Toby Harriman 3y

    Todd Lappin Thanks! And that name works well to, kind of like it more.
    Shin Thank you pej!
  • Todd Lappin 3y


    *Awesome*!!! (I don’t typically use this word to describe a photograph, but I had to here)!
  • Toby Harriman 3y

    TIA INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY Thank you TIA, really appreciate it!
  • ejbSF 3y

    This is just great. I've driven, bicycled, and even walked through that mess a thousand times and still see no logic to it but now you have lifted the veil.

    (My own theory about the Spaghetti Bowl is that it was designed and built by engineers and workers being secretly experimented on with LSD by a secret government team back in the forties or fifties.)

    The picture itself is definitely awesome.
  • Toby Harriman 3y

    ejbSF hahaha that theory is probably true! And Thank you!
  • - Hob - 3y

    That's the 2nd snazzy long exposure from Bernal Heights recently, it's looking like a top spot for this kind of thing. Nice one.
  • Toby Harriman 3y

    - Hob - Thanks! And yeah I know I told a few people that might have visited. It is a great spot regardless though!
  • Willie Huang 3y

    Nice shot of the veins/arteries! This has been on my list for a while but havent made it out to shoot it yet. Great one!
  • Toby Harriman 3y

    Willie Huang Thanks Willie! It was on my list for over a year before I went to shoot it. I want to do some more exploring around there to see what else I can fine, view wise! Lots and lots of great views from up there.
  • Toby Harriman 3y

    Todd Lappin Don't know how I forgot to respond to this, but thanks again for the post! Really appreciate it.
  • KP Tripathi ( 3y

    So beautiful. You inspired me for this shot.

    Entry to San Francisco by KP Tripathi (
  • Toby Harriman 3y

    KP Tripathi ( Thanks and yours its awesome as well. One of my favorite freeways in SF. Just need to explore more around there to find some new angles.
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