San Francisco Skyline – Nighttime Views from Treasure Island

I don’t often go to Treasure Island, but today I just wanted to get out for a drive, and it seemed like the place to visit. A short jaunt from San Francisco, and dramatically placed right in the middle of the San Francisco Bay is the site of one of the most awe inspiring views of the city in the entire area. Second to only the Berkeley hills, this can’t be beat. Plus, if you’re already in SF, you can get there and back sans toll. I highly recommend this trip, worth it’s weight in unforgettable scenery of the City by the Bay.

I didn’t get out of the house until close to 4pm, but it was just enough time to get out there to catch the last few rays of sunset. I decided I wanted to get there for sunset, but once I arrived, I decided I’d stick around until after dark to catch some nighttime shots of the skyline. It was worth the wait, and the battering winds and extreme windchill… to capture some views on one of the first weekends with the holiday lights on.

I totally froze my butt off, but it was a nice way to spend some time semi-alone just working the long exposures. My tripod is crap and hopefully someday soon I can upgrade. I’d likely need to sandbag  50 pound scaffolding to withstand these winds without blur at 30 seconds +, but for now it’s cheapo Focal tripod to the rescue. Was cool to get out there at night again. This is also one of the few galleries where I include multiple versions of the same capture. I had a little fun with the post-processing on a few of these so included a few versions of a couple of them. Hope you enjoy 🙂

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Photographer’s notes: Nikon D700; ISO 100; Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens; F/8; Exposures between 2 seconds and 20 seconds.

Update – 1/5/2011 : A lesson in SEO. Set your filenames, headers/titles, keywords/tags, and categories (in that order of priority) and search engines will find you. Search Google for “best place to see sf skyline by night.” Yesterday I was the top hit. http://www.google.com/search?q=best+place+to+see+san+francisco+skyline+at+night&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=&oe=. Very cool.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze 2010

Historic Hudson Valley puts on The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze each year. 2010 was like no other. 1000’s of pumkins, carved and lit up for viewing. Set at the historic (and somewhat creepy at night) Van Cortlandt Manor, the blaze was a trip. I tried to get a few of the pumpkins and a few spooky ones of the manor. Enjoy.

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Night Photography at Mare Island

Some night shots from Mare Island. Lots of 1 to 10 minute exposures around midnight on Mare Island near Vallejo, CA. I huddled next to creepy warehouse buildings, climbed into a few odd places, and was happy I had rented that super sweet Manfrotto tripod that went 7 feet up over the gates. Enjoyed spending time with Tim Baskerville as an honorary Nocturne for the night.

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Fourth of July 2010 in San Francisco

Took a trip to the roof for a foggy display of fireworks. We could only see the bottom of each blast, which at first seemed annoying and weird, but soon became a very classic San Francisco experience 🙂