Day 68 (September 10th, 2010)
Title: City By The Bay (Bridge)
Another night shot of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco. I did nearly kill a security guard to get this picture, to whom I would like to apologize. Sorry for taking 5 years off, but, at least they were the last 5, so you'll never miss them! To get this shot, I went out to the fire escape with tripod and gear. I was out there for a bit, shooting away, not worried about anyone else coming out there because its the fire escape! What I didn't know it the security guards in the building have to check the escape as part of their hourly sweep. She opened the door, expected to see nothing but a nice view and continue on with her nightly tasks. Instead, she opens the door, sees me in the darkness, with a tripod, light meter, camera bag, lenses, and other things laying around. At that point, she decided that either a) I was a sniper about to take someone out or b) crazy stalker.
Either way, she decided the best way to react was to scream like a 5-year-old who just watched "The Best of Animal Vivisections!"... in High-Def. She was slightly upset. After convincing her that I was neither a killer or stalker, but instead a crazy photographer (which, I not sure was much higher on her list than stalker) she decided not to beat me with her "Officially Issued Security Beating Baton". I thanked her, confirmed with her that, yes, a nice bottle or two of wine would be good when she gets home, and finally got a nice shot of the Bay Bridge heading into San Francisco.
As for the technical parts of this photo, here you go:
f/5.6 @ 2.5 seconds (via tripod) - 300mm (ISO 800)
Its a bit of a fuzzier picture than I had intentional wanted, but after looking at it for a while I kind of like that "haze" effect. That's basically how SF looks most of the time anyways.