Yesterday I had the opportunity to do a little furniture photography for a bay area custom furniture company. I’ll post more on that later, but on the way home, believe it or not, I got lost. I grew up in the East Bay, 45 minutes from San Francisco, you’d think by now I’d be able to second-guess my gps and say “no, I’m not supposed to be going to San Francisco, you stupid thing!” but I didn’t. Over the Bay Bridge I went, another toll paid and I exited at Treasure Island to turn around and head back. Looking for a safe u-turn spot, I all of a sudden realized where I was and that beautiful sunset going on needed to be photographed. Luckily enough I had my gear so I made the most of the detour and toll fee! I took a few snaps of the bridge and skyline where most tourists do while the sun was setting, but the image I’m uploading now is right before I left. I’ll post more from the first set soon, but for now, I’ll leave you with this image. For those of you who’ve been in this spot, you know it’s not the safest place to take photographs. Especially in the dark, heeled boots on and being a woman. Most of you probably enjoy the view from your car driving by. Not me. I parked an eighth of a mile down or so and hiked up that hill. With no jacket on I was freezing but anything in the name for art, right? With cars zooming by, I leaned up against the guard rail, 100+ ft drop or so below me, pressed down that button and heard that sweet sound of my shutter release. I swear I thought I was going to be stuffed into that white van without windows that drove by but, saying a little prayer for safety, I wasn’t :). Next time I’m bringing someone with me.
Here’s what I saw – a little bit of the Bay Bridge through my 24-105mm lens. It still takes my breath away (from nerves – knowing where I was standing) when I look at it. I think it was worth it though.