about this limited edition photograph:
The “Bay Lights” project by Leo Villareal in San Francisco – something which has changed the face of a landmark beyond compare.
Since March 2013, each and every night between dusk and 2am the skyline view from the city comes to life as the Bay Lights broadcast images, messages and shapes across the 4 towers of the Bay Bridge. I’ve always been fascinated by the history, shape and importance of this bridge to the residents of San Francisco and it has featured in many of my favourite images over the years. Having seen the amazing transformation that occurred between September 2012 and March 2013, this was definitely on my list to photograph when I was next back in town.
My first attempt was ruined by the weather; I needed a 2 minute exposure to get the effect I was looking for and the constant shaking of my tripod by the gusts of wind put a stop to that right away. Determined to capture at least a tiny bit of the feeling this art installation has brought to the city, I tried again for two more nights. This shot was taken on the third. I chose not to try and capture the “show” itself (a picture really can’t convey how cool these animations can be at night). Instead, I kept the shutter open long enough to get every LED illuminated at some point during the exposure and show off the awesome view of this already iconic bridge, along with its reflection across the water. In the distance, you can also see the light from the tower of the new East span of the Bay Bridge as it looks down over Treasure Island.
This really is a bridge that’s bringing lights alive.
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
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