The Bay Bridge and SF (Revisited)

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© Matt Granz
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Last year right around this very time, a friend of mine and I agreed to see if we could capture an image of San Francisco from below the Bay Bridge. He had studied it out at length and so with the information he gathered, we made our plans. It took some nerves to do the task as that seemingly, very few had done it before as far as we could tell (google image searches and such).

The result of that evening was a photo that I was very proud of, but that was less than my best effort, because of nerves and such all being at their ends while shooting the picture (not the most legal place to shoot from), plus the fact that I hadn't shot at night many times before that evening.

Afterwards, many people have visited this spot and have come away with stunning images of sunsets and twilights. That was actually the goal for tonight, but the rain clouds came and offered a different scene. I like how this turned out however... a little softer and lighter due to the cloud cover.

This is also my first successful attempt to do an HDR image...

So, here without further ado, a year after the first picture was shot is my return to my favorite view of my favorite city. ~M@

56 responses

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (11 Dec 2009):

    excellent photo!!like it


    JOE FAILK gave props (11 Dec 2009):

    This is just perfect!!!!!!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (11 Dec 2009):


  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (11 Dec 2009):

    Love everything about this shot! The angle opens up a great view, beautiful lighting and reflections!

  • Sheila Rivera

    Sheila Rivera gave props (11 Dec 2009):

    awesome shot!! hopefully this time around there were no Coast Guards coming towards you.

  • Lewis Venecia

    Lewis Venecia said (11 Dec 2009):


  • Matt Granz

    Matt Granz gave props (11 Dec 2009):

    The Coast Guard seems to be night blind… LOL.

  • Antonio Romero

    Antonio Romero gave props (12 Dec 2009):

    Wow!, this is amazing, great shot

  • Roka Walsh

    Roka Walsh (Deleted) gave props (12 Dec 2009):

    One of the most beautiful photos I've ever seen of the Bay Bridge. Just gorgeous. Instant fave.

  • Rusty Katchmer

    Rusty Katchmer gave props (12 Dec 2009):

    This is stunning in the lightbox and wonderfully composed!

  • Blake Coble

    Blake Coble (Deleted) gave props (13 Dec 2009):

    Love the composition.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (14 Dec 2009):

    This shot would look good anywhere--very professional--thanks for going back

  • Jan-Louise Haller

    Jan-Louise Haller gave props (14 Dec 2009):

    Breath taking !!! Incredible !

  • Christopher Vaughn

    Christopher Vaughn gave props (14 Dec 2009):

    Great shot.

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    Outstanding shot!!!!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    Truly AWEsome capture!! Wall poster material!!

  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    Fantastic Capture! Fave!

  • Matt Ramsey

    Matt Ramsey gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    Incredible shot. This is stunning.

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (16 Dec 2009):


  • Tina Wichmann

    Tina Wichmann gave props (17 Dec 2009):


  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    Awesome, especially in the lightbox!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    WOW!! this is so amazing!!! The Lightbox is a must!!

  • J.C. Collier

    J.C. Collier gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    It's amazing how many times that NOTHING is going your way and then you get home and see that shot. WOWSA, did I do that? Nice one.

  • Lew Harford

    Lew Harford gave props (19 Dec 2009):

    excellent lines.

  • Alexander Bussey

    Alexander Bussey gave props (19 Dec 2009):

    wow this is impressive

  • Samuel Zanti

    Samuel Zanti gave props (19 Dec 2009):

    Great shot...

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (19 Dec 2009):

    Fantastic capture!

  • tajo 1960

    tajo 1960 (Deleted) said (21 Dec 2009):

    great foto!

  • Joshua Clew

    Joshua Clew said (21 Dec 2009):

    Love the photo, makes me homesick for the Bay area.

  • Rafael Pattiwael

    Rafael Pattiwael said (22 Dec 2009):

    Like the cool colors in it..good composing

  • Francesca Conti

    Francesca Conti gave props (22 Dec 2009):

    great capture!

  • Kimberly Davis

    Kimberly Davis said (22 Dec 2009):

    this is incredible...the lighting is amazing...well done

  • Anthony Bevilacqua

    Anthony Bevilacqua said (22 Dec 2009):

    I think it may be the best Bay Bridge shot I've ever seen man, nice work.

  • Heaven Man

    Heaven Man gave props (23 Dec 2009):

    ohh it's why not not??

  • Partha Sarathi Bose

    Partha Sarathi Bose gave props (25 Dec 2009):


  • Anjelikka Kowalski

    Anjelikka Kowalski gave props (25 Dec 2009):

    beautiful picture

  • Sandy Tyler

    Sandy Tyler (Deleted) gave props (26 Dec 2009):

    Just a stunning image, Very well done!!

  • George Mitchell

    George Mitchell gave props (26 Dec 2009):

    Fantastic!! One of the best shots of the bridge I have seen.

  • Wallace Jones

    Wallace Jones gave props (27 Dec 2009):

    amazing capture! well done!

  • rory adityawan

    rory adityawan gave props (28 Dec 2009):

    super.. !!!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (29 Dec 2009):

    Amazing shot

  • Nicolette Thain

    Nicolette Thain gave props (29 Dec 2009):

    knockout image Matt!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (30 Dec 2009):

    Spectacular, love it..

  • Tomitheos

    Tomitheos said (2 Jan 2010):


    this rocks!

  • Denis and Yulia Pogostins

    Denis and Yulia Pogostins gave props (11 Jan 2010):


  • Eye Trigger

    Eye Trigger gave props (12 Jan 2010):

    awsome shot! great details and clarity

  • Megan Henkel

    Megan Henkel gave props (23 Jan 2010):


  • Roberto Noto

    Roberto Noto gave props (2 Feb 2010):

    awsm !

  • Yves Rubin

    Yves Rubin gave props (5 Feb 2010):

    Beautifully done, congrats!

  • cindy zanti

    cindy zanti (Deleted) gave props (16 Feb 2010):


  • Jeff Ebner

    Jeff Ebner (Deleted) gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    Very cool.

  • Laura Brown

    Laura Brown gave props (3 Mar 2010):

    Amazing Angle! Absolutely love it!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (15 Apr 2010):


  • Denise Sarazin

    Denise Sarazin (Deleted) gave props (10 Jul 2010):

    This is what photography is all about: capturing the imagination of your viewers by offering something unique, fresh, and simply beautiful.

  • Alyson Innes

    Alyson Innes gave props (25 Sep 2010):

    Absolutely stunning!

  • William Dais

    William Dais said (23 Dec 2010):

    The Bay Bridge never looked so good!

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