Embarcadero Christmas

Embarcadero Christmas

For the past couple of years my buddy Zack and I have woken up early and driven to San Francisco for sunrise on Christmas morning. Being Jewish and not celebrating Christmas were both usually away from our family, our friends are with their family, and the city is completely dead, which is perfect for photos. Unfortunately for us we left my apartment a little bit later than planned and got to Pier 14 just as the light was started to get good. I raced to try to setup my camera, figure out the framing, and start snapping away then realized I wanted some filters and had to race to put on the Lee Filter holder and filters. All in all – I didnt really get a chance to figure out my composition, how many pylons I wanted, which pylons were the best to include, etc.

It happened to be low tide (mostly low) so we got a good amount of the pylons showing, and there was enough cloud coverage to provide some color, but it was totally hazy/foggy and made the scene a bit eery. In fact, the light reflections from Oakland didnt come through at all, and I think I didnt get setup in time to capture the light reflections from the bridge. There were a bunch of seagulls flying around the scene too, and you can just make out a seagull on the left-most pylon who happened to sit there for a good majority of the 6 minute exposure

Im not in love with this photo but I wanted to make sure to capture something from pier 14 before the Americas Cup comes to SF and the renovations remove these classic pylons. This is one of the most photographed spot in SF and it will become a thing of the past soon :(

Nikon D700 w/Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S:
32mm, f/9, 376 sec, ISO 640
Lee Big Stopper HiTech 0.9 Reverse ND Grad

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Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.