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12.06.2013

This week’s Fan Photo comes to us from Jay Graviano of Los Altos, California.

The Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline as seen by Jay Graviano with the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens.

The Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline as seen by Jay Graviano with the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens.

 

Tech specs:

  • Nikon D7000
  • 269 second exposure
  • ISO 100

I met a couple of new photographer friends at the boardwalk on Main Street in Sausalito, at 6 a.m., 1 hour before official sunrise time. I had never been to this location before, but as soon as I got there I knew my Sigma 70-200 telephoto would be perfect for the scene in front of me. I wanted to get all of the wood pilings, the main San Francisco cityscape, as well as at least 2 towers of the bay bridge into the frame, and at 70mm on a crop sensor this was perfect. After a few test exposures I noticed I was going to get shadows of the wood pilings which was an added bonus. At about 6:15 it was still dark, but the first light was starting to come in. I put the camera into manual mode, selected f/18 to get the longest exposure possible, hoping to achieve silky smooth water and as much cloud movement as possible. I was quite lucky to pull off a 4 and a half minute exposure here, as this boardwalk provides access to many residences behind us, and every 20 minutes or so someone would come stomping down the boardwalk, shaking the entire thing on their morning walk!

Jay Graviano is a hobbyist photographer based in Los Altos, California. Landscapes and cityscapes are currently his favorite things to shoot. Fan him on Facebook, and follow him on Flickr!

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