The Bay Bridge, redux

Bay Bridge in the fog

The Bay Bridge, as noted yesterday, glowed under a remarkable overcast as I hustled by on the N Judah. I did not descend at the next stop and walk back for the picture, lamenting the vicissitudes of current health and a waiting Caltrain. But today, the N Judah had a problem and all passengers were told to descend at the Harrison/Embarcadero platform adjacent to the bridge. It took Muni 30 minutes to fix the problem and another streetcar to arrive: I was stuck anyway, so I investigated the bridge in today’s light the best I could.

Yesterday, the bridge and the light were nearly the same tone: today the bridge was dark against a coarser and more variegated sky. The light and fog changed by the minute: it was tricky finding spots on the platform that were not blocked by foreground trees, posts and streetlights. Finally, as the much-delayed Muni finally arrived I managed to find this spot and this moment and still catch the streetcar: this photo will take some work, but I think it has potential, especially catching the fog pouring under the bridge: take a look at a (raw) bigger version. Though not quite the vision that got away yesterday…


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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5 Responses to The Bay Bridge, redux

  1. pauldwaite says:

    Still, very very nice.

  2. gfbird says:

    Spectacular – nothing like that hereabouts.

    The signs, rail, and fence could go, though . . .

  3. John Getze says:

    The tiny speck of something near the top of the picture (likely a helicopter) is what makes this, unmistakably, a photograph taken by you. While many “portrait” photographers would have simply waited for the helicopter to move out of the frame, you simply snapped the picture as you saw it in that exact moment. Herein lies your genius. Maybe it’s because of your press background, but you have a true gift for capturing images as the “human eye/experience” sees them. What’s beautiful about this is your photos tend to demonstrate a sort of fabric of the universe quality that achieves what most great artists always strive to do: tell a story.

    Thanks again for the great photographs.

    Your “eternally in awe of you” stepson, John.

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