Bay Bridge with full moon

On Friday night, I went location scouting in San Francisco for Saturday’s full moon. I didn’t find what I was looking for, so Saturday I went to my backup location on pier 7 near the Ferry Building. One reason to go to there was to avoid taking the same images I took back in 2011 when I was shooting the full moon near pier 14 (link).

Full moon 'hiding' behind San Francisco Bay Bridge tower.
Full moon ‘hiding’ behind San Francisco Bay Bridge tower.

It always amazes me how fast the moon rises. This is very noticeable when the moon moves around a distant object such as the horizon, a building or a bridge. Here I tried to get the moon balancing on the suspension cables. I’m happy with the picture, although it was taken just a bit too late and the moon doesn’t touch the cable anymore.

Full moon dancing on Bay Bridge suspension cables
Full moon dancing on Bay Bridge suspension cables

Once the moon was up in the dark sky, I turned around and saw all these leading lines pointing towards the TransAmerica pyramid. For special occasions, the tower’s beacon is turned on. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case that night.

Leading lines to TransAmerica tower
Leading lines to TransAmerica tower

On the way back to the car I saw my girlfriend standing in the cold wind with the Bay Bridge and the full moon behind her. I couldn’t resist to take a picture. I shot this with the lens wide open and the bokeh adds a nice touch. I really like the result.

Portrait with full moon and Bay Bridge
Portrait with full moon and Bay Bridge





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2 thoughts on “Bay Bridge with full moon”

    1. Hi Judy,

      There are several good spots along the Embarcadero such as pier 14 and pier 7 to capture the moon rising over the Bay Bridge. I use TPE (http://photoephemeris.com/) to analyze the location of the moon and determine the best shooting location.

      – Daniel

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