Friday, November 3, 2017

San Francisco, CA In Smoke (Part 1)

If you have followed up with the news lately, you would know that several massive fires burned up in the San Francisco North Bay a while back. The smoke from the fires practically blanketed the San Francisco Bay Area in smoke. On October 12th, I went to San Francisco, CA to photograph the smoke. That was one of the smokiest days. The smoke created some strange lighting which I documented through my camera. The photos will be split into 3 parts. San Francisco, CA will take up 2 parts, and Treasure Island (sunset photos) will take up the last part. The photos shot in San Francisco, CA might look like they were shot during sunset, but they were not. The reason they look like that is because the smoke filters the light from the sun similar to how the atmosphere filters the light from the sun during sunset.

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This is part 1. The photos are all from San Francisco, CA. I have some photos from the San Francisco Ferry Building, along The Embarcadero, and Pier 7.

I know these photos are a little bit late. I get seasonal allergies around this time of year, and the smoke drifting in the air made my coughing a lot worse than normal. Not to mention, the mega rain storms earlier this year meant more plants. Now that the plants are drying out and the leaves are falling, there are much more allergens in the air. It has made me very sick, so I haven't been able to work on these photos that fast.

The other photographer I was with that day got us access to the 2nd floor of the San Francisco Ferry Building. The security guard let us through after we asked if we could quickly get a few photos. The architecture really looks cool.

Black and white process of the photo above.

Another photo from the 2nd floor of the San Francisco Ferry Building.

Black and white process of the photo above.


Looking down Market Street. There was actually quite a lot of smoke, but my camera didn't do too good of a job picking it up.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 47' 40" N 122° 23' 41" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

Another photo down Market Street shot from the same spot.

Black and white process of the photo above.


San Francisco Ferry Building & Harry Bridges Plaza
Photo shot near the same spot as above.

Black and white process of the photo above.

San Francisco Ferry Building & The Embarcadero
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 47' 47" N 122° 23' 41" W

Black and white process of the photo above.


The Embarcadero

Black and white process of the photo above.

Scenery of Pier 1 shot along The Embarcadero. You can see the weird lighting caused by the smoke.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 47' 48" N 122° 23' 43" W

Black and white process of the photo above.


I now get to Pier 7. Here is a scenery photo of Transamerica Pyramid and The Embarcadero. You can really see how thick the smoke was that day in this photo by looking at the sun. I had a 3M N95 Respirator on the entire time I was outdoors that day, and even that didn't completely filter out all the smoke. I know because I still coughed a bit. It should have worked to a certain degree as the 3M N95 Respirators works for the smog in China (which reminds me, this is literally an average day in certain parts of China). I really shouldn't be complaining though. The San Francisco North Bay fire victims had much worse situations to deal with.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 47' 56" N 122° 23' 47" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

Scenery of Coit Tower shot from Pier 7. In the foreground is The Waterfront Restaurant (left) and Pier 9 (right).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 47' 57" N 122° 23' 46" W

Black and white process of the photo above.


A seagull at Pier 7.

This is all the photos for today! I hope you have enjoyed the photos! In the next part, I have more photos from Pier 7, and from inside and around the San Francisco Ferry Building. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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