Honest! I didn’t know that the Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco was closed to the public past 10pm… But the security guard was really cool about it. Instead of outright kicking us to the curb, he politely asked us to finish up our shots and head out. Seriously!
When I’m wandering through the city late at night looking for a the next cool shot to take, sometimes the last thing I’m thinking about doing is looking for a sign that tells me what the hours are, especially when it’s as well lit and welcome looking as the gardens next to the Metreon! We (Tom, Paul and I) actually ran around and shot this place up for at least 45 minutes before we were talked to by security. In hindsight, we all thought that it would have been sooner because there are security cameras all over the place.
The shot above was taken from inside the edge of the fountain over the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial looking toward the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. For those that don’t know, that would be the brick building with the zebra striped tower. The building to the right with the bright blue top and yellow interior wall is the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Luckily, this late at night (almost 1am) the fountain is off so I didn’t get wet!
The shot below is the one that I thought would summon security. The three of us, in an effort to get above the trees and concrete, ascended some stairs that appeared to be for utility access to some doors on the third floor.
Perched somewhere I probably shouldn’t have been with yet another one of those round, glass-eye security cams right behind my head, I set up the tripod for a couple of HDR’s. Eh, it was one of those shots that I just had to get: lots of glass, lights, the recognizable SF Marriott Marquis Hotel, the tower of St. Patrick’s and some cool, blue lights from the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco. Talk about the diversity of subjects in one shot. It was worth the risk and the security was cool about it. I’ll be back to shoot again more in the daytime for sure!
Reflective Calm HDR Info: Three images shot on a tripod using a Canon 40D through a 24-105mm f4L lens at 40mm with ISO 100 and f5.6. HDR processing handled by Photomatix and further edited in Photoshop CS4.
Metreon Glass HDR Info: Three images shot on a tripod using a Canon 40D through a Sigma 10-20mm lens at 10mm with ISO 100 and f8. HDR processing handled by Photomatix and further edited in Photoshop CS4.