Whenever a human element is included in an image, it creates an additional connection that allows the viewer to experience that scene in a more personal manner. I couldn’t have planned this image any better – it makes me wonder why the lone man was seated on that bench. What was he thinking about? Where had he come from? Where did he go? Does he visit that bench often? Is he always alone?
Whatever his story, I’m glad he was included in this photo.
You have to love work trips (at least, I usually don’t mind them as long as they don’t happen TOO often) – most expenses paid for and usually nothing expected of you past 5 PM. Unexpectedly, I had the opportunity to be in the Bay Area this past week and couldn’t find any reason not to head up to the Golden Gate Bridge. I packed my camera, borrowed a co-worker’s rental car, and after a few quick stops to visit some friends in Oakland, I got to Fort Baker right around 11 PM. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect, crisp night – no clouds, no fog, stars overhead, the twinkling of downtown San Francisco and the Bay Bridge off to the left, and the Golden Gate Bridge towering overhead on the right.
Fort Baker is located on the Sausalito (NE) side of the bridge – the only side of the bridge Katie and I didn’t visit last time we were in San Francisco (August 2013). If you drive through the Fort grounds, there’s a long lookout/docking/fishing pier off of Moore Road/Conzleman Road that I would highly recommend for a serene vantage point of the bridge at night. The pier is pretty isolated, as you can only get to it from one direction. I spent about an hour and a half on or around the pier, taking pictures, walking along the shore, and absorbing the scenery. For a little while, I decided to just sit on the pier with my legs hanging over – a dolphin swam by a few times blowing air upwards, a few boats went past in the distance, a coyote actually walked out onto the pier but got scared away by the flashlight of a couple (pictured below) who was on the pier too doing some midnight fishing. An awesome fusion of nature and architecture, as if the surrounding area was unphased and unaffected by this massive feat of engineering and humanity. The sound of cars driving past on the bridge and the waves lapping against the rocks below my feet. An evening I won’t forget for the rest of my life.
P.S. For you technical folks, most of these were taken at 15, 20, or 30 second exposures at ISO 200 and an aperture set somewhere between f/4 and f/9.
Hello everyone! Katie here, I’m taking over the blog for a special post! Bill and I recently had the privilege to capture one of my best friend’s wedding days. For some background on why this post is special to me, Chelsea and I met when we were both going into our freshman year at The University of Illinois. We lived at the Stratford House and had the pleasure to room together for two of our four years of college. Chelsea and I quickly became best friends and she even stood by me as a bridesmaid on my wedding day in 2011. I love Chelsea and I am thankful for her friendship over the past 6 1/2 years! It has also been my pleasure to get to know Keith and watch their relationship grow. Keith is an awesome man of God and his love for Chelsea is so evident.
Chelsea and Keith married on a beautiful March day in Champaign, Illinois. The weather can be so unpredictable, however they were blessed with warm temperatures and sunny skies! Their love for each other was evident throughout their wedding day. Their ceremony was beautiful and also demonstrated their love for God. I could not hold back my tears as I captured my friend walking down the aisle to marry her best friend. We hope you enjoy this sneak peek of their wedding day!