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.
Josh & Anna are expecting their first child in a few months, and I had the fortunate opportunity to take some maternity photos for them! We were watching the weather closely in December, and it turned out to be a beautiful Sunday afternoon with lots of sunlight as you can see below. Josh is originally from Chicago, and Anna is from New Orleans, they met in Kentucky, but their little baby will be a Texan! They’re an awesome couple, and it was great to hang out with them and get some beautiful photos of Anna, the baby, and the start of their new family. Keep an eye on the blog for some newborn photos of baby Kedzuch in the next few months!
While visiting my family & Katie’s family in Illinois this holiday week, we were able to carve out some time to spend with friends. My best friend, Mike, and his fiancee, Brittany, already had tickets to the Friday afternoon Cubs game, so we decided to join them, but not before a detour through the South Pond area of Lincoln Park Zoo to take some engagement pictures! I have always wanted to take engagement or wedding pictures at this location because of the really cool architecture and the combination of the outdoor/natural feel with the awesome views of the Chicago skyline. (The Hancock Building, left, and the Sears Tower, faint right, are both shown in second picture below, which I love.) And it works out perfect when you also get to hang out with really good friends who recently got engaged! Anyway, we spent about an hour and half taking pictures before finally catching a cab up to Wrigley Field, buying some pizza, scalping two tickets for me and Katie, and then watching the Cubs lose to the Pirates (sigh). It was a lot of fun, and nothing beats Chicago in the summer (Chicago in the fall is pretty close, though). These few images below were just the first few to catch my eye as I was reviewing them in Lightroom – expect more to come in the near future! Congrats to Mike & Brittany! Can’t wait for the wedding in September!