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FOG Series

long exposures of san francisco’s famous fog

San Francisco Fog by Eric Herrmann

Every so often, San Francisco is covered in a disorienting and mesmerizing layer of incredibly dense fog. I love those days. Yet, I never know when they will come or how long they will last. I’ve been slowly working on a series of images that captures these eerily beautiful days. It is one of the more frustrating set of images I’ve tried to capture β€” mostly because I cannot control it. Some days, I’m ready and waiting, yet there is no fog. Other days, I’m rushing from home to work, the fog and the light are perfect, but I have no time and no camera. These images require equipment that does not lend itself to spontaneity, yet the moments they capture are impossible to plan for.

I hope the increase of wet weather this winter leads to far more opportunities to add to this series β€” each time I walk away with one of these images, I’m reminded of why I love photography so much in the first place.

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Shark Fin Rock, Davenport, CA

A long exposure coastal image near Santa Cruz, CA

Shark Fin Rock Long Exposure

Another image for my long exposure coastal series. Since I’ve started playing with long exposures and neutral density filters, I’ve naturally been heading out to the coast more and more (the water takes on an amazing ethereal feel when exposed for 2-3 minutes instead of the usual 1/125 second). I expect to be shooting many more images like this in the coming months.

Thanks to Greg for finding this spot and for getting pounded by waves with me while we waited for the right light! No joke… I walked back to my car totally soaked. There were a couple of big waves that came in and almost swept me and my gear away, but luckily everything survived.

The Bay Lights

long exposures of Leo Villareal’s art installation spanning San Francisco’s Bay Bridge

Eric Herrmann - The Bay Lights

Recently, the Bay Bridge in San Francisco (connecting San Francisco and Oakland) has been the home of a large art installation by artist Leo Villareal. The vertical cables on the bridge have been adorned with thousands of shiny LEDs. The lights are controlled by a computer are constantly changing, creating an endless combination of patterns and shapes. For more information on the installation, visit thebaylights.org

I’ve been meaning to shoot this ever since they started testing the installation before they officially unveiled it on March 5, 2013. When I left work one day, it was particularly foggy β€” so foggy, I couldn’t even see across the first span to Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island. I set up and started doing some long exposures before twilight. Before I knew it, the fog cleared and the Bay Lights started to come on. I had no choice but to stick around and continue shooting. As twilight started to fade and the LEDs began to turn on, the mix of colors and light was truly incredible.

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