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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 — 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 — 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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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

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 — 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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Mission Bay + Big Stopper

an eerie landscape with the lee big stopper 10-stop neutral density filter

Mission Bay with LEE Big Stopper

I found this little spot a few weeks back while driving to work. It was a perfect foggy morning and I was dying to shoot it! Unfortunately, I didn’t have any of my gear with me, so I had to pass it up. I recently got a new LEE Big Stopper 10-stop ND filter and have been waiting and waiting for another super foggy eerie morning. Finally, it happened this morning — one of the foggiest mornings I remember. Luckily, the back of my car was almost full of camera gear, including my new 10-stop Big Stopper.

After almost killing myself jumping around on slippery mossy rocks, here is my first image with the 10-stop ND filter. After dialing down my aperture and ISO, and popping on the Big Stopper, I was able to turn my 1/15th of a second test exposure into a 180 second exposure (3 minutes)! So far… I love this thing.

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