I love Christmas time in San Francisco because the city outlines itself with beautiful holidays lights. The Transamerica Beacon lights its beacon, a star at the top of its pointy roof. I￢ﾀﾙve photographed the city from under the Bay Bridge but I￢ﾀﾙve always also wanted to photograph it from above the bridge. The last few years the Beacon turned on well after Blue Hour; thankfully this year the Beacon had been turning on at 5pm, right in the middle of our favorite time of the night!
Willie, Alan, and I met on Treasure Island and were the first to arrive at this spot above the bridge. Several other photographers joined us. I staked out a spot that looked straight onto the bridge and waited. After taking a few photos with the traditional bridge line-up, I raced to where Willie and Alan were standing, slightly off center, to get a slightly less traditional view of the city and its Bay Bridge.
The Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière in Lyon, France. It’s kind of like the unknown sister church of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris It sits way up on this hill so you can pretty much see it from anywhere in the city. And the nice thing is that is takes a pretty good hike to get to (well, you could also take a tram) so it isn’t mobbed with tourists. I stayed in here for almost 2 hours taking photos….even with my tripod. At one point, the priest and I even struck up a conversation. Well, maybe it wasn’t actually a conversation. I just nodded my head and smiled…..like I understood what he was saying.