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Heart of San Francisco | by Willie Huang Photo
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Heart of San Francisco

This shot is very much déjà vu for me. This scene was the first shot I took when I decided to take photography more seriously and produce quality images. Being around this holiday season I decided again to take advantage of the holiday skyline and to cross this shot off my list with the Transamerica Pyramid lit in the background.


First off, the s-curve exit from I-280 resembles a vein (superior vena cava or inferior vena cava) to the heart of the city (hence the name). I absolutely love how the highway just curves around and produces one of the most photogenic light streams during the dark hours.


As always I wanted to capture this scene during the several minute window of blue hour when details of the buildings can still be made out and when the city lights are not too harsh to overexpose. I was pleasantly surprised to find other holiday decorations in the skyline besides the Transamerica light. In total there were 6 photographers capturing this scene tonight. In this shot I managed to capture a car exiting with its turn signal blinking creating a different orange dashed light stream. On top of that Caltrain just happened to whiz by under the highway creating yet another light stream. All this in one shot; I could not be more pleased. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the holidays!


Canon 5D Mark II

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II


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Taken on December 27, 2011