Point Bonita

Point Bonita

Point Bonita, photo by Harold Davis. View this image larger.

The day after winter solstice, Bay area weather was crisp and clear, but with incoming rain clouds. I photographed Point Bonita and its lighthouse from Hawk Hill. In the other direction, I could see the Golden Gate and downtown San Francisco.

In this photo, looking west, you can see the lights of the fishing fleet and a single light on the Farallon Islands (check out the larger version).

I intentionally extended the exposure to five minutes by using a small aperture. The point was to create the star effect on the rotating lighthouse beacon. This also visually stretched out the rain clouds as they moved in front of the camera exposure.

[Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR zoom lens at 35mm (about 52.5mm in 35mm terms), 301 seconds at f/29 and ISO 100, tripod mounted.]

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