Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Golden Gate Haze

Golden Gate Haze, originally uploaded by Della Huff Photography.

Happy Birthday to the most beautiful bridge on the planet, still inspiring the world at 75 years old. I hope everyone in the Bay Area gets out to celebrate this great lady's 75th this weekend. You can check out all of the events at

One thing I love about this image is that you can barely see anything man-made aside from the Bridge. We in the Bay Area are all so fortunate to benefit from the preservation of open space made possible by the Golden Gate National Parks, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Presidio Trust, and many other organizations that make this possible.

I have been honored to support the Bridge's birthday by supplying photography for the 75th Anniversary advertising campaign as well as for new products at the new Bridge Pavilion and Visitor's Center. If you check it out, look for my posters, matted prints, postcards, and more. A book of my images, Golden Gate Inspirations, will be arriving shortly. Not only are the products beautiful, wonderfully made, and affordable, all purchases also benefit the Golden Gate National Parks.

For more Golden Gate inspiration, check out this short documentary about Ted Huggins, a Standard Oil (now Chevron) employee who documented the building of the Golden Gate. It contains some outstanding photos and historical video footage. Very inspiring.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Sunset^2

The Sunset^2, originally uploaded by Della Huff Photography.

This must be why they call it "The Sunset".

Sunset District at last light, last night.

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100-400L, f/5.6 @ 1/125, ISO 640. Handheld.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Van Ness Pier Super Moon

Here is a panoramic view of Saturday night's supermoon rising over Aquatic Park in San Francisco.

As I described in my previous post, all of us photographers were unceremoniously booted from the pier by the SFPD as the moon started to rise, so like my previous post this panorama is a work of creative civil disobedience ;)

As I walked off the pier, I set my tripod down and captured three images about 20 feet apart, which resulted in this panorama. I would have liked to take longer exposures to blur the water more, but I'm happy to have gotten what I got!

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100-400L @ 100mm, f/5 @ 1.6s, ISO 400. Three image panorama, blended in Photoshop.

Monday, May 7, 2012


Supermoonset, originally uploaded by Della Huff Photography.

On Sunday morning, I got up ridiculously early to shoot the supermoon setting over the SF skyline from Yerba Buena Island. I almost went back to sleep, but I'm so glad I didn't. It was one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen.

This two-shot panorama might be my favorite image from the morning, but it's a tough call. I'll share a few more from the morning over the next few days.

I took this image just after the Bay Bridge lights turned off. That was a tiny bummer, but the taillights are interesting and I like the bit of red they bring to the cool blue image. I used a graduated neutral density filter to even out the moon and skyline, since the moon was still pretty bright.

I highly recommend hitting "L" to check this out in Large view :)

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200L, f/10 @ 4s, ISO 50. Lee 2-stop soft and 3-stop hard graduated neutral density filters.

Spring Rains over San Francisco

The surprise spring storm looked really cool from the East Bay Hills. I watched isolated rain showers pour down in San Francisco while staying high and dry in Berkeley.

Russian Hill Beauty

When the lights go down in the City...
and the light shines on the Bay...
oh do I want to be there in my City!

I couldn't help having the Journey song stuck in my head as I watched the light change on Friday evening from the top of Russian Hill. I freaking love San Francisco.

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70L, f/7.1 @ 8s, ISO 50. Tripod, no filters.

Berkeley Pier Moonset

I nabbed this image just before the moon sank behind the invisible marine layer offshore. I'm happy with it, but I wish the moon had stuck around so I could have gotten a shot of it even lower between the bridge towers.

Here is the image I got a few minutes later, when the moon should have been directly centered between the towers:

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100-400L @ 100mm, f/16 @ 6s, ISO 50. No filters - the light was perfectly even.