Photograph of the San Francisco Bay Bridge Lights display with digital alterations created a vivid, abstract painting effect.
Sometimes happy accidents produce the best images. Blemishes and all.
During a visit to San Francisco in 2013, I was able to capture some shots of the "Bay Bridge Lights" display one evening. Neither words or photos can truly capture the mesmerizing beauty of the lights shifting and weaving across the span of the majestic Oakland - San Francisco Bay Bridge.
I made multiple attempts at a "perfect" edit from the photos I'd taken and each one ended up in the deleted bin. Frustrated by my futile attempts, I put the picture aside for several weeks before trying again. Things went better this time and I saved 3 versions with varying levels of color. For fun, I decided to blend them into 1 image to "see what would happen."
I was pleasantly shocked by the result. It was not an accurate depiction of the scene and definitely not technically perfect! Yet, some of the technical flaws create the most interesting dynamics. The "stars" in the sky are actually digital noise, a big no-no any other time. Something about this reminds me of artwork from the 1960's.
August 7th, 2020
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