Iconic shot of Berkeley


I  had a client at the beginning of the year who required an iconic shot of Berkeley for the header banner on his website. Initially, I thought that wouldn’t be so difficult but as I began to run through the mental images of having gone to school there and having lived in the area, I was pretty stumped on one that would look good and iconic on such a thin ribbon that he was proposing. Berkeley doesn’t have a remarkable or distinctive skyline. In fact the only image that leaped to mind was of Sather tower with perhaps an overview of Berkeley in the background. I had in mind a shot with the tower to the left from the Tilden Park region but in scouting the area, I found a construction crane just to the right of the tower and just about the same height. After driving the Berkeley hills to about an hour I found a great spot to capture this image just above the Greek Theatre and managed to pull the Golden Gate in as well.

Canon 5D Mk III, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, 120mm at f/10 at 15 seconds

It worked out rather well for his banner:


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One Comment

  1. Merle M. Rutledge April 30, 2013 at 5:31 am #

    While the Campanile will be open for most of the summer, for safety reasons there will be three closures when a construction crane will be on site. The first closure began May 26 and will continue until Tuesday, June 9. Two more closures will occur during the summer. The times will be posted at the Campanile as well as on the campus visitors website (http://visitors. berkeley.edu).