It Was 3:00AM and I Couldn't Sleep!!! Too much thinking about work, my mind raced... I figured what better way to get my mind off work, but to go out and shoot something... So here is what I shot, The Golden Gate Bridge, as it glows in the warm orange illumination of its sodium
vapor lights. this is the natural light, no color was added or altered to produce this image.
A 500px user asked why the image has that golden, or yellow tone, well here is your answer from the Consulting Architect of The Golden Gate Bridge:
Because of the Bridge's great size, Morrow did not want the same intensity of light on all of its parts. The effect would seem too artificial. The towers, for example, were to have less light at the top, so they would seem to soar beyond the range of illumination. further, because of the scale and dignity of the Bridge, Morrow believed tricky, flashy or spectacular lighting would be unworthy of the structure's magnificence. Thus, he selected low pressure sodium vapor lamps with a subtle amber glow for the roadway, providing warm, non-glare lighting for passing motorists. The lamps were the most modern available in 1937.
Forty-five years later in 1972, the original low pressure sodium roadway lights were replaced with high-pressure sodium vapor lamps. These modern lamps provide improved lighting at a lower cost. To preserve the original warm glow, the new lampheads have a plastic amber lens.
The tower lighting, as originally envisioned by Morrow, was not installed during the construction of the Bridge due to budgetary constraints. However, in 1987, shortly after the 50th Anniversary, the Bridge towers came to life with light on June 22, 1987. Just as Morrow had envisioned, the new lighting made the towers seem to disappear into the evening darkness, further accenting their great height.