Hassleblad Xpan II, Fuji Veliva

Even before we moved up to the San Francisco bay area we loved visiting here and considered the Golden Gate Bridge one of our home state's key landmarks.

Today is the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th birthday, and there are many ways to celebrate.  There is a festival going on at the bridge today, so be careful if you are thinking of driving through the area.

I don't think we will be making it up there today, but I look forward to our next visit.  It has been too long since we stayed a while and photographed it.

One of the last times we were there with serious intent to photograph I rented a Hassleblad Xpan for the weekend from Keeble & Shuchat in Palo Alto.  I took a number of photos of the bridge around sunset from the overlook at Battery Spencer.

The sunset itself wasn't too spectacular, but nearly half an hour later I was able to get the above shot.  The subtle blue of the sky along with vibrant city and car lights made it my favorite from the night.

The XPan was a very fun camera to shoot.  I wouldn't mind coming upon one some time on the used market…

Written by Bubble Level

Jamie Zucek lives in California and enjoys film and digital photography, collecting and shooting vintage and modern cameras whenever he can.

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