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Out with the old, in with the new… – Monochrome Madness


I can’t believe it’s Week 20 already!  We are almost halfway through a year of doing MMC.  Incredible how time flies.

At the top of Treasure Island which is mid-span of the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge, there is the perfect place to take a photo of the bridge.  You can see the new one on the left and the old one they’re taking down on the right.  It’ll be interesting to see what the bridge looks like without the old one next to it, so this is my “before” picture capturing more of the span than I had in previous photos.  Can’t wait to get an “after”!

Check out the gallery at Leanne Cole’s Blog!  I always look forward to seeing what everyone does.

Bay Bridge (new on the left, old on the right)

Bay Bridge (new on the left, old on the right)





Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

92 thoughts on “Out with the old, in with the new… – Monochrome Madness

  1. Nice work with the effects here – at first glance you don’t even notice the new structure – the support looks like a crane in the background. Good submission for the MMC – I’ll see what everyone else has done.

  2. Love what you are doing – SF is near where I live and have been wondering the same, what the new bridge will look like once the old one is completely gone.

  3. Awesome monochrome!! Nice work.

  4. Hi Laura, simply stunning rendition! 🙂

  5. I love bridges. You’ve done a superb job capturing this one. 🙂

  6. Nice shot there my dear.

  7. Laura, there is a mystical feel about this image. Well done!

  8. Laura, what a great shot! So many line and designs 🙂 And I love the vintage feel of the image! Had to leave your glorious state this morning on the next leg or my journey without ever having had the chance get to San Francisco 😦 Now I’m humming “Rocky Mountain High.”

  9. This is an amazing photo Laura. The after will be fantastic too.
    Im guessing TI is very high. At first I thought you’d use tilt shift to ‘create’ this.
    Love it in mono!

    • Thank you Robyn 🙂 It isn’t horribly high but obviously high enough. Where I was standing is right above the tunnel cars go through which connects the two spans. And you are correct, there was no tilt shift.

      • A very enjoyable photo Laura. I do like both structures, although I lean towards the old due to its familiar old fashioned-ness… But these new structures are fascinating!
        Think I remember. Night shot too? Loved that also!!! 🙂

        • You’re right about the night shot. I took that one from the same place, just zoomed in. I’m getting used to this nice, bright version of a bridge. At first I didn’t like it but now I’m kind of enjoying how perky and new it looks. And when you drive across it, the view is incredible. You really didn’t get that great of a view from the other one.

          • Perky… Lol… A good description!
            We have a much smaller version (well I think it is) in Sydney of a span bridge.
            I always want to take photos of it, but am usually in a car…. In the middle of the bridge! 😛 The views are definitely better. Great shot Laura!

          • I must like that word…I think I used it my last post! LOL! And yes, I take pics when I’m in the middle too….when hubby is driving of course 😛

  10. Beautiful shot! Love the monochrome. Did you add a texture? Or is that the fog burning off/creeping in?

  11. Really nice. You have the perfect view.

  12. Great photo Laura showing the old and the new. I really like your processing on the photo which highlights the old. B&W really highlights the structures well.

  13. Wonderful placement. This is much better than the night shot you took a while back.

  14. Awesome shot. I too am looking forward to your “after”. The new bridge will give a whole new look to the “bay”.

  15. I like bridges too. Nice vignette

  16. Wow! what a shot. Such a difference in structures. Will be so interesting to see it without the old bridge. Thanks Laura ..

  17. fab shot Laura.
    the Vignette is also good here.

  18. The old bridge brings bad memories but soon they will be a memory… I love the black and whiteness of the photo..

  19. During WW2, my family lived in San Diego. My daddy was a pharmacists made in the Navy and away much of the time, so mother took my brother and me to see California. We went to Tiujana to buy our shoes because leather was rationed in the US. We ferried to Catalina, but never to Alcatraz. 😉 My daddy’s younger brother owned a shoe store in Pasadena, so we visited him often. The bridge that sticks in my mind the strongest is the San Francisco Bay bridge.

    What memories I have of those days! What a wonderful mother to give us that education while the opportunity lasted. After the war ended, my family moved back to the Texas Panhandle. I was almost seven. That move was a dreadful change for a little girl who learned to love pretty scenery. Then I learned to love Texas and the deep culture there–so many opportunities. Each place has its own beauty.

    • I hate spell checkers! The term should be pharmacists mate, not made!

      • Thank you for sharing some of your life in a tiny capsule! I really enjoyed reading it. My husband enjoyed it too lol…he’s from San Diego so I read it to him too. I’m glad the photo brought back some happy memories. You’re right…each place has it’s own beauty. Thank you again!

        • Several years ago, my brother introduced me to an artist/photographer from the Panhandle who have a positive view of even the wretched things, but I lost that link. I can’t remember her name or the name of her blog. What a bummer! I have enjoyed another lady’s work–The Gravel Ghost, who mostly does photos from Death Valley. Those sometimes “gut” wrenching.

  20. spell check again! this time artist has or had but not have

  21. Nice work with the texture, now I am going check out extension manager! I know I have it, but still learning all the ins and outs of CC! and you have lead me to something new, there seems to be so much I am not sure I will ever learn it all…. I really enjoy Monochrome Madness, and seeing everyone’s work.

  22. I’m so jealous that you have such nice structures to take photos of where you are: (
    Down here in Australia, we’re at least 10 years behind 😀

    • Aww well I thought I’ve seen some pretty amazing structures on leanne’s blog…some train station? WOW! That is awesome! And her wanderings around Melbourne seem pretty cool. I think we all want to be in a place we aren’t! At least that’s my experience. 😛 Thank you for your comments David. 🙂

  23. Great photo, A great place to live, we even considered it once, ended up in San Diego then. Well…I enjoy the views trhu your photos

  24. Great shot Laura! I bet it’s just as much work taking the bridge down as it was putting it up. I bet some of the workers wouldn’t mind just knocking it in the water and calling it a day.

    • Thank you! And LOL, I’m sure they do. OMG…the discussion of a new bridge was discussed in 1989 when that old one (part of it) collapsed after the big earthquake. It took until last year to open the new one! Is that nuts or WHAT!? Politics at it’s finest. So silly. To take the new one down will be just two more years I think. Crazy this day and age.

  25. Amazing shot of this stunning bridge!

  26. yes amazing!! and the old and new like time folded over on itself!! Brilliant Laura and I like the vignetting.

  27. Have you “drive tested” the new portion of the bridge? 🙂

  28. One awesome photo, Laura. 🙂

  29. WOW Laura, Great job! like the turn of the century look and feel of the photography, 1800’s to early 1900’s , this would look good sepia also!

  30. Really nice aging process Laura. Dang, you’re getting good 🙂

  31. Wonderful shot of the bridge.

  32. I love this shot! so beautiful!

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