I took these photos on October 12 – that’s how long it takes me to get around to things. On October 12 I attended the Oakland East Bay Symphony‘s 25th Anniversary Gala (I’m a board member of the parent organization, East Bay Performing Arts). The Symphony decided to have its Gala in the new Penthouse suite in the remodeled U.C. Berkeley Memorial Stadium; and I figured it was the only chance I’d ever get to see the penthouse suite, since I don’t attend Cal football games, and if I did I’d be sitting in the cheap seats. I’m also annoyed at the U.C. Regents for (among other sins) spending all that money to reinforce a stadium which is still sitting Right On the Hayward Fault – the fault trace runs the length of the oval.
But it was a nice party, and the food was good, and the view as the sun set was amazing. I’ve taken panorama photos of San Francisco Bay on other occasions (see my gallery Views of S.F. Bay, which includes these photos and a few more from this session), but usually I’m using my Canon T3i or its predecessor. In this case the only camera I had was my old smartphone, an HTC Droid Incredible 2 (since replaced). Also, I’m usually somewhere on Grizzly Peak or Skyline Boulevard, looking down from a much higher vantage point. I think I got pretty nice photos that evening, I hope you agree.
Here’s the Campanile at dusk:
The Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands:
And the Campanile as the lights came on:
By that time it was getting too dark for my measly phone camera to cope, so I quit. But it was a lovely evening.