Trying to catch the Bay Lights

Bay Lights on the Bay Bridge Bay Bridge The Bay Bridge is one of the bridges that runs across the San Francisco Bay in California. This bridge that connects...
Bay Lights, Bay Bridge, San Francisco
Bay Lights on the Bay Bridge
Bay Lights
Bay Bridge

The Bay Bridge is one of the bridges that runs across the San Francisco Bay in California. This bridge that connects East Bay to West Bay runs between the cities of San Francisco and Oakland. Since 2013, this busy double-deck bridge has had an art installation of a different kind on its western stretch. Called Bay Lights, this is a display of light; of thousands of LED lights — to be precise — making patterns on its suspension and support cables. The artist who conceived this idea for the Bay Bridge is Leo Villareal.

Bay Light Facts (from the official site):

  • The largest light displays in the world
  • It is 18 miles wide and 500 feet hight
  • There are a total of 25,0000 white led lights that make up this piece of art.
  • The Bay Lights is supposed to be a temporary installation that is to be up till 2015. (If the project gets donations to keep it ‘on’ longer, it might continue to light up Bay Bridge for a longer period.)
Bokeh, Bay Bridge
Bay Lights
Bay lights, San Francisco
Bay Bridge from the San Francisco side

The above pictures were taken without the help of a tripod (and some are from a moving car). They aren’t the best pictures of the installation. So here is a link that will show you ‘motion pictures’ of Bay Lights – Bay Lights video

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47 Comments on this post.
  • Judy
    24 November 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Wow!! That makes a wonderful display!! I do hope they make it permanent! My favourite of your images is actually the blurred one!!

    • dNambiar
      25 November 2014 at 10:59 am

      I do too. It is really fascinating to watch the display and the computer-controlled patterns on the support cables.
      Thank you, Judy. 🙂

  • Ileana
    24 November 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Very nice pictures!

    • dNambiar
      25 November 2014 at 11:00 am

      Thank you so much, IIeana.
      And Welcome here. 🙂

  • NatureFootstep
    24 November 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I´m not sure I have seen this one before. Very beautiful and I like the BOKEH effect.

    • dNambiar
      25 November 2014 at 11:03 am

      I'm glad you are seeing it here for the first time. 😉
      I swear, these pictures do not do justice to this artwork.

      Thank you so much Monica; this Bokeh is a first for me. 🙂

  • Lmkazmierczak
    24 November 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Whoa…those are very nice captures♪

    • dNambiar
      25 November 2014 at 11:04 am

      Thank you Laurie. 🙂

  • rupam sarma
    25 November 2014 at 3:25 am

    Amazing photos, Great

    • dNambiar
      25 November 2014 at 11:04 am

      Thanks a ton, Rupam. 🙂

  • Prasad Np
    25 November 2014 at 5:12 am

    Beautiful… really stunning effects with lights in the night..the third picture is so dream like….

    • dNambiar
      25 November 2014 at 11:11 am

      Thanks Prasad. You should check it out, the next time you are in the Bay Area. I bet your pictures will be so much better than these.

      That was my first attempt at Bokeh. When I put the pic up, I was thinking I should have put more effort into that and should have taken more pictures like that.

  • R Niranjan Das
    25 November 2014 at 10:17 am

    Beautiful when it is lit up! Nice shots.

    • dNambiar
      25 November 2014 at 11:13 am

      It's very interesting. Those bulbs on the vertical support cables, make patterns and they are all computer controlled. It's fun to watch.

      Thank you, Nomad.

  • eileeninmd
    25 November 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Pretty captures of the lights at night..Stopping in from Our World, have a happy week!

    • dNambiar
      26 November 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you Eileen.
      Welcome to Tipsy from the trip.
      You have a great week too. 🙂

  • Felicia
    25 November 2014 at 4:04 pm

    very pretty. looks like your captured them real well.

    • dNambiar
      26 November 2014 at 2:48 pm

      That's very kind. 🙂
      Thank you, Felicia. I love YOUR work.

  • jeannettestgermain
    25 November 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Lovely captures of the San Francisco Bay Bridge! Recently moved and now live 3 hrs. from there, so I hope we'll get to see this some time! Beautiful captures!

    • dNambiar
      26 November 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Oh, wow! Congratulations on the move.
      There's so much to see and do in SF. 🙂 Enjoy, San Francisco, Jeannette.

      Thank you for your visit. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  • Saru Singhal
    26 November 2014 at 3:13 am

    That some interesting trivia and beautiful shots. Love the new look of your blog.

    • dNambiar
      26 November 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks a ton, Saru. You are adding this to the list, right? 😉

      You noticed the new look? 🙂 Hey, Thanks. 🙂

  • Stephanie Robinson
    26 November 2014 at 9:21 am

    Fab shots, which prompted memories of a great time in San Francisco – thanks! #ourworldtuesday

    • dNambiar
      26 November 2014 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you, Stephanie,
      Welcome here.
      Isn't San Francisco such an interesting city? It's one of my favourite cities. 🙂

    • Stephanie Robinson
      27 November 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you – and yes, it absolutely is 🙂

    • dNambiar
      7 December 2014 at 6:23 pm

      🙂

  • Kokila Gupta
    3 December 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Delightful shots D ! illuminated bridge …. and the trivia is interesting as well 🙂

    • dNambiar
      4 December 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you, Kokila. Those lights are actually prettier than they look in the pics. You must see the designs those lights make; I hear the patterns are not repeated. There should be videos on YouTube.

  • Meoww
    8 December 2014 at 4:02 am

    Seoul has pretty lights on its bridges too. I am not sure they have moving lights. It looks gorgeous through your eyes!

    • dNambiar
      8 December 2014 at 11:43 am

      Yeah? 🙂
      Show me, show me. I've really been enjoying seeing Seoul through YOUR eyes. 🙂

      And about Bay Lights, those designs that those LED lights make patterns that don't repeat. Better still, they claim that it's influenced by the traffic on the Bay Bridge. Some day, I would love to take take that bridge to East Bay when the lights are on. 🙂

      Thank you, Meoww.

  • Rachna
    8 December 2014 at 7:07 am

    The one with the bokeh effect was my favorite. Such pretty pictures, really!

    • dNambiar
      8 December 2014 at 11:45 am

      Mine too, Rachna. Gotta learn how to take better bokeh(s) now 😉
      Thank a ton. 🙂

  • Indrani
    8 December 2014 at 7:19 am

    Nice lighting in these. great images.

    • dNambiar
      8 December 2014 at 11:45 am

      It's a very pretty sight. I wish I had better images 🙂

    • dNambiar
      8 December 2014 at 11:46 am

      Thanks, Indrani.

  • Rahul Bhatia
    8 December 2014 at 9:59 am

    Lovely pics, Divya!

    • dNambiar
      8 December 2014 at 11:46 am

      Thank you so much, Mr. Bhatia. 🙂

  • magiceye
    8 December 2014 at 11:46 am

    Wow! Given the circumstances, super shots!!

    • dNambiar
      8 December 2014 at 12:11 pm

      haha! Thanks a ton, Magiceye. 🙂

      I guess it's time I seriously thought about a tripod. 🙂

  • Arti
    8 December 2014 at 11:58 am

    These are beautiful pictures of the bridge, love them Divya 🙂

    • dNambiar
      8 December 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you so much, Arti. 🙂
      It's prettier, really.

  • Shrinidhi Hande
    9 December 2014 at 12:56 am

    Good to see!

    • dNambiar
      9 December 2014 at 10:14 am

      🙂

  • Sonal Jagetia
    9 December 2014 at 4:23 am

    Some really interesting facts compliments with great shots! Great post:)

    • dNambiar
      9 December 2014 at 10:14 am

      Thanks Sonal.

      Welcome here. 🙂

  • Mridula
    9 December 2014 at 10:19 am

    The bokeh looks truly amazing!

    • dNambiar
      9 December 2014 at 10:55 am

      Thank you, Mridula. 🙂
      I should learn how to do good bokehs. I love its dreamy effect.

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