Travel Theme: Illuminated

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
—Genesis 1: 3-5, KJV

Electricians have had work since Day 1, you can look it up. As a Rotating Shift electrician on the Golden Gate Bridge, I spend two-thirds of my workdays in the dark during the 3pm-11pm Swing shift or the 11pm-7am Graveyard shift.

Illumination is important to me: I need it to see any dangerous conditions in my path when I am making my nightly rounds and I enjoy the interplay of light and shadow that are not present during the day. Here is a look at a scene that I encountered on a recent End-of-the-Month Light Check.

Cautious Beauty © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Cautious Beauty
© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, shot with Camera+ app, edited in Snapseed and CameraBag2.

Travel Theme: Illuminated

  10 comments for “Travel Theme: Illuminated

  1. January 11, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Very nice image!


    January 10, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    I DO find beauty in linear composition and not chaos in this case. Nice!


    • January 11, 2014 at 10:57 AM



        January 11, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        You are welcome as ever Allan : )


  3. January 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    order in the chaos


    • January 10, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Thanks, Stephanie. It’s more like “the illusion of order”.

      Sent from my iPhone



  4. January 10, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    “the light… it was good.” Hope the bridge to you retirement continues with enlightenment. Thanks for the illumination.


  5. January 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    I certainly have gained an enormous amount of respect for your occupation, especially because it takes you to great heights on one of the greatest bridges I’ve ever thread. Will you miss it? I suppose that soon you’ll be able to appreciate it’s inner and outer beauty from afar. Well done.


    • January 10, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Thanks, Sally. I am going to miss the access that I currently have as a District employee. Many vantage points for photography are going to go away when I retire and that’s ok. I view my upcoming retirement as the beginning of a new chapter in life.

      I have had the privilege of working on this structure at every time of the day, on every day of the year, for the past 15 years. I know where/when to go legally, to get more photos and that will work out for me in the future as I pick and choose what type of photo I wish to make.


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