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Am I the only one mildly obsessed with photographing the cranes on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge? And the AT-AT-looking container movers just south of the bridge on the East Bay side? They look so beautiful, especially when the fog gets dramatic or during sunrise and sunset. Does anyone know good, safe places to photograph them without getting arrested? Hanging out of the car at 60 MPH is getting kind of tired. Anyone know any good shooting spots that won’t result in being carted away by guards/federal troops for taking photos of high-value targets?

December 04, 2006, Posted by Nicolas


There's a small park in the footprint of an old military supply building that you can go hang out in:

And another smaller one further out:

You need to go under the maze to get out there.

Posted by: Peter Baker | Dec 4, 2006 9:59:12 PM

War is not declared, you can go ahead and shoot "high-value targets" all you want (and if on private property, all they can do is tell you to stop and leave -- no carting off or seizing can go on, legally)

Posted by: bjorke | Dec 7, 2006 12:14:04 AM

Thanks. Any suggestions on the cranes next to the Bay Bridge? Or on getting even closer to the AT-AT's?

Posted by: Nicolas | Dec 21, 2006 5:42:09 AM

You can get pretty close in Alameda:

Try getting around here:

It's been a while since I've been out there, and it was just once, so I don't know if that's exactly where I was, but there definitely some good spots near the northern tip of Alameda.

Posted by: troymccluresf | Feb 8, 2007 5:23:24 PM

There is a great park in the Oakland Harbor called Middle Harbor.


There are great views of the city and the At-Ats.

Posted by: Kyre | Feb 11, 2007 8:43:48 PM

Cool. Thanks.

Posted by: Nicolas | Feb 11, 2007 9:45:58 PM

I've shot them from across the Bay on the SF waterfront. Here is an example shot on a hazy summer morning: http://www.gdanmitchell.com/2006/12/13#a1067


Posted by: G Dan Mitchell | Mar 16, 2007 8:39:08 PM

Rent a kayak from Calif. Canoe and Kayaks in Oakland and paddle out. Best views in the world.

Posted by: peggy | Apr 29, 2007 9:35:30 AM

Hey, I'd love to get involved with this group, but it doesn't seem like you guys organize many events, and I can't find any contact information. How does one get involved with this group?

Posted by: Kathryn Hill | May 15, 2007 9:01:04 AM

Like Katherine (above) I was also wondering about this group. Is it still active?

Posted by: paul | May 30, 2007 4:09:05 PM

I think all that's needed is some initiative. You know, if you build it, they will come. It's like that. I, admittedly lazy posting/organizing on my part.

Posted by: Nicolas | Jun 11, 2007 12:30:04 AM

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