The shot of the San Francisco skyline from Treasure Island is hard to beat, but I’ve done it (and seen it done by others) an awful lot. Here are just three examples of my own shots over the years.

So I went to new spot last night with a couple of other photographers. Called Port View, it’s next to the Port of Oakland. You walk out a long path to a wooden fishing pier. You get a clear shot of the SF skyline, but the main difference from Treasure Island is that the Bay Bridge cuts across the buildings.

Here are two photos from last night. I did a lot of post-processing on them because I thought that minimal processing only made them look like lots of other photos I’ve seen.

It was worth exploring this location, but I don’t think having the bridge in front of the sklyine improves the shot.