Beautiful colors adorn the handicapped ramp at San Francisco city hall. It is probably one of the best looking disabled access areas in San Francisco. When you come here for the first time and see the railing, you think it is part of the décor. You would never think that it was actually installed to be a handicapped ramp. The nice thing about San Francisco City Hall is that as they have updated it, they have taken great pains to keep the vintage look. The Gold railing has become one of our favorite places to bring our newlyweds during our building photo tour. There is quite a bit you can do with the colors and depth provided. In the image above, we photographed our couple looking down the rail and used selective focus to blur the foreground and background. This has the effect of really focusing your eye on the main subject, our bride and groom! This type of effect is used quite often in portrait photography because as viewer, you mainly want to see the main subject and do not want to be distracted by a prominent background. However, City Hall is a bit different because of the focus on Architecture. We want to provide our clients with a little bit of both. Some close up shots with blurred backgrounds and some wide angle images that display the amazing backgrounds throughout this historic building.
The photo below was captured differently. For this image we used a wide angle lens that keeps most everything in focus. We were trying for a natural look and basically what you would see if you were standing there watching them pose. We gave the groom some quick instructions on how to dip the bride without losing her and we managed to create a great shot. The next photo down is also more in focus than the main image and was meant to show detail in the railing, but without taking away from the couple. All of the wedding photography examples below utilize the gold handicapped rail in some way: