Perfect Shot: San Mateo City Lights

Photos by Gino De Grandis

Having called San Mateo home for 25 years, photographer Gino De Grandis shares one of his favorite views from the Laurelwood Shopping Center neighborhood near Highway 92. “It took some preparation to succeed in what I had envisioned,” he says of this Perfect Shot, which was captured as a seven-second exposure with a 400-millimeter lens. “I’m always hoping to get a clear, windless evening. That’s when I can get stunning reflections of light in the calm waters of the Bay.”

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