Commuting on Bay Area ferries might not be quite the perfect experience it used to be. Mostly because, like other ways of getting to and from work in this booming region, you're going to find bigger crowds than ever.
But if you look up from your iPhone or laptop once the boat's left the dock, you'll find yourself in direct contact with the always unfolding drama of San Francisco Bay -- the changing light, surging water and expansive vistas of bridges, skylines, shipping and, yes, even nature.
The people who experience this drama more often and more intimately than anyone else are those who work on the boats. To give the rest of us a glimpse of their world and how they see it, one group of workers is putting on a photo exhibition opening Friday at San Francisco's Pier 1.
The "Blue Collar Green Water" show features juried work from deckhands, guest service reps, bartenders, captains and others who work for the Blue & Gold Fleet. That's the company that operates the San Francisco Bay Ferry service under contract with the Water Emergency Transportation Authority. It's also known for its tourist cruises from San Francisco's Pier 41.