Wow. It’s been a while since I’ve put up my last post–been traveling nearly every week as of late. Last week my travels took me to beautiful San Francisco. I haven’t been there for quite a while, and I was very much looking forward to capturing some classic images of the Golden Gate Bridge, and perhaps some new, creative takes on a historic icon.
While the skies were dramatic and interesting for the first two days I was there and unable to shoot, it was more than ironic that the evening I was able to shoot, the sky was dead clear without a cloud in the sky. I took this opportunity to shoot on Baker Beach and utilize the soft light hitting the rocks and surf until the sun dipped below the horizon. It was fun to experiment with slow shutter speeds and pounding surf on the coastal rocks. I will say I encountered some challenges not typically experienced in the Wasatch Mountains. Sea spray is an evil thing–I’ll leave it at that.
The next morning gave rise to an epic sunrise from the Marin Headlands. The closeup shot of the bridge from that morning looks like an illustration from a comic book, but that is what the camera captured. That particular image goes down as one of the few images to actually convey the wonder and amazement of the actual scene photographed. The Golden Gate Bridge is beautiful. It has likely been photographed from every angle, and in every weather condition known to man–but not by myself. And now I have my piece. While there were patches of fog that added to the images that morning, I was fortunate to have clear views of the city and the bridge as the sun rose.
Before jumping on a plane home, I just had to visit Muir Woods. If you’ve never been, make it a priority the next time you’re in the area. It’s just 30 minutes from downtown SF, and it’s absolutely stunning. Long shutter speeds were the name of the game as daylight was just creeping into the deep, dank forested chasm that is home to giant Redwoods and plant life of all shapes and sizes. I found composition to be extremely challenging in this environment, as it was a challenge to take it all in with my own eye, let alone my camera. I looked for miniscapes within the big picture, and found many, many possibilities. I didn’t have much time to shoot, which just leaves me with a greater reason to return! Hope you enjoy the images.