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Golden Gate Bridge at Dawn



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View from Lands End

View from Lands End
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Contest Finalist in Enchanting Landscapes Photo Contest
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Contest Finalist in Bridges In The Night Photo Contest
People's Choice in Spectacular Bridges Photo Contest
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Runner Up in A Low Vantage Point Photo Contest
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20 Comments |
tomingramphotography Ultimate
 
tomingramphotography February 25, 2018
Live in the Bay Area and have never seen GGB taken from this view. Love the originality!
ConorEgan PRO+
ConorEgan May 28, 2018
Thanks, it was exiting to find.
speterson6
 
speterson6 May 28, 2018
Wonderful capture of this iconic bridge. Great framing.
ConorEgan PRO+
ConorEgan May 28, 2018
Thanks, had to wade out to find it, but was well worth it when it appeared
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte May 28, 2018
Stunning
paulatchinson PRO+
 
paulatchinson May 30, 2018
Hi there - this image is great and would make a super entry in the latest challenge I have created - “YOUR TRAVEL DESTINATIONS”
Click on my avatar to take you to my Viewbug page and then click on ‘Challenges’. Select ‘Created’ and then “Your Travel Destinations”. Thanks - Paul
HaliSowle
 
HaliSowle July 12, 2018
Congratulations on being a finalist!
CG
 
CG July 21, 2018
Love the framing of this shot.Would make a great poster
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 July 24, 2018
This is a awesome shot, the bay hella rocks! 😍
DavyQuo
 
DavyQuo July 25, 2018
Love the angle ... great composition ... congrats on awards ... well deserved
SimpleShots412
 
SimpleShots412 July 26, 2018
Beautiful shot of the bay!
johnmichaellancaster
 
johnmichaellancaster August 09, 2018
Great composition well done
PhillipJGordonPhotography
 
PhillipJGordonPhotography September 20, 2018
Superb!
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography July 29, 2019
Beautiful light.
RSeanC Platinum
 
RSeanC August 20, 2019
I love this picture
JamesMancusi
 
JamesMancusi August 24, 2019
Wonderful frame! I shoot down there often enough, that I wish there were an elevator to get back up!
jacquibilodeaunye
 
jacquibilodeaunye October 16, 2019
Have never seen this angle. Thank you
jjhardingsac
 
jjhardingsac January 17, 2020
Congrats on finding a very special view of this special bridge. It is a beautiful capture.
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 October 26, 2020
Absolutely spectacular and such a delightfully unusual view of the Golden Gate! Congratulations on all your challenge and contest wins.
Eugeniogarrido
 
Eugeniogarrido November 07, 2020
Love this composition
JoEldred PRO
 
JoEldred November 09, 2020
Great capture!
Andrea_Ferrari92
 
Andrea_Ferrari92 February 28, 2021
Wow!
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo is from a small beach called Mile Rock Beach in the "Lands End" area of San Francisco. I think I got lucky tides-wise as I was able to take off my shoes and wade out a bit into the water. I scoped out the area with Google Maps before leaving, but I had no idea if I would be able to see the bridge from the beach. I was stunned when I turned the corner and the bridge revealed itself.

Time

It was early, pre-dawn. I had to hike to the beach in pitch black. I almost stepped right on a skunk, which would have made for a great day at work later.

Lighting

It was still pretty dark, hence the 30-second exposure. Luckily, I was able to still preserve some detail in the foreground while not blowing out the highlights. This was a single exposure.

Equipment

I used a Nikon D7200 on a tripod with a Nikon 18mm-140mm lens.

Inspiration

Well the scene was obviously gorgeous, but also the rocks provided a nice frame to the image. I love long exposure shots of the ocean so I was able to take something iconic, the Golden Gate Bridge, and combine it with an interesting frame and the water effects of a long exposure, that I love.

Editing

I did do a bit of post processing. For one my horizon was very crooked as I was shooting in the water on a slanted beach in the dark. Second, the original shot was very dark to protect the brightest parts of the image so I had to bring the shadows up to bring detail back into the rocks and foreground. I did not want to do much with color in the image as the color of the bridge is so iconic.

In my camera bag

I have a small Thinktank backpack that fits what I would call my "photo walk kit". This gives me confidence that I can capture any thing I find on a walk: Nikon D7200 Tokina 11mm-16mm f2.8 Tamron 24-70mm V2 f2.8 Nikon 70-300 f4.5-f5.6 Lee Filter Kit with a regular ND, soft grad ND, hard Grad ND, and circular polarizer. Mefoto Q1 tripod

Feedback

1) Try to find new angles to capture iconic landmarks. Go where the crowds are not or find unique perspectives. 2) Get up early. Some of the most unique light can be captured right before dawn but you need plenty of time to get to your location and set up. 3) Move your tripod. I tried probably 4-5 different locations so I had many choices when I got home. It can be easy to think you got it right first try and let your tripod grow roots! 4) Be careful of your highlights and shoot raw. Modern cameras can do a lot to recover light in your shadows but can't do anything if your highlights are so bright that they are lost. Shooting in raw format allows you to do this. You have to be especially careful when shooting towards artificial lights at night or into the sun. 5) BE CAREFUL WHEN SHOOTING AROUND WAVES. Later on this walk I was perched on a rock with my eye buried in the viewfinder and got hit by a freak wave that doused my equipment, and almost pulled me in to the water. Lesson learned. Be very aware of your surroundings and make sure you always have a safe route back to shore if the tide is coming in.

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