San Francisco, CA – Across the Bay in HDR

San Francisco….I can probably post a pic a day from here!   This is from the week past during my stay in SF.    My buddy Horace Kwan (HoraceKwanPhotography) took me to this great spot to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge Bridge…if you are on the city side of the bridge as you look across to the bridge it is on the lower right.  At this time of year, sunset shots are perfect from here.  There is a marina located right behind me on this shot and a small jetty sticks out so you can walk a bit and get a few different shots.    Right at the base of the jetty are these great rocks.  As soon as we arrived, I saw this wonderful view!

A few minutes later after taking this shot a Marine Biologist from a local institute was taking photo from above that rock formation of some porpoises swimming near our location.    We talked to him a bit afterwards.   We missed seeing the porpoises, but did happen to see a seal swimming around looking for dinner.

This location would also be a great spot for a sunrise city view shot.  Wish I had the 70-200mm lens with me!   Maybe next time!  If you have been or will be heading to SF soon, there are great spots on all sides of the bridge that will give you wonderful GGB photos.   Try em all!  I’ll post one from here soon of the GGB!   Enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 24.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Vivieza

2 comments on “San Francisco, CA – Across the Bay in HDR

  1. Alex says:

    Hi Pete,

    I’m really impressed by your photos taken in SF (I’m also impressed by your other photos as well). I live near SF but I’m inspired by your photos. From your description, I assume you took this image from Fort Baker but I’d like to know exactly where this is. Even though I’m local, I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t know this particular spot. I appreciate if you could give me info.

    BTW, did you go to Marshalls Beach also? It’s the west side of Golden Gate Bridge in SF side. If not, I strongly recommend to go there. You can get the most spectacular view of the bridge. Many photographers (including me) love that spot.

    • Alex, Hello! Not sure of the exact name of this spot. Been to Bakers Beach…but not Marshalls! Thanks for the tip!! I will check it out next trip!! Lucky you living in SF! So many photo ops!! I still have tons of places to hit! What is your fav spot? Pete

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