San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Bridge (Infrared)

From the lovely city of San francisco…the Golden Gate Bridge in Infrared from Ft. Point…my favorite location the shoot the bridge. Enjoy your weekend!

San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Bridge

From San Francisco, CA one of the top iconic photo locations in the world…the Golden Gate Bridge. What would be the top photographed well known structures in the world? Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Times Square? Hmmm…what else would be on the list?

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San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Bridge (Texture)

From the lovely San Francisco, CA….one of the most well known bridges in the world…the Golden Gate Bridge. I have shot this icon from all sides and directions. This shot was taken while walking up from a stroll down to Baker’s Beach. All of you that visit my blog know that I love textured shots. If the sky is boring…a texture will help! The photo above is just one texture. If you are interested…this is the standard version photo below…Have fun!

San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Bridge (HDR)

Add an ImageGolden Gate Bridge at Sunset is a wonderful sight!  This was from earlier this year while shooting with my buddy Horace Kwan.  We arrived at the Horseshoe Bay before sunset and took a bunch of shots this day.    This location is on a little jetty that overlooks the bridge wonderfully!!  Best spots to photograph the bridge:

1) Fort Point

2) Baker’s Beach

3) Battery Spencer

4) Horseshoe Bay

5) Vista Point

All locations will get you great shots!  If you can, try em all!!   On Baker’s beach watch out for the nudists during the summer!!   Go early or late so you won’t get a “full moon or moons” overlooking the bridge!  LOL  have fun!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 VR f/43.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 34.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/4.2
  • Gear:  Tripod, cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro

San Francisco, California – Golden Gate Bridge

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

What trip to San Francisco doesn’t include a view or visit to the Golden Gate Bridge?   We were in in SF this past week and as all San Francisco winters….it was cold and breezy!  What better way to enjoy such weather?  Take a walk on the bridge!  A winter cap and scarf was needed….as well as a nice warm coat!   Wish I could carry a portable heater as well!!  The first tower is as far as we made it.  I think my face was frozen by the time we arrived.  I enjoy looking up when I get there.  So here is a nice angular view of this section of the bridge.   All was well when we arrived back in our warm car!  Enjoy!

San Francisco, CA – Fort Point

Fort Point SF

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24

One of my favorite cities in the US is San Francisco.  On my last trip I traveled down to view the Golden Gate Bridge at Fort Point.   This is one of the top spots to see the bridge.  This is a shot with bokeh of the chain barrier that is along side the road.   I thought it might be a different view….set up the tripod and focused on the links.   I will be in SF again soon and look forward to going back!   My favorite place to stay is in the wharf…that way great seafood is only a few blocks walk away!

The fort has along history…here is alittle of it from the web:    In 1926 the American Institute of Architects proposed preserving the fort for its outstanding military architecture. Funds were unavailable, and the ideas languished. Plans for the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s called for the fort’s removal, but Chief Engineer Joseph Strauss redesigned the bridge to save the fort. “While the old fort has no military value now,” Strauss said, “it remains nevertheless a fine example of the mason’s art…. It should be preserved and restored as a national monument.” The fort is situated directly below the southern approach to the bridge, underneath an arch that supports the roadway.Preservation efforts were revived after World War II. On October 16, 1970, President Richard Nixon signed a bill creating Fort Point National Historic Site.

If you get a chance to visit SF…plan a little stop at Fort Point!  Enjoy!

San Franccisco, California – Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

I always enjoy any photo from San Francisco.  If you ever take the last exit beofre the bridge from the city, this is the area where all the bus tours stop and you can walk around the Golden Gate Bridge.  On this day I drove up myself and parked….grabbed my gear and went for a walk on the bridge.  About 10 minutes later I reached the first tower of the bridge.  It is located 345 meters from the land and each tower is 230 meters high from sea level.    Once you reach this tower…look up and here is your view!

Its a nice view of the city from the bridge (only on a clear day).   Look downwards…yikes!  Its pretty high up!   Enjoy the International Orange color of the bridge…it was originally used as a sealant for the bridge.  The plan was to paint it silver or gray…but the locals asked to keep this color…and it has stayed ever since!    Hope your day is looking up!

San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Bridge – HDR

Golden Gate Bridge - HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, HDR in Photomatix

This will be my last Golden Gate Bridge post for a while.  In the last week I posted a GGB shot in IR, standard and now HDR with this shot.  So you can decide what you like best!  They all to me have there own feel – Im not sure which is best??   I’d enjoy hearing from you…post which version yiou like in the comments section below.  I took this shot with 5 exposures and used my tripod with a cable release.   When you take an HDR and there are clouds…it gives such feeling to the photo.  So if its cloudy out, dont let that deter you in taking photos.  I knew by adding in a little bit of the street, chain fence and buildings it would give a little extra pop to the photo. I did turn up the strength on this HDR to give it an artistic feel.   This shot was also taken at Fort Point.  Hope you enjoy!

San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Bridge

San fran - Golden Gate Bridge

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

Here is a normal shot of the Golden Gate Bridge!  No post processing!  I have been trying to locate great spots for the GGB – I think this is the best!   I have been on the lookout area by the toll, Baker’s Beach, on the hill overlooking Baker’s Beach…but this spot is my favorite!  Its called Fort Point.  As you drive up to the toll for the GGB, the last right before the toll is the lookout area (all tour buses stop here).  If you drive down the hill and make a left – you head right toward Fort Point (sign posted).  

There is a rocky beach that overlooks the GGB.  I carefully climbed down the rocks and set up on the beach.  I only had about 20 feet of beach to work with and had to watch the waves.   Just looks lovely with the rocks and waves splashing!  Plus you get a full view of the bridge.  There were actually some guys surfing right next to the Fort.  It was quiet down here during the day as not many people venture dow the hill.  But I’d suggest you do for this great angle!    I wanted to come back here at nite, but didnt have time.  I think the sun sets beyond the bridge.  One day I’ll take that shot!   Iused my tripod for this shot and standard settings.  Soon I will work on my HDR’s.  Hope to have them posted in a day or so.

San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Bridge – Infrared


SF - GGB Infrared B&W

NIKON D70S (Modfied IR – LifePixel), Nikon 18-70

Here is my first Infrared Black & White shot.  This is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fran.  I will have lots of pictures from here in the next week or so as I get through them.  I have standard shots, HDR’s and a few IR pics.  I was lucky enough to have a mostly clear day and I found a great spot to take these pics!  I’ll post more details on San Francisco in my next few photo posts.  I do prefer the IR shots to have color, but a B&W looks decent as well!!  I was happy to see these IR pics of the bridge came out solid.   I used a couple new items on my trip as well – a Think Tank Modular camera pack and a new strap for my D300.  Both items were great!   I write up details in the next few SF posts.