Photo of the Day - Golden Gate Golden Hour

January 02, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

A couple of days ago, I headed over to Baker Beach in the Presidio area of San Francisco to get a nice sunset shot of the Golden Gate Bridge. I wanted to get a photo with the white-capped surf crashing against the rocks, maybe some reflections of the bridge towers in the wet sand, and have the bridge in all its glowing majesty in the background. When I arrived, I felt fortunate to have such beautiful light and conditions! There was an eclectic crowd in attendance, complete with tourists, native San Franciscans, couples hand in hand sauntering along the sand, as well as the obligatory naked people soaking up the sun or taking a dip in the bracing water. The section of Baker Beach closest to the bridge is an unofficial nude beach, so the photographer gets a mixed bag along with the fantastic view. I setup in a few different spots and thought about  clambering over the rocks at the end of the beach (while toting my monster tripod) to see what was on the other side.  I decided to stay put, however, after watching a fellow photographer trying to unsuccessfully scale the outcropping. After playing tag with the tide and trying to avoid getting myself and my tripod soaked, I snapped several frames. My settings for this shot were my aperture at f8 and 1/320 shutter speed with a 17-55 mm Canon lens set at 50 mm with ISO 100. As you can imagine, I was rather pleased with the results. 

Golden Gate Bridge at SunsetGolden Gate Bridge at Sunset


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