San Francisco, aka SF, should stand for ‘so fun’ to photograph. That was lame… Sorry…
*Rocks and Steel – Golden Gate Bridge // San Francisco, California*
It’s hard to go to SF without shooting the GGB. Of course, though, I was struck with no fog. I was looking to shoot the bridge in a way that was out of the ordinary, and not having much luck. Then, I noticed a large rocky outcropping down the hill, and thought that might make an interesting juxtaposition between the bridge and the headlands.
I just wish Toby Harriman would have told me about the Poison Ivy down here before I had carelessly tramped around… Oh well, I hope I didn’t transfer any to his couch 🙂
Behind the Scenes
We hit the trails again this weekend, this time trying out to find a new waterfall that is pretty under-explored. I took a few gear photos while I was all set up, for the Gear Reviews page. We didn’t find the waterfall I wanted, but maybe next time.
*Steel Blue // Treasure Island, San Francisco*
This seems like ages ago, but last time I was in SF I met up with a few folks and spent a sunrise and sunset shooting around the city. I am definitely jealous of their daily views, including this one from Treasure Island. We spent the evening shooting the bridge, the city, and generally having a jolly time ha! 🙂
I hope to get things settled down in a bit in about a month, but until then, it’s going to be crazy. Lots of big things going on behind the scenes, so I hope to have some announcements here soon.
Ascending to the Fog – Golden Gate Bridge // SF, CA
I was able to snap this shot off while crossing the GGB this spring. Karl the Fog had not been particularly cooperating from the top of the Marin Headlands, but from down here, it worked out perfectly. I don’t condone photographing while driving, but I know that I’m guilty of it 🙂
Looks like there will be a new/unexpected road trip coming up. Yellowstone’s a possibility, other ideas for the Wyoming/Montana area are welcome!
Fading Away – Golden Gate Bridge // San Francisco, CA
I can understand why people can have such a love for this bridge. It’s beauty and simplicity coexist in such a harmonious balance, that sometimes you forget that was built for people transportation, not just for people viewing. I don’t foresee a time that I’ll visit SF and not take in a sunrise or sunset with the bridge, and hopefully Karl the Fog will join the party also.
“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.” ― Jon Krakauer
Peaking Thru the Bridge – San Francisco, California
Love those early morning wake up calls. This a.m. I met Mr. Casey McCallister at Conzelman Road, at that one spot where you can see the Transamerica Tower thru the uprights of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a decent morning for sunrise, and strange to be able to see the whole city with no fog or clouds, as the last time I was up here you could barely even see the bridge!
If you’re a regular follower of the blog, you’ll know how much of a fan I am of the ole road trip. Friday I had the privelage of guest blogging on the popular ‘Roadtrippers’ website, which if you haven’t used yet it’s worth a look. The post can be seen here:
As the Night Fades
Late in to the evening, hanging out again with Casey McCallister, Michael Bonocore, and Toby Harriman, I noticed that the stars were out high above the beautiful city of San Francisco. Well, being quote a fan of astrophotography, I switched lenses to my ultra-wide, and decided to try some long exposure star shooting. If you’re looking to get started taking photos of stars, check out my tutorial HERE.
I think anyone would tell you that San Francisco is a great place to photograph, with all it’s different vantage points and interesting architecture and landscapes. But, as Toby put in his post earlier (which motivated me to finish up this shot), this is definitely one of the best views. Toby was doing some awesome timelapse shooting in the bottom left of the frame, and next time I go back I’m going to have to steal his location 🙂