Behind The Scenes: Golden Gate Bridge

Posted: June 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: iphone, photography, travel | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

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For this post, I thought I’d show you a behind the scenes view of my recent trip to San Francisco.

As I mentioned in two previous posts (link and link) I had a ton of fun shooting pictures above the Golden Gate Bridge on the Marin side.


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This outing was something that I’ve been wanting to go do for a while. I shot for about an hour without even noticing what time it was. Unfortunately, traffic was a little heavy and I arrived. As this is a pretty popular location, quite literally an entire van load of photographers had set up with tripods and all sorts of gear! An instructor was moving around the group helping here and there, making suggestions. There was a really great creative vibe in the air.

So, I missed the sunset but got to take pictures through the blue hour and into dark. The fog was coming in and the lights on the bridge were coming up making it all worthwhile. I also got to do a few things other I had really been wanting to do. I wanted to shoot some longer exposure shots to blur the water and get a great effect. I wanted to get that classic star pattern in the lights that you get from a high f-stop. I wanted to shoot on a rock solid tripod base. I wanted to use an ND filter to lengthen my shutter speed.

I was lucky enough to be able to do all these things that night! I had recently acquired a new Feisol tripod, which has been great. For its price point, it’s en excellent carbon fiber tripod. It’s very light and is very sturdy and quick to set up. The ball head works great as well! During my time up in the hills I used every lens I had to frame up different compositions. I tried with and without the ND filter. I made sure to use my timer setting so I could get my hands off the camera for less shake. I’ve got many more unprocessed shots but these are the first two I processed. They may not be the best shots ever taken but I’m pretty pleased with them! I’ve been learning a lot over the last year and I was glad I was able to put a lot of those new skills to use.

What do you think? Do you have any photo adventure stories of your own?

Nikon D7000, Sigma 8-16 (at 16mm), ISO 100, f/22, 30 seconds

Nikon D7000, Nikon 50-200mm (at 160mm), ISO 100, f/22, 30 seconds

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