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Golden Gate Bridge

June 26, 2014

It is impossible to be a photographer and either live in, or visit, the Bay Area without making a pilgrimage to the Golden Gate bridge. This iconic structure may well be the most photographed in the world. Some history and context, again from Wikipedia:

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the mile-wide, three-mile-long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the U.S. city of San Francisco, on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, to Marin County, bridging both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.[7] The Frommers travel guide considers the Golden Gate Bridge “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world”.[8] It opened in 1937 and had, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet (1,300 m)

This  needs to be in every photographer’s viewfinder. Here are some examples of what I saw when it was in mine.

South Tower #1

South Tower Before Dawn

Geekie stuff: Taken from Marin headlands, Nikon 800e, Zeiss 80 mm lens, ISO 100, f/22 Exposures 4 seconds, 16 seconds, and 1 second. HDR rendering Photomatix Pro.


North Tower #1

North Tower at Dawn

Geekie stuff: Taken from Marin headlands, Nikon 800e, Zeiss 80 mm lens, ISO 100, f/22 Exposures 4 seconds, 1 second, and 1/4 second. HDR rendering Photomatix Pro.



Bridge at Night

Bridge at Night

Geekie stuff: Taken from Fort Baker, Nikon 800e, Nikkor 24-70 mm mm lens, ISO 100, f/22 Exposures 30  seconds, 8 seconds, and 2 seconds. HDR rendering Photomatix Pro.



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  1. madwarphotos permalink

    Awesome shot! Love the glow of the lights… hopefully I can visit there one day soon!

  2. Great pictures of a triumph of American exceptionalism. I am going to see this soon.

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