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Bridge to nowhere

I’ve been on a bridge kick lately. It could be that I’m finally realizing that I live so close to this icon of a structure, and I really haven’t put any effort into capturing images of it. It could also be that the fog has been really interesting lately, and hearing the foghorns blowing as the tankers move under the bridge is like a siren call to grab my camera. The nighttime shots are the most enjoyable. There’s something about the traffic across the bridge, the illumination, the city, and also the absence of people that makes for a better environment to shoot in. It’s just me and the bridge. Unfortunately the rangers often close the upper gate each night at dusk which prevents access to the best view point of the bridge and the city. All is not lost however, as there are many alternate spots that each offer a different perspective.

This shot is from up high, just before I was kicked out by the ranger. The full moon was illuminating the bay in a wonderful way, and the long exposure helped to smooth out the waves in the bay much in the same way that a waterfall renders as silky streams.

Golden Gate Bridge at Full Moon

This shot was from a bit lower (almost at at sea level) near the Coast Guard station in Fort Baker.

View from Fort Baker

This next few shots were during one of those fog events. It’s hard to know if the towers are in fact going to be poking through the cloud layer, and many times I made the trek up the hill only to find everything was completely socked in.


And finally, my favorite of the series. A pre-dawn shot of the bridge:


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  1. May 28th, 2009 at 16:30 | #1

    hey this is a very interesting article!


  2. June 19th, 2009 at 09:34 | #2

    Incredible. Felt like I was there for a moment. I too love the night shots that sometimes eliminate distractions from the image to be highlighted. Just awesome. Thank you for the trip to Namibia!


  3. July 6th, 2009 at 16:03 | #3

    Hi. I like the way you write. Will you post some more articles?


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