I was in San Francisco for work and decided to stay an extra night to get some shots around the bay area. Of course first on my list of must dos was to get a sunrise or sunset shot of the Golden Gate Bridge and I spent a good amount of time researching the best spot to shoot from using Google Maps, TPE and Trey Ratcliff's Stuck on Earth. Stuck on Earth is a super useful app on the iPad and now on the Mac that allows you to search by location for shots by others that have been geotagged by others. Basically, you can scout your location before you even you go out which is a huge timesaver when you only have a few hours or a day to take in a city.
Anyways, back to this photo. I had originally set out to shoot this from the hill high above the roadway overlooking the bridge with the city in the distance with a plan B to go up to higher ground if the fog was too thick to get some lights through the fog with sunrise. I set out from my hotel at 5am and made my way down to the bridge only to find out that the park was closed! I had no idea that the Golden Gate Park was run by the National Parks Service and sure enough it was closed due to the Government Shutdown. A day before I had noticed that Alcatraz was closed due to the shutdown, but to find out about the park being closed at 5am was not very fun.
However, I quickly regrouped and went to Google Maps to look at the roads and other areas nearby and ended up driving down to the Coast Guard area on the East Side of the bridge. To my surprise there were no less than 5 other photographers down there pulling tripods and gear out getting ready to wait for the sun. I said hello and breathed a deep breath as I set up my equipment .
This is a long exposure shot and I actually really like this low angle with the water, lights and fog all playing together. All in all it was a very adventurous morning and will be a nice memory rather than one of disaster.
Nikon D7100 | Tokina 11-16mm | Lightroom