How to photograph Golden Gate Bridge? First, look at the photos of my photography hero, Ansel Adams. To understand the significance of this image to me as a photographer, you need to know about my love of Ansel Adams. He was THE photographer who influenced me the most during my formative years. Adams grew up in San Francisco and, among his many iconic images, he made several of Golden Gate Bridge. So when I was in San Francisco for business in November of 2014, I rented a car, stayed an extra couple of days, and resolved to make an image of the bridge myself.
My first attempt was on a sunny Saturday afternoon, when the light was all wrong and the beach was crowded. But from that experience I learned where I wanted to place my tripod on the following day, and that’s 80% of the battle right there.
So on Sunday morning I drove back to the beach, set up my tripod, and made the image you see here. I lucked out with the clouds because it had been sunny before and after I photographed but some lovely clouds moved in, just in time for me. What you see here is a blend of two 10-second exposures (one for the top, another for the bottom) since my 50mm lens couldn’t cover the entire composition in one shot. I still remember the wind coming off the ocean and the sound of the waves and seagulls!
Technical Details: Nikon D800, Nikon 50mm f/1.8G lens, f11, 6 sec, 10-stop ND filter
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