Monday, November 21, 2011

San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge - Day 1

The Golden Gate Bridge ....from my early childhood days of my fav author -  Alistair Maclean's novel "The Golden Gate" , I had a  fantasy of visiting this place. What I dreamt was a "golden"  Golden Gate. Only Maclean could conceive such a devious  plot , I still remember the faint memories of a submarine waiting under the bridge to pick up the President

Well, now on my 2nd visist to SFO and armed with my 40D and a 16-35mm f/2.8 Canon and with my partner in life along, I could'nt have asked for a better visual come true Maclean story.

Possibly the most beautiful and certainly the most photographed bridge in the world. On our 1st day, we started off with a bay cruise from the famous Pier 39 that took us right below the bridge, around the Alcatraz and back again. A lovely sight, I could understand why every individual on that boat wanted their photographs clicked with the iconic symobol of San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge

After having shot the bridge ( that was shot atleast a million times), we set off to Baker Beach. They say the Baker Beach is the best places to shoot the bridge with many different variations  of foreground elements. During sunset and after the  water recedes, the Golden Gate Bridge reflects in the wet sand , creating a lovely reflection and dance of lights. My MANU cap came useful since I could'nt find any foregroud element (drift wood...footprints etc). 

GPS coordinates: 37°47’27.81N 122°29’2.30W
Just after sunset which was around early 5:15PM, the beach was empty. Uncomfortable with the thought that we were going to be alone shooting the bridge on a cold night, the sight of 3 fellow comrades with tripods and camera gears brought a delight to our faces

Golden Gate Sunset

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Fall Colors @ Eastern Sierra and Mammoth Lakes

Last weekend saw us setting of to Mammoth along with Seb,Milgy and ET boy  to capture the Fall colors. Perhaps we were searching for water in a desert, Fall was past peak in Mammoth. But the small pockets of Fall colors around the June lake loop and Bishop county were pleasing to the eye .

Fall Colors

Mono County had its share of Fall colors as well. Stopping at the first signs of fall colors along the US 395 was fun. 

Collage 2

Linking to Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Fall back in with the seasonal drinks...

The holiday season is here...every Fall I look forward to my favorite pumpkin spiced latte at the local Starbucks outlet. Starbucks goes through a phenomenal change from fall to winter...the interiors look fabulous

Fall in with the seasonal drinks