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


Jitu said...


Biju... you gave me an idea to shoot the bridge. :) Will try it sometime. :)

Loved the pictures. :)

HansHB said...

Great shots, lovely colours of the sky and clouds!
I wish you a Happy Friday!

Smalltown RN said...

Simple gorgeous. I love the transition in your photos from day to night and how it changes the face of the bridge...very nicely done!

Alexander said...

Nice photo! Very scenic and beautiful.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Alex's World! -

Indrani said...

Excellent perspectives!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Excellent and beautiful photographs.

Regards and best wishes

eileeninmd said...

WOW, fantastic images of the bridge. I love the shots at night with the beautiful reflections. Great captures.

Biju Chandroth said...

thanks folks!

Aiketa said...

I love the first picture and specially the reflection on the water.

I'm enjoy all your pictures as you probably can tell with all my comments.

Regards from Barcelona.

Biju Chandroth said...

thanks Aiketa! :)