Golden Gate Bridge - It's Been Done Before

It's been done before - like a billion times, before. Here is the 1,000,000,001 shot ;-) - I took a guess as to where to shoot from using Google Maps, grabbed über, and I was on my way. I didn't have much time, but I knew I had just enough to make it there before the sunset. I arrived with 40-minutes to go and stumbled around a bit trying to find the steep trail down to the shore. The 10-minute hike down to Marshalls's Beach was teasing me with excitement. Some kids were hanging out along with a couple of other photographers, but otherwise, it was not too crowded. I quickly picked a vantage point, grabbed a composition started shooting, and just soaking it all in. I loved every minute of it...the pounding waves, the sound of the birds, and the salty breeze. The rugged shoreline was impressive and in sharp contrast to what I experience on the Jersey shore, typically.

Going into this shot, I knew I wanted to capture the flow of the crashing waves and the back and forth of the swash. To do this, I need to dial-in my shutter speed, just right, to get some movement in the waves but still show their form. I tested a few shutter speeds and settled on .8 seconds. I used a 6-stop ND filter, and as the light faded, I bumped my ISO up to 200 to keep my shutter speed dialed-in.

Here is the resulting image.

Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco, CA ©johnguillaume

Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco, CA ©johnguillaume

As I said, it's been done before, but now its been done by me ;-) Capturing the last light on the Golden Gate bridge is an experience I'll never forget. I can't wait to do it again!



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