Golden Gate Bridge

It had been almost two years at this point since I had been back to San Francisco. Needless to say, I was really looking forward to this trip out here. My sister and I came here on a holiday weekend and if you have ever been on a holiday weekend, you know just how packed it gets. This day was no exception. The route up to this lookout point had a ridiculous amount of traffic and we thought for sure that with how close we were to the sun going down and it starting to get dark, that we were going to miss our opportunity. Fortunately we found an alternated route under the mountain through a tunnel that was supposedly closed that made getting back up the mountain much faster. Also, we ended up renting an SUV so we were able to just ride over the curb on the side and park on top of it. We ended up making it with enough time to spare. This is one of my favorite viewpoints of Golden Gate Bridge because it really is the quintessential view you picture when you think of the bridge. It had been so foggy all day that we couldn’t even see the bridge when we were standing at the start of it. Lucky for us, it ended up clearing up sometime in the early evening and some clouds even began rolling in which added to the scene. I took various shots of the bridge from when it was brighter out to when it became darker and I liked this one the best. I think what made this one my favorite was because of the lamps that were lit up all along the bridge and all the car trails that you can...

Golden Gate Park

I took this shot while strolling through Golden Gate Park one morning during my visit in San Francisco. I had come up to visit during a 4 day weekend that I had. This was my first time up here and there was so much to see. I hit all the usual spots and decided to hit some spots that weren’t as well known such as this one. This was taken during early morning as the fog was rolling out. This is a 3 exposure shot made from -2, 0, +2. These three exposure were combined into an HDR in Photomatix. Once combined I brought the single photo into Photoshop CS6 and masked through the other layers in order to bring out the better parts of the image. Some of the problem areas were the reflection in the water and the movement of the leaves in the trees. I used Nik Color Efex Pro for a few more advanced filters and that did it. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Golden Gate Bridge

In 2012 during the fall I decided to venture to San Francisco for the first time. It was about a 10 hour trip from the San Diego area taking the Pacific Coast Highway all the way with all the stop that I made included. That ride up was definitely the most beautiful right thus far in my life and definitely worth the extra few hours and gas in my opinion. I got to San Francisco and immediately noticed the temperature difference. It was a lot colder this far North at the time and I definitely hadn’t expected it. Poor planning on my part I guess. One of my first stops in San Francisco was of course the Golden Gate Bridge. This bridge was amazing to see. It was almost surreal because I have constantly seen it in other peoples pictures and magazines and have never seen it in real life. I guess it’s like seeing a famous person if that makes sense. I was glad that there was at least some fog around it for the picture because it is iconic in a way. I found this awesome vantage point pretty early on so I stayed there for a little while to get this shot. I didn’t want to over-process this shot either so I just used the original RAW image file and did some basic adjustments. Once I brought the image into Photoshop CS6 I decided to use a filter that gave it an almost cross-processing effect because I thought that it brought out the color in the bridge really well and gave it a nice blue hue while keeping the fog visible. For the filter I used Nik Color Effex Pro which is an awesome program that has a lot of cool...

Golden Gate Underbelly...

The Golden Gate Bridge is probably the most photographed bridge there is and if you have looked at enough photos of it then you probably have seen a few of the same angles more than once, to include one of my shots as well. This is why I decided to scour around the area to try to find some new inspiration for different angles that I haven’t seen that much of and cool spots to see in general. That’s how I came upon this little hidden gem of an area. This is right near Fort Point, or… on top of it actually. If you go up the stairwell in Fort Point to the top you will get to the roof where you can get the unusual view of the Golden Gate Bridge pictured here. I loved the architecture and detail of this bridge. I find it really cool to look at and loved the rich red color of the paint that contrasted against everything else around it. I decided that it was best to take this picture as symmetrical as possible because I found that balance and structure were some of the key characteristics of the bridge itself. I also liked that you can see the water between the pillars and across to the other side underneath. I shot this picture on a tripod because there was no way that I was going to be able to hold it steady enough to get the symmetry that I wanted. In the end, I still had to do some corrections in post processing in order to fix a few off balance areas but overall it worked out pretty well. I used a filter from Nik Color Effex Pro to give it a little bit more of a...