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B 3321 C 25 E Jun 1, 2013 F Jun 19, 2013
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Well past sunset wispy clouds seemingly point to the illuminated Golden Gate Bridge and the City by the Bay. The San Francisco skyline begins to sparkle with lights as the Bay Bridge celebrates Bay Lights, the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge's sister bridge on the bay.

Both the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay Bridge were build at about the same time both using a suspension design. Last year the Golden Gate celebrated its 75th birthday and this year the celebration continues with the Bay Bridge.

While filming the bridge I have been asked why it's called the Golden Gate Bridge while it is clearly a bright orange? The answer is actually quite simple, the opening to San Francisco Bay is surrounded by hills covered in Golden Grass during much of the summer and fall months. The Golden Gate existed long before the Bridge. The Bridge was named after the straight that it spans and not the color of the bridge itself. You can see some of that golden grass in the foreground but the hills behind the camera are covered in it and often covered with California Poppies.

The famous Art Deco design of the bridge was not the first choice and there were many objects to the construction. A dislike of the cantilever design that was originally planned let to the more elegant replacement that we see today. Many of the elements of the bridge are more for ascetic effect rather than structural support. The bridge is illuminated by a number of spot lights that are directed at the two towers. Street lights, matching the Art Deco design line both sides of the bridge. The near side is restricted to bicycle traffic while the far side allows for both pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Both walkways are protected by a low rail which make it easy to view the city no matter your height as you walk across the span. It was reported this was due to the small stature of the designer who wanted a clear view. That consideration would later come in to criticism given the bridge is often used by those wishing to end it all.

Shooting the bridge and getting a unique shot is tricky and knowing the right times is key. The area is swept by high winds most of the year due the nature of the landscape around the bridge. During summer months fog blows in off the Pacific shrouding the bridge in the clouds. On a rare morning you may be lucky to see the fog down on the water so the top of the bridge and perhaps even the deck are visible from the Marin Headlands near Hawk Hill. To get this shot takes sheer luck or a lot of tries as it is fairly rare when the elements come together just right to create the proper effect. I've tried many of times but was only successful just this last year.

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B 3175 C 33 E Jun 1, 2013 F Jun 4, 2013
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The clouds seemed to almost point to the Northern tower of the Golden Gate Bridge as the sun dipped past the horizon of the Pacific Ocean. The entire bay turned pink and orange as photographers lined up in mass along Battery Spencer. This is perhaps the most popular shot of the most popular bridge and graceful bridge in the world. And yet, each sunset makes it unique and offers its own challenges. This particular night drew more photographers than I had seen for just a sunset. The parking lot was lined with people waiting for a spot to open. I was in the area doing a shoot in Tiburon and thought at first to go to Crissy Field but by the time I arrived the clouds has all moved to the East so it was a dash back across the bridge and then parking at the first opening I found.

We arrived to see one of the more colorful sunsets that I can remember. Suiting being that I am leaving the Bay Area and will be moving far enough away that it will be rare that I get to see it. Living here in the Bay Area has been a blast and I have enjoyed the unique photographic opportunities but it is time to fine new vistas. I know that none will compare to the Golden Gate Bridge. It is by far the most beautiful manmade structures that I have seen and even so it serves a vital functions to the city of San Francisco and surrounding areas that goes far beyond its function as a bridge.

San Francisco and the Bay Area will be missed and I have learned much in my time here. The multicultural mix that makes up the city makes it possibly the most tolerant city in the United States. Life here is fast but at the same time relaxed and you will meet people from all around the world on any given day. You will see things you never thought you would see. Enjoy foods you never imagine existed and see sights you never imagined were possible. If you are considering it for a vacation, I highly recommend it. So much to see in such a short time. So much to learn.

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B 2703 C 12 E Jun 1, 2013 F Jun 1, 2013
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Pastel hues of light adorn the artistry that is the Golden Gate Bridge as a new day dawn’s upon the San Francisco Bay. Just when I thought I had seen all the various angles from which you can view the Golden Gate I happened across this special view of the bridge just as the sun begins to rise. The lights across the span still twinkle as the pink sky glows behind the lacy suspension structure of the bridge. It’s deep orange color is complimented by the soft colors of early light. The bright golden grass blows in a light breeze on this warm morning giving the Golden Gate it’s name. A soft haze from the Pacific blows in making the entire scene seem almost surreal and magical.

Last night Mike Oria asked if anyone was interested in getting out to take some pictures around sunrise. The idea of getting up that early never appeals to me until I actually do it. I hesitated but then went for it. As often happens when there isn’t a firm plan we ended up driving around the Marin Headlands and Sausalito looking for a good view. The light on the Bay near Sausalito caught our eye and we started looking for a good spot but nothing that we could find and it was getting bright fast. We finally spied a view of San Francisco and pulled over to get some shots that we felt were mediocre at best. I noted a small deer trail on the hill behind us and started up it as Mike followed. We broke through the trees and onto a grassy field with the city and Golden Gate Bridge standing impressively directly in front of us. One of those magical moments that just happens. Soon the pink skies of early dawn lit up the sky over the Pacific and behind the bridge. We got better than we came for. It’s sometimes hard for me to think of this as a functional bridge as its beauty in design greatly exceeds its it daily function to allow people to commute in to the city of San Francisco. Coming back down we took a different path and discovered posted signs along the way indicating this area was off limits so I won’t be returning. Sometimes the deer just know the best routes.

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A Pacific Storm blows in to the Bay Area bring rain, thunder and lightning above the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Below the world famous Golden Gate Bridge stands a relic of the Civil War appropriately named Fort Point. Coming in from the Pacific and wrapping around the tip of the San Francisco peninsula a wave curls and crashes upon the rocks and sea walls that protect the small strip of land from erosion. This area is often popular with local surfers who ride these wave and bail in the last few seconds as the waves crash near the rocks. In the distance the Marin Headland stand behind the bridge and disappear in the stormy weather along the horizon.

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The sun rises above the Oakland Foothills to illuminate the top of a dense layer of fog that covers the deck of the Golden Gate Bridge. The burst of sunlight paints the top layers of the blue fog in golden hues fitting of the name of the area. It may look cold, but above the fog it was quite warm and comfortable. Below, it was damp, cold and windy. We only get a few of these perfect sunrises each year and they are highly sought out by photographers and artist and for good reason. There have been many, many times I have sought the low level fog only to be thwarted by the unpredictability of the height of the fog. Often it extends well past the tops of the towers and often even above this location on the hill above or it totally fools you by appearing in the local webcams only to blow out by the time you arrive. I've spent many mornings in dense fog waiting for it to break and reveal the city only to find myself headed home with no pictures to speak of. Persistence and a love of early mornings is key.

To give you some scope of the height of the fog, the bridge is 746 feet high (227 Meters). On this day, the fog just barely covered the roadway which is about 220 feet (67) meters above the waterline at high tide. The ideal situation is when the fog just barely covers the deck and the lights that run along the sidewalks illuminate the fog from beneath. The towers actually do lean outward slightly to help support the weight. There are just over 1.2 million rivets holding the span together. The main cables are made of wires about the thickness of a pencil. If extended they would cover 80,000 miles (129,000 km). The Golden Gate Bridge is the most photographed bridge in the world, due in part to its art deco design, the many angles of which the bridge can be filmed and the number of visitors to the city each year.

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