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Certainly not the biggest explosion of spray I shot that day but this one provides a nice balance between the scenery and the exploding spray as waves crashed in to the seawall below the road that leads out from San Francisco to Fort Point. This place is known for its huge spray as waves from the Pacific Ocean flow in though the Golden Gate and then wrap around Fort Point before they slam in to the sea wall. It's also a popular spot with wind surfers, sea lions and I've even seen dolphins riding the swells.

Oh and crazy photographers willing to risk a saltwater shower.

NOTE: Reposted to fix some sharpening errors.

© Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Studios

Tags:   Wave Golden Gate Bridge Fort Point San Francisco California National Park Ocean Pacific Spray Morning Sunrise Seascape Landscape Civil War Fort Suspension Bridge Bridge Icon Landmark World Famous 2012 75 75th Anniversary Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

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Explore Jan 9th, 2012

Gently pulsing though the glitter like plankton these stunning Jelly Fish look like space faring starships on a long voyage though the cosmos. Their space of course is the Pacific Ocean and they are but one of the many amazing exhibits at California's premier Monterey Bay Aquarium. About the size of my hand, they moved quickly though the cylinder tank which added to the complexity of getting this shot.

A member of the White Spotted Jellyfish this particular species has a brilliant natural blue tint. The stinging tentacles varied from white to a yellowish tint. No doubt the bright spotted markings are telling potential predators that they might want
to rethink this as their lunch special.

© Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Studios

Tags:   Jellyfish Jelly Fish Jellies White Spotted Monterey Bay Aquarium Pacific Coast California Sealife Nature Space Outer Space Nebula Galaxy Stars Cosmic Cannery Row Carmel Pacific Grove World Famous Travel Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com Explore Explored

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Just prior to dawn a hazy sky makes for a soft pink moon instead of the expected blood red of a typical total lunar eclipse. The moon glows dimly as it slides behind the southern tower of the Golden Gate Bridge as viewed from Crissy Field. It was very early in the morning as thousands of photographers lined the shore to get a shot of a once in a lifetime event. The unusual haze due to a lack of the typical wind that usually plagues the Golden Gate made for a soft pastel as the morning sun began to illuminate the hazy fog that lingered above the most famous San Francisco landmark.

Darv

© Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Studios

Tags:   Lunar Eclipse Golden Gate Bridge Golden Gate San Francisco Crissy Field Moonset Suspension Bridge Stars Starlight Filter Glow Pink Moon Full Moon Lunar Eclispe California Landmark World Famous Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

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Please take a moment to view the image at Full Size to see the details of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco behind it. I posted it large so you could see the details. Or View On Black

Story behind the shot...
I arrived at the Golden Gate Bridge just in time to get some great shots of high fog
moving in over the bridge and San Francisco.

HOW THE SHOT WAS MADE:
Initially I sat up on the hill in the image just to the left of the north tower but the moon was too far away from the bridge so we moved on up to the very top of the Marin Headlands so that we could get the moon more to the center. I originally hoped the moon would be in the center of the bridge but I see now that would have been a mistake and at any rate wasn't possible.

The light blue tint under the moon came from the distant clouds above the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. In the shots prior to this image that was all I had. The golden glow was from fog dropping down over the hills Marin Headlands from behind us and if you look closely you can see that fog in the blue of the sky. I was worried that the fog would cause problems by blocking out the distant clouds but it actually added to the shot and gave a yellow to orange glow to the top side of the moon that wasn't in other shots. In total, I took about 30 shots at a few different settings. Any one of them would have been a good shot but this one really caught my eye due to the addition of the fog.

If you view the large size, you will see perfect shadows of the cables in the water on from the north tower (left). If you look close at the city you can make out Coit Tower, Alcatraz, Trans America Tower, Fort Point and several other famous landmarks of San Francisco.

Ever look for shapes in the clouds?
My wife commented that the clouds reminded her of a birds head with the full moon as they eye. The beak trails off to the lower right with a wing on both sides.

I always think I have the best image I will ever get of the Golden Gate Bridge
and then something totally new and remarkable comes along. Thus far, this
is my favorite shot of the bridge at night. People have also commented it looks a lot like a volcano. Sometimes I resist going to the bridge thinking I will over do it but it has so many moods I doubt that will ever happen.

-Darv
LiquidMoonlight.com
© Darvin Atkeson
California Photographer

Tags:   San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge California Marin Headlands Full Moon Golden Gate Night Moon Darvin Atkeson Darv LiquidMoonlight.com LiquidMoonlight High Resolution Wallpaper Sizes California Photography California Photographer Francisco Marin Oakland Clouds Fog 5PHOTOSADAY platinumphoto ABigFave grouptripod Bay Area West Coast Coast Highway One Landmark Famous World Famous Landmarks Suspension Bridges Bridge BEJ* Moonlight moonrise City by the Bay City Skyline Fort Point Treasure Island Alcatraz Coit Tower Bay Bridge Coastal Ocean Pacific AlemdagQualityOnlyClub FlickrsBest GoldStarAward SOE TheUnforgettablePictures AnAwesomeShot betterthangood SuperShot Award Tree DiamondClassPhotographer UltimateShot Gli Abruzzesi GoldDragon USA U.S. America

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I had to rush back to car to get some additional equipment and left my wife Lynneal with the camera to continue shooting the lunar eclipse of 2011 as it descended over the Golden Gate. She continue to snap shots waiting for the display to go blank. The result was an animated sequence of the full eclipse setting behind the Golden Gate. Upon arrival home I realized she had captured a unique set of shots that could be stacked in Photoshop to make a single time lapse stack of the eclipsed moon. The result show the darkening of the moon as it begins setting behind a famous San Francisco icon.

My wife typically does much of the assistance as I do my photography and doesn't get nearly the credit she deserves on all the images I post. In this case however my only contribution was to handled the post editing in Photoshop to stack the images.

She took all the shots while I was racing to get gear we had decided to leave behind. She did a fine job. If you agree and like the shot, please take a moment to give her a comment or favorite the image. Personally I think she ended up with a shot more interesting than mine and perhaps quite a bit different than most others got.

Cheers,
Darv

© Lynneal Atkeson
Editing: Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Studios

Tags:   Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Full Moon Eclipse Golden Gate Bridge Suspension Marin Headlands Time Lapse Night Photography Event Crissy Field San Francisco California Stacked Layers United States America Iconic World Famous Golden Gate Bridge Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com


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