Golden Gate Panorama
The other day I had my first chance to cross the Golden Gate bridge and take a photo of it while facing San Francisco. I was headed out to wine country with a friend and my wife, so we stopped once on the way out and again on the way back. During the first stop I wasn’t very inspired by the angles provided by the tourist spots along the roadside, but by night time the bridge and city came alive with lights. This image was captured at the edge of Battery Spencer, a walkable area that is accessible even by wheel chair (my friend was in one). It provides a close up view of the bridge from an elevated spot. I had my camera placed on a tripod and set my camera settings to the following: 14mm, ISO 1000, F/7.1, 13 second exposure. I captured 4 shots and combined them with Photoshop after applying some color and tone adjustments in Lightroom. If you enjoy this photograph, you can buy a print from Society6.com here. Directions to the location: From the south, you will head north across the bridge. After crossing the bridge, take the second exit to the right for Alexander Ave (exit 442). Merge to the left side of the fork in the road to make a left turn, then you will need to make a right to follow the scenic route up the side of the hill. Battery Spencer will be the first major spot to take a photo, but if you want a view from higher up there are several other spots as you drive up the mountain side. From the north you will take the first exit (number 442) after the Redwood Highway tunnel and keep to the right. Interested in finding other angles to photograph the Golden Gate bridge? Check out this article, which covers different locations with example photographs and helpful suggestions..