It’s great to finally post again! My new website has kept me very busy. So many photographers have amazing websites now. My new venture has been a surprising success so far, and if anyone is interested I would be happy to share what I have learned. I have a “My Blog” link on my website, where I will include steps I have taken to make the site work, including how I have been able to sell prints internationally. This was a nightmare at first; however I figured out a system for almost all sales.
The Shot: I scouted out The Marin Headlands Area to the north of San Francisco, for a spot where I could capture an image of the fireworks show, which was to be the finale of The Golden Gate Bridge 75th anniversary celebration. The Headland hills were littered with people wanting to witness the display, including many other photographers. I chose to set up on Wolfback Ridge, where I was joined by about 200 other excited individuals. This was a great spot and not bad at all for shooting the fireworks; however I soon realized that I was not set up at the best possible location to capture what I had envisioned.
While waiting for the show’s finale, I became captivated by the colorful little boats that had gathered in the harbor. I decided to attempt a 6-shot pano of the scene to include the boats, city skyline and the car light trail that snaked from The Golden Gate Bridge along Highway 101. While I kept my camera aperture setting at a constant f/8, I realized that I needed to adjust the shutter speed setting as I panned across the scene. Doing this would give me a better chance of maintaining even lighting throughout the sky.
16-85mm f/3.5 at 35mm
20/25/30 Seconds (3 exposures across for sky)
Singh-Ray ND Grad