December 28th, 2012 • Hawk Hill, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California
I couldn't help but wonder when seeing the intense fiery sunrise over San Francisco whether the Mayan calendar was off by a mere seven days. Fortunately the fire in the sky was extinguished nearly as quickly as it was created and no humans were harmed or raptured in the process. ;-)
It turns out that there were a few other well established bay area photographers atop Hawk Hill this particular morning: John Louie, Andrew Louie and Matt Walker. My apologies guys for not introducing myself. I tend to be very quiet in nature and need to break out of my shell sometimes. Next time!
Big thanks to local bay area photographer Rob Dweck for taking the time to write the "The Photographer's Guide to the Golden Gate Bridge". This was my first time capturing the Golden Gate Bridge and the information packed in his book helped guide me towards Hawk Hill for my first shoot.
How this capture was created:
This is a single image capture that was post processed in Adobe Lightroom 4. A 3-stop Singh-Ray reverse ND graduated filter was used to hold back the sun to help retain the gorgeous texture in the sky.
Canon 5D Mark iii • Canon 17-40mm ƒ/4.0L @ 40mm • ISO 100 • ƒ/16 • 0.3 seconds
Shares and constructive feedback is always welcomed!