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Golden Gate:  Marin Headlands, California | by Ivan Sohrakoff
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Golden Gate: Marin Headlands, California

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This weekend, the weatherman said it might rain, but the satellite images showed the storm ending and just scattered clouds over the bay area. I decided to go with my gut feeling and head to the SF Bay Area to make my second Golden Gate Bridge photograph. For me, this requires a 4am wake-up, and a 1.5-hr drive, so I don't take this decision lightly!

 

Last time I shot the GGB, I ended up on a hill which was just a little too far from the bridge. This time, I wanted to focus on the bridge itself, so I went to Battery Spencer. This is an old military post from 1897. These hills are lined with these old cement and steel military posts.

 

This is probably the most photographed view of the Golden Gate, but I've never done it, so I pulled up, and made a few shots. I was the only one on this hill the whole time I was there!

 

With the longer exposure and wide aperture, the lights on the bridge created a bona-fide golden light. This is the first time I've ever seen this bridge truly golden. I would have liked to close-down the aperture a bit and have some "stars" from the lights on the bridge, but it would have been an even longer exposure or a higher ISO, neither of which I was willing to do at the moment.

 

Flickr Explore #68 Jan 31, 2010

 

This is one single image, no HDR treatment.

 

Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 17-40L @25mm

47 second exposure @F8

Lee soft ND grad .9 filter

ISO 200

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Taken on January 30, 2010