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Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay, Morning Haze

Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay, Morning Haze. San Francisco, California. February 5, 2011. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.


Winter morning haze partially obstructs the view across San Francisco Bay, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Treasure Island, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and the city of Oakland.


I made this photograph shortly after dawn on a warm winter morning, shooting from the Marin Headlands of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and aiming back across the bay toward downtown Oakland. The atmosphere is a bit misleading here - although it looks somewhat dark and cloudy, most of the sky was clear and sunny. The haze was only in the very lower portion of the atmosphere and mainly over Oakland. By using a long lens I telescoped the distances between my position and the rest of the scene and between the elements of the scene.


The foreground structure is probably familiar to most who know anything about the San Francisco Bay Area. It is the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, here mostly backlit but with a bit of side light coming from the left. There is a lot of stuff in the distance, and some explanation may help. The closest land beyond the waters of the Bay is historic Treasure Island with its old military base buildings, though it is now being transformed for civilian use. Beyond Treasure Island is a maze of industrial elements. First, just beyond the island, are the eastern spans of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The old bridge is still in place as a newer bridge is being constructed to replace it. The tallest tower is part of the new bridge, which sits in front of the old one. Beyond that are the giant cranes of the busy Port of Oakland, and even further back in the haze are the buildings of downtown Oakland backed by the East Bay Hills.


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Taken on February 5, 2011