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Golden Gate Bridge Sunset - San Francisco, California | by Jim Patterson Photography
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Golden Gate Bridge Sunset - San Francisco, California

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Well, after looking closer at some of my Golden Gate Bridge shots from last night, I found one I actually thought I could work with. There was briefly some color in some very faint clouds for a very short time. Did I mention the color was there briefly? For a short time? And very faint?


Most of my images had no sky to speak of. I think I kept shooting, hoping for some miracle, or maybe I was enthralled with the wispy water on my camera's LCD. That does happen. I am easily amused, after all. I did use a blend of the same image, processed twice, in order to pull some color out of the sky. My polarizer helped as well.


This was Kendra and my first time to Marshall Beach after getting stumped at Baker's Beach by some very large rock structures. The tide was incredibly low, and this shot is from my third and final vantage point. I was noticing how distorted the bridge looked on my LCD and shot a few shots at the 24mm end of the zoom, but in the end, this shot, at 12mm, won out.


I tried my best to correct my lens' horrible distortion, but alas, even Photoshop could not save it completely. I will be diving Wednesday, so I'm crossing my fingers I can come back with some new underwater images to share. Until then...


Nikon D300

Nikkor 12-24mm @ 12mm

4sec @ f16, ISO 160

B+W Polarizer for sure, can't remember if I used any ND grads as I was messing around with a lot of combinations all evening

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Taken on January 11, 2009