Fog and Steel - Golden Gate Bridge, California

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    Now while I like shooting the Bay Bridge it still pales in comparison to the
    Golden Gate Bridge. If you were to ask me, this is the most stunningly
    beautiful bridge made. It is one of the few bridges build with an Art Deco
    style and has design aspects that are not critical to its function. Simply
    put, this bridge doesn't take a bad picture. I wish more architects took
    this artist look in to their designs. It may be the most photographed and
    painted bridge in history and for good reason. The bridge can be seen from
    all over the Bay Area. It shocking Orange Red paint which keeps it free of
    rust makes it stand out against almost any mood of the sky. It is often
    shrouded in fog with parts sticking though like some giant. One shot I
    have been dying to get is where the towers are sticking up though the fog in
    to the clear sky. Though I've yet to be there at the right time. One of
    my favorite paintings is one done by George Sumner of the Golden Gate with
    the sunrise and the bridge rising above the clouds below.

    If you want to visit the bridge I recommend you first take the last exit
    headed south on Highway One and go up to the first turn out on the Marin
    Headlands. This vista overlooks the bridge and is where many people take
    their first picture of the Golden Gate. You can drive all the way out to
    the Lighthouse if you like. The bridge will be visible most of the time,
    however I recommend instead you go across the bridge and park on the South
    side at the visitors center. There you can get an up close look at the
    Golden Gate and how it was constructed. You can see a slice of the full
    size main cable and see how pencil size cables make up the massive main
    cable that supports the bridge. You can then walk across the bridge at
    over 400ft above the Golden Gate and watch ships sail under the bridge.
    The best time is when one of the US Air Craft Carriers sails under the
    bridge. Most ships however are commercial ships headed for the Port of
    Oakland. Stunning views of San Francisco on one side, and the Pacific on
    the other.

    In my opinion, the best time to visit is during Fleet Week when the Blue
    Angels fly over San Francisco Bay. You'd swear they are coming within feet
    of the bridge but they clear it by a good distance. I've stood on the edge
    of the bridge while an F-18 zipped pass at near the speed of sound. The
    entire bridge shakes from the afterburners of the small but powerful jets.
    It's possibly the best air show I have seen and I've been to quite a few.
    I have some good shots of the Blue Angels over the bridge and will post
    those later so mark me down as a favorite if you wish to see then when I get
    to them.

    Thanks for looking.
    -Darv
    LiquidMoonlight.com
    © Darvin Atkeson
    California Photography

    Alecia.R, brothergrimm, hugooz2001, and 19 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. louie imaging 82 months ago | reply

      lovely layering of the fog here!!
      very dynamic!

    2. Adam Hardy 81 months ago | reply

      you can taste the air with this.... just wow!! =)

    3. sobca 79 months ago | reply

      fantastic photo

    4. SewerDoc 78 months ago | reply

      Nominated

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    5. stephencurtin 78 months ago | reply

      Nominated

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    6. RingoChan 78 months ago | reply

      Nominated

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    7. Stellas mom 78 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot of a beautiful bridge.
      Nominated

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    8. SnapƧhot [deleted] 78 months ago | reply

      I've never seen the bridge like this before. Great shot!

      Nominated

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    9. JPBJr. 68 months ago | reply

      Please add this picture & any other pictures of Northern California or taken by a Northern California photographer (any picture world wide) to:
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    10. SeanGillespiePhotography 65 months ago | reply

      Beautiful! Love the GGB and this is one of the best pics of it I've seen in awhile.

    11. theamhoel 49 months ago | reply

      wow ! this shot is well taken

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