Full Moon over the Golden Gate Bridge

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Please take a moment to view the image at Full Size to see the details of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco behind it. I posted it large so you could see the details. Or View On Black

Story behind the shot...
I arrived at the Golden Gate Bridge just in time to get some great shots of high fog
moving in over the bridge and San Francisco.

HOW THE SHOT WAS MADE:
Initially I sat up on the hill in the image just to the left of the north tower but the moon was too far away from the bridge so we moved on up to the very top of the Marin Headlands so that we could get the moon more to the center. I originally hoped the moon would be in the center of the bridge but I see now that would have been a mistake and at any rate wasn't possible.

The light blue tint under the moon came from the distant clouds above the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. In the shots prior to this image that was all I had. The golden glow was from fog dropping down over the hills Marin Headlands from behind us and if you look closely you can see that fog in the blue of the sky. I was worried that the fog would cause problems by blocking out the distant clouds but it actually added to the shot and gave a yellow to orange glow to the top side of the moon that wasn't in other shots. In total, I took about 30 shots at a few different settings. Any one of them would have been a good shot but this one really caught my eye due to the addition of the fog.

If you view the large size, you will see perfect shadows of the cables in the water on from the north tower (left). If you look close at the city you can make out Coit Tower, Alcatraz, Trans America Tower, Fort Point and several other famous landmarks of San Francisco.

Ever look for shapes in the clouds?
My wife commented that the clouds reminded her of a birds head with the full moon as they eye. The beak trails off to the lower right with a wing on both sides.

I always think I have the best image I will ever get of the Golden Gate Bridge
and then something totally new and remarkable comes along. Thus far, this
is my favorite shot of the bridge at night. People have also commented it looks a lot like a volcano. Sometimes I resist going to the bridge thinking I will over do it but it has so many moods I doubt that will ever happen.

-Darv
LiquidMoonlight.com
© Darvin Atkeson
California Photographer

Gene of SF, *~Dawn~*, Thomas P Mann, and 155 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Thatsanotherdory 67 months ago | reply

    Incredible moonlight...especially how it falls on the left-handside of this iconic ridge structure.

    I saw this wonderful image in: Picture Perfect (INVITE ONLY)
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  2. Steve's Reflections 67 months ago | reply

    very nicely done....
    I saw this wonderful image in: Picture Perfect (INVITE ONLY)
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  3. Tati@ 67 months ago | reply

    I saw this wonderful image in: Picture Perfect (INVITE ONLY)
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  4. Joanne-V 66 months ago | reply

    This photo took my BREATH away

    BREATHTAKING
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  5. cayen_909 65 months ago | reply

    wow great shot! but u know what? I noticed a fece of a person forming its like on top of the head is the moon forming two eyes and a nose.

  6. phil_sidenstricker 65 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Capture The Finest (Invite only - Post 1, Comment 2), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  7. maruscya 65 months ago | reply

    Blue Butterfly

    Thanks For Sharing this Wonderful Image
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  8. Rodolfo Giunta 65 months ago | reply

    Blue Butterfly

    Thanks For Sharing this Wonderful Image
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  9. *Arianwen* 64 months ago | reply

    Every time I look at your pictures I'm speechless.
    You a very talented photographer Darvin!

    Congratulations!
    This is truly an excellent photograph.


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  10. Shuggie!! 64 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Truth Gallery (Admin Invite ONLY: Post 1, Award 2), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    This is a beauty, Darv .. the perfect nightime panorama

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  11. Jeff's Fotos [deleted] 64 months ago | reply

    Stunning

  12. jver64 60 months ago | reply

    Beautiful Moon light and shadows.

  13. an+on 59 months ago | reply

    Excellent

  14. stammberger13 57 months ago | reply

    one of the best gg bridge pictures ive seen so far-congrats to explore frontpage!:)

  15. DDTex (It's All About the Shot!) 54 months ago | reply

    Great Photo! I hope that you had this one printed large and gave it the beautiful framing it deserves. It would look fabulous on anyones wall.

  16. Marc Briggs 50 months ago | reply

    Very nice GG shot. You have aligned the elements nicely. The moon and clouds are especially nice.

  17. Lady BlackWolf 48 months ago | reply

    You can NEVER overdo "MY' bridge. Every night (as a child) when I would go to sleep, this bridge is the last sight I would see. You are taking me back 50 plus years w/these gorgeous pictures. Thank-you from the bottom of my heart.
    Lucy

  18. mlhradio 28 months ago | reply

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