Persistence

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Success at last!

Well, this was actually only my second time up to Hawk Hill to try to capture a foggy scene, but I found my excursion a couple days ago endlessly frustrating (as I ranted about here).

Again today, I suspected the conditions were good for the view from Hawk Hill (as Sutanto clearly demonstrated here), but I got up there around 7:40 and it sucked. It was just plain lousy. There was essentially no view at all. I stuck it out for about a half hour to an hour waiting for it to clear and conditions only got worse. I was about to bail out but ended up doing one long exposure. Well, in that 30 seconds the moon popped out into view.

So I stayed until about 10pm and watched this scene unfold. The moon rose over the fog and lit it up from above. The fog started to clear out revealing the bridge again, and the city lights in the background started to come out. Whether taking photos or just taking in the view it was an amazing night up there - I could have stayed for hours to take it all in if it wasn't for the nagging reality that I have to go to work in the morning too.

Regardless, I'm glad I stuck around just a little bit longer and was rewarded with some beautiful views of the golden gate.

Nikon D40 | Nikon 18-200VR@27mm | f/8 | 31.9s | ISO200 | Tripod

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  1. Texas Tongs 30 months ago | reply

    Wow, the shadow from the moon is soooo cool. Nice work.

  2. D. Photos 30 months ago | reply

    Stunning capture!

  3. GlenCoverNY - Waiting for colors to start popping! 29 months ago | reply

    great job and defiantly worth the wait!

  4. BlueisCoool 26 months ago | reply

    Very nice capture - congrats!

  5. Gareth Brooks 26 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot, it sure paid off waiting :)

  6. canopypilot 26 months ago | reply

    great job here ...

  7. rdmsf 25 months ago | reply

    Fantastic!

  8. David Rothwell (rothwell172) 24 months ago | reply

    Patience is a virtue that certainly pays off! Outstanding composition, nicely done Tyler.

  9. Saad Nadeem Photography 23 months ago | reply

    wonderful photograph!

  10. citizenlouie 21 months ago | reply

    Cool. Very very nice!

  11. Santirof 20 months ago | reply

    Wow i can't breath bcos u really smart Photography.

  12. g@udio fotografia 19 months ago | reply

    Exelente composição fotográfica...

  13. Nick J Stone 16 months ago | reply

    Here mate, you've got a copyright infringer on here.

    www.flickr.com/photos/91376401@N08/8297500231/in/photostream

    Nice pic by the way.

  14. Eliza Frydrych 16 months ago | reply

    Very beautiful picture!

  15. Doug McGr 14 months ago | reply

    That is a stunning image. I have seen San Fran like that when driving into the city but never had the opportunity to capture it. Wonderful excellent work!

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