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Foghorns at the Golden Gate | by PatrickSmithPhotography
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Foghorns at the Golden Gate

This picture is featured in an article on photo-friendly cities in the May, 2009 Popular Photography magazine and on!

(photo not there as of Feb 2010)


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The sun rises between the fog and high clouds. It is rare to see both at the same time! No HDR.



Settings etc.:



2.5-second exposure @F22 with 2 LEE soft ND grad 0.9's

Lee filter holder

Canon 5D

Canon 17-40L @ 21

Gorillapod tripod to deal with the uneven rocks.

RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One

TIFF file processed with Photoshop


The thick fog surrounding the Golden Gate Bridge alternated from being a thick soup to a emerging as a golden veil as it swirled around on this morning. Fog often can produce some excellent atmospheric effects, though it does not always cooperate. Three foghorns echoed against the hills as ships passed by.


The fog allowed parts of the bridge to be hidden so others could be emphasized. It is usually necessary to wait quite a long while in order for the most interesting parts to be visible, as if a painter were composing the image. The wait often pays off but even if it doesn’t, this is a great place to be.


I pay close attention to the local weather conditions at the Golden Gate before I go here, but it is rare that I see conditions align themselves in a way that can produce a really good photograph.


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Taken on August 31, 2007