• I made sure to time it so that the fog is between the two ridges to show depth. Otherwise it would just look like one black rock!
  • The waves were crashing below. I show them on my blog but it was too foggy at this moment.
  • The sunset district, glowing under a low blanket of fog!
  • The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. 105 million cars pass over it each year!
  • The fog was right at bridge deck level, 300 feet above the ocean. Official deck clearance at mid-span, 220 feet. Just perfect for that orange glow!
  • You want some blue in the sky to show of the orange tower. Too little light and the bridge lights are too harsh.
  • Rarely are there really clouds in the sky while there is fog below, so I was happy about this! It was in the forecast too.
  • Yes, I had to go to the very edge of the cliff for this open view. Be careful here, especially in the dark!!!
  • the detail in here is amazing - sdosick
  • Love this fog .. wow amazing colours ! - Interior_Photos

Fog at the Golden Gate #1 - San Francisco

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The fog settled on the bridge deck just before sunrise! No HDR. See my Flickr profile profile page (link below) for my blog entry on the events of the morning and how I did this. I have more Hawaii photos but I'll show them later.

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Settings etc.:
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Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 17-40L @19
2-minute exposure @F8
LEE soft ND grad (100x150mm - 4x6in) 0.9
Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring
No polarizer.
ISO 50
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

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The Story
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September and October are great months for capturing low fog at the Golden Gate. The inversion is weaker but still there and the fog is often not as deep. So I got up at 2 hours before sunrise, checked the weather and headed out. You need to get here before sunrise to capture the best light. As I left the hillside after sunrise, a bunch of other photographer were setting up their tripods but the light was already harsh and bright because the high clouds were thin. Too bad I was alone to see this!

I have lots more information about this sunrise on my blog including some extra pictures, so stop on by and have a look! See the link above to go to my Flickr profile and then my Blog.

The map shows the exact location.

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Resources:
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Google Earth
earth.google.com/

Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.

Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)
www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/main_int.html
Or Here:
www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.

www.californiacoastline.org/

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  1. James Earle Photography 31 months ago | reply

    Beautiful, love the lights showing through the mist.

  2. AleCially84 29 months ago | reply

    maravillosa!!!!!!!!

  3. jonnyamerica 29 months ago | reply

    A quality photos like this should take part in a comparison.
    That's why it was selected, among many others on Flickr, to receive an invitation:
    participating in a race / contest a limited number (up to 30 photos!).

    here's the direct link

    www.flickr.com/groups/supercontest/discuss/72157628355911...

  4. wkhc 24 months ago | reply

    Hi Patrick, I was there that morning also and I remember you startled me as I got there in the dark and didn't expect anyone to be there. I still remember you disappearing down the cliff to make your shot while I stay behind the chains being a newbie. We never spoke except saying hello that morning but by coincident year and a half later I saw this picture of yours and checked the date and realized that was you!
    Here is my set and sorry that they are not even close to what you did here : www.flickr.com/photos/wkhc/sets/72157625076388054/with/50...

  5. mary_pl (account closed indefinitely) [deleted] 24 months ago | reply

    wonderful !

    We would be proud to have your excellent picture in our step-up group Supreme Pictures
    The group members will love your work!

  6. n1l3p 23 months ago | reply

    great capture, like a dream!

  7. Max Hendel 23 months ago | reply

    Brilliantly captured portrait !!!


  8. stephgum32807 17 months ago | reply

    Nous aimerions avoir votre photo dans notre pool de groupe.

    Merci de l'ajouter dans: Brume et brouillard

  9. Suzuki san 5 months ago | reply

    Beautiful - good job!

  10. stephgum32807 2 months ago | reply

    Really wonderful capture,
    Such a beautiful city and bridge

  11. zawaski 4 hours ago | reply

    beautiful work

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