San Francisco Photo Spot series: The Golden Gate Bridge

» Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Featured, location, photo spot, San Francisco

The Golden Gate Bridge is like  few monuments in the world (Eiffel tower in Paris, the statue of liberty in New York, the opera house in Sydney, the burj khalifa in Dubai), it’s an iconic symbol that almost everyone recognizes instantly. It’s also extremely photographed and making a unique image of the Golden Gate Bridge is almost impossible.

I have a strong attraction for this bridge and the map below that shows the GPS point of where I took my images reflects that fact. I have shot the Golden Gate Bridge at night, at sunrise, at sunset, from a boat, from a helicopter, from a car and there are still images in my head I want to make that have not happened yet.


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The orientation (roughly North-South) of the bridge makes it a perfect backdrop or foreground at anytime. Generally you want to be on the West side of the bridge in the afternoon (so you have the sun in your back) and be on the east side in the morning. This is a general rule, I have broken that rule many times, I have shot sunrise of the west side of the bridge and afternoon shot on the east side.

I have tried to include images with their locations, so you know what you can expect.

This is the typical image of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise from Marin (at battery spencer).

This is the typical image of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise from Marin (at battery spencer).

Moon eclipse over the Golden Gate Bridge (from Crissy Field)

Moon eclipse over the Golden Gate Bridge (from Crissy Field)

Golden Gate Bridge at sunset (from Treasure Island)

Golden Gate Bridge at sunset (from Treasure Island)

Golden Gate Bridge in the fog (Treasure Island)

Golden Gate Bridge in the fog (Treasure Island)

Panaroma of the Golden Gate Bridge at night (from Lands End)

Panaroma of the Golden Gate Bridge at night (from Lands End)

Supermoon rising over the Golden Gate Bridge (Hawk hill)

Supermoon rising over the Golden Gate Bridge (Hawk hill)

Panorama of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge (top of Slacker hill)

Panorama of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge (top of Slacker hill)

Aerial image of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin coast side (helicopter shot).

Aerial image of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin coast side (helicopter shot).

Aerial image of the Golden Gate Bridge (helicopter shot)

Aerial image of the Golden Gate Bridge (helicopter shot)

The Golden Gate Bridge view from Angel Island

The Golden Gate Bridge view from Angel Island

The Golden Gate Bridge view from Angel Island

The Golden Gate Bridge view from Angel Island

Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach

Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach

The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco (Point Bonita)

The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco (Point Bonita)

Coit tower and the Golden Gate Bridge (conzelman road)

Coit tower and the Golden Gate Bridge (conzelman road)

Coit tower and the Golden Gate Bridge (conzelman road)

Coit tower and the Golden Gate Bridge (conzelman road)

75th anniversary of the Golden Gate (Hawk hill)

75th anniversary of the Golden Gate (Hawk hill)

All the images presented here are available for licensing or as fine art prints.