After walking all the way from Pier 39(also known as Fisherman’s Wharf), I was rewarded with this view of the famous Golden Gate Bridge…as well as a place to sit and relax. That is one long walk! Makes me tired again just writing about it, whew!
One of the things San Francisco is associated with would be the fog…and wouldn’t you know it, during the course of my 5 days there it was completely fog-free!? I was really hoping to catch some iconic pictures of this bridge shrouded in that mystical type of atmosphere…but I certainly won’t complain about a clear, sunny day though!
This was such a great viewpoint, but it was a bit tough to line everything up correctly through the lens. The vertical lines didn’t quite level out with the horizontal base, and the mountains in the background are on a slight angle. A wonderful vantage point no doubt, but a tricky alignment. No wide angle was used in the filming of this picture. :)
If that’s the worst of my problems though, I’d say I’m in pretty good shape…I’m just happy to have been able to see this architectural wonder. Until this point, I had only seen it flying over…and just like it was with the Grand Canyon, being on the ground gives an entirely new perspective!
Thanks for stopping by.
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ikeharel (55230) 2013-10-29 4:17
This red Golden-Gate bridge is impressive sight from every angle, jason.
marvelous contrast of the red onto the blue(sky) and green (water), with prominently view of its steel-cables harp.
Royaldevon (28341) 2013-10-29 4:19
I can imagine why you would want very 'normal' conditions for your shot but I'm sure you were more than happy with this one!
Your strong viewpoint has given extra stature to the bridge and those reds show up far better than any other colour would do. Love how the supports convey a great sense of perspective, linked together by that amazing, downward sweep of the roadway. The bridge's shadow, rippling in the water, seems gigantic, suggesting that the narrowness of the bridge in the shot is quite an optical illusion!
Have a great day,
Sergiom (57701) 2013-10-29 4:52
C'est la photo que tout le monde veut prendre lors d'un périple à San Francisco. Le point de vue est parfait et donne une belle profondeur à la composition ainsi qu'une superbe diagonale. La journée était idéale.
serp2000 (39248) 2013-10-29 5:05
Good morning! I hope to visit this city next time too. I'd like to see the West coast too and California is my old dream. Clever point of view and very attractive vertica composition. TFS!
cornejo (30003) 2013-10-29 5:13
Hi Jason, great view with very good perspective of this beautiful famous big bridge, very well captured with a great pov, in this very good and nice photo. A very interesting picture with good sharpness, depth and good quality. Great and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good day and happy week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
timecapturer (47388) 2013-10-29 5:49
iconic shot of one of my favourite places. Never managed to get a shot like this on any of my San Fran visits. But have driven across it a few times which is always amazing. I walked halfway to the bridge on my visit in 2011 but ran out of time so had to return downtown, it is a long way so I applaud you and I bet the sit down was good too! Well worth it though to stand underneath it and feel it presence and incredible scale. This shot does it full justice, so well done.
Regards - Brian
Can I just say a big thank you to all who were concerned about us southern Englanders during the recent coming of St Jude (the storm). Despite being a bit scary with the wind howling around the house sounding like an approaching train; thankfully I survived as did the huge tree that sits outside my property. B.
adidas5nb (4919) 2013-10-29 5:55
Clever point of view and very attractive vertical composition.This red Golden-Gate bridge is impressive sight from every angle.
Noel_Byrne (22715) 2013-10-29 6:04
I'm impressed that you managed to get a structure this size, length and height into this frame shape, so well done for that! Its really cool that you did too, as it creates a very unique perspective on the place, something that is once again very difficult to achieve for something so iconic. Love this bridge, and teh sunny blue sky does wonders.
Have you ever seen the movie The Bridge, about the people who end their lives here? Kind of documentary style film which recorded 12 people over the course of the year jumping from here. A very strange movie, I'd recommend it if you like a movie that makes you feel generally odd.
Nice shot, thanks for the share.
P.S. Just reading back over some notes and I spotted Tuna Turner. I almost fell off my chair, especially as it was the title of your response that made me notice. Now I have to come up with some good Tuna Turner song titles. Simply the Freshest? Whats cod got to do with it?? haha, okay, I'll leave now.....
janraiski (546) 2013-10-29 6:16
an excellent viewpoint, very strong photo. I have seen many photos of Golden Gate Bridge, but I think yours is the best :-)
SnapRJW (30677) 2013-10-29 7:00
This upward view of the Golden Gate Bridge is really excellent Jason. It is beautifully composed and well presented in the vertical. The span is elegant and the uprights strong and graphic. I like the colours which are attractively contrasting too. The distant landscape gives extra important detail to the shot. Well worth the walk! Warm regards Rosemary
rogerl (1544) 2013-10-29 7:29
Jason, this is a great capture of this bridge. As you say, it's difficult to find a day like that to photograph the bridge, with fog often over the Golden Gate and also in Marin. This is a lovely viewpoint, which has been used in many films as well. Wonderful colors and clarity. Thanks. Go Sox!
danos (85097) 2013-10-29 8:46
very nice the view as the well chosen format to see this section of San Francisco bridge.Its red colour painting contrast perfect with the blue of the sea as the sky too, making the scene even very effective.
EstudioChispa (1898) 2013-10-29 12:45
For me, what makes this foto special (and when photographing things that have been photographed millions of times before, our goal must be "to find Special!") is the bridge's SHADOW. Water always presents amazing textures of color, and to see it go from sunlight to shadow and back is, well, "Special!" Compositionally, it balances the diagonal of the bridge to produce a great arrow pointing to Marin County (right?).
I see NO issues with squareness. The FG bridge support and the far shore seem perfectly level and I am not bothered by the angle of the mountains, which (as we all know) always go up and down. ;-) The slight bend to the span and the sight inclinations of the two towers serve to convey the massive scale of this engineering feat.
Great work -- a special view of an iconic scene!
krzychu30 (15440) 2013-10-29 14:50
yeah,the weather can sometimes play a trick on us:)
But even without a fog the bridge looks magnificent and having such architectural gem before our eyes we do not need any kind of "supplement" to make it more attractive to us.And you´re right the perspective means a lot.Here,looking at the bridge from this POV we get excellent impression of its size(I´ve watched a document about it on TV about people,who maintain it.The view from the top-breathtaking).Next thing,which makes your shot so spectacular is the color contrast between red bridge and blue sky(superb!).And in the end I´d like to add few words about the way you composed and framed the scene.I really enjoy how you placed the bridge in the frame and how it creates a diagonal line leading our eyes through the whole shot towards other side of the bay.
Fascinating composition and view I´d like to see someday on my own eyes.
Have a nice day my friend
macjake (54856) 2013-10-29 19:36
you should have posted this one a long time ago its that good! For obvious reasons it clearly stands out on the gallery page, it makes such a strong statement.
and as for the alignment, yeah, these can be hard!!
but it looks great.
When we were here we walked across the bridge deck, did you do that?
and along the way there are signs posted about suicide, and they have suicide hotline phone numbers to call.
Personally, I've cared for alot of people in Psychiatry over the years who have jumped off of HWY overpasses. If they are lucky and dont get hit by an oncoming car, they just end up breaking their legs, ankles and fracture their hips.
When you jump off of this bridge, its a one way trip!
the ocean is very cold, very strong, and from that height its like hiting a brick wall. Sad way to go.
anyways...great post for TE!!
mirosu (13176) 2013-10-29 20:15
Excellent perspective of famous Golden Gate. I was there once in my life, many years ago and I had an opportunity to take a photo of this bridge from airplane, exactly 10 years ago. It is an excellent engineering work. Your photo with the view up and diagonal arrangement is really excellent. Many thanks for posting it. I hope I'll manage once more to see and touch this monument.
HimalAnda (9107) 2013-10-30 0:26
This is a very nice picture of this famous bridge.
Beautiful light and colors, good composition...
saxo042 (37220) 2013-10-30 6:25
A superb POV that really brings out the best of this famous bridge. A very fine composition with this strong diagonal and the impressive red towers under the blue sky. Excellent!
Kamilutka (8095) 2013-10-30 9:06
classic shot but nevertheless very good and eye catching. Good POV and well given proportions. I like the vertical format as well as tighter frame in here. Good colors, contrast and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
emka (76305) 2013-10-30 16:31
Hi jason, it is not such long and tiring walk, only four miles from Fisherman's Wharf...You succeeded with finding new creative shot of this iconic bridge. The red contrasts with the blue sky fabulously and i am glad there was no fog there. The depth is amazing and we can imagine how big it is. I saw lately two big intercontinental bridges in Istanbul. They are bit shorter and with not striking colours but look nice. I was told during the Bosphorus Cruise that it is also favorite place for suicide and there were about 200 deaths yearly. Now it is forbidden to go there.
Didi (56027) 2013-10-31 4:04
Nice traditional picture of the Golden Gate bridge with a very good perspective
Nice coloured ambiance
Cricri (104347) 2013-10-31 9:19
Une très belle réalisation de ce célèbre "Golden Gate bridge", j'aime le contraste des couleurs, la perspective du pont, un cadrage serré efficace qui donne super bien avec le format verticale, bonne lumière, une réalisation réussie
Belle journée a toi
claudeD (31725) 2013-10-31 12:43
Very fine picture of the world famous bridge from Frisco. I like your choice for vertical fomat. Very good compositionand sharpness. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
adores (35632) 2013-11-08 15:01
A good format to show this famous bridge! I like the vertical lines. The composition is very good and the colours also.
ourania (29345) 2013-11-18 11:48
I hope you're feeling much better and that you will soon continue your work in photography and on TE. I just wrote a comment on KIKs' photo dedicated to you and thought to say hello:) I like very much the strong perspectives of this photo and how the whole of the bridge is presented in an elegant vertical frame. It's amazing how the bridge dominates the scenery dwarfing the mountains. There's instant appeal in the contrasting colours and from this point of view the shadows add to the dynamism of the composition as well. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, may everything be allright soon,
kiks (11749) 2013-11-23 9:31
A classic one but very well executed. It is funny that we have in our gallery a photo with almost the same perspective but from the 'sister'bridge at Lisbon.
mcmtanyel (12017) 2013-12-17 22:06
Now you have your own version of one of the iconic photos from San Fransisco. What I like about yours is the shadow of the bridge right alongside it on the water.
fritzi007 (4103) 2014-05-06 11:50
very good photo, a great perspective, very good comment, congratulations!