Photo: Sunrise at Fort Point
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California, USA

As so many others have noted, today marks the 75th anniversary of the landmark that has nearly become an obsession for me. I'll be out there tonight with a bunch of other camera toting crazies to photograph the fireworks display.

If you haven't downloaded your copy, there's less than a week left to get The Photographer's Guide to the Golden Gate Bridge for free at http://goldengatebook.com.

For #DawnOnSunday by +Ray Bilcliff and +Sherry McBriar 
#SplashSunday by +Christy Martin
Photo: Enshrouded in Fog
Angel Island State Park, California, USA


I can’t believe that I’m about to head out to the Yerba Buena Center for the G+ Photographer’s Conference, thanks to the kindness and generosity of +Brian Matiash. So it’s only fitting that I post a bridge photo, since so many amazing photographers have converged on the city for this event. I’m looking forward to meeting the people who create so many of the amazing photos that consistently inspire me and bring beauty into my world on a regular basis.

And forgive me if you’re getting tired of hearing about this, but I wanted to acknowledge that since the new ebook was released last week, there have been some glitches in the download system. I apologize to anyone who ran into difficulties when attempting to download it. It appears that everything is fixed now, so if you tried unsuccessfully to download the book in the last week, please try again now. It’s still free until the end of the month at http://goldengatebook.com.

For #MyTownTuesday by +Melanie Kintz 
#BridgesOverTuesday by +Steve Boyko and +Clare Bambers 
#BWFineArt by +Joel Tjintjelaar 
#gpluspc
Photo: Northbound on the Golden Gate
Golden Gate Bridge, California, USA

I had the concept for this shot for a while and wasn't sure I could pull it off. Normally I shoot from solid ground, take my time and wait for the light to be just right. Photographing from a moving car in a back seat that makes a Ryanair coach seat seem like a throne is a little bit out of my comfort zone. Time? Not a lot. One trip over the bridge in each direction and that was it.

My friends Karl and Trudy have convertible and when I told them about the shot I wanted to do, they were game. We set a time to meet at the bridge and I made sure to have everything ready. I knew I'd need to go wide to include the interior of the car as well as the bridge. As soon as I put the fisheye lens on the camera I knew that it was the perfect choice. I did a few test shots to get exposure set, put the camera into burst mode and we were off.

I instructed Karl to get into the left lane as quickly as safely possible and in no time there we were. Spray and pray. I shot several bursts as we approached the South tower. Quickly checked the LCD after we passed underneath to make sure everything looked ok, twisted my body into an even more convoluted position and started shooting again as we approached the North tower. Get off the bridge, get back on the bridge, repeat.

Out of hundreds of shots that I took in that very short time, this one was the lucky shot where everything seemed to come together. Despite heavy traffic, I was amazed that no other cars were in the shot. I just happened to be at the right angle to catch Karls face in the rear view mirror. Sunburst in the upper left corner and to top it off, both towers are in the frame.

It's far from perfect, but came out better than I imagined given my experience doing this kind of shooting (that would be practically zero). Heavy postprocessing with Nik Color Efex Pro got it just the way I wanted, and it was done.

This is part of a project that I've been working on since last year and it's finally wrapping up. Big announcement next week and then finally a good nights sleep!

Have a great weekend!

For #FridayGetaway by +Gary Crabbe 
#FilterFriday by +Laurie Rubin
Photo: To make this dock my home
Angel Island State Park, California, USA

I've been pretty quiet around here lately while finishing up a big project, but I want to post something this week, so here's 30 seconds worth of the view from Camp Reynolds on Angel Island.

For #LongExposureThursday by +Le Quoc and +Francesco Gola
#ThirstyThursdayPics by +Mark Esguerra and +Giuseppe Basile
#BWFineArt by +Joel Tjintjelaar
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Northbound on the Golden Gate
Golden Gate Bridge, California, USA

I had the concept for this shot for a while and wasn't sure I could pull it off. Normally I shoot from solid ground, take my time and wait for the light to be just right. Photographing from a moving car in a back seat that makes a Ryanair coach seat seem like a throne is a little bit out of my comfort zone. Time? Not a lot. One trip over the bridge in each direction and that was it.

My friends Karl and Trudy have convertible and when I told them about the shot I wanted to do, they were game. We set a time to meet at the bridge and I made sure to have everything ready. I knew I'd need to go wide to include the interior of the car as well as the bridge. As soon as I put the fisheye lens on the camera I knew that it was the perfect choice. I did a few test shots to get exposure set, put the camera into burst mode and we were off.

I instructed Karl to get into the left lane as quickly as safely possible and in no time there we were. Spray and pray. I shot several bursts as we approached the South tower. Quickly checked the LCD after we passed underneath to make sure everything looked ok, twisted my body into an even more convoluted position and started shooting again as we approached the North tower. Get off the bridge, get back on the bridge, repeat.

Out of hundreds of shots that I took in that very short time, this one was the lucky shot where everything seemed to come together. Despite heavy traffic, I was amazed that no other cars were in the shot. I just happened to be at the right angle to catch Karls face in the rear view mirror. Sunburst in the upper left corner and to top it off, both towers are in the frame.

It's far from perfect, but came out better than I imagined given my experience doing this kind of shooting (that would be practically zero). Heavy postprocessing with Nik Color Efex Pro got it just the way I wanted, and it was done.

This is part of a project that I've been working on since last year and it's finally wrapping up. Big announcement next week and then finally a good nights sleep!

Have a great weekend!

For #FridayGetaway by +Gary Crabbe
#FilterFriday by +Laurie Rubin

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