Morning Fog over the Golden Gate


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G AFS (view large)

Warm, clear days are often followed by mornings with low fog along the coast here in San Francisco. Yesterday was particularly warm and clear, so the wife and I woke up extra early to spend today’s sunrise together in the Marin Headlands, hoping to take a nice shot of the Golden Gate Bridge with low fog.

We’ve made a couple of trips out here before work in the last few months, but have always been met with an overwhelming amount of fog on arrival. On our last attempt, we almost hit a deer as we drove through fog so thick you could only see 10 feet or so ahead of the car. We screamed. Really loud. And we came back with exactly zero images of the bridge.

We were really hoping for a clearing in the fog as we drove up this time around, because hey, the Golden Gate Bridge toll is outrageous and we wanted our six dollars to count for something. Thankfully, conditions were perfect.


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G AFS

These shots were taken from the very popular Battery Spencer area of the Marin Headlands. I had another location further up the mountain in mind this morning, but our time was limited, and it wasn’t long before we had to drive back over the bridge and head to our respective day jobs. We did, however, have just enough time to grab a few frames, and then put the cameras away and just soak in the beautiful sunrise together.


Fuji X100 | 1/30 sec, f/2, ISO 200

This was the best seat in the city this morning.

18 thoughts on “Morning Fog over the Golden Gate

  1. I am so impressed with your and Bridget’s dedication to get these amazing photos! I don’t think I can get up that early even if you dump a barrel of coffee on me 🙂 These turned out beautifully!

  2. Nice photos. It instantly reminded me of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, looking down from the forest.
    How is the X100 going? I got mine at the weekend, so I’m busting to get out and take some photos. I snuck off to the local cemetery at lunch time in order to find something to photograph 🙂

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