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Morning Fog over the Golden Gate

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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.

Written by Jonathan

September 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm

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  1. WOW! love the last pic!!

    米雪兒 ♥

    September 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm

  2. Very nice , I like all the photos
    Good work


    September 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm

  3. So awesome! Love the colors and the low fog… Good job Jonathan!


    September 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm

  4. This is sooo beautiful!!!
    I love how bridge disappears into the fog…

    the last photo is very romantic 🙂


    September 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm

  5. Really nice with the red thin line frame in the first pic… but the last X100 pic is more awesome… (I try to bias on X100, lol) :p


    September 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm

  6. Wow, the photos are amazing! they truly are beautiful ^^


    September 30, 2011 at 3:59 am

  7. Wonderful glow, I have always wanted to shoot the fog there.

    Jim Dell

    September 30, 2011 at 4:33 am

  8. awesome photos!


    September 30, 2011 at 8:31 am

  9. These pictures are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful sight because lately I’ve lost my passion and will…


    September 30, 2011 at 8:35 am

  10. 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!


    October 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm

  11. So impressed by you guys getting up so early, and before work too??? But worth it for the gorgeous pics.


    October 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm

  12. Damn. That is art ! Nice pictures Jonathan


    October 2, 2011 at 11:50 pm

  13. 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 🙂


    October 3, 2011 at 5:49 am

    • The x100 is still my camera of choice for daily photography. This shot required the big gun though 😉


      October 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm

  14. Beautiful shots!


    October 3, 2011 at 11:17 am

  15. I love how the bridge disappears into the fog in the first photo.


    October 4, 2011 at 9:16 am

  16. Breathtaking images of the iconic landmark. Compromising sleep to chase that perfect shot is a sure sign of dedication!


    October 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

  17. Love all the Picture’s!! I just commented on Flickr where is this Location, before even reading the Blog. And now I know where.. i definitely want to go there!! Picture’s Look Awesome Jonathan!!

    Rosa Valenzuela Yañez

    February 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm

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