The Golden Gate’s 75th Anniversary

Olympus OMD E-M5 + Lumix G Vario  7-14mm f/4 at 13mm | 1.6 sec, f/5, ISO 200

This past Sunday marked the 75th anniversary of what is my opinion the most beautiful bridge in the world. After a long hike up the Marin Headlands in the afternoon, we settled down at an ideal spot to view the evening’s fireworks show. To stay light during the long hike, I left the dslr at home and brought along my smaller Olympus OM-D E-M5 to cover the event. The show was beyond amazing! I originally thought there’d be fireworks out over just the water with the bridge as a backdrop, but I had to pick my jaw back up off the floor when fire started shooting from the bridge itself.

On the drive home, I discovered that the OM-D has a pretty neat image overlay feature. I used it to cobble together some composite images in-camera, which you can output as JPEG or RAW files. It’s a great way to kick your fireworks photos up a notch:

Happy 75th, Golden Gate. I’ll never tire of photographing you!

17 thoughts on “The Golden Gate’s 75th Anniversary

  1. Most amazing fireworks I’ve ever seen! It was worth turning into a popsicle! These photos are soooo fantastic, too. Nice composites, they really capture how over-the-top awesome the display was.

  2. Jonathan, Truly loved your firework photographs over the Golden Gate Bridge as they are outstanding! You are my favorite photographer and I hope to one day be as good as you! You inspire me! I have taken photographs of fireworks before, but not as good as yours! I was looking for Suki in one of your photo’s! 🙂

  3. OMG, you need to blow these photos up the size of your wall. The photo quality is amazing for what you brought. You should be proud of these!

  4. amazing shots! must’ve been an amazing experience. i can’t imagine what 100th would look like (yikes, we’d be senior citizens with cameras then 🙂

  5. Jonathan, these are fantastic shots!!! It is always a joy reading your blog, and always a challange trying to improve my skills based on your work.

    Currently I have a Nikon D90 with 18-105mm and 35mm f1.8. Before I invest more in Nikon DX system, do you think it would be a wise choice to sell my gear and get an OM-D with 12-50mm?

    1. There are still things that Nikon’s DX line of cameras can do better than the OM-D, especially when it comes to continuous auto-focus. The appeal of the Olympus, in my opinion, is the fact that it is small and lightweight, and that there are great prime lens options available for the m4/3 system. If you value those things over absolute performance, the OM-D might be for you.

  6. I love your gear Jonathan! I have the OMD. Where do I find this feature? Also, any tips on where to find great used film cameras here in SF? On vacation and would love to bump into you and your little sidekick Suki one day. Been on the lookout for Shibas and a camera toting human behind him.

    1. Thanks for the comment! If you’re shooting RAW with the OM-D, hit the playback button and select a photo. Then hit the OK button to bring up a menu where you’ll see Image Overlay. It’s a great feature! As far as where to pick up a nice film camera in SF, I’d head to either Glass Key Photo or Rayko, both of which are in San Francisco. Hope you enjoy your trip!

  7. these are amazing. my fireworks pics look so bad compared to this. i have a d2x, used a 3 second shutter, 35mm f/9. i was sitting right under the the fireworks though so my framing kinda sucked. nice comp

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