Golden Gate at Dusk

Location: Fort Baker, Saulsalito
Time: Sunset
EXIF: Canon EOS 7D | Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 | 17mm | f/16 | 1s | ISO 100

This was shot during the same day as the other two Golden Gate Bridge shots that I posted. We first went to Fort Point, got a few shots but decided to move as clouds that were moving behind Golden Gate Bridge started to disappear. We then went to Fort Baker and we walked to the corner of the Pier.

We setup our tripods and hoped that the magic would happen as Escaype predicted Sunset to be spectacular. There was a window of about 10 to 15 minutes when the sky was going to light up. This shot was take during that timeframe.

Even though we saw some colors behind Golden Gate Bridge, it wasn’t as much as we hoped. Most of the colors were happening behind Bay Bridge and the SF Skyline. Hawk Hill might have been a better option. We thought about going to Hawk Hill on our drive to Fort Baker but decided to skip it. Had we gone to Hawk Hill, we could have capitalized on the colors that were appearing. Even the colors that appeared behind Bay Bridge and SF Skyline weren’t as anyone hoped.

Straight out of the camera, the colors on this shot were pretty subtle. I didn’t add any clouds or Photoshop any colors. I just enhanced what was already there using Lightroom by playing with WB, Tint, Vibrance, Saturation, Split Toning, and Camera Calibration.

Overall, I am happy with how this shot turned out. One of these days, I’ll have to repeat the shots from Fort Point and Fort Baker when the sky really lights up.

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