Sunday was cool and cloudy in the Bay Area, but today it was full-on Indian Summer. Unfortunately the cloudless sky was filled with a brownish haze that didn’t make for photogenic vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. But it was such a warm afternoon I decided to head down to the water anyway, stopping at one of my favorite commute photo-taking stomping grounds, Fort Baker. Because the sky was unappealing, I looked for other views to fill the frame. I took several of these close-up shots of the fishing pier pilings reflecting on the water.
While I was focusing on the pilings this seal popped up to check me out. Fortunately, I had enough time to grab a quick shot before it swam off.
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm.
First image: lens at 70mm. 1/125 second at f/11, ISO 200.
Second image: lens at 85mm. 1/125 second at f/11, ISO 200.
Canon T2i focusing on the water.
Going back a few days, here’s another shot I took at Fort Baker in Marin County, CA. Most of the structures on the site are white with red roofs. The fog is ever present during summer afternoons.
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 63mm. 1/250 second at f/11, ISO 200.
Canon T2i seeing red during the commute.
The Bay Area was clear and warm most everywhere this afternoon except at the mouth of the Golden Gate. Because of the thick, low hanging fog, I figured there would be some moody shots to be had. First I drove through the Presidio on the south side of the bridge, but came up short because the fog was already pushing hard up the cliffs. On the north side the Fort Baker views were much better. The fog was curling nicely around the tower so for this shot I metered in favor of the sky.
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 55mm. 1/640 at f/11, ISO 200.
Canon T2i going with the mood.
This time of year can be very contrasty. With the sun low in the sky and setting early, during the commute home it’s either in my eyes, beating against the side of my head, or disappearing behind hill–I’m constantly moving my sunglasses from my eyes to my head and back to my eyes. Here’s a “sunglasses off” view from Fort Baker just as the sun was dropping behind the hill.
And looking south from the same spot where I was standing to take the above photo, here’s an old timey postcard view of the Golden Gate Bridge (I’m obviously having fun with Nik Silver Efex Pro).
Canon G11 exposing the contrast.
San Francisco fog. Nothing to do but work with it this summer. Today, during the commute home, I pulled off at the first road exit at the north end of the bridge and headed down the hill to Fort Baker. These expanded and contracted views were taken near the Coast Guard dock.
Canon G11 working with the fog.