Golden Gate Immersed in Fog (B&W version)
This latest attempt to capture Golden Gate Bridge was done on a observation platform near West Battery area of the Golden Gate Recreation Area in San Francisco. For someone who had shot this bridge so many time, one can become jaded, but I am happy with the result.
The overlapping towers of the Golden Gate Bridge is sandwiched by layers of fog. I tried my best to get the north tower exactly in the center of the south tower while avoiding the trees in the foreground that block the view (not shown in this photo). While those two trees can provide a very nice framing device for the bridge, but that is not part of my visualization of this scene where I want the bridge to be off center. The tree in the view provides a nice balance of the view while blocks the less scenic portion of the bridge (toll booths and some parking area for the vista point).
I brought my tripod with me but it was too windy to be very useful, so I shot handheld with my camera's image stabilization turned on instead). Chose f/4 merely for faster shutter speed to be able to shoot this handheld shot at longer focal length. I shot over a dozen of this scene, and this one is my final selection.
This was shot natively to be in B&W (though a color version is also available after I reverted the B&W back to color with Olympus Viewer software). The gloomy ambient lighting isn't going to make the bridge as brilliant red anyways. Increased contrast in camera to compensate for the foggy lighting.