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A Golden Gate Kinda Morning – San Francisco, USA

 

Photo of the Day – A Golden Gate Kinda Morning – San Francisco, USA

The sun is burning bright from the East as the dawn of a new day begins. My girlfriend Anne and I woke up around 4AM to make sure we caught this epic sunrise over the Golden Gate Bridge. I know I must sound like a broken record by now, but I love sunrises! There is something so special to me about waking up with a sunrise especially when you can have one as beautiful as this.

It was a Monday morning when I took this photo and as much as Monday mornings suck while driving into work, I can’t think of a better path to be driving in on. With the sun coming up over San Francisco to your left and the Pacific Ocean gaining light from the new born sun on your right you would be thinking about anything but work.

A Golden Gate Kinda Morning - San Francisco, USA
 

Trailing into a Pacific Sunset – San Francisco, USA

 

Photo of the Day – Trailing into a Pacific Sunset – San Francisco, USA

I took this picture just 8 days ago in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. In the dozens of times I have been to San Francisco, I had never been to this part of Marin County (North of San Francisco … across the GGB) … which makes me mad now! This place is absolutely unbelievable and is one of the best ways to experience the beauty and grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge along with the San Francisco Bay area in general. I know what you’re thinking through … where is the Golden Gate Bridge!?

Well, my girlfriend Anne and I went up here on a chilly afternoon just in time to catch the Sunset and let’s just say that this might be one of the more boring pictures I captured. I am facing almost 180 degrees opposite of the Golden Gate Bridge. Almost dead-West for those of you that are not directionally challenged. If that doesn’t give you a feel for how incredible this place is … then I’m not sure what will!

Regardless, I love the little trail here as it leads you along the cliff and right into an amazing sunset.

Trailing into a Pacific Sunset - San Francisco, USA
 

Upon the City at Dusk – Twin Peaks, San Francisco, USA

 

Photo of the Day – Upon the City at Dusk – Twin Peaks, San Francisco, USA

I love this sky. From Twin Peaks, you can see all that the Peninsula of San Francisco has to offer. What makes this particularly interesting at sunset is that the city falls under a shadow while the sky remains lit up. On this particular night, I got lucky with some wonderful clouds and some fairly clear skies.

The other part that I love about this view is the road below. Each time I look back at it I think it’s a luge course. How awesome would it be to ice this road up and luge on down!?

Upon the City at Dusk - Twin Peaks, San Francisco, USA
 

A Golden Gate Reflection – Baker Beach, San Francisco, USA

 

Photo of the Day – A Golden Gate Reflection – Baker Beach, San Francisco, USA

Baker Beach is a phenomenal lookout to one of the most famous bridges in the world, The Golden Gate Bridge. I had never been to Baker Beach prior to this trip, but I now consider it my favorite way to check-out the bridge and naturally highly recommend it!

The beach is fairly un-crowded which makes for easy walking, exploring and pretty much whatever else you want to do. Just be aware that Baker Beach is also known for tanning nude!

Enjoy the sites and one of, if not the most beautiful way to see one of the world’s most beautiful bridges.

A Golden Gate Reflection - Baker Beach, San Francisco, USA
 

San Francisco Night Lights – Twin Peaks, San Francisco, USA

 

Photo of the Day – San Francisco Night Lights – Twin Peaks, San Francisco, USA

First, let me cut to the chase. If you have not been to Twin Peaks in San Francisco, get in your car, hail a cab, grab your bike, or get on your walking shoes and head that way.

I love Twin Peaks!

The views of The San Francisco Bay and beyond are top-notch and especially amazing of the city itself. San Francisco is generally not known for its skyline. I assume this is because it is generally hard to actually get a vantage point of the skyline itself. Usually to see the city you really have to be in the bay on a nearby island or boat to get a good view. But, from Twin Peaks you really have an exceptional view of the city. I waited until about an hour after sunset (thank you Anne!) to capture this photo and I’m glad I did.

San Francisco Night Lights - Twin Peaks, San Francisco, USA
 

Sutro Tower Sunset – Twin Peaks, San Francisco, California, USA

 

Photo of the Day – Sutro Tower Sunset – Twin Peaks, San Francisco, California, USA

I have been to San Francisco dozens of times, but never made it up to see what this giant Antenna was all about. The Sutro Tower sits above San Francisco on Twin Peaks and is in some ways a bit of an icon there.

On this trip, I made sure that I ventured up to the top of Twin Peaks and what better time than sunset? The tower itself is massive and looks like something you would think is communicating with aliens in outer space (maybe it is.) There was a fantastic sunset that evening which I captured as I admired Sutro Tower. Twin Peaks also offers phenomenal views of San Francisco as well. Stay tuned to see photos of the city.

Where is your favorite spot to take photos in San Francisco?

Sutro Tower Sunset - Twin Peaks, San Francisco, CA
 

The Dome at the Palace of Fine Arts – San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Photo of the Day – The Dome at the Palace of Fine Arts – San Francisco, CA, USA

The Palace of Fine Arts was originally built for the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915, but was rebuilt in 1965 and renovated in 2009. The result is a magnificent park-like area including a lagoon making the perfect setting for such a historical and architecturally beautiful structure. The tallest piece of the overall structure is a large dome hoisted high above by intricate columns.

I took this photo in early 2012 to capture the interior beauty of the dome itself. The Palace of Fine Arts is oftentimes pictured and looked at from the outside, so I thought this photo might help to show off the incredible beauty of its interior as well.

The Dome at the Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco, CA, USA

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A Golden Gate Sunset – San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Photo of the Day – A Golden Gate Sunset – San Francisco, CA, USA

With my first trip back to ‘The Bay’ in a couple of years, a walk along the bay was mandatory and, of course, I brought my camera. As I sat with Anne watching the sun dip further into the sea, the sun’s colors really began to come out.

I captured this photo using a medium shutter speed (1/30th of a second) sitting on top of my gorilla pod (a miniature and flexible tripod). What I love about this photo are the iconic Golden Gate cables and structure silhouetted against an intense orange and yellow sky. I also got lucky and captured a silhouetted couple in the very right of the photo which I think helped to tell ‘the story’ of this photo.

There are so many wonderful places to enjoy sunsets in San Francisco – where is your favorite?

A Golden Gate Sunset - San Francisco, CA, USA
 
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