5:36am The Bay Bridge.

This is part 2 of my San Francisco 2017 photo series.

San Francisco, USA. October 2017 (14 photos)

Whilst in San Francisco last year I made a deliberate effort to photograph the two main bridges of San Francisco; the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. So here are a few of my photos, going from bridge to bridge, and from before dawn to after dusk:

5:53am The Bay Bridge.

6:33am The Golden Gate Bridge.

6:52am The Golden Gate Bridge.

7:07am The Golden Gate Bridge.

7:27am The Golden Gate Bridge.

At the right time and with the right light, it feels like you’re somewhere on golden pond.

7:29am The Golden Gate Bridge.

2:23pm The Golden Gate Bridge.

You’ll know the Golden Gate Bridge isn’t painted gold at all. The colour used is called International Orange.

3:52pm The Golden Gate Bridge.

6:31pm The Golden Gate Bridge.

7:09pm The Golden Gate Bridge, with the Bay Bridge in the background.

7:18pm The Golden Gate Bridge.

7:56pm The Golden Gate Bridge.

9pm The Bay Bridge.

In case you’re wondering, these weren’t all photographed on the same day.

This is part 2 of my San Francisco 2017 photo series.

This is Part 5 of my North America 2017 photo series.

This is part 17 of my photo series of my 2017 trip to the USA, Mexico, Cuba, and Canada.

Leica Etcetera, Photography Etcetera

Bridge to Bridge


89 thoughts on “Bridge to Bridge

  1. Not photographed on the same day…but it all looks so seamless and the weather consistent πŸ™‚ Each shot stands on its own, its own angle and own backdrop. The one with the Golden Gate Bridge with the Bay Bridge in the background – that sky looks a cool lilac colour.

    • Thanks. Yes, my visits to the bridges were fortunate to be before the serious smoke haze from the Sonoma fires kicked in. Seriously though, that Golden Gate Bridge looks good in all weather and from all views. No wonder I gravitate towards it whenever I visit SF.

    • Thank you. The Golden Gate Bridge is fascinating in all light. The lights you see illuminating the Bay Bridge are part of a permanent art lighting installation – constantly changing patterns.

  2. I am a resident of the Bay Area, Draco, and love both these bridges that I have travelled over extensively. I can easily say these are some of the most arresting photos I have ever seen of them. I understand intimately your travels to get these particular angles and images–really impressive, considering distance, traffic, and congestion. I now have a very good idea of how completely devoted you are, in all of your photographic endeavors, to embracing the many factors of light, distance, color, angle, and more. I’m heading to Part 1 now, with glee. Thank you for highlighting the bridges so incredibly here.

    • Thank you very much, Jet. No doubt you know exactly where all my photos were taken. I just wish I had more time to linger and photograph on my most recent visit. San Francisco is a beautiful city.

  3. Here I was, being envious of your beautiful photos, and thinking of getting in shape fit to take all those photos in one day, when I came to your inspiring closing words. I’m relieved that I don’t have to spend my days jogging up hills. Practicing a lot of photography is some thing I would prefer to do.

    • I did a lot of walking, but you have to be realistic. I had a driver. πŸ™‚ Those hilltop vistas are hard work by foot, and I was there for a holiday, not to end up in hospital for dehydration and exhaustion. πŸ™‚

  4. This is an awesome series allowing us to enjoy these two beautiful bridges from early morning to night! Great images from different angles.
    Thank you so much, Dragon!

    • For this trip I deliberately researched the better vantage points. It was worth it to see the bridges like this.
      Thanks very much, Lisa. I hope you had a wonderful Easter and the week ahead is a good one.

    • Thanks, Jane. No doubt you know where every single one of my photographs has been taken from. Google maps and the internet were fantastic for planning this out. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise they’d be so much bridge traffic from Fleet Week.

      • It’s wild that you were here during Fleet Weekβ€” cool to see but the crowds are overwhelming. I’ve gotten some fun shots of the Blue Angels flying right over my building. Once they flew by my window during practice and I could see the pilot’s face! Your shot of them is a beauty and you were smart to come up the hill. πŸ˜‰

        • I didn’t realise it was Fleet Week until my taxi driver mentioned it. Once you hear and feel that rumble in the sky, you have to watch it. My plans quickly changed for a few hours. I spent some time standing near a Norwegian Church and being envious of the people watching the show from the rooftop. A few other tall buildings in the area had rooftop crowds. Maybe that was you I saw. πŸ™‚

  5. Amazing! I see the Golden Gate nearly every day of my life but it really adds new perspective to show different shots throughout the day, and to stand back and admire something I usually take for granted! These photos are stunning, thank you.

    • Thank you very much. It’s the same for me. I pass the same buildings and icons to/from work and often don’t see them a tourists do. It’s worthwhile wandering around your own city like a tourist would.

  6. I was wondering how you had managed to change locations so quickly! You found some great spots from which to photograph these iconic bridges. I love the first one. Although I get up earlier when on holiday I have never managed dawn in SF.

  7. Heide says:

    FLAT-OUT GORGEOUS. Wow. I’m in awe of this set, Mr. Draco β€” spectacular work! Thank you for sharing it, and for the inspiration to get out there.

  8. Thanks for coming by.We have not celebrated Easter in Greece yet.I mention it in my introductory paragraph …It’s on the 8th of April.Anyhow,thank you for your wishes.

The Wood Dragon is listening...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.