Marin Headlands, Golden Gate Bridge. Battery Wallace, Marin, California. February 13, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.
A quick handheld photograph as we jumped out of the car to first check out this view and secondly to check out the campground just off-camera to the left. We were on our way to the Point Bonita Lighthouse at the very tip of the Marin Headlands when there was an request to, well, look for a bathroom. Ok, so there were actually 3 reasons why we stopped.
I converted this to a B&W photo because colors were rather monochromatic. The foreground trees were a dark green, the headlands were a washed out green because it was 1:00pm and the sun was high in the sky, which consequently turn the bay waters into a muted cornflower blue. (Yes, I just paid homage to “Fight Club” there.) So what may be a great color photography during another part of the day, didn’t look all that great at midday.
An issue I had with this photo is how the overhanging branch just touches the top of the Headlands. While I like how the foreground frames the scene, I overlooked that section of the composition. Maybe some people like it, maybe not. But I would have liked to have the option of choosing between options at final edit. I’m pretty sure I was more concern about the placement of the Golden Gate Bridge and the branches at the bottom left than anything else.
EXIF data: Nikon D50, pattern metering mode, 32mm, ISO 200, 1/30, f/18