Alright, I am going to admit, in the history of great sunset shots of the Golden Gate Bridge, this is not one of them. But sometimes if the photograph can bring back a memory or emotion of that moment that is really what we are after anyway. John Moran, our GGNP guide for Alcatraz, was intent on keeping time to make certain we made it up to this area between the water tower and New Industries building to catch the sunset and we thank him for it!
(Click through the image to see the rays of sunlight emanating from behind the clouds in 700 px)
The area we were standing on was previously off-limits due to safety concerns. The water tower was deemed structurally unsound. For most of 2012, the tower was shrouded by white plastic sheeting (which made it look like a giant toilet from the shore) over scaffolding while restoration work was being performed.
I supposed I could have used a zoom lens instead of the prime/fixed lens and cropping down the original photo to what you see here, but I was more concerned about snapping a few photos before the light changed. And yes, the flying seagulls were a bonus to an otherwise boring, empty sky.
Listing of photograph(s) from this day’s San Francisco daytrip:
- Alcatraz, Lighthouse, Chapel Windows
- Hyatt Regency San Francisco, Atrium, Elevator, Monochrome, Long Exposure
- SF Ferry Building, Bay Bridge, 49ers Colors, Long Exposure
- Alcatraz Hospital, Glass Vacoliter, Monochrome
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, spot metering mode, 35mm (prime lens), ISO 400, 1/160 sec, f/16
Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, Sunset, Seagulls. Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, California. January 26, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.