The Golden Gate Bridge

|, Photography|The Golden Gate Bridge

sanfran_7527Canon 5DMkIII, Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II lens, 52 sec at f/11, ISO 100, with a Lee Big Stopper ND filter.
Stylization and processing done with Lightroom 4.
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I finally had the chance to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge during my trip to San Fran for the +Google+ Photographer’s Conference a few months back. I’d been to the area before, but never with my camera and wanted to get my own photograph of such an iconic landmark.

I ventured out to this location with +Brian Matiash, +Ricardo Lagos and +Justin Kern. Apparently we took the long (dangerous) path down the hill to this spot but found the stairs for the way back. :) This is a long exposure with my Lee Big Stopper (10-stop) ND filter and is a combination of two images combined (one for the water, and one for the sky and bridge).

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:04+00:00 August 22nd, 2012|130 Comments

About the Author:

My name is Nicole and I'm a photographer, author, & educator living in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. When I'm not making photos I'm writing books and tutorials for my online store, Learn more about me and my story here.

130 Comments

  1. Denis Thibeault August 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Love the photo +Nicole S. Young 

  2. Denis Thibeault August 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Love the photo +Nicole S. Young

  3. helen sotiriadis August 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    really lovely shot — with a less-often-seen POV.

  4. helen sotiriadis August 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    really lovely shot — with a less-often-seen POV.

  5. Brian Matiash August 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Such great memories from that shoot. You rocked it here, babe. Love you!

  6. Brian Matiash August 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Such great memories from that shoot. You rocked it here, babe. Love you!

  7. Joseph Fanvu August 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous! Love it!

  8. Joseph Fanvu August 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous! Love it!

  9. Bruno S.M. August 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    bela imagem, gostei!

  10. Bruno S.M. August 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    bela imagem, gostei!

  11. Tony White August 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Funny how you managed to get a shot but +Matt Kloskowski still didn't :)
    Good work +Nicole S. Young hoping to put my 10stop filter to work soon, it doesn't play nice on my Sigma 10-20mm unfortunately, so waiting to for adapter rings to try it on my other lenses.

  12. Tony White August 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Funny how you managed to get a shot but +Matt Kloskowski still didn't :)
    Good work +Nicole S. Young hoping to put my 10stop filter to work soon, it doesn't play nice on my Sigma 10-20mm unfortunately, so waiting to for adapter rings to try it on my other lenses.

  13. Gihan Peries August 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Freezed water

  14. Gihan Peries August 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Freezed water

  15. Delfin Abzueta August 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Great capture and process.!!!

  16. Delfin Abzueta August 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Great capture and process.!!!

  17. Bent Marinosson August 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Love your point of view. Nice Work Nicole!

  18. Bent Marinosson August 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Love your point of view. Nice Work Nicole!

  19. Manueliitha Arias Renteria August 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    i love!!

  20. Manueliitha Arias Renteria August 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    i love!!

  21. Boris Manic August 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    GREAT!

  22. Boris Manic August 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    GREAT!

  23. Angel Soriano August 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    WHOM MANUELIITHA

  24. Angel Soriano August 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    WHOM MANUELIITHA

  25. Arcane Maverick August 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shot

  26. Damian Vines August 20, 2012 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Magnificent!

  27. Damian Vines August 20, 2012 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Magnificent!

  28. Damian Vines August 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    BTW, when the heck is anyone going to have Lee Big stoppers back in stock! Sheeze!

  29. Damian Vines August 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    BTW, when the heck is anyone going to have Lee Big stoppers back in stock! Sheeze!

  30. Tony Eckersley August 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    +Nicole S. Young – I was down there on Friday night and shot this:
    https://plus.google.com/117741745713138927677/posts/RefRanYWZZY

    I also took the "dangerous" path to get there, unaware of the actual real path the NPS built. 

    I have been waiting for a Big Stopper for a while so I bought a Hitech Prostop to fill in the time. Such a great filter to have. Awesome shot :)

  31. Tony Eckersley August 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    +Nicole S. Young – I was down there on Friday night and shot this:
    https://plus.google.com/117741745713138927677/posts/RefRanYWZZY

    I also took the "dangerous" path to get there, unaware of the actual real path the NPS built. 

    I have been waiting for a Big Stopper for a while so I bought a Hitech Prostop to fill in the time. Such a great filter to have. Awesome shot :)

  32. James Beaty August 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Wait, stairs? Interesting.

  33. James Beaty August 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Wait, stairs? Interesting.

  34. Scott Stuart August 20, 2012 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    That TS lens sure is getting a lot of work on your camera! I like the results. I'm gonna have to pick one of those up pretty soon. Was it difficult to get used to?

  35. Scott Stuart August 20, 2012 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    That TS lens sure is getting a lot of work on your camera! I like the results. I'm gonna have to pick one of those up pretty soon. Was it difficult to get used to?

  36. MaryBeth Farrell August 20, 2012 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Wow this is definitely a favorite for me out of this so many many photographs of bridges I've seen in four weeks here on Google plus your perspective is definitely unique- brilliant !+Nicole S. Young

  37. MaryBeth Farrell August 20, 2012 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Wow this is definitely a favorite for me out of this so many many photographs of bridges I've seen in four weeks here on Google plus your perspective is definitely unique- brilliant !+Nicole S. Young

  38. Mike Montalvo August 20, 2012 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Well done!

  39. Mike Montalvo August 20, 2012 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Well done!

  40. Jason Rykiss August 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Love this shot!  I see so many photos of the GGB here on G+, but this one definitely stands out and has it's own style.  

  41. Jason Rykiss August 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Love this shot!  I see so many photos of the GGB here on G+, but this one definitely stands out and has it's own style.

  42. voyaje peterson August 20, 2012 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    pretty

  43. voyaje peterson August 20, 2012 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    pretty

  44. voyaje peterson August 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    pretty

  45. voyaje peterson August 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    pretty

  46. Shelly Gunderson August 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Very lovely image!

  47. Shelly Gunderson August 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Very lovely image!

  48. Brian Billman August 21, 2012 at 12:09 am - Reply

    Great lighting!

  49. Brian Billman August 21, 2012 at 12:09 am - Reply

    Great lighting!

  50. Ni Thomas August 21, 2012 at 12:21 am - Reply

    cool, prety nice

  51. Ni Thomas August 21, 2012 at 12:21 am - Reply

    cool, prety nice

  52. Ricardo Lagos August 21, 2012 at 12:44 am - Reply

    that was a nice day … 

  53. Ricardo Lagos August 21, 2012 at 12:44 am - Reply

    that was a nice day …

  54. le thi dinh dinh August 21, 2012 at 12:45 am - Reply

    it is cool and romantic

  55. le thi dinh dinh August 21, 2012 at 12:45 am - Reply

    it is cool and romantic

  56. Kelly Mulcair August 21, 2012 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Beautiful!

  57. Kelly Mulcair August 21, 2012 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Beautiful!

  58. le thi dinh dinh August 21, 2012 at 12:55 am - Reply

    where are you rom

  59. le thi dinh dinh August 21, 2012 at 12:55 am - Reply

    where are you rom

  60. Mark Gaw August 21, 2012 at 12:57 am - Reply

    +Nicole S. Young that's an excellent shot.

  61. Mark Gaw August 21, 2012 at 12:57 am - Reply

    +Nicole S. Young that's an excellent shot.

  62. Kevin Morrison August 21, 2012 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Well done… I could photograph the GG all day long.

  63. Kevin Morrison August 21, 2012 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Well done… I could photograph the GG all day long.

  64. Frank Clarke August 21, 2012 at 1:34 am - Reply

    Such a great composition, not to mention a perspective of the golden gate we don't often see! Beautiful!

  65. Frank Clarke August 21, 2012 at 1:34 am - Reply

    Such a great composition, not to mention a perspective of the golden gate we don't often see! Beautiful!

  66. Layba Zaman August 21, 2012 at 1:45 am - Reply

    awesome 

  67. Layba Zaman August 21, 2012 at 1:45 am - Reply

    awesome

  68. Nguyen Khoa Tri August 21, 2012 at 1:56 am - Reply

    Instagram!?

  69. Nguyen Khoa Tri August 21, 2012 at 1:56 am - Reply

    Instagram!?

  70. John Brake August 21, 2012 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Nice… ;-) John

  71. John Brake August 21, 2012 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Nice… ;-) John

  72. Ya'ara Gurel August 21, 2012 at 2:08 am - Reply

    Looks like a… I can't think of anything.

  73. Ya'ara Gurel August 21, 2012 at 2:08 am - Reply

    Looks like a… I can't think of anything.

  74. Kayla Ford August 21, 2012 at 2:09 am - Reply

    IT'S NOT FUDING GOLD!!!!!!

  75. Kayla Ford August 21, 2012 at 2:09 am - Reply

    IT'S NOT FUDING GOLD!!!!!!

  76. Jujinho Blake August 21, 2012 at 2:35 am - Reply

    awesome

  77. Jujinho Blake August 21, 2012 at 2:35 am - Reply

    awesome

  78. Joe Mezzanini August 21, 2012 at 2:46 am - Reply

    Good job. Hard to shoot from that side I thought. I took the easier shots. See  http://joemezz.com/Golden_Gate_Bridge/

  79. Joe Mezzanini August 21, 2012 at 2:46 am - Reply

    Good job. Hard to shoot from that side I thought. I took the easier shots. See  http://joemezz.com/Golden_Gate_Bridge/

  80. Kevin Morrison August 21, 2012 at 3:14 am - Reply

    Exactly Joe- I kept thinking why is this 'common' subject done well here? This side and angle isn't standard. 

  81. Kevin Morrison August 21, 2012 at 3:14 am - Reply

    Exactly Joe- I kept thinking why is this 'common' subject done well here? This side and angle isn't standard.

  82. Nicole S. Young August 21, 2012 at 3:41 am - Reply

    Thank you all for the comments! I have to say, I'm very intrigued by the mentions of it being "unique" and a different style …. I didn't realize I was doing anything unusual at the time. It just goes to show how we all have our own unique (and sometimes unrealized) vision, even for a commonly-photographed subject like the GGB. :)

  83. Nicole S. Young August 21, 2012 at 3:41 am - Reply

    Thank you all for the comments! I have to say, I'm very intrigued by the mentions of it being "unique" and a different style …. I didn't realize I was doing anything unusual at the time. It just goes to show how we all have our own unique (and sometimes unrealized) vision, even for a commonly-photographed subject like the GGB. :)

  84. Tony Eckersley August 21, 2012 at 3:59 am - Reply

    I agree +Nicole S. Young. I think it's because not many people know how to get down there. Fun fact, the beach is actually a nudist beach and it's only recently that more and more people are finding their way down there.

  85. Tony Eckersley August 21, 2012 at 3:59 am - Reply

    I agree +Nicole S. Young. I think it's because not many people know how to get down there. Fun fact, the beach is actually a nudist beach and it's only recently that more and more people are finding their way down there.

  86. Karen Hutton August 21, 2012 at 4:02 am - Reply

    A totally unique take on this spot! way to go +Nicole S. Young!

  87. Karen Hutton August 21, 2012 at 4:02 am - Reply

    A totally unique take on this spot! way to go +Nicole S. Young!

  88. Alexander Avseyev August 21, 2012 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Unfortunately, it's overcooked.

  89. Alexander Avseyev August 21, 2012 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Unfortunately, it's overcooked.

  90. kimberly pemberton August 21, 2012 at 5:13 am - Reply

    that water looks like whipped cream.
    ….
    …… great.
    now i want whipped cream.

  91. kimberly pemberton August 21, 2012 at 5:13 am - Reply

    that water looks like whipped cream.
    ….
    …… great.
    now i want whipped cream.

  92. Bogdan Nastase August 21, 2012 at 6:43 am - Reply

    speechless :|

  93. Bogdan Nastase August 21, 2012 at 6:43 am - Reply

    speechless :|

  94. babak vms August 21, 2012 at 7:03 am - Reply

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  95. babak vms August 21, 2012 at 7:03 am - Reply

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  96. Jonathan Adami August 21, 2012 at 8:26 am - Reply

    really interesting framing to say the least! This picture is a real winner! (to me at least ^^)

  97. Jonathan Adami August 21, 2012 at 8:26 am - Reply

    really interesting framing to say the least! This picture is a real winner! (to me at least ^^)

  98. Fathima Sabrina August 21, 2012 at 9:19 am - Reply

    nice pic…

  99. Fathima Sabrina August 21, 2012 at 9:19 am - Reply

    nice pic…

  100. Kristjan Klementi August 21, 2012 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I like this capture… there are tons of images of the Bridge that all look  so similar. You have managed to capture it in a very unique way.

  101. Kristjan Klementi August 21, 2012 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I like this capture… there are tons of images of the Bridge that all look  so similar. You have managed to capture it in a very unique way.

  102. Ren Lok August 21, 2012 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Fantastic shot.

  103. Ren Lok August 21, 2012 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Fantastic shot.

  104. Robert Adriaansen August 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Looks great Nicole!

  105. Robert Adriaansen August 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Looks great Nicole!

  106. Sangeeth VS August 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Great work, +Nicole S. Young!

  107. Sangeeth VS August 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Great work, +Nicole S. Young!

  108. Fatma Omer August 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    great…. realy amazing

  109. Fatma Omer August 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    great…. realy amazing

  110. Boris Manic August 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    BRAVO!GREAT!

  111. Boris Manic August 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    BRAVO!GREAT!

  112. Chan Li August 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    cool

  113. Chan Li August 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    cool

  114. Susie Newcomer August 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    This would make a great framed picture!!

  115. Susie Newcomer August 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    This would make a great framed picture!!

  116. Hanuman Kokat August 23, 2012 at 5:07 am - Reply

    nice ok

  117. Hanuman Kokat August 23, 2012 at 5:07 am - Reply

    nice ok

  118. Chris Lazzery August 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Awesome comp here +Nicole S. Young. Very pretty.

  119. Chris Lazzery August 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Awesome comp here +Nicole S. Young. Very pretty.

  120. Tom Anderson August 24, 2012 at 4:53 am - Reply

    this is awesome :) 

  121. Tom Anderson August 24, 2012 at 4:53 am - Reply

    this is awesome :)

  122. Shyh-Shiun Jerry Wang August 25, 2012 at 6:45 am - Reply

    awesome colors.

  123. Shyh-Shiun Jerry Wang August 25, 2012 at 6:45 am - Reply

    awesome colors.

  124. Hot Wheels Gal August 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Stunning. Love this photograph.

  125. میلاد آزموده August 28, 2012 at 7:22 am - Reply

    yy

  126. میلاد آزموده August 28, 2012 at 7:22 am - Reply

    yy

  127. gesner rodrigues August 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    LEGAL

  128. gesner rodrigues August 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    LEGAL

  129. Tom Anderson September 10, 2012 at 5:12 am - Reply

    so good :) !

  130. Tom Anderson September 10, 2012 at 5:12 am - Reply

    so good :) !

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