San Francisco and Sausalito, California

Photo conditions in San Francisco have been rough so far this holiday season.  The low fog continues to be MIA, and good old fashioned rain has put the kibosh on a hefty share of sunrises and sunsets.  I’ve done my best to head out when things look interesting, but the pickings have been pretty slim.

One recent morning the clouds looked promising enough to warrant a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Headlands.  I set up at Battery Spencer, one of the old War War II artillery stations that dot the west coast, and caught some of the pre-dawn color behind the bridge.

 

GGB Pink Horizon

GGB Pink Horizon

 

This past Monday it looked like there might be a nice sunset, so I drove over to Treasure Island for shots of the skyline.  The clouds didn’t really cooperate, but I always enjoy watching the city’s glow emerge as night falls.

 

 

December Sunset Skyline from TI

December Sunset Skyline from TI

 

Crescent Moon Over SF Skyline

Crescent Moon Over SF Skyline

 

On Thursday I dragged myself out of bed before dawn only to find an uninspiringly clear sky.  So I tried to make the best of it with another attempt at a lineup shot of Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge I’ve been working on getting right since 2007.  I still don’t have it the way I want it, and I think my first version may still be my best.

 

Alcatraz Bay Bridge Lineup

Alcatraz Bay Bridge Lineup

 

Sausalito Sea Lion Sculpture

Sausalito Sea Lion Sculpture

 

Later that same day I drove back over to Treasure Island to watch the sun set behind my favorite view of the Bay Bridge.  Technically the viewpoint is on Yerba Buena island, near the Coast Guard station, and the legality of being there is a little ambiguous.  But it’s become so popular with photographers that I was surprised to have it all to myself that night.

 

Bay Bridge Purple Skyline

Bay Bridge Purple Skyline

 

I hoped the beacon at the very top of the Transamerica Pyramid would be lit, and – at 6pm, well after sunset – they did finally turn it on.

 

December Bay Bridge and Skyline

December Bay Bridge and Skyline