Chapter 11. Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

A view of the Golden Gate Bridge taken just after sunrise from the Marin Headlands on a clear spring morning. Taken at ISO 100, f/8, 1 second with a 17–35mm lens.

Why It's Worth a Photograph

The Golden Gate Bridge, a symbol of San Francisco, spans two of the most beautiful areas in the world: the city of San Francisco and the Sausalito-Marin Headlands. Built in 1937, the bridge is considered one of the most remarkable structures in the world, and the surrounding areas offer many vantage points to photograph. The Golden Gate Bridge's 4,200-foot long span set a world record, which stood for about 27 years. The bridge's two towers rise 746 feet above the water making them 191 feet taller than the Washington Monument. The Golden Gate Bridge has an Art Deco style with wide, vertical ribbing on the horizontal towers that help catch the sun's light at both sunrise and sunset. This feature alone makes it worth a photograph.

The Marin Headlands also offers you breathtakingly beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge together with one of the most beautiful cities. To top it off, you have the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean crashing together 200 feet below. Taking a photo at daybreak gives you a wonderfully colorful sidelit scene of the bridge and San Francisco. A photo taken at sunset can offer you a beautiful, golden silhouette of the bridge, the water, ...

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