I thought I would tell the story behind the photos I used on this year’s calendar. My hope is to do this for each month.
I read an article that Baker’s Beach was a great place to take photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge. So on a business trip to San Jose at the end of February, early March 2017, I thought I would add this to my activities.
The Business was Monday to Friday, and I added one extra night to the trip so I could go to San Francisco.
As it turned out, the weather forecast all week kept getting worst for Saturday, dampening my hopes to have a day in the city.
Come Thursday the forecast was 100% chance of rain, so I changed my flight to a late Saturday morning departure, verse the red-eye I was scheduled to be on.
Friday night I could not help the desire to go and get a photo down on Baker’s Beach though. My flight was not until 11am, I could make this work.
Sun Rise was to be at 6:15 on March 4th 2017, an hour drive from my hotel in Fremont. I set an alarm clock for a 3:30am alarm, as the weather was not to start to rain until late morning…..
I arrive at the Battery Chamberlin (I thought I was at Baker’s Beach, and I was, sort of). Arriving at the park in the complete dark, and never being there before was a bit unnerving. With my headlamp that I packed, tripod and camera I stumbled around, found the path to the beach, and started the walk from parking lot to what is on the map as ‘Sand Ladder’.
This was the conditions when I set up to take the photos.
With the camera on a tripod I used some filters to slow down the light, and used long exposures to capture different lighting of the bridge.
I mentioned that the weather was not the best for humans, but the fog and light rain did add to the photographs. I grab this photo below from my phone after sun rise.
After my cold wet morning on the beach I was off to breakfast at a local dinner, and then that flight home.
Thank you for reading my adventure of March 4th, 2017.