DAY 10 – Friday 22nd –
This morning’s sunset was also a bust. Looking out of the hotel window, the mountains were cloud covered to a low level and the air was heavy with moisture, despite the rain having finally stopped overnight. Paul had some work to catch up on with the Phase One Instagram account, Mark decided to process a couple of his images and I settled down to catch up with the blog. At 09:00 we met outside our rooms and headed back on the road bound for San Francisco.
The plan for this evening was a sunset view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach. This was one of the key images that I was hoping to get after seeing a nice image on the internet some months ago. We had a great lunch at The Cheesecake Factory and we watched the clouds sprinting over the sky. It still looked a little iffy and this proved to be the case on the beach. There were several photographers already on the sands and they quickly moved on further down to the bridge over the entrance to the bay. However, Paul noticed the workmen’s nets suspended below the bridge and we stayed put.
I was using the Phase One this evening and despite playing with exposure times I was never going to get a good shot. I therefore waited until the bridge became lit, grabbed a few long and short exposure shots and packed away the camera. The histogram looked OK and my plan will be to try to rescue something from the shoot, maybe in the form of a blue (cooler) image and to pull out the reds in the bridge itself.
In the meantime, the bridge view from the beach will have to wait for another time.