“Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. ”
― Walker Evans

I have seen many pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge, located in San Francisco, California, since becoming a photographer.  The images that seem to stay with me are the ones that have the bridge disappearing into the fog.

This past week, I had my first opportunity to see the bridge in person.  I intentionally did not

look at other’s pictures of the bridge just prior to going on my trip.  I like to see things through my own eyes whenever possible.

My first encounter with the bridge was on our first day in San Francisco.  My family and I took a double-decker bus tour of the city to get an overview.  We traveled across the bridge.  I was able to capture this image from the moving bus.


Bus Ride View

When you have a fixed traveling schedule, such as a family vacation, you often have to work with whatever weather presents itself when photographing in that location.  My family and I had two and a half days to spend in San Francisco, so I had limited time and opportunity to photograph the bridge.  Luckily, thanks to my husband, Randy, I did have two opportunities to photograph the bridge for “sunrise”.

The first morning brought very little color to the scene.


Colorful Flags

I found that the flags flying on this sailboat added some much-needed color.  I took the picture using a variety of shutter speeds to get the movement I wanted in the flags.

I learned long ago that you always need to look behind yourself when photographing.  When I turned around that morning, I noticed the reflection of the bridge in this window.  I also liked the colors and textures.



The second morning photographing the bridge brought just a small amount of color just before sunrise.



It is always helpful to revisit a location, so we returned to the place where we photographed the first day.

For a short period of time, there were soft, pastel colors.



Using my wide angle lens I was able to add some leading lines to the foreground.


Leading Lines

I was happy to come home with a variety of images and views of the Golden Gate Bridge.  The next time you visit a subject, often photographed or not, be sure to look at it in many different ways.

I would love to hear which view you prefer.


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Mary Presson Roberts
Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

Comments (15)

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    Inspirational as always Mary! Thank you!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thanks, so much, John!

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      Leading lines & pastels-a tie in my mind! Love your images, Mary!

      1. Mary Presson Roberts

        Thank you, so much, Ron! I greatly appreciate it!

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    I like the bus ride view with the flag! Great job Mary! ❤

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Frances!

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    I like the one with the flag best and then the reflection.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thanks, Lorraine! Hope you are having a great week!

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    Of course I love them all, but my favorite is Reflection. I look forward to seeing more.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thanks, sweet friend!

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    Love them all. Favorite is “Above” followed closely by “Bus Ride View”. Well done my friend!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thanks, so much, Bill! I hope your summer is off to a great start!

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    For me Mary it’s the ” Leading lines” with the boats in the foreground. Have never seen the bridge photographed like that. All beautiful images.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Dan! I believe that is my favorite, as well. I was really excited when I saw those boats!

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