Golden Gate Bridge




I used to travel to San Francisco for work. It’s been quite some time since I’ve last visited, but I am still going through photos I shot there. I discovered that I’ve shot a number of panos of the Golden Gate Bridge, and it’s been so long since I’ve created a new blog post, I decided to put a bunch of them together on a page. So…here are panos of the Golden Gate Bridge taken from various POVs around the city.

First, a piece of trivia. I used to wonder about the name, because the bridge is a reddish colour, so what was with the golden? The bridge crosses the Golden Gate, which is the one-mile-wide strait between San Francisco and the Marin Headlands, so the Golden Gate Bridge is the bridge that spans the Golden Gate Strait.

The images are scrollable. Drag to scroll across the image.


This was taken from Mile Rock Beach. This is a wonderful place to hang out, and I love watching the sun set from here. Be aware that the walk back up to the Lands End Trail will require some exertion, and I’d suggest being sure to take some water with you. If you do it late in the day, you may find yourself walking a dark trail with not many people around. I’ve posted more about this here. Drag to scroll across the image.



This was taken above Mile Rock Beach, which is located to the left of this scene. Drag to scroll across the image.



This was taken from the Lands End Trail. Walk through eucalyptus trees, trails that run right along the edge of cliffs, and admire beautiful views of the Mile Rock Lighthouse, the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge.



This was taken from the Pier 43 area, near the well-known Fisherman’s Wharf. It is a very touristy part of the city, but worth a visit just to say you saw it, and you can go at times that aren’t swarming with people. I love checking in on the sea lions at Pier 39, and one rainy day, I visited the aquarium, which I really enjoyed.

With regards to the ship, I’ve recently become aware that there is a lot of history contained with it. The SS Jeremiah O’Brien was built during WWII and is a rare survivor of the armada that stormed Normandy on D-Day.



This city is famous for its fog and it’s just not a visit if you haven’t seen the Golden Gate Bridge shrouded in white. The city’s microclimates are a thing to experience as well, as you can be under clear blue skies in one part, while someone else can’t see their hand in front of their face in another part. If the bridge is socked in, you can cross it, drive through the tunnel, and find sun on the other side.



Some folk complain about hills, but I love them! Great exercise, wonderful views! Coit Tower is a beautiful vantage point, whether going up the tower or just investigating the area around it. When I was working at Market and 4th, I used to start many mornings walking up and around this area. It was where I finally saw some of the feral parrots that I had been hearing but never seeing, and there are fabulous views from all sides. If you walk towards the Bay Bridge side, you will discover a steep but beautiful stairway that descends the hill, which is an experience in itself.



This is a very long pano taken from the Berkeley side of the bay. A hazy day, but showing the San Francisco skyline all the way from Oakland and the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge, and beyond. This image is created from 19 images and wasn’t a happy stitch. I had to do it in parts, then manually combine the parts. Part (much?) of the problem was not having enough overlap in areas with not enough change. Always aim for at least 40% overlap for the best stitching experiences. Another helpful tip is to level hand-held images before processing.

Panos were processed via Photoshop’s Photomerge.

Scrollable images were created using Tumult Hype.

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