Chasing Fog. The Elusive Golden Gate Fog

January 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

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Capturing the famous San Francisco fog can be as elusive as wildlife photography. If you are in the right place at the right time, you may just get the shots. To be able to get the fog at the right time is like hunting big game. One never knows when or how it will roll in. I am one lucky guy, in that I live close to the bridge in The Presidio; I can see the south tower from my window. A little known fact is that the fog horns are turned on by the Golden Gate Bridge electricians when the fog is under the bridge. When I hear the horns and can still see the South Tower, I know I have to jump in the car and run over the bridge to see if I can get the shots.

Sometimes, I am too late and am socked in all the way up to Hawk Hill. Often, I sit a wait until it settles down and never does, so I go home. It is a total game of chance. Tonight, I was leaving Sausalito and saw a hint of fog under the bridge. I had my camera and tripod with me and went to Battery Spencer where I got the first shot of the fog teasing the South Tower. By the time I reached the toll gate going home, it was fogged in pretty good. I quickly went to the overlook just below the toll gate and grabbed this shot. The fog behaved perfectly.

When I do my tours, I always tell my clients that it is more chance than given that we will capture the fog. When we do, it is a magical moment.

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