When you think of San Francisco, what is the first image that pops into your mind? If you’re like most people, you immediately picture the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. It’s no secret that visiting the bridge sits on top of pretty much every San Francisco “must do” list.
Having lived in San Francisco for quite a few years, I always took the bridge for granted. I’d get there eventually, I’d say. After all, I’ve driven across it countless times. In reality, it wasn’t until I moved away from The City that I wanted to spend some time on a photo opp of the bridge.
This photo was taken atop the Marin Headlands, just north of the bridge on the Marin County side. The hardest part wasn’t even taking the photo, but fighting through traffic, parking, and all the tourists trying to get a glimpse of the bridge at sunset. To be honest, I had never been at that location before and didn’t know what to expect, then almost made the rookie mistake of leaving too early. The wind was blowing hard, tipping over my crappy tripod (my new tripod is 10x better, thank goodness) and making life miserable. After a while, I decided I had enough and headed back to my car, but on my way out I passed by some people carrying full camera gear. Sensing they weren’t novices, I begrudgingly followed them back up the hill.
Once the sun went down and the bridge lit up, I saw the light.
That’s when I fell in love.