With three glorious days in San Francisco, a brand new Canon 5D Mark III digital SLR camera, and a very ambitious agenda; the city by the bay greated me with sunshine and beautiful weather. It was a dream come true. I hit the ground running as soon as my plane landed. I was on a mission to find the perfect spot to watch the sunset from. With thoughts of seclusion, a cool ocean breeze, and rich colors flooding the sky as the sun sets over the horizon, I headed straight for the Marin Headlands.
A taxi ride and $40 later, I found myself standing atop Hawk Hill, watching the notorious San Francisco fog settle in and great me with my first challenge. The setting sun and the bridge were no where to be seen. The whole area became completely engulfed in a thick fog, with winds powerful enough to blow a grown man off his feet. Feelng a bit discouraged, I was still determined not to give up. I had traveled all this distance to capture the Golden Gate Bridge in all its beauty and I wasn’t about to pack up just because of some fog.
I set myself to foot and began looking for a location that might give me a peak through the fog. I eventually found my destination at the end of a dirt road not far from the abandoned military bunkers at Battery Spencer. What lay before me was worth the mile long hike down to what is known by the locals as Kirby Cove.
Completely free from crowds and noise, I knew instantly this was the spot that I hadn’t known I was even looking for. I kicked my shoes off and walked the calm shores of Kirby Cove to enjoy a nice break from all the hiking I did throughout the headlands.
As the fog started burning off, I planted my tripod firmly into the sand and waited. I was soon greated with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, towering high above the city before me. It was such a unique view of the bridge that one surely won’t see from any other vantage point.