Since I already planed to go to Hawk Hill in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to photograph the fly-by of the Space Shuttle Endeavour (link), I decided to get up a few hours earlier to capture the sunrise as well. This is something I wanted to do for a long time but never had the motivation to leave my bed that early.
When I arrived, the horizon was already glowing. It was a beautiful and peaceful setting.
While the Golden Gate Bridge was clear of fog, a bit further south, it looked a bit different. Twin Peaks was covered with a white blanket with Sutro Tower peeking through.
The clouds up in the sky were nicely lit by the sun. To capture the entire scene, I took five vertical images that I merged into this panorama.
At sunrise, the eastern side of the bay area was still covered in a big layer of fog. That’s why the sun looks that choppy.
Like in the mountains, the weather can change quickly in San Francisco. Suddenly the fog moved into the bay and started to cover up the bridge.
Eventually, the sun burned it off to our relief.
This is one of my favorites of this early morning shoot. I am happy that I got up to experience this. I will have to do this again…
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