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California / Inspiration / Landscape / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes


February 9, 2020 — East Bay Hills, California

The San Francisco Bay Area abounds with breathtaking views. The views from the hills across the Bay from San Francisco are among the best — looking straight back across the Bay.

The Golden Gate Bridge is an impressive feat of engineering and construction. When it was built in 1937, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. It has since been surpassed, but the main span of 4,200 feet (1,280 meters) is still worthy of awe.

But then there’s this cloud…

(Nikon D500, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


    • It sure is. Noticed the very small horizontal extension of the cloud at the bottom is almost exactly the length of the span. I was tempted to slide the cloud over and Photoshop so that the little one exactly lined up with the span. I resisted the temptation.

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    • The Bay Area is a fascinating and often beautiful place to live. It almost makes the traffic worth it. Of course, we don’t have too much traffic these days…


  1. So imposing- nature will always come to remind man of his size! My most overriding memories of the Bay and it’s Golden Gate are indeed these clouds, even on warm days. This makes me want to reread all the Tales of the City again.

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  2. As the bridge straddles the Golden Gate, Ansel Adams’s life straddled the building of the bridge, and he photographed the Golden Gate before and after the bridge crossed it. An online search shows that in both periods he played up majestic clouds there, just as you’ve done.

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  3. I also like the contrast of the bridge’s straight lines, with all those curves. The bridge looks like a child’s plaything, compared to that mass of clouds, great shot.

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  4. The cloud is not a detriment to the photo, Michael. By this time, everyone knows what the Golden Gate Bridge looks like. Now you’ve shown it in a more artistic (yet natural) way. Nice work.

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    • Thank you. The cloud is indeed the star. At first I considered cropping it so that it was a pure cloudscape with no bridge, no water, no land. No nothing. But I decided it needed context. But clearly, the star of the show is the cloud.


  5. Those clouds billow, the water shines and the bridge fades away. So many photos of the bridge make it the centerpiece; it’s interesting to see it still there, but taking back seat.

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  6. A few years ago, as a photographer was telling me about a media backlash that occurred during a photo event at Hanging Lake he also noted that the location had been photographed too many times. I suggested that is what would be the best challenge….to create an image that was unique.

    You have offered the world a unique vision of the Golden Gate Bridge…amazing image. The stillness of the bay and the subdued bridge…with the energy and light of the clouds…the power of nature and her stilled silence…I am humbled.

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    • Thank you very much, Brenda. Yes, the bridge is much photographed, to the point of being a cliche. Mother Nature helped me out a lot on this one. I was very fortunate to be in the hills on that particular day and time. This one took a lot of post processing to help Mother Nature out a little bit. Ma an I have a mutually beneficial relationship. The original RAW image was gray on gray on gray on gray on…


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