It was perfect afternoon in San Francisco in the beginning of February. It was very warm and what was even more surprising, there were no wind at all. The air was clear and the blue sky was covered with bright clouds.
And, just before the sunset, during the golden hour, the already amazing scene became illuminated by warm sunset light. It was just perfect.
Shooting and Processing
When I saw the cargo ship entering the San Francisco Bay I knew that it was my chance to enhance the composition of my photographs. I waited until the ship approached the Golden Gate Bridge and took multiple photos with the various focal lengths.
When I started the process of editing I realized that I did not have shot I really liked. The Photo 1 was my favorite but the cargo ship was too far from the bridge and it was impossible to create vertical crop.
This is when I realized that I had to cheat. I used Photo 1 as the base for my final version and I used cargo ship from the Photo 2, positioning it closer to the bridge.
Photo 1 (focal length 40mm)
Photo 2 (focal length 70mm)
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-70mm
Focal Length: 40mm
Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
Processing: Lightroom Preset Based Workflow
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors.