Sunset Ride Under the Golden Gate Bridge (California)

After visiting San Francisco on 8-10 occasions, I was finally rewarded with the perfect sunset with the clear sky and warm colors.

The Hawk Hill offers of the most spectacular and breathtaking view on San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. The only problem is the weather which is very unpredictable. There is no way to predict what to expect at sunset hours on any given day. All you can do is to visit it as often as possible with the hope that theory of probability will kick in at some point.

California. San Francisco. Marin Headlands
Loc: 37.827778, -122.499444

Shooting & Processing

I took 3 bracketed shots on a tripod but used only middle exposure for editing.

I used Lightroom Rapid Editing for Landscapes, applying Golden Gate preset first from Landscape Collection and then used TOOLKIT adjustments.

Lightroom Editing Formula: Golden Gate (8, 17, 22, 34)


Deconstructing Featured Photo

CameraSony a6000
LensSony 16-70mm
Focal Length: 70mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: F8
: 1/80
Bracketing: 3 (-1, 0, +1)
TripodFEISOL Tournament CT-3442  – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D


Lightroom: import, tagging, straightening, Lightroom Rapid Editing, Editing Formula: Golden Gate (8, 17, 22, 34)
Photoshop: color correction, contrast.

Photoshop Plugins: 

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water).
  • Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (bridge, city).
Archiving: I save all my photos as JPEG (quality: 100%) at full resolution and with the help of the Lightroom plugin, I synchronized them with my portfolio on SmugMug for safekeeping, sharing, image hosting and online sales.

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  • Flora Yeung says:

    Oh wow, this photo is stunning!! I love going through your tutorials!

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