Sunset Ride Under the Golden Gate Bridge (California)

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

The Hawk Hill offers 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 the 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


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).

  • Flora Yeung says:

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

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