I woke up early one morning with my friend Zack and drove up to the Marin Headlands to take pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge. We knew that sunrise was at 6:55am so we planned to arrive around 6 (we were a couple minutes late). Our first stop was to the right side of the bridge, where I wanted to get some light trails from the bridge. We had planned on going to the left side of the bridge while it was still dark out but we forgot to realize that by the time the sun rises above the horizon, it's already pretty light out. By the time we got to Fort Baker to take the photos it was light out.
I really like the angle of the GGB from Fort Baker. Unfortunately, you can't get any light trails and as we were shooting the lights on the bridge were turned off (which made the Bridge a lot less interesting). It was low tide when we arrived and there were some amazingly neat pipes and broken pieces of concrete scattered along the shoreline. We hopped down and made sure to include those in our images. Since it was now after sunrise there was a bit too much light and I thought I'd play around with some HDR's to see if they would come out decently. I didn't *need* to do HDR here, but I thought it would be fun to bring out the textures.
I will be the first to admit, that I didn't do such a good job of making these look realistic -- they're a little too painterly for my taste, but I thought I'd share anyways.