Last year in April I made a drive from Portland to San Francisco. I had a early flight scheduled out from San Francisco to Las Vegas to shoot a music video. I drove all night and made it there a several hours before my flight. I used this opportunity to scope out a location for a sunrise shoot at the Golden Gate Bridge.
I had a few criteria when selecting a location to shoot the bridge:
- I wanted a perspective well below the bridge
- It needed to be close enough to the bridge so that even if I shot really wide the bridge would still be prominent in the frame
- Foreground elements (in this case rocks) near the water to show motion
- I wanted to get a few different shots, One before sunrise, where the lights of the bridge were still lit up and hopefully a nice contrast with the blue water. And Also I wanted one later on where the sun had risen a little more and that golden light illuminated the scene
I did a bit of research and found a perfect location, Marshall Beach
As luck would have it, there was an abundance of sea foam present that I focused on for the blue hour shot, as I figured the blue water would contrast nicely with the white foam. I was extremely lucky with the location of the sunrise as you can see it's sun star as it rose through the bridge.