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cTv at Twin Peaks (San Francisco) for Grace’s Birthday #RVLife drone

Nothing quite like Twin Peaks views overlooking San Francisco on a clear winter day (during a side trip getaway between California Travel Videos trips in our Recreational Vehicle).  And with low winds we caught someone flying a Phantom drone… kinda naughty to fly above peaks within 5 miles of San Francisco International airport!

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cTv Golden Gate Bridge, Part 3d – Review and Critique

In our fourth and final segment of the Golden Gate Bridge series, California Travel Videos reviews their favorite photo and video locations to capture images of the Golden Gate Bridge and nearby travel highlights.

Golden Gate Bridge view from San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge view from San Francisco

Michael and Grace both found Crissy Field a superb location to take stunning “golden hour” photos of the Golden Gate in addition to being a romantic sunset location.  Michael also loved Horseshoe Bay and Grace’s favorite was Battery Spencer – both on the north end of the bridge.  Be sure to check out the details of their critique and review, along with our lessons learned along the way!

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cTv Golden Gate Bridge – Part 3b, South: Crissy Field, Fort Point and Fort Baker (California Travel Videos)

In this episode segment at California Travel Videos we head south into San Francisco, checking out Crissy Field, Torpedo Wharf, Fort Point, Fort Baker and more.  Click below wo watch our video:

Torpedo Wharf view of the Golden Gate Bridge during the "blue hour"

Torpedo Wharf view of the Golden Gate Bridge during the “blue hour”

This time we take photos at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Our shooting focuses on the more breathtaking views including blue and golden hour shots during the blue and golden hours.  And as always, we share our tips, tricks and yes – traps to avoid to capture that elusive memorable view to share with friends and family back home.

To the South and slightly East of the Golden Gate Bridge, you will be treated to excellent sunset shots from Torpedo Wharf, Crissy Field and down to the St. Francis yacht club.  In fact, if you have a really long lens and the weather is particularly cooperative (after a windy day without fog), you might even try points of Pier 39.  Of course, no one can resist getting some shots of “THAT PLACE” – Alcatraz Island with its sorted past going all the way back to a prison of war camp during the Civil War (be sure to check out Part 1 for historic details).

On the South to the West end of the GGB, check out the Round House, Vista Point, Fort Point and Baker Beach.  If you are “up close and personal” be sure to zoom out or slap on a wide lens like your 16-35 or 24-70mm piece of glass.  From this perspective you will be shooting a long shot up the Golden Gate Bridge toward the Marin Headlands – an interesting profile shot with the over-arching north and south towers of the suspension.  And if you are a tourist or care to learn lots of facts and figures about the bridge and its making, be sure to visit the Round House, nearby GGB store and outdoor exhibits – great stuff to impress your family and friends when you return home.   Going further West to the nice beach at Fort Baker, you will be treated to excellent layered shots with your choice of sand or rock formations in the foreground and a deep blue sky overlooking the majestic international-orange colored Golden Gate Bridge towards the sunset hour.   One caution – at the more secluded eastward end of the beach, you may come across some “breathtaking views” you were not expecting with an occasional SUN WORSHIPER looking to get that EVEN TAN!

As always, our cTv videos are meant to be fun, entertaining and yes, educational and enlightening so be sure to click here to check out our footage complete with lots of photos, outtakes, music and more.

Thank you for dropping by and we hope you will enjoy our next sub-episode, Part 3c, where we jump on the Golden Gate Bridge for more photo op’s as well as some historic videos during the GGB construction!  Stay tuned…

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cTv Golden Gate Bridge – Part 3a, North: Battery Spencer & Horshoe Bay (California Travel Videos)

Grace and Michael venture north of the Golden Gate Bridge, checking out Battery Spencer and Horshoe Bay , Part 3a – cTv (California Travel Videos).  We welcome you to watch our video show where we do battle with the cold summer weather!  We invite you to click here to view our show.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge at sunset
San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge at sunset – Photo given to contest winners
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxjL_c0pNWw

Despite taking photos and videos during the summer, be sure to bring along extra layers since fog, wind and cold, moist temperatures can catch you off guard even on a seemingly warm summer day!

Here’s a few things to consider when shooting photos (or viewing the sights) from the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge.  First off, when looking southward the sun rises to your left and sets over your right shoulder behind the Marin Headland hills.  So if you are looking for golden hour or blue hour shots, shooting from the hill on Battery Spencer to the North-West of the GGB should be a nice spot for the early risers – ASSUMING the fog has not obscured your view.  Even then, going to a higher overlook may provide you with a breakthrough view above the cloudy stuff.  There a two potential downsides taking pictures from Battery Spencer or above.  As expected, since this is a great location for photography and the vista points are on steep hills, the precious few parking spots are a valuable commodity.  So if you show up during busy hours with the thrones of tourists, be prepared to wait for a parking spot and deal with the more aggressive types and local authorities if you are blocking traffic, double-parking, etc. Secondly, since you are on breathtaking hilly vista points, that funnels through the Bay opening, expect vigorous winds – especially midday though the evening when the temperatures are typically much warmer inland.  So if you are shooting on a slow time lapse exposure, try to protect your tripod (and yourself) from the wind.  
Scooting down to Horseshoe Bay on the North-East down near the San Francisco Bay, the Marin Headlands will provide you wind protection that you will enjoy on a cool, windy day.  And while you will not have the glorious vista views from Battery Spencer, taking a moderately wide angle shot (perhaps 16 to 70mm) from the military field will yield some noteworthy shots from “down below” the GGB surface (220 feet above the waterline).  Finally, here are a few other noteworthy photo opportunities at the Horseshoe Bay area.  Assuming good visibility, you should be able to get some nice shots of Angel Island and her dark sister island with a checkered past – Alcatraz Island.  If you have longer lens, say 200mm or beyond you may be treated to some stunning shots of the San Francisco skyline.  The Fort Baker area offers some interesting shots.  The Bay Area Discovery Museum is worth a peek and you may enjoy some shots of the numerous sailboats moored in the harbor, plus getting some “action shots” of a cruise ship leaving or entering the Bay Area.  We also found that flora and fauna provided us some interesting color and detail shots, along with the native bird population.
Thank you for dropping by and we hope you will enjoy our next sub-episode, Part 3b, where we move down to the south side of the Golden Gate Bridge for more photo op’s from sunrise to sunset and beyond!  Stay tuned…
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cTv Golden Gate Bridge – Part 2, Planning, History, Statistics (California Travel Videos)

The Golden Gate Bridge, Part 2 cTv (California Travel Videos) – we welcome you to view our planning video where we discuss lots of interesting aspects of the history behind building what in the 1930s was to be the world’s longest suspension bridge, built over the most challenging waterway!

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge at sunset

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge at sunset

Check out our 36 minute video where Grace and Michael discuss the history behind the Golden Gate, including the Civil War and Alcatraz, the Gold Rush, bridge allies and foes, the Great Depression, bridge toll$, and much more.  We thank Wikipedia’s “Creative Common” license to share their online photos, prior to Part 3 where cTv will be shooting photos and video “on location.”

Many visitors are aware that in 1937 bridge architect Joseph Strauss completed the construction of the “then world’s longest and most challenging” suspension bridge.  True, during the post Great Depression period, building such a beautiful art-deco inspired achievement was a stunning achievement.  But to really understand the significance of the undertaking, we will go way back to the days when the Mexican’s occupied the area, how the California Bear Republic led to Statehood in the prosperity of the Gold Rush, followed by California turmoil on whether or not it wanted to secede from the Union during the Civil War (enter prison Alcatraz).

But wait, that’s just the beginning.  During the Great Depression in the 1930s, many challenged whether or not it made sense to build a near-impossible bridge across a very deep waterway with strong winds above and the possibility of earthquakes below.  And if that wasn’t enough, the Southern Pacific Railroad wanted to keep control of transportation with its profitable ferry service, the US Department of War didn’t like the idea of a bridge across a strategic seaport.  Then there’s the matter of financing with a scarcity of money to feed, cloth and house people, let alone consider building an expensive bridge.

In addition to checking out photo opportunities, we will explore more history, the people who were REALLY behind designing the bridge (Charles Ellis, etc.), some interesting bridge statistics and how it works, when mother nature and man shuts down the bridge and the “pet peeve” for locals – the history and future of bridge tolls!  So sit down, tune in and check out our 36 minute video with a wealth of information on the Golden Gate Bridge.  Who knows, afterwards you might even win a bet against your friends on how the GGB got its name (hint – it has nothing to do with its color…)

Links to check out before you travels to the Golden Gate Bridge:
Walking tours, SF Events   www.SFCityGuides.org
Visitor info, Photos   www.sanfrancisco.travel/icons/golden-gate-bridge.html
Golden Gate National Recreational Area  http://www.nps.gov/goga/index.htm
Wikipedia  www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Gate_Bridge
Flickr Photos  www.flickr.com/groups/ggb/
Things to see   gocalifornia.about.com/cs/sanfrancisco/a/ggbridge.htm
Professional Photos  500px.com/search?q=golden+gate+bridge

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cTv Golden Gate Bridge – Part 1 Trailer with Phantom Drone Aerial Views (California Travel Videos)

See our YouTube 4 minute “Trailer” here (full video coming soon)

Twilight view of the Golden Gate from Torpedo Wharf

Twilight view of the Golden Gate from Torpedo Wharf

The Golden Gate Bridge – California Travel Videos shoots photos, videos (including aerial Phantom drone footage) from numerous locations with travel tips, perspectives, day and night. You won’t want to miss our dramatic four minute teaser to get a taste for our upcoming segments on the Golden Gate Bridge. In our introductory program we share photo techniques and deal with unusual climate challenges to shoot memorable photographs, learn about the background/history and more.

 

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