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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 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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McArthur Burney Falls, Episode 1 – Part 3, Critiques

In our finale on the spectacular Burney Falls episode, Grace and Michael offer their critique of the many cinematic highlights, photo opportunities and photo editing tools to improve the final output.  We welcome you to check out our video review of Burney Falls:

California Travel Videos - path to Burney Falls

California Travel Videos – path to Burney Falls

Greetings, friends and welcome back to our California Travel Videos website!  On our continuing saga, Grace and Michael critique a handful of photos along with their Burney Falls experience.   Along with Michael, they demonstrate how post-production editing (in Adobe LightRoom) can improve a photograph.  Settings we will tweak include exposure, contrast, light/dark controls, vibrance, saturation, graduated filter, spot removal (clone stamp), radial filter, adjustment layer, detail, etc.

We hope you enjoy our “screencast” show and welcome your comments and suggestions.  Click below to view our prior episode segments:

Part 2 – Michael’s Photos     Part 3 – Burney Falls Critique

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