Sunday, February 18, 2024

Golden Gate NRA Night Photography (Part 2) - Marin County, CA

On 27 January 2024, my parents and I took a trip to Mt. Tamalpais State Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Marin County, CA. I took photos of scenery, banana slugs, Stinson Beach, Bolinas Lagoon, and night time photos of San Francisco. I split the photos into 2 blog posts. I hope you enjoy viewing my photos!

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This blog post features night time long exposures from Golden Gate National Recreation Area. I took a lot of photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and San Francisco at night.

While the experimental treatment did almost completely fix my day time vision, my night time vision is only half working. My dad has recently taken up photography as well and I've been teaching him. He's also been assisting me with composition at night due to my poor vision. Night photography of San Francisco was actually not too bad for me as there are so many bright lights that I can see.

After Bolinas Lagoon, we drove all the way to Point Reyes Station, CA, but we didn't see much. After sunset, our first stop was Muir Beach Overlook in Muir Beach, CA.

A night time long exposure photo of San Francisco, Sutro Tower (center), Pacific Ocean, and clouds.
The photo was shot at Muir Beach Overlook in Muir Beach, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 51' 42" N 122° 35' 11" W

A black and white process of the photo above.

A night time long exposure photo of San Francisco, Pacific Ocean, and clouds.
The photo was shot at Muir Beach Overlook in Muir Beach, CA.
The photo was shot at the same spot as above.

A black and white process of the photo above.

Our next stop was the Fort Baker and the Moore Road Pier Area of Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Sausalito, CA. Please note that this area is not safe. My mom saw someone that was most likely there to do smash and grabs, however got really spooked when he saw her talking to my dad and I on on our Midland GXT1050VP4 Two-Way Radios (Affiliate Link). My mom said the person had a thick jacket on and a large hood so you couldn't see his face. He circled our vehicle, and saw my mom talking on the radio and hid at the gated off private pier (next to Moore Road Pier) for a while. After 10 minutes, he circled our vehicle again, saw my mom talking on the radio, and then quickly walked off. 

My mom said another funny thing also happened. A woman who was fishing on the pier for some reason decided not to use the porta potties nearby and instead chose to pee in front of our vehicle (it was at night after all). My mom wasn't sure what she was doing, so she opened the car door to go get a closer look. Opening the car door set off the car alarm and the horn started blaring and the headlights started flashing. The woman panicked pulled her pants up and ran. 😂

A night time long exposure photo of Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Sutro Tower (left), and clouds. The photo was shot near Moore Road in Sausalito, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 49' 53" N 122° 28' 43" W

A black and white process of the photo above.

A night time long exposure photo of Bay Bridge, San Francisco, and clouds.
Also in the photo are Coit Tower (near center), and Transamerica Pyramid & Salesforce Tower (right).
The photo was shot near Moore Road in Sausalito, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 49' 52" N 122° 28' 43" W

A night time long exposure photo with clouds shot near Moore Road in Sausalito, CA.
In the photo from left to right are Moore Road Pier, Oakland, Alcatraz Island, Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, and Yerba Buena Island.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 49' 52" N 122° 28' 42" W

A night time long exposure photo of Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Sutro Tower (slightly cut off on the left), and clouds. The photo was shot on Moore Road Pier in Sausalito, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 49' 53" N 122° 28' 37" W

A black and white process of the photo above.

A night time long exposure photo of Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, and clouds. The photo was shot on Moore Road Pier in Sausalito, CA.
The photo was shot at the same spot as above.

A black and white process of the photo above.

A night time long exposure photo of San Francisco, Sutro Tower (center), and clouds. The photo was shot on Moore Road Pier in Sausalito, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 49' 52" N 122° 28' 37" W

A night time long exposure photo of Bay Bridge, San Francisco, and clouds.
Also in the photo are Coit Tower (near center), and Transamerica Pyramid & Salesforce Tower (right).
The photo was shot on Moore Road Pier in Sausalito, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 49' 53" N 122° 28' 37" W

A night time long exposure photo with clouds shot on Moore Road Pier in Sausalito, CA.
In the photo from left to right are Oakland, Alcatraz Island, Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, and Yerba Buena Island.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 49' 52" N 122° 28' 36" W

A cloudy night time long exposure photo of moon rise over Berkeley, CA. The photo was shot on Moore Road Pier in Sausalito, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 49' 52" N 122° 28' 37" W

A black and white process of the photo above.

The last stop of the day was Point Bonita Trail in Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Sausalito, CA. My dad and I wanted to get photos of the Golden Gate Bridge from a different angle.

A night time long exposure photo with clouds from Point Bonita Trail in Sausalito, CA.
In the foreground is Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point (right), and Pacific Ocean.
In the background from left to right: Bay Bridge, Oakland, Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco, Coit Tower, Transamerica Pyramid, and Salesforce Tower.

A night time long exposure photo of San Francisco, Sutro Tower (center), Pacific Ocean, and clouds. The photo was shot on Point Bonita Trail in Sausalito, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 49' 14" N 122° 31' 47" W

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Golden Gate NRA & Mt. Tamalpais SP (Part 1) - Marin County, CA

On 27 January 2024, my parents and I took a trip to Mt. Tamalpais State Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Marin County, CA. I took photos of scenery, banana slugs, Stinson Beach, Bolinas Lagoon, and night time photos of San Francisco. I split the photos into 2 blog posts. I hope you enjoy viewing my photos!

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This blog post features scenery photos from Mt. Tamalpais State Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, along with a few photos of banana slugs.

We first drove up Mt. Tamalpais for some panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay Area.

A panorama with forest and clouds from Sequoia Valley Road shot in Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Mill Valley, CA. 
In the background from left to right: Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, Richmond, Tiburon, Angel Island State Park, Oakland, Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, and Yerba Buena Island.
In the foreground from left to right: Mill Valley and Marin City.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 53' 41" N 122° 33' 25" W

A black and white process of the panorama above.

A scenery photo with forest and clouds from Sequoia Valley Road shot in Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Mill Valley, CA.
In the background from left to right: Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, Richmond, Tiburon, Angel Island State Park, Oakland, Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, and Yerba Buena Island.
In the foreground from left to right: Mill Valley and Marin City.
The photo was shot at the same spot as above.

A black and white process of the photo above.

A scenery photo with clouds from Sequoia Valley Road shot in Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Mill Valley, CA.
In the background from left to right: Vallejo, Rodeo, Richmond, and Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
In the foreground is Mill Valley, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 53' 41" N 122° 33' 26" W

A black and white process of the photo above.

We then stopped on the side of Panoramic Highway for a pee and food break. I spotted a few banana slugs near where we parked.

A photo of a banana slug shot near Panoramic Highway in Mt. Tamalpais State Park in Marin County, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 54' 17" N 122° 36' 33" W

A photo of a banana slug shot near Panoramic Highway in Mt. Tamalpais State Park in Marin County, CA.
The photo was shot near the same spot as above.

A photo of a banana slug shot near Panoramic Highway in Mt. Tamalpais State Park in Marin County, CA.
The photo was shot near the same spot as above.

A photo of a banana slug shot near Panoramic Highway in Mt. Tamalpais State Park in Marin County, CA.
The photo was shot near the same spot as above.

A photo of a banana slug shot near Panoramic Highway in Mt. Tamalpais State Park in Marin County, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 54' 17" N 122° 36' 34" W

A photo of a banana slug shot near Panoramic Highway in Mt. Tamalpais State Park in Marin County, CA.
The photo was shot near the same spot as above.

A photo of a banana slug shot near Panoramic Highway in Mt. Tamalpais State Park in Marin County, CA.
The photo was shot near the same spot as above.

A scenery photo of forest and Panoramic Highway shot in Mt. Tamalpais State Park in Marin County, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 54' 17" N 122° 36' 33" W

As we drove down to Stinson Beach, CA, we were met with a very nice view of the town of Stinson Beach on the side of Panoramic Highway, part of the way down on Mt. Tamalpais.

A scenery photo of Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Bolinas Lagoon (right), Pacific Ocean (left) and clouds.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 53' 37" N 122° 37' 25" W

A scenery photo of Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Bolinas Lagoon (right), Pacific Ocean (left), and clouds.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 53' 39" N 122° 37' 27" W

We then continued north on State Route 1 and was met with a nice view of Bolinas Lagoon. We stopped near Stinson Beach School on State Route 1.

A scenery photo of Bolinas Lagoon, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, and clouds. The photo was shot near Stinson Beach School near State Route 1 in Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Stinson Beach, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 53' 33" N 122° 39' 22" W

A black and white process of the photo above.

A scenery photo of Bolinas Lagoon, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, and clouds. The photo was shot near Stinson Beach School near State Route 1 in Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Stinson Beach, CA.
The photo was shot at the same spot as above.

A black and white process of the photo above.

A scenery photo of Bolinas Lagoon, Stinson Beach, and clouds. The photo was shot near Stinson Beach School near State Route 1 in Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Stinson Beach, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 53' 33" N 122° 39' 21" W

A black and white process of the photo above.

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Elephant Seals & Sunset - Point Reyes NS (Marin County, CA)

On 14 January 2024, my parents and I took a trip to Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, CA. I took quite a few photos of an elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) and sunset from Mt. Vision. I hope you enjoy viewing my photos!

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My first stop on this trip was the parking lot right across from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. My dad wanted to take photos of the bridge. 😂 It was a pretty nice day with the clouds though.

我那天的第一站就在 Richmond-San Rafael 桥对面的停车场。我把想要拍桥。😂 那天的云层是蛮漂亮的。

A scenery photo of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, Richmond, and clouds. The photo was shot at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Viewpoint in San Rafael, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 56' 39" N 122° 28' 49" W

Up next, I arrive at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, CA. The following Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris) photos were shot near the GPS coordinates of 38° 01' 39" N 122° 57' 43" W. Please note that Drakes Beach is closed to everyone during mating and pupping season so you can only take photos from the parking lot.

The volunteer at Drakes Beach told us that this particular elephant seal just finished fighting another alpha male at the beach and lost. It then flopped over across the beach, and decided to nap right next to the fence. I actually brought my huge Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR (Affiliate Link), Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash (Affiliate Link), and Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM Telephoto Lens (Affiliate Link) for wildlife photography, but didn't end up needing it. This elephant seal was so close to the fence, I just ended up using my Olympus PEN E-PL9 Mirrorless Camera (Affiliate Link) for the photos.

A photo of a wounded and sleeping elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore.

A photo of a wounded and sleeping elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore.

A photo of a wounded and sleeping elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore.

A photo of a wounded and sleeping elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore.

A black and white process of the photo above.

A photo of a wounded and sleeping elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore.

A photo of a wounded elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) scratching himself. The photo was shot at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore.

A photo of a wounded and sleeping elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore.

A black and white process of the photo above.

A photo of a wounded elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore.

A photo of a wounded elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore.

A photo of a wounded and sleeping elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore.

A photo of a wounded and sleeping elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore.

Next, we begin our drive towards Mt. Vision to see the sunset.

A photo of cows on a pasture, with mountains and clouds in the background. The photo was shot at the intersection of Sir Francis Drake Blvd and Drakes Beach Road in Point Reyes National Seashore.
一群牛在草原上的风景照片。后面还有云和山。这个照片是在 Point Reyes National Seashore 的 Sir Francis Drake Blvd 和 Drakes Beach Road 交叉路口拍的。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 02' 52" N 122° 58' 25" W

A black and white process of the photo above.

Our last destination for the day was Mt. Vision, so we can see the beautiful sunset.
我们那天最后一个点是 Mt. Vision。山上的日落很漂亮。

A sunset scenery photo of Drakes Bay, Drakes Estero, bushes, and clouds. The photo was shot on Mt. Vision Road on Mt. Vision in Point Reyes National Seashore.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 05' 25" N 122° 53' 01" W

A black and white process of the photo above.

A sunset scenery photo of Drakes Bay, Drakes Estero, trees, bushes, and clouds. The photo was shot on Mt. Vision Road on Mt. Vision in Point Reyes National Seashore.
The photo was shot near the same spot as above.

A sunset scenery photo of Drakes Bay, Drakes Estero, trees, and clouds. The photo was shot on Mt. Vision Road on Mt. Vision in Point Reyes National Seashore.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 05' 25" N 122° 53' 00" W

A black and white process of the photo above.

A sunset scenery photo of Drakes Bay, Drakes Estero, trees, bushes, and clouds. The photo was shot on Mt. Vision Road on Mt. Vision in Point Reyes National Seashore.
The photo was shot near the same spot as above.

A sunset scenery photo of Drakes Bay, Drakes Estero, bushes, and clouds. The photo was shot on Mt. Vision Road on Mt. Vision in Point Reyes National Seashore.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 05' 24" N 122° 52' 59" W

On the last sunset photo, you'll see my father. He didn't bring a tripod that day. I brought a 2nd bigger tripod (Benro Mach3 TMA27A Tripod & Benro IB2 Ball Head - Affiliate Links) for my large Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR (Affiliate Link) which I didn't end up using, so I let him borrow it. I use a Benro SLIM Travel Tripod (Affiliate Link) for my Olympus PEN E-PL9 Mirrorless Camera (Affiliate Link) because it is much lighter and smaller than the bigger tripod. The smaller tripod doesn't play as nicely with a full-frame DSLR.

A sunset scenery photo of Mt. Vision Road (right), a photographer (right), our vehicle (right), Abbotts Lagoon (in the distance in the center), trees, bushes, and clouds. The photo was shot on Mt. Vision in Point Reyes National Seashore.
The photo was shot near the same spot as above.

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