Here are two more images of the Golden Gate Bridge, both from a more unusual perspective than the usual postcard shots taken from the south parking lot. I like that this image shows the different types of construction that support the bridge. While most people think of it as strictly a suspension bridge, it’s also supported from below at the south end, which is what the above image plays up. I particularly like the arch that was built over Fort Point. Notice how it dwarfs the lighthouse on the roof of the fort.
The image below was also taken from the south side of the span, and also plays up the supports of the bridge from below. The trick to both of these images is to get BELOW the level of the roadway. And that involves walking away from the parking lot. Lots of neat trails crisscross the terrain, and there’s a walkway that allows you to cross underneath the traffic from one side of the roadway to the other. There’s also plenty of free parking just a short walk from the vista point, so you don’t need to wait for a spot to open up in the overcrowded lot, or worry about feeding the meters. The next time you visit the Golden Gate Bridge, plan to spend at least an hour or two exploring with your camera at either end of the bridge.
So when you’re shooting an icon like the Golden Gate Bridge, see if you can come away with images that are different from what you see on the postcards in the gift shops and souvenir stands. You’ll have more fun making the images, as well as a much more personal reminder of your visit.