It’s tough coming up with a “different” way of photographing a landmark like the Golden Gate Bridge. Making life more challenging for me was the fact that on our recent trip to the bay area, it was overcast and wet most of the time.
But as luck would have it, we were headed north from San Francisco during one brief window of time in which we had actual blue skies and sunshine. I’d found some roads on the north end of the bridge via Google Earth, so wound up at an old artillery site called “Battery Spencer” in the Marin headlands. It was windy as can be, but I managed to hold my gear still for long enough to get off a few good shots like this one.
There are other spots further west along the road that will give you good views of the bridge, but Battery Spencer is the best one I could find to capture both the bridge and the city in one frame.
Looking north along the shoreline at the ancient Maya ruins of Tulúm in Quintana Roo, Mexico:
Tulúm may not have the best architecture compared to other Maya sites, but you’ve got to admit that its location can’t be beat for photography! And if you’re lucky enough to show up at low tide, the beach in this picture is open to swimmers and sunbathers.
You can’t actually walk on this beach (it’s reserved for nesting sea turtles), but a trail through the site runs right past it — and it makes a great foreground for shots like this! The only real problem is that trash tends to wash up after storms, so you need to clone it out of your shot (since, obviously, you can’t walk out and get it off the beach).
This came from our near-miss with visiting Victoria, British Columbia. While waiting at sea for the winds to calm (they never did), some were entertained with movies, while the rest of us were entertained by the local gull population.
In a post over on the old blog, I talked a bit about (and shared some video from) the green sand beach near South Point, on the big island of Hawaii. If you find yourself “in the neighborhood” but can’t (or don’t want to) hike to the beach, you do have alternatives.
This isn’t “the” green sand beach, this is a little tide pool about a mile away — but it’s managed to collect some of its neighbor’s sand just the same. It only covers about 200 square feet (so 20″ish” square meters), but it’s considerably closer to the trailhead.
This is a cleaned up scan of a slide I took in 2000 on Mission Beach in Australia. For a scenic image, it’s got an odd sort of back-story…
I took this shot near the end of our honeymoon — but it wasn’t a particularly romantic part of the trip. My wife has a tendency to catch various stuff when we travel, and this was my introduction to the phenomenon. By the time I took this image, she was sick as the proverbial dog — so I got a lot of opportunities for solo walks on the beach. Handy for photography, but obviously not what you really want on your honeymoon.
So I guess I have an ambivalent feeling about the shot — love the clouds, love the waves, sand’s perfect. But it always feels lonely to me.