Golden Gate Fly Over

Sunday was a perfect, crisp, Autumn day for flying. And I had the opportunity to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge from the air with my brother Pat and his friend Wade, who is a pilot. So we took off in a Cessna from Sonoma County Airport, flew down the coast, and circled back at the bridge so I could photograph it.

Golden Gate Bridge from Above

As with my flight over Oktoberfest in Munich, I used the Olympus OM-D body and the Panasonic Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom to photograph the sites below. I kept a polarizer mounted over the lens to improve color and contrast. A rubber lens hood helped me minimize reflections while shooting through glass.

This image of the Golden Gate Bridge was recorded at 1/200th at f/5, ISO 400 (keeping in mind that I lose two stops of light with the polarizer.) The bridge is a beautiful site, from land... and sky.

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Great shot Derrick. When I was there three weeks ago we could never get a shot of the bridge without fog. I was still able to get some great ones above the fog though at the Marin Headlands catching the city in the background. I love seeing it without the fog though. Thanks...

Wow, that's a really stunning shot Derrick. Great job!