This shot of the Golden Gate Bridge (unedited above) was taken from a spot that a lot of tourists stop at for a quick shot before they head back to their car. I promise you’re not going to get the best possible shot, if you’re only spending a minute at a location. It’s hard to connect to a scene if you don’t take some time to become immersed in it.
I must have spent about 10 minutes here, as I looked for the best composition, and took photos for tourists (I get asked often.) I showed up with a negative mindset because I wanted a sunset shot of the bridge. I didn’t want fog after driving for an hour. I had to work past that and accept the scene for what it was. If I had just snapped one or two photos, while in that negative head space, and walked back to the car, I wouldn’t have any decent photos. This is where I’d like to use my background in philosophy to talk about the true nature reality, which I find very interesting, but I’ll save that for another post.
Instead, I’ll leave you with this edit I did with Popsicolor. I can’t think of a better effect for this scene, for a number of reasons. One being the sense that the original scene was left unfinished and I was left with the task of using my creative juices to finish it. What do you think?