I headed over to the south side of the Golden Gate Bridge early one morning, just to photograph this iconic bridge from an angle I haven’t experienced as often, and was surprised to find many people surfing. It is a rather unique spot, as the surfers head parallel to the shore, rather than just approaching a beach. This allows for some great surf photography options, that you can’t get while standing on most beaches. It’s closer to what you can see in surfing magazines, where photographers climb into their own wetsuits and sit out there in the water with their pricy underwater housings, bobbing up and down with the surfers (which definitely holds its own charms and joys)… except much dryer. Having people surf along the shoreline instead of towards it allows for angles and a closeness that we often can’t get. By accident I found my favorite spot to photograph surfers from shore.
And so it was, (as can often be the case) that while I came to photograph one thing, another caught my eye and I became caught up in the joy of photographing something new. I was getting some of the angle I had always wanted for photographing surfers. There was a big, instantly recognizable icon that I could include in some of my images. I was shooting in an interesting local and could occasionally include some interesting backgrounds to create a story through images that gave a sense of place. I had opportunity for different light, without having to move far… In short, I was in a sort of photographer’s nirvana. I hope you enjoy some of these photographs even half as much as I enjoyed creating them.
I used one of these images for an Anatomy of a Photo: Surfer and Bridge post, and I think I will use another one or two, as they are rather fun.