The Golden Gate Bridge through my lens

Golden Gate Bridge | Photo by Charlie Kaine

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most photographed landmarks in the I thought I'd take a stab at it myself.  On this particular day I had all the essentials anyone needs to make a great photo: 1) My camera 2) My tripod 3) Unusually great weather!

My goal for this shoot was to create an amazing panoramic shot of the historic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Here was my simple list of gear:

  1. Canon 5d Mark II
  2. Canon EF 50mm f:1.8 lens
  3. Tripod (cheap plastic one)

Not much else is needed.  

Adobe Bridge

Adobe Bridge

To get this shot I first had to find a good location to shoot from.  A little trial and error is all the time you need to find the "perfect" spot.

Once I found a spot to my liking, I just setup my tripod, adjusted exposure and focus, then took multiple photos covering the span of the bridge and a little extra for good measure.

Above you will see the 10 RAW photos I shot individually.



After doing some basic edits, I merge all of my shots together in Adobe Photomerge.

I just let Photomerge do its job and stitch together my RAW photos and place them in Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop

After just a few minutes of waiting, this is the result of the photo stitching.  I could have taken more photos, but I saw no need at the time.  During the editing process, I actually used Photoshop's Content-Aware technology to expand the right side of the photo.

Once I merged the layers and cropped it to my liking, I began to fine tune this image to the final shot you see at the very top.

All images in this blog post belong to Charlie Kaine Photography.