the clouds were gorgeous all day from what I could see, and decided early-on I would get to a decent spot to snap the sunset. Before I departed, I wondered if I should take the 12-24mm lens that I use rarely, but instead decided on a 18-55mm as I was walking and not carrying a bag with me to store another lens. When I arrived at my spot, I was happy to see the clouds remained – great clouds usually disappear by time I arrive with camera – but hated the hard windy cold, and decided not taking another lens was a good decision. I stood in the windy cold for two hours before the sun dipped low behind the clouds, and at one point almost departed thinking the vast amount of clouds would block any color, and be a waste of time.
So I stayed a few more minutes…..
First, the clouds over the Golden Gate Bridge turned golden, and seagulls started flying all over to my delight. Then I turned around as I know sometimes the reverse sunset is often better than the sunset I see in front of me… and what did I see? For the first time in my life, I saw a gorgeous double rainbow over my beautiful hometown! Being away for so many decades, I’ve missed a lot and there are times I wish I weren’t here, but tonight, it was pure HELL and HEAVEN – Hell because I didn’t bring my wider lens and now watching this rainbow, hating it because the whole scene wouldn’t fit into my view and camera! Below the clouds and color is the popular Hyde Street pier with its collection of historic vessels of yesteryear. Telegraph Hill topped with Coit Tower is also visible.
Enjoy the result of a stitch of five images and a slight color fix, otherwise a great image!
featured 4 Nov 2012 in Clouds
Canon EOS 7D sporting a EFS 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 II lens