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I got up at 3 am again to drive up to the Marin Headlands to view the sunrise. I hoped there would be some fog rolling in.  It was cloudy at home which was south of my destination.


While driving north the sky was getting clearer, and clearer. No clouds, and no fog, but there were stars!  I took this image while waiting for the rest of the group to arrive. Venus is the brightest planet (low in the sky), and the constellation Corvus is the quadrilateral shape above and to the right of Golden Gate Bridge’s north tower.

Venus and the Constellation Corvus over SF Bay

8 of us got up at O’Dark Thirty to meet at Battery Spencer in the Marin Headlands to shoot the sunrise. Since it was clear, and cold without much chance of fog we opted to hike the mile down to Kirby Cove to be at the water’s edge to photograph the sunrise.  Here’s an image I made just after arriving down at Kirby Cove.  The tide was a little higher than I expected. A couple of waves got my feet wet a couple of times. Thankfully I wear waterproof boots.

Venus is the only thing bright enough to shine above the on coming dawn, and the cities lights.

Venus in the Eastern Sky Before Sunrise

After making several images down at the waters edge I decided to move up to the cliff just above me to capture the sun as it crested the skyline.

Sunrise over San Francisco CA

The clouds were just beginning to roll in from the north as the sun crested the skyline.  Once the sun got above the city we decided to head up the mountain to have some breakfast with lots of hot coffee to warm up with.

For more information about Kirby Cove click here.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 24-70mm| Singh-Ray 2 Stop Rev. Grad| B+W 6 Stop ND Filter| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| LR CC 2015 & PS CC 2015

More to come…







  1. What could be better than these wonderful images of dawn over the Golden Gate waiting for me in my inbox? Thank you for braving O’dark thirty to get these shots 🙂

  2. Wow the most amazing photos yet! I can’t pick a favorite of the three as they are all so gorgeous!!

  3. PS arggh good for you getting up so early- it was worth it!

  4. beautiful work!!!

  5. Wonderful images! Take care. Bob

  6. Absolutely stunning shots – worth getting up so early to get these!!

  7. Beautiful images Deborah, since you were up early did you see or catch any of the Meteor shower?

    • Thank you so much Harold! Unfortunately, no. I saw one shooting star streak across the sky headed southwest and that’s all I saw.
      I hadn’t set up my camera at the time. I was just surveying the sky. 😦

  8. These are breathtaking, Deborah!

  9. Picture perfect postcard 🙂

  10. Beautiful! How fun to get up early and have this wonderful experience!

    • Thank you so much Jodi! It was fun, and peaceful out there listening to the waves come in to the beach. There weren’t even any early fishing boats leaving so the scene was just about perfect.

  11. Great shots Deborah! 🙂

  12. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos and the story behind them. If anyone ever says photography is easy, I’ll give them a link to your blog Deborah.

    • “) Thank you very much Dan! It was good to get out and stretch my legs. The fog keeps eluding me which means more super early wake up calls on the week-ends in my future.

  13. Absolutely gorgeous shots.

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