So how many times have you heard that one about buying a new house? Plenty I’m sure and it’s absolutely true. It’s also true when photographing common themes. I was searching for some images to post that I hadn’t used before when I came across this one. So I Googled “golden gate bridge” under images and there were hundreds of the great bridge in San Francisco. I did not however see any that looked like my shot. I think my shot is pretty cool. One of the large red towers rising up above the hills. Funny I how got there.
I was in San Fran for a photo conference a few years back. Usually after all the meetings we would get a couple guys together and go out shooting. I didn’t know the first place to start and would have ended up in all the usual touristy places if it hadn’t been for a guy name Warren White. Who’s that you ask? Well my good friend Jeff Revell knew Scott Kelby who knew Vincent Versace who knew Warren. So Scott rented a mini-van and was kind enough to drive while Warren did some navigation, while Jeff and I sat in the back just waiting to see where this adventure would lead.
You see Warren is just not a local. He’s a local with some serious connections. He was a Park Ranger in the area and had access to a lot of non public places. He is also professoinal location scout for major motion pictures. He has worked on over a hundred movies and knows every nook and cranny of the City as well as the Parks. Now I can’t remember the exact location of the photo but I believe we were on the edges of a campground when I shot this. He also took us down back streets that aren’t traveled very much to get other great angles. I will post those later.
My point is that sometimes having a little help to get to a great spot is well worth the effort of hiring a local guide. Fortunately for us Warren is a super nice guy and only cost us a dinner. Thanks Warren.