Photo Friday: Dragon attacks Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, USA; July 2009

Dragon attacks

I have been in San Francisco almost a month now and I’m enjoying exploring the city. A few weekends ago, I joined a hike from Land’s End to Baker Beach organised through . As we had lunch at Baker Beach, I watched a man fly a beautiful dragon-shaped kite with the back drop of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I put the zoom lens on and waited for the magic moment when the dragon was airborne and the red pylons of the Golden Gate Bridge were peaking out through the infamous San Francisco fog. My idea was that if I zoomed in as tightly as I could, it would look like a dragon was attacking the bridge. You can see the strings of the kite of course – I could remove this with PhotoShop but I quite like it as it is.

I originally included a picture of the beach scene, showing the man flying the kite. I thought it would be fun to show behind the scenes but I’ve now decided it’s better to preserve the magic so I’ve removed it from the post. If you are curious, then you can follow the link and view it on Flickr.

This post is part of Photo Friday, a weekly blogging event hosted by Debbie of Delicious Baby, a blog about travel with kids. Please click through to her site to see links to all the submissions for this week or see my previous Photo Friday posts.

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  1. Lovely pics, especially that first one. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities. There are so many places to explore. Enjoy!
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  2. I have heard about SF fog but it’s neat to see it captured in a moment. It sure looks like that a dragon flew out from a mythical land.
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  3. I’ve heard from several folks in the Bay Area that the weather has been terrible this summer. While this doesn’t look “terrible” it certainly shows off the fog that this area is so famous for!
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  4. First pic is great. Fog can really make or break a photo in this case it makes it.
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  5. Caitlin says:

    The second shot was only there because I thought it would be fun to see behind the scenes. On reflection, I’ve decided it spoils the fun a little, so I’ve removed it – but I’ve left the Flickr link in the post for any curious souls.

  6. Nice shot and lede. My friend in Sf has been going on about the fog and now I can understand why.
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  7. The fog just makes this photo! Love it–so very San Francisco!
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  8. That’s a great shot!
    I’ll be in SF before the end of the month. I’ll ping you on twitter to see if we can meet for coffee or something if you like?
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  9. What a great photo. It’s so tricky photographing around the fog, because it shifts so suddenly when it’s windy.
    Glad you’re enjoying your explorations in Bay Area, welcome. Yeah it’s been unusually cold, but it always perks up in late Aug. and September.
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  10. Love this dragon pic. I agree with you – it looks great as it is but it would give it a whole different feel if you edited out the kite strings! Great shot.
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  11. Wow, what a fantastic photo! As a native San Franciscan, I have to say that I love fog and the way it looks and feels when it is rolling over the Golden Gate Bridge.

  12. marina k. villatoro says:


    That’s a great shot! It almost looks as though you’ve used 2 photos and put them togehter to create this effect!

    No, it was definitely just one photo and no fancy settings or post-production either! – Caitlin.

  13. That looks a nice beach to hang out under the bridge – I heard that San Francisco was the land of mist and fog

  14. What a cool picture! I love the bright colored tail coming off of the kite.
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  15. I think you made the right choice with the photos :)

    I always love watching kite fliers along the beach. If we’re Up North at the right time of the year, the beach on Lake Michigan at Empire beach is a great place to catch some of that action.
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  16. What a great photo! On Saturday there were all kinds of people flying kites at the Marina. It was a fantastic sight! I’m a new, part-time SFO resident myself. Exploring is fab! :)
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  17. I LOVE your shot of the dragon attacking the GG bridge!! It really captures the mystique of ‘the city’, with its multicultural layers and shrouding fog.