Golden Gate Bridge as seen from Marshall's Beach

Marshall's Beach is one of the more quiet places in San Francisco. A beautiful and a little hidden beach near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The official web-site calls it a "clothing-optional" beach. Well, I was there in summer wondering if it ever gets that warm in San Francisco.

Anyway, the best way to get to Marshall's Beach is to take one of the busses to the Golden Gate Bridge. Then, facing the bridge, turn left and after 15 minutes of walk, during which you'll pass by some old fortifications, you'll see a small sign and some stairs that'll take you down to the beach.

When you're walk down, keep an eye for squirrels and even racoons. The racoons seem to be mainly active during dusk. One night I saw half a dozen of them within an hour. Seems like they loot the waste baskets looking for half-eaten stuff that tourists left during the day.

The first thing you'll see downstairs is a beautiful view over the beach towards the Golden Gate Bridge.

Golden Gate Bridge as seen from the Marshall's Beach

Golden Gate Bridge as seen from the Marshall's Beach

The last steps of the stairs are an ideal spot for getting a wide angle shot of the entire beach including the Golden Gate Bridge. A wide angle lens like the Moment 2x Wide Angle Lens that I used for this shot can help a lot here.

Then continue along the beach towards the big rocks you see in the background. During a windy day you can get nice photographs of waves breaking at the rock. It wasn't very windy when I was there, you here's only a small splash from a small wave.

Wave breaking at a rock at Marshall's Beach

Wave breaking at a rock at Marshall's Beach

The wave I photographed at the black beach in Iceland was a little more spectacular than this one but the principle I used to get the shot is the same. I used the super fast burst mode of the iPhone when I saw a wave rolling in. Just tap the shutter release and keep it tapped.

Getting closer to the big rocks will also make a nice frame. Be careful, if you walk past the rocks and miss the low tide, you have to swim back.

Big rocks and Golden Gate Bridge at Marshall's Beach

Big rocks and Golden Gate Bridge at Marshall's Beach

I edited all the shots in Enlight [iTunes App Store Link] increasing detail and saturation a little and used denoise on the sky.