I wasn't even sure we'd see it on this trip, but at the last minute we found ourselves taking a different route back to San Francisco from Napa that had us stopping in Sausalito just north of this famous bridge for dinner. And instead of just driving over the bridge to our hotel, we decided on a whim to follow some small curvy roads to a perfect viewing spot on the North side.
It was breathtakingly beautiful (and cold). I wanted to capture some shots of the bridge, but photographing in the dark is so difficult. I knew I couldn't hold the camera still enough during the long exposure required. I was feeling so upset about the missed opportunity when I remembered I had a tiny tripod in my camera bag. It's only about 6 inches tall, but it screws into the bottom of my camera just like my regular tripod. I was able to position the camera on the roof of the rental car and snap away. I was so thankful for my emergency tripod!
It was pitch dark outside, so even with a very long exposure, this is the image I captured:
I think it's beautiful, but a tiny bit too dark. I adjusted it two different ways in iPhoto. I can't decide which way I prefer. So, I'm opening a poll on the side bar of the blog and giving you a chance to vote for image 1 or 2. If you get a chance, tell me in the comments why you chose as you did. I'm curious!