“Adrift” is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. Photographer Simon Christen chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The weather conditions have to be just right for the fog to glide over the hills and under the bridge. Simon Christen developed a system for trying to guess when to make the drive out to shoot, which involved checking the weather forecast, satellite images and webcams multiple times a day. For about 2 years, if the weather looked promising, Simon Christen would set his alarm to 5am, recheck the webcams, and then set off on the 45-minute drive to the Marin Headlands.
I spent many mornings hiking in the dark to only find that the fog was too high, too low, or already gone by the time I got there. Luckily, once in a while the conditions would be perfect and I was able to capture something really special. Adrift is a collection of my favorite shots from these excursions into the ridges of the Marin Headlands.
I hope with my short film I am able to convey the feeling of happiness I felt while I experienced those stunning scenes.
You can check out Simon’s set of San Francisco on his Flickr here.
Below are two more of Simon”s timelapse video of San Francisco. They’re so awesome, I couldn’t pass not posting.