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Review of Baker Beach

Baker Beach
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Owner description: Mile-long Baker Beach lies at the foot of rugged serpentine cliffs west of the Golden Gate. Large waves, undertow and rip currents make the beach unsafe for swimming, but it provides panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands and Lands End. You can fish or check out the shorelife along the beach and rocky shoreline. Restrooms and picnic tables are nearby.
Reviewed December 28, 2013

This is a great beach! Lots of parking, and plenty of space to roam around. Great views! Great way to get your ocean time in without going too far.

Thank SFTexan
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

First visit to this side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Its a nice view that most people don't get. I liked that it is not as busy as, say, going to the Ft. Point location or the north side in Marin. Parking was good on the day we visited, later morning on a Friday after Christmas. My rating reflects the disgust I had with an off leash dog owner who did not pick up after her pet took a dump on the beach; poor, tasteless and classless dog owner. I know not all are like that but my rating reflects this owner and another who let their dog run around jumping on people without so much as a sorry. It was a quiet and not a lot of people. There were a few runners out and quite a few anglers along the short length of beach line. Parking was not a problem on this visit but could see that busier days might be far different. It was also nice to see Battery Chamberlain and the one remaining artillery gun; it was under wraps so was not visible to us. My arrival was made via the Presidio so there was much traffic; a southern approach would have been better. Lastly we had a clear view of the entire bridge with no fog or overcast so that was nice.

Thank j3mmr71
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

It is one of the nicest place to visit for on a nice clear day in San Francisco. You get a view of the Golden Gate and the Pacific ocean. The sunset was breath taking! If you love taking pictures, you must visit this place.

1  Thank acli
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

Baker Beach is one of the most popular beachfront locations to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge.

Sure, it’s popular, there’s a ton of people, but it’s quite possibly one of the best places and not to mention convenient. The parking hassles commonly associated with other shoot locations in SF makes Baker Beach a very relaxing place to be!

The accessibility of Baker Beach is excellent and it’s easy to walk along the beach. Looking towards the Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach gives you the classic beach, bridge and sky shot. Looking west towards the Pacific Ocean with the water as foreground gives the photographer completely different light and color to work with.

Photography Equipment To Bring
The beautiful warm light of the sunset against the Golden Gate Bridge is quite a sight, and once the sun begins to set your exposure times will increase dramatically. Equipment to bring should include (but is not limited to):
- Camera
- Wide-angle lens to capture classic shot (20mm on full-frame SLRs)
- Telephoto lens to capture closeups of bridge detail (150mm or greater)
- Tripod (aluminum)

Other equipment to consider bringing if you have it may include:
- UV Filter (to protect your lens from saltwater)
- Circular Polarizer
- Shutter release cable
- Graduated Neutral Density filters
- Hot-shoe level

Being right on the Pacific Ocean, Baker Beach has quite a bit of saltwater and this has a tendency to damage more expensive carbon tripods. I like to leave mine at home and instead bring my aluminum one. Twist lock carbon legs can be damaged very quickly with sand and salt water!

Be sure to wash off the tripod legs with water when you’re done to prevent corrosion buildup whether you’re using Carbon or Aluminum!

4  Thank grahamclarkphoto
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Reviewed December 10, 2013

I loved this beach which had very few people on it when we went. You can capture some great pics of the GG Bridge from here at sunset. You will find many photographers around. It's also a popular spot for couple shoots.

Beware this is a nude beach! So may not be for kids.

Thank a300zx4pak
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