Photographer Simon Christen created the 4-minute Adrift time-lapse video that shows the majesty of the fog rolling in along the California coast, blanketing everything, including the entire iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate bridge is one of the U.S.’s most iconic landmarks and Adrift is like a visual ode of poetry to its beauty.
To achieve this, Christen would wake at 5 a.m. and head from his home in Oakland to the mountains to shoot between two and five hours of footage. Some mornings, though, the fog would also either be too low or too high, or be vanished by the time he reached his chosen point. Thus explaining why it took him two years to create the four-minutes of epic footage.
“Adrift is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. I 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,” Christen wrote on the Vimeo site where he uploaded the video.
What Causes Fog in San Francisco?
As depicted so beautifully in the Adrift time-lapse video, the frequency of fog and low-lying stratus clouds is due to a particular combination of factors peculiar to the region. The hot inland air rises and the heavier cold ocean air rushes in to replace it. This flow from the high to the low pressure zone pulls the fog through the Golden Gate passage and into the Bay.
To have your own Adrift experience, head HERE to find out the best spots to watch the fog roll into the city.
We’ve experienced our own romance with San Francisco. From our visit earlier this year, our tributes to the City by the Bay:
Photo and video by Simon Christen