I can’t think of a better way to start the day than with “Adrift,” a truly masterful video by Simon Christen, taken over a two-year period, of the fog rolling into San Francisco.
Christen, who routinely woke up at 5am in order to get out there and catch before the sun rose, has captured some tremendous images.
Here’s more from Christensen:
The weather conditions have to be just right for the fog to glide over the hills and under the bridge. I 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, I would set my 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.
And really, these still shots don’t do the video justice. You have to watch the fog move in, “on little cat feet,” as Carl Sandburg famously wrote. It’s just stunning. The video is below – and do make sure you click the HD button so you’re watching the high-definition version. (H/t to David Mixner for spotting the video first.)