Stunning video of the fog rolling into San Francisco

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.

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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.

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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.)

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Adrift from Simon Christen on Vimeo.


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  • Iban4yesu

    i don’t know about that …let me try, when was it when you jumped off the gg bridge , you malevolent ghost?

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    Yes everyone should go up to Mt.
    Tam and the headlands in the dark before sunrise! I just hope he brought
    along a down parka, particularly for when the fog gets up to your
    level. A lot of times is starts with fog over the water and then
    dissipates as the temperature comes up a bit instead of flowing in and
    up. Which is also quite nice if not as dramatic.

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ zorbear

    Okay, I’ll bite: why don’t they leave a bit of soul?

  • Monoceros Forth

    I used to try to photograph things like that whenever I saw them although I’ve lost most of my best ones. Coming out of work one day to see a circumscribed halo in the sky was very impressive, as was photographing “Wegener’s Arcs” piece by piece–and I’ve lost both sets of photos.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    That Brigadoon analogy is so true!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Living in San Francisco is worth a lifetime. I lived on Kite Hill, so that in the Summertime, the rolling fog stopped just about two blocks above my house. That tumbling, agitated phenomena of fog pouring down was just thrilling, while before it, from my terrace, I could sit in warm sunshine and see the the city sitting in clear blue sky. Beautiful! I think the heart of the city is actually the GG Bridge. There is never a time when driving over it I don’t marvel at it and understand that anyone who has ever lived there doesn’t leave a bit of soul.

  • usagi

    Yes, particularly on the evenings in summer when the day has been warm and all of a sudden you look out your window and wonder if The City’s gone all Brigadoon on you.

  • Glenn I

    You don’t need time-lapse to see some beautiful fog effects. I love it when the fog pours over Twin Peaks like a slow gossamer waterfall.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I can understand all that. I still remember the first time I saw a sun dog. I was unbelievably excited. Spotting the Northern Lights was even more exciting. I suppose every part of the world has some natural occurrence that is just awesome.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Beautiful. I only got to spend a few short years in the Bay Area and I still miss it.

  • Monoceros Forth

    We rarely get heavy ground-level fogs here in Seattle. It’s a shame because just one of these days I’d like to try to see the Spectre of the Brocken, which requires a bright light behind one and a bank of fog in front. Also I’d like to see the glory again (only seen it once from an airplane.)

  • Badgerite

    Wow. The earth, ya gotta love it. If it’s not the center of the universe, it certainly should be.

  • emjayay

    Yes everyone should go up to Mt. Tam and the headlands in the dark before sunrise! I just hope he brought along a down parka, particularly for when the fog gets up to your level. A lot of times is starts with fog over the water and then dissipates as the temperature comes up a bit instead of flowing in and up. Which is also quite nice if not as dramatic.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Beautiful, but sort of creepy.

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