How do you get a great landscape photograph? You visit the same location over and over until you get the most amazing photograph. I have visited the Golden Gate Bridge on 3 separate occasions and I still have yet to get everything I want from the photograph.
The first time was during the middle of the day—not the ideal time to photograph the bridge. The second was super foggy and not a great position. This most recent time was during sunset but there were not clouds! And I hadn’t brought my tripod. So I was able to fake the sky in Photoshop with some clouds I had photographed in Utah. The one thing I would love was a tripod so I can get the smooth water from a long exposure. Then things would be perfect.
I’ll just have to go visit San Francisco again.
This photograph is good enough for a print to hang on my wall, for now. And ultimately that is the goal for every photographer.