OK, before you start in on your first afternoon BART-less commute, take a few deep breaths and watch this time-lapse video, posted today, of fog pouring in and rolling over the San Francisco Bay Area ….

 

The video is called “Adrift” and its creator, Oakland photographer Simon Christen, writes this about its creation:

“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 ….

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.

Christen said he hopes his film is “able to convey the feeling of happiness I felt when I experienced those stunning scenes.: Of course, if it’s taking you three hours to get to and from work, you may be more in a state of mind to view this as a preview of the apocalypse.

Good luck out there.

An Oakland photographer made the video "Adrift" as a love letter to the Bay Area. (Photo: Simon Christen)
An Oakland photographer made the video “Adrift” as a love letter to the Bay Area. (Photo: Simon Christen)

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Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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