Ah, the golden hour, that period of time 1 hour after sunrise and 1 hour before sunset when our ultimate light source filters through the maximum amount of atmosphere. There are only 2 in a day. I took this picture in Bossier City, Louisiana during the evening version. More often then not, I miss the morning occurance. The musician in me refuses to recognize two 7 o'clocks in the same day. I do take advantage if I am forced to rise early, if I must take someone to the airport at 0 dark thirty for instance. I rationalize and balance what I miss by staying up late and developing pictures in the dark of night.
If you want the Golden Gate Bridge to be lit from the city side, you have to be there before noon. If you want to take advantage of that atmospheric phenomenon instead of buying filters or warming it in post production, get there early. This shot was taken at 07:30 am, not too bad. Click on it to get the full effect.