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Golden Gate Bridge Sunrise, California, USA by Rajesh Jyothiswaran

The lights on the Golden Gate Bridge have just been switched off and a pregnant day promises to deliver as the first rays of the Sun are about to pierce the skies over San Francisco.

I shot this image on an early Saturday morning from the Marin Headlands. I was perhaps the only person on Hawk Hill on this morning, a former World War II bunker built in the park to defend against battleships. It was there that after Pearl Harbor anti-aircraft guns were installed and radar stations were developed. During the Cold War, the Nike Defence system was put into place in the Bay Area. It is also a great place for Raptor watching. Hawks, kites, falcons, eagles, vultures, ospreys and harriers can be found flying overhead, hence the name Hawk Hill.

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Rajesh Jyothiswaran, is a self taught photographer. A chance realization of his own latent photography skills, when a smartphone photo of his native plant garden in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas went viral led to the purchase of his first DSLR. His interests range from macro to astro though landscape and astrophotography in places rarely photographed excite him the most. Photography has taken him on a path of self-discovery, learning, and meaningful friendships across the world. His images have been displayed at several exhibitions, He has also won several awards for his work including the 2017 International Landscape Photographer of the Year Top 101 award and a Top 10 finalist in the Smithsonian 15th Annual Photo Contest. Born and raised in India, Rajesh lives in North Texas with his wife and two daughters. He aspires to continue growing as an artist and be a source of inspiration to others.


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