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I wanted a photo taken near the bridge where the bridge was not the center of attention. So I chose to emphasize the suspended rusted chain and waves by waiting for the clouds to open up some light just on those areas while leaving the bridge as nearly a silhouette. I had to keep the camera covered from the constant spray for over an hour until I finally got this shot. People were probably wondering why I was just standing there not doing anything for so long.

This is on the city side with the Pacific to the left past the bridge, and downtown and the bay are behind and to the right. Only during a quickly incoming tide and before a big storm do you see large waves wrap around the point and into the bay. (Compare the waves to the van near the fort.) This is because the water flow can be 15 miles per hour through the gate at this time. It looks like a large river sometimes. There were lots of surfers here but by the time the light improved, they were packing up and leaving.

0.2 second exposure @F18 with ND grad 0.3

Camera:Canon 350d (XT)
Lens:Canon 17-40L @17
Recording media:RAW ISO 100
Title:Rust and Surf
Username:PatrickSmith PatrickSmith
Uploaded:3 Apr 2006 - 5:49 AM
Tags:Golden gate bridge, Landscape / travel, San francisco
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foxybrown
foxybrown  9368 forum posts
3 Apr 2006 - 5:50 AM

top shot, excellent view point and exposure.

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1123442 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2006 - 5:51 AM

This is the best image you've uploaded by miles. This one is actually an image of the bridge that I havent't seen. By taking this one you've finally escaped the Paul Harris wannabe camp and found your own feet.
well done.

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angej
angej  10477 forum posts United Kingdom
3 Apr 2006 - 5:53 AM

Instantly recognisable as being one of yours Patrick.
Lovely lightSmile
Ange

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JouŠo
JouŠo e2 Member 1056 forum postsJouŠo vcard Finland
3 Apr 2006 - 5:53 AM

Sorry, man!




















This IS your best!
IMHO!

Jouko

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angej
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3 Apr 2006 - 5:53 AM

Instantly recognisable as being one of yours Patrick.
Lovely lightSmile
Ange

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cdm36
cdm36 e2 Member 10391 forum postscdm36 vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2006 - 5:54 AM

Excellent work Patrick, nice movement in the water and light flooding under the bridge.

Chris.

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JouŠo
JouŠo e2 Member 1056 forum postsJouŠo vcard Finland
3 Apr 2006 - 5:55 AM

...and STOP shutting down EPZ!

LOL..........

Jouko

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104254 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2006 - 6:05 AM

superb lighting

jeff

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105978 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2006 - 6:07 AM

Cor, AT LAST well done on the EC Patrick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Absolutely superb work (it looks mighty cold though!!! Which seems odd for your little corner of the world)


Jeanie
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Chant57
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:09 AM

Super shot, and congratulations on the HC
C

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Kim Walton
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:11 AM

Fully agree with the award,well done .

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PatrickSmith
PatrickSmith e2 Member 91205 forum postsPatrickSmith vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2006 - 6:11 AM

Thanks for looking!

Cheers Pete!

Keith, it's funny that you should say that because I've walked by the place probably hundreds of times and also watched hundreds of 'photographers' do it too. But then it seemed so obvious to stop here. Several other guys with big cameras and lenses stopped by but got drenched by spray and moved on. But I just stayed with a big bag over the camera and waited...and waited. One hour before sunset like you said too.

LOL - Sorry to disappoint Jouko! Only +12c as I took this shot.

Thanks Jeanie. Cold and very windy. We are getting one arctic front after another here right now.

Patrick

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ChrisOs
ChrisOs e2 Member 9ChrisOs vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2006 - 6:12 AM

Hell's teeth! That is a stunning image in every way. Well worth waiting for.

Patience is a virtue, find it if you can,
Never in a woman, always in a man.

That should do it.

Chris

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Wooly
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:12 AM

Excellent Patrick, great capture.

Alan

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Maddie
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:13 AM

well done patrick, great composition and detail, congrats on your EC

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suregork
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:13 AM

very nice.. excellent composition and dynamics.. congrats on the EC!!

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105978 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2006 - 6:14 AM


Quote: Patience is a virtue, find it if you can,
Never in a woman, always in a man.


LOL! Chris are you trying to start a cyberfight on Patrick's award-winning picture???
grrrrrr

: )

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JouŠo
JouŠo e2 Member 1056 forum postsJouŠo vcard Finland
3 Apr 2006 - 6:15 AM

There YOU go, Man!

Congrats!

Jouko

PS NOW Ill remember THIS day forever!

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2006 - 6:16 AM

Fantastic image Patrick, my congrat's for your well deserved EC!

Sez Smile

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arnieg
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:18 AM

well worth the wait what a great image
congrats on the ec
arnie

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DavidGresham
3 Apr 2006 - 6:19 AM

Simply stunning.

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debster
debster e2 Member 10693 forum postsdebster vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2006 - 6:20 AM

Congratulations on a very well deserved EC Patrick!! Look what I've been missing out on!

Seriously, the composition is spot on and the lighting just beautiful. Many congratulations.

Debbie

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PatrickSmith
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:22 AM


Quote: Patience is a virtue, find it if you can,
Never in a woman, always in a man.

That should do it.


LOL Chris, yes, I think that did it all right! And um... what's your home address just so that every woman EPZ'er can thank you in person??

Patrick

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JouŠo
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:26 AM

ePHOTOzine is currently down for maintenance.

The site should be available again soon, please check back in 10 minutes.

I told you!

Jouko

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paulstefan
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:27 AM

Top stuff, Patrick.
And an EC too - well done!
cheers, Paul

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John_Horner
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:28 AM

Woaaah! Hey this is not playing fair. We; that is to say I; cannot possibly compete with this kind on photography. Now come on you have to give us a chance too.

This is a great angle you ahcieved and so much to say that has already been said.
So......
click.........click.click............click.........click

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2006 - 6:29 AM

First thing I thought was--This has to be one of the best images I have ever seen! What an inspiration! Thanks! Jennnnnnnnnn

Ps Congratulations!

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C_Daniels
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:31 AM

Fantastic Patrick - awesome work to be inspired by!

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Nigel_95
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:31 AM

Excellent shot, and well worth the wait.

Nigel

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User_Removed
3 Apr 2006 - 6:32 AM

I think Keith summed it up in the best possible way Patrick.

Well worth the wait in all senses for this one.

Very well done. Nik

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JouŠo
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:32 AM

whats your bosss telephone number??
Ill make a call, so that you can go and celebrate this! ; )

Jouko

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Coleslaw
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:33 AM

love it

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CathyT
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:35 AM

Congratulations Patrick on your EC. Excellent photo with lots of drama.Like the low angle.
cathy

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terry_cavner
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:37 AM

WOO HOO Ya Beauty....I absolutely love it....

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Rayner
Rayner e2 Member 10Rayner vcard England
3 Apr 2006 - 6:37 AM

knew it was yours Patrick..Stunning!

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chrisfroud
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:37 AM

Outstanding image. Your patience was greatly rewarded. If I had to make an Epz top 10, this image would be right up there.

Chris.

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julesm
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:38 AM

Blimey, youve finally got an EC Smile Well done indeed.

Jules

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PatrickSmith
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:40 AM

Thanks for looking!

LOL Jouko, it's a conspiracy I tell you! And um, I think I have forgotten my boss' phone number for some reason...

John, I could not compete with this either just a few months ago. So never worry.

Nik, I guess that the longer you wait, combined with the wetter and colder you get, the better the shot could be if the elements cooperate!

LOL Jules, even a broken clock is correct twice per day!

Patrick

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lizziew
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:43 AM

stunning shot congrats on you award very well deserved...........liz

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buchananbchb
buchananbchb e2 Member 10374 forum postsbuchananbchb vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2006 - 6:44 AM

Fabulous perspective, what a terrific shot!.
Brad.

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martinw
martinw e2 Member 9251 forum postsmartinw vcard England
3 Apr 2006 - 6:49 AM

It's all been said Patrick - stunning image. Congratulations.
Martin

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stevie
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3 Apr 2006 - 6:56 AM

Brilliant image, Patrick.

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mmsglobal
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3 Apr 2006 - 7:00 AM

Moody and dynamic. Excellent work!!

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denka
denka e2 Member 9denka vcard Finland
3 Apr 2006 - 7:01 AM

WOW! You sure have an eye for these kind of shots. Congrats on the well deserved award. I love the composition and the motion on the waves, I can almoust hear the breeze. Congrats again my friend!

denka

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smourt
smourt e2 Member 1080 forum postssmourt vcard
3 Apr 2006 - 7:04 AM

super shot. as always. can this be your very first EC. Have you been begging again!!!!! LOL, well done. Not you should care, with the fan base you have.

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jaktis
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3 Apr 2006 - 7:05 AM

Not much to say completly filled with excellent details

Peter

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beaniebabe
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3 Apr 2006 - 7:06 AM

Stunning, Stunning Stunning...congratulations on EC very well deserved

Angie x

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skydivemike
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3 Apr 2006 - 7:08 AM

Top image Patrick. Congrats on your awards

Mike

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3 Apr 2006 - 7:11 AM

It's all been said...I think.
Excellent.

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PatrickSmith
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3 Apr 2006 - 7:12 AM

Thanks for looking!

Yes Denka, not only could I hear the breeze but the waves were ear shattering. My ears were ringing after standing here for over an hour.

LOL - Stephan (smourt), it's amazing what an over of 1000 EPZ books will do!

Patrick

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gwyn h
gwyn h e2 Member 10432 forum postsgwyn h vcard
3 Apr 2006 - 7:24 AM

And about time too Patrick.....very many congratulations on the EC, the first of many I have no doubt.

A stunning shot...composition, light, water movement...it's got the lot.

Gwyn

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3 Apr 2006 - 7:25 AM

Just come back on to find out how your doing..... and guess what, an EC - very cool and congrats to youSmile))
Ange

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3 Apr 2006 - 7:28 AM

An EC at last, congrats. A wonderful image as well, it really comes to life in the large version. I really like the warm light falling on the chain.

Well done!

Marc

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UserRemoved
3 Apr 2006 - 7:28 AM

The colours, the textures and the pin sharp detail are fantastic. EC is certainly merited.
John

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MarkyMarc
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3 Apr 2006 - 7:29 AM

An EC at last, congrats. A wonderful image as well, it really comes to life in the large version. I really like the warm light falling on the chain.

Well done!

Marc

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A_Harrison
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3 Apr 2006 - 7:30 AM

Very nice. Love where the light falls on the pillar of the bridge and illuminates the haze in the Bg.

Congratulations.

Allan

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joeb
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3 Apr 2006 - 7:30 AM

"HURRAY".... at last, the most deserved award that so many of us thought you should have had ages ago.

Many many congrats on this stunning shot.

Karen

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Jasbe
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3 Apr 2006 - 7:40 AM

Great shot Patrick, fantastic setting for a picture, well done on the EC award.
Jason

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2006 - 7:42 AM

Your photography skills have really shon through Patrick,such a well deserved award..many congratulations!!!!
Janet

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MoWiz
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3 Apr 2006 - 7:51 AM

Well done Patrick, I agree with everyone who has said this is your best upload, obviously Pete agrees too, stunning shot
MO
PS, "people champ comes good!" Wink

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3 Apr 2006 - 7:51 AM

YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I tell you what, Patrick - there are going to be one hell of a lot of people who will be as pleased as you are about this getting an EC. Of course, it's richly deserved - it's got everything...light (I love the way it touches those closest links in the chain), the drama, the composition, balance, movement...in short it's a Patrick Smith classic.

Well done again, Mr Smith.

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Atlas
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3 Apr 2006 - 7:59 AM

Awesome! Awsome! Awesome! ☼☼☼☼☼

Rob

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Atlas
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3 Apr 2006 - 8:02 AM

This could make you a lot of cash I reckon! I can't stop looking at it Smile

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Dotrob
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3 Apr 2006 - 8:02 AM

Your patience was well rewarded,Fabulous shot.
Dot

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JuliaB
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3 Apr 2006 - 8:06 AM

Bostin' Bay Area Bonanza. Nice one. Julia

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Atlas
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3 Apr 2006 - 8:07 AM

The best image I've seen on the site since I joined three years ago!

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covey
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3 Apr 2006 - 8:19 AM

A cracking image and a long, long overdue EC.

Congrats.

T.

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3 Apr 2006 - 8:20 AM

Thanks for looking in!

Hi Gwynn, I hope so. I must go now to find more rusty and old stuff!

Yes Ange, I'm doing well. We are having very British weather over here. 28 of the last 32 days have had rain! We only get 55 in one year so half a year's rain in a month!

Karen, I hope I can live up to that thought.

Janet, it was either skill or what I said earlier about even a broken clock being right twice per day!

LOL Mo....

Yes Ian, the chain was rather dull looking until the light hit it just right. First is was too dark, and the the sun was to bright, but here is was lit just enough to not blow it out.

LOL Rob... I wish!

Patrick

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ScottRobertson
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3 Apr 2006 - 8:27 AM

All been said before.....without a doubt the best image I've seen on this site.

Scott

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GillyB
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3 Apr 2006 - 8:31 AM

Wow - fantastic to come home from work and see this so very well deserved EC!
Amazing image with all the elements in place!
gill

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3 Apr 2006 - 8:32 AM

What a fantastic shot, photography as an art, this has got to be one of the best shots I have ever seen, all the elements are there and then some, well done indeed! Congrats on the EC, a long time in coming! Spot on! Click!!!

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3 Apr 2006 - 8:39 AM

This has gotta be one of your best Patrick. Flattered that you even bothered to look at mine let alone praise it. AWESOME
Mike

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3 Apr 2006 - 8:53 AM

There are not enough words for this one so as Mike says - AWESOME! Congrats on the EC, richly deserved Smile K.

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3 Apr 2006 - 8:59 AM

I would like to leave a comment but looking through this lot, I think it's all been said, nice one.
Frank

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3 Apr 2006 - 9:09 AM

"All been said", my a#! LOL......
I think this hasnt been said:
Mahtavaa! Mieletnt! Maagista! Mielenkiintoinen sommittelu, etten sanoisi ainutlaatuinen! Tm kuva on elm suurempi! Sanat eivt voi kuvailla tt! Tm kuva tytyy KOKEA! KOSKETTAA TUNNELMAA! Suomen kielen kauneutta kuvaavat sanat loppuvat tmn kuvan kohdalla!
Kaunis kuin kaunein uni............ai kuinka kaunis uni voisi ollakkaan, paitsi tm KAIKKI ON tytt totta kohdallasi, Patrick...
Tss kuvassa kaikki on kohdallaan! Sommittelu, valotus, svyt tukevat toisiaan...ihana...........

Olen myyty, Patrick.............sanaton...

Sydmelliset onnitteluni hyvin ansaitusta EC:st.............

Kiitos tst kuvasta, ystvni......

Jouko

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3 Apr 2006 - 9:14 AM

Wow!Wow!What more can I say that hasn't already been said....
Your landscapes/travels are one of the best on this site, a real pleasure to view.
Congrats!on your well deserved award...
Cesie

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colin
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3 Apr 2006 - 9:17 AM

Excellent, Patrick. Long overdue EC. Cracking image. The chain almost seems to be an extension to the GG. You're definitely a man of patience. An hour !!
Top shot!!!
Colin

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3 Apr 2006 - 9:19 AM

what can i say,,,,,well done EC....
babs

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3 Apr 2006 - 9:24 AM

excellent comp. and image Patrick - and congrats on the award Smile

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3 Apr 2006 - 9:26 AM

Thanks for looking! Since you seem to like it, watch out for more of this sort of thing in the future then...

LOL K, maybe for you there are not enough words, but apparently Jouko has found some!

LOL - Jouko! Now I'll have to find an English-Finnish dictionary that does not try to install spyware on my machine! Does anybody know of a good one?

Colin, I was almost too patient. The sun had almost gone behind the bridge before it finally came out. Then the chain and water would be in the shadows. People would come by, snap a shot and leave, wondering why I just stood there. Even a few people with big lenses and tripods tried a few before getting covered in spray. They didn't even have plastic bags so they had to leave. It is like that every time after a storm.

Yes Cesie, Jouko has said it all... I think!

Patrick

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3 Apr 2006 - 9:27 AM

Congratulations on your award.Great lighting and comp.

Jeff

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3 Apr 2006 - 9:35 AM

Yes, yes, yes and, indeed, yes! Smile

About time too. A simply wonderful image and worthy of the EC badge. The composition is perfect.

Pete

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3 Apr 2006 - 9:37 AM

This had to be yours, but I agree: it beats your previous bridge images. Well worth the wait and the trouble. And it looks like Jouko might be right after all about holding up EPZ... Wink

Congrats on the EC, Patrick!

Conrad

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3 Apr 2006 - 9:37 AM

top class ,well done on the EC,great use of the chain,great scene captured well.
nice one Patrick.
Ian.

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3 Apr 2006 - 9:38 AM

Just great. Mike

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3 Apr 2006 - 9:53 AM

yup a stunning shot no comment needed as all has been said well done:0)

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3 Apr 2006 - 9:54 AM

Absolute stunner Patrick, could spot it was yours from the subject matter. I think all the plaudits have been given above, but anyway, just a quick note to say well done on the EC.

Paul

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3 Apr 2006 - 9:57 AM

Awesome.
Bruce.

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3 Apr 2006 - 10:01 AM

Congratulations Patrick 1st class, you can't beat them chain lead In's!!!!

Ed..

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3 Apr 2006 - 10:04 AM

Well deserved Patrick....
Congratulations on your EC

Sharon

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3 Apr 2006 - 10:05 AM

Hi Patrick,Congratulations on your EC award,so well deserved,this is the bees knees of pictures.I love the way the rusty chain leads you into it and the shadow beneath it and the rough ocean,then the icing on the cake that view of the bridge with such beautiful lighting and exposure.BREATHETAKING COMPOSITION!Take care.AnnSmile

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PatrickSmith
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3 Apr 2006 - 10:24 AM

Thanks for looking in!

LOL Pete (peedeephoto), I could make a joke about the 'yes yes yes' comment but um... never mind!

Yes, Ann, those rusty chains did the trick I think. Thanks!

Patrick

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3 Apr 2006 - 10:32 AM

Congratulations on a top class image. The composition is really marvellous, with the highlighted foreground chain providing a marvellous echo to the background bridge. Well done indeed.

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3 Apr 2006 - 10:35 AM

Hi Patirck

Very well deserved EC on this one. A simpley superb image, really can't fault it. Detail is spot on, focus is pin sharp and the subtle colours and rusty tones in the chain make this a top class image. It is very obvious a lot of thought has gone into this. Awesome work.

Ben

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3 Apr 2006 - 10:35 AM

This is so appealing, first I love the brown shades in it. I like the Bridge leading the eye towards the far hills, next I like the surf, I see this shot did not come lightly but you waited for the write conditions, so I say well-done for your patience and it is a very well worked out shot, I like the surf too.

Well-done.

((*.*))D

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3 Apr 2006 - 10:39 AM

Stunning - so well composed and so much to see. A real winner
Congratulations on capturing such a superb image
Rob

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3 Apr 2006 - 10:44 AM

I got sick of reading all the comments - because they all say the same thing ( and I agree). This EC has been long over due for you, but man, what a shot to get it with.

This is incredible - such wonderful light and bit of drama too!!

Congrats!!

Mike

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3 Apr 2006 - 10:50 AM

Just "WOW" Patrick, a fantastic shot indeed, and I have to agree, a long overdue EC.

Congrats.

Neal.

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3 Apr 2006 - 10:53 AM

Well done getting an EC for this, a quality image.

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3 Apr 2006 - 10:58 AM

Thanks for your comments.

Yes Ben and Daphne, I've waited for a few months for this one. And it almost did not work out, as the sun was setting and just came out before going behind the bridge. I've come out for this one two times before and left with rubbish!

LOL Sorry Mike! I'll trade you some Sourdough bread for some of your maple syrup from today!

Patrick

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3 Apr 2006 - 11:12 AM

Flippin' brilliant Patrick. Light, enough movement in the sea without being too misty and, like Keith says, a different view from the usual.

Congratulations.

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3 Apr 2006 - 11:19 AM

Congrats on the EC - one of your best, plus it must be good, keithh likes it!

Mark.

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3 Apr 2006 - 11:19 AM

This is absolutely fantastic! Love everything abbout it...the waves, the perspective and especially the chain in the FG. Brilliant!

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3 Apr 2006 - 11:26 AM

This one is absolutely fantastic. Love the perspective, the colors, the rusty chain and those magnificent waves.
Congratuations on a much deserved EC.

Antonio

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cdm36 e2 Member 10391 forum postscdm36 vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2006 - 11:29 AM

Well well Patrick, thought I'd have another look and what do I find, a well deserved EC, well done. Smile.

Chris.

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3 Apr 2006 - 11:31 AM

Stunning, the best work of yours that I've seen so far.
Congrats on the EC.
Tony

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3 Apr 2006 - 11:54 AM

Hi, just clicked on this and thought this was a bit special, with that superb composition, then when I scrolled down you already had an EC and 123 clicks, so I guess I was right, it is a bit special !

lol

Alethea

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3 Apr 2006 - 12:18 PM

Thanks for your comments! I guess I'll be looking for more rust....

Yes Ian and Mark, a vote from Keith is like an EC!

Patrick

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3 Apr 2006 - 12:58 PM

The composition struck me first, with the repeating pattern of the suspended chain. But the light and waves are superb too.

Sheila

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azzabc
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3 Apr 2006 - 1:02 PM

This is awesome. I'm lucky enough to be visiting San Francisco in June this year and hope to take a few photos of this spot myself. Just looking at it reminds me so much of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo - my all time favourite film, a to be honest the main reason for me wanting to visit this spot.

Well done on a superb photo, and receiving an EC!

I also see from your portfolio some shots from Sedona. I'm planning on visiting there also in June as I'm at a conference in Phoenix for work... - You'll have to let me in on some tips and spots to maximise my time in the US... its a long way from England!

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3 Apr 2006 - 1:08 PM

Thanks for looking!

Sure Aaron, let me know when the time comes and I'll point you in the right direction.

Patrick

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3 Apr 2006 - 1:16 PM

Stunning work as always, wonderful atmospheric capture, you've really caught the power of the sea. Congrats on your EC, so richly deserved!

Tracy

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3 Apr 2006 - 3:30 PM

Congratulations on a very well deserved EC! This is an amazing shot absolutely stunning!
Ted

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3 Apr 2006 - 3:46 PM

Absolutely fabulous shot!
Kathy

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3 Apr 2006 - 3:51 PM

Beautiful work! It's all been said, but what interests me about this picture is not just the way the chain leads in, but the similarity between the chain and the bridge. They both obey the same laws of physics...the suspension of a chain or cable between two points, one is on a small scale, the other a bit larger! I think it's called a catenary arch. So you've taken the ultimate GG shot...how about trying to make more of the connection between the two arches? Just a thought...!
Paul

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3 Apr 2006 - 4:21 PM

Patrick, another amazing shot well worth waiting for. Beautiful, painting quality to this. -=Walter

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3 Apr 2006 - 4:59 PM

Thanks for looking!

Paul... Ah, the first to notice! I did not want to make the similarity between the suspended links and the bridge cables too obvious. But maybe I'll push it a little further later on.

Patrick

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3 Apr 2006 - 5:08 PM

Beautiful and amazing.

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3 Apr 2006 - 5:13 PM

Great shot of an iconic landmark.
Nice to see a different shot of a well photographed subject. Your choice to photograph the rusting chain in the forground is what make this image.It gives the shot a wonderful balance and lead in to the bridge itself.

You deserve to be rewarded for you efforts with an EC - Congratulations.

Roger

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3 Apr 2006 - 8:49 PM

Well done Patrick, superb image.

Nigel.

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3 Apr 2006 - 9:47 PM

Just excellent photography/imagination

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3 Apr 2006 - 11:16 PM

Superb - composition, light and instinct at it's best. Congratulations on a hard worked for EC too Pat. Smile

Kris.

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3 Apr 2006 - 11:42 PM

it's all been said over and over again, so, well done. EXCELLENT

marc

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3 Apr 2006 - 11:44 PM

Well done Patrick, this is superb and about time too that you got an EC!!!

Teresa.

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3 Apr 2006 - 11:45 PM

Well done Patrick, this is superb and about time too that you got an EC!!!

Teresa.

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4 Apr 2006 - 12:06 AM

Well said and described by our landscape guru Keith on this one Patrick. Congrats! The glow in the crested wave is really something!

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4 Apr 2006 - 12:57 AM

Stunning image - superb work. Your patience certainly paid off here!

Alison

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4 Apr 2006 - 1:26 AM

WOW. This is the best image I have seen of a very highly photographed scene. I love the chain leading you into the picture and mimicking the shape of the bridge.Awsome.

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4 Apr 2006 - 1:28 AM

Oh yes! Excellent Smile
Could sit and look at this for ages!
Matt

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4 Apr 2006 - 1:40 AM

What can I say Patrick, this is AWESOME!!! It's about time you got the award - you really do deserve it.

Helen.

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4 Apr 2006 - 1:44 AM

well deserved, a fab shot
Sue

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4 Apr 2006 - 2:22 AM

A Really beautiful shot! Love the water, the lighting, the composition... everything! Very well caught!

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Congrats...its gonna take something special to beat this to POTW!

James

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4 Apr 2006 - 3:17 AM

WOWSA, Paddie....Missed this due to the fact that I'm just not used to seeing your shots on the 'Top' of the page.....Smile

Congrats on a long and overdue E.C.A. and of course those R.C.A.'s but you get those in the first, what, like....2 minutes of posting...LOL!

This is just Extraordinary....Big Thumbs Up!

Cheers,
Suzan Smile
PS: Yep.....I'm gonna need you to please pass me the larger pair of Binoculars, cuz yer just a dot on the horizon now.....Smile

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4 Apr 2006 - 3:27 AM

Simply outstanding...nothing more to say really, except congratulations on all the accolades Smile
Nic

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4 Apr 2006 - 3:33 AM

What an absolutely amazing shot. Everything abou this is just perfect. Love it. PAul

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4 Apr 2006 - 3:45 AM

Simply the Best
Miriam xx

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adamburton
adamburton e2 Member 11627 forum postsadamburton vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2006 - 4:34 AM

wow Patrick - this is a stunning image. I think the best of yours I have seen. There is such tremendous strength to the three main elements of the image; the chains, the waves and the bridge. And those three elements each form superb lines throughout the picture. Furthermore, the colour of the bridge is replicated in the rusty chain. And to top it all off the lighting is superb.

A big well done, and congrats on the EC.

Adam.

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PatrickSmith
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4 Apr 2006 - 5:17 AM

Thanks for your comments!

LOL Suzan, um... 5 minutes? I've missed many shots by not looking at the EC's and thinking that there were no new shots from that person. Yes yes, I'll get you a telescope now. Will Hubble do?

Thanks Adam, I did think of your shots when I saw this on the computer for the first time. I wish I could get light like this more often but it is either raining or completely sunny in the rainy season or just sunny with coastal fog in the dry season. But I'm working on it.

Patrick

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Carol_f
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4 Apr 2006 - 6:39 AM

Just awesome, congratulations

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tepot
tepot  104416 forum posts United Kingdom
4 Apr 2006 - 6:39 AM

absolutely stunning Pat, i can see light makes all the difference to landscape photography, i can't wait till i get there to give it a shot.

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liparig
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4 Apr 2006 - 8:17 AM

wow fantastic shot, much better than my version the sharpness is great well done
Joe

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CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87346 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2006 - 8:54 AM

I think you should have had loads of EC, not just for this one !!

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heatherb
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4 Apr 2006 - 9:38 AM

love the way the shape is reflected by the chain
heather

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markjlacey
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4 Apr 2006 - 9:41 AM

Superb... well done on the EC.

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PatrickSmith
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4 Apr 2006 - 10:16 AM

Thanks for looking!

Sure Terry, I could show you how to get a similar shot. If we continue to get clouds and storms by the time you get here...

Patrick

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JouŠo
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4 Apr 2006 - 11:02 AM

Not bad, California! Not bad at all! LOL.......
Still struggling with my yesterdays comment??? ; )

Jouko

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Pricey
Pricey e2 Member 933 forum postsPricey vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2006 - 11:18 AM

Super capture, love it...

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JuliaHolland
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4 Apr 2006 - 11:27 AM

This is just stunning - Didn't get the chance to take any pics of the bridge when I was there 2 years ago, but this makes me want to go back...and lucky you - no mist to be seen!
Julia

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highlander
highlander  1032 forum posts Scotland
4 Apr 2006 - 11:34 AM

Nice to see your success with this beautiful rendition of the bridge Patrick...the white balance is pronounced and effective on the wave movement and your depth incorperating the ornomental chain adds great depth.
Doug.

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PatrickSmith
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4 Apr 2006 - 12:20 PM

Thanks for looking!

Not much luck Jouko. I tried another dictionary and I saw some funny action on the disk drive and exited out quickly! I may have to get a 'real' Finnish-English dictionary. Or hunt more on Google.

Julia, usually the fog occurs during the dry season from April-October. It has been really rainy, so the dry season seems far off right now.

Patrick

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tonymarq
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4 Apr 2006 - 3:48 PM

Patrick all i can say is uot of this world! Ilove how it has the feel of a painting!

stay well
tonymarq

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leedsgh
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4 Apr 2006 - 11:11 PM

A truely awesome UNIQUE photo of an over photographed bridge.

Beautiful colours in the water.

I love it.

Gav

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kitsch
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5 Apr 2006 - 12:54 AM

what a fantastic viewpoint! well worth the waiting around lol
excellent shot,great colour too

jo

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5 Apr 2006 - 5:44 AM

Thanks for looking!

Yes Gav, this bridge is extremely over-photographed so I will be trying to find different perspectives on it. Fortunately people tend to take the same 6 or 7 comps over and over. Usually the easy ones too.

Patrick

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tg
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5 Apr 2006 - 9:04 AM

Nice shot, congrats on the awards.
Tg.

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duncs
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5 Apr 2006 - 10:42 AM

think its all been said - picture perfect

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Melanie_M
Melanie_M e2 Member 9168 forum postsMelanie_M vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2006 - 10:43 AM

All I can say is that now everyone will want the same shot form this point of view.
Damn fine view point, beautiful catch of light with the aded dynanism from the povement in the oncoming waves.
I look forward to seeing this published.

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JouŠo
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5 Apr 2006 - 10:57 AM

"All been said", my a#! LOL......
I think this hasnt been said:
Mahtavaa! Mieletnt! Maagista! Mielenkiintoinen sommittelu, etten sanoisi ainutlaatuinen! Tm kuva on elm suurempi! Sanat eivt voi kuvailla tt! Tm kuva tytyy KOKEA! KOSKETTAA TUNNELMAA! Suomen kielen kauneutta kuvaavat sanat loppuvat tmn kuvan kohdalla!
Kaunis kuin kaunein uni............ai kuinka kaunis uni voisi ollakkaan, paitsi tm KAIKKI ON tytt totta kohdallasi, Patrick...
Tss kuvassa kaikki on kohdallaan! Sommittelu, valotus, svyt tukevat toisiaan...ihana...........

Olen myyty, Patrick.............sanaton...

Sydmelliset onnitteluni hyvin ansaitusta EC:st.............

Kiitos tst kuvasta, ystvni......

Jouko

OK, Mr. Smith! Here it is in your language:

" Awesome! Insane! Magic! Interesting composition, or I should say unique compo! This photo is bigger than life! The words cant describe this! This photo must FACE! TOUCH IT! FEEL THE IMPACT! The words that describe beauty in Finnish language, are running out in this photo!
This is beautiful as the most beautiful dream...oh, how beautiful the dream can be, except this ALL IS TRUE with you, Patrick...
All is perfect in this photo! The composition, exposure, the tones give support to each others, lovely...

Im sold, Patrick....speechless...

My congratulations on well deserved EC from the bottom of my heart...

Thank you for sharing this photo, my friend..."

Jouko

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JouŠo
JouŠo e2 Member 1056 forum postsJouŠo vcard Finland
5 Apr 2006 - 11:03 AM

Thats the best I can do! LOL.......IF you only could hear ALL that in Finnish! It sounds beautifully in Finnish......

Jouko

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JouŠo
JouŠo e2 Member 1056 forum postsJouŠo vcard Finland
5 Apr 2006 - 11:04 AM

NOW you dont need that dictionary any more....ASK Jeeves! Oops! ASK JOUKO! LOL......

Good Night from Finland!

Jouko

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PatrickSmith
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5 Apr 2006 - 11:13 AM

Thanks for looking!

Good point Melanie. Actually Terry (tepot) will be living in my same town for a couple of months, and I'm sure he will be uploading the same shot eventually! Same light and waves? I don't know.

LOL Jouko.. But do you like the shot? You did't say!! LOL...

Yes I can ask Jouko. By the way, I work one mile from the office of Ask Jeeves and about 20 from arch-rivals Google and Yahoo!

Patrick

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5 Apr 2006 - 11:17 AM

You really raised the bar to another level with this shot Patrick. Of all the excellent pics I have veiwed of yours I have to say this must be THE BEST.
The scale of the composition,the bridge, the wave motion, the colour and texture of the FG chains are all superb. Pixel perfect.

Congrats on the EC.

Brian.

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hayleyk
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5 Apr 2006 - 1:09 PM

Absolutely fantastic Patrick,a wonderful shot well deserving of an EC.Well done!
hayley

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tull
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5 Apr 2006 - 1:23 PM

So pleased to give you click 200 this is the best EC for a very long time incredible in all aspects.

Mark.

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rocky41
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5 Apr 2006 - 1:58 PM

what can i say

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PatrickSmith
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5 Apr 2006 - 6:30 PM

Thanks for looking!

Brian, LOL - I hope the bar doesn't hit me on the head now!

Patrick

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billbris
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5 Apr 2006 - 6:37 PM

Patrick, I've visited your porfolio several times in the last few days and nothing new seemed to have been added - 'Sand and Surf' still the latest upload.It was only tonight that I noticed a thumbnail perched up in the Editors Choice section - I didn't know what to do first - kick myself or cheer!!
Was it only on your last upload that the lack of an EC was mentioned by Ben, and you answered so diplomaticaly??
And so to the image itself. It's so memorable that I'll never think of the Golden Gate Bridge in future without seeing it in my minds eye - it's just so good!
Many congratulations on the EC, but you always were 'The People's Champion'.

Bill

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SandyMiller
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5 Apr 2006 - 10:17 PM

Patrick - It's all been said but very well done anyway on such a stong image. The lighting on the chain and the waves is beautiful and I love the connection between the chain/concrete lines and the bridge
Bravo Bravo
Sandy

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Sweetpea
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5 Apr 2006 - 11:59 PM

Just amazing Patrick! Your photos really are an inspiration!
I love the light hitting the rusty chain, just a beautiful shot. Huge congrats on the awards -well deserved Smile

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cameragirl
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6 Apr 2006 - 12:49 AM

An EC at last...many congratulations Patrick. Well deserved! Smile
Super shot. Keep up the good work!

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