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This is one of many fireboats docked along the Embarcadero in the port of San Francisco. In addition to putting out fires on boats, during earthquakes when the water lines are severed, they can pump water from the bay to help put out fires several blocks inland.

The 9,260 foot long west span of the Bay Bridge is quite imposing and carries 280,000 vehicles per day. There is an east span behind the island that is currently being rebuilt due to earthquakes, and is over 10,000 feet long.

I work in Berkeley, on the other side of the bay from this spot. When I saw these clouds at sunrise, (which are rare here) I went across the bay to capture this scene.

1/8 second exposure to capture the water texture, @F8 with ND grad 0.9 (angled from 8 o'clock to 2 o'clock so as not to darken the light on the bridge towers)

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:Canon 17-40L @17
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Fireboat 55
Username:PatrickSmith PatrickSmith
Uploaded:11 Feb 2008 - 3:47 PM
Tags:Bay bridge, Fireboat, General, Landscape / travel, San francisco, Transport, Yerba buena
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markharrop
11 Feb 2008 - 3:48 PM

Lovely wide angle shot.

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JouŠo
JouŠo  956 forum posts Finland
11 Feb 2008 - 3:48 PM

Hello California! How are we today??? +3 C here Smile

Cracking compo!

Jouko

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PatrickSmith
11 Feb 2008 - 3:53 PM

Thanks Mark!

Hey Finland, it is 8am and it will be +21c today. Spring has arrived after 15 inches of rain in the past month! 75% of our average year's total!

Patrick

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 3:53 PM

Like the details and lighting in this - well captured.
Regards Richard

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Chant57 e2 Member 8365 forum postsChant57 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 3:57 PM

Hello California from North East England. things could be worse Patrick, my daughter in WI has 21 inches of snow!
Great composition here Patrick with wonderful depth,
C

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dianah
dianah  724471 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 4:00 PM

The colours here are wonderful Patrick..a very special light that make them almost transluscent. Brilliant shot and thank you for the text and how you have taken this!
Di

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fentiger e2 Member 12915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 4:02 PM

Excellently composed wide angle shot. Great sky!

Albert

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11 Feb 2008 - 4:08 PM

It's a lovely day in South Devon if a bit chilly. This is great, Patrick, for the clarity of the bridge, the great sky and excellent water texture.

David

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bayleaf  6 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 - 4:15 PM

This is a super compostion. Smile
John

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11 Feb 2008 - 4:15 PM

Superb work Patrick, loads and loads of interest in this.

Dave

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PatrickSmith
11 Feb 2008 - 4:22 PM

Thanks for peeping in! The sun is out and it is warm already. Too clear for good landscape photography though.

21 inches of snow Chant? I'll take the rain!

No problem Di. Feel free to ask any other questions if you have them.

David, we had UK weather for a while here. Cold and rainy but not even good skies for photography. Just solid grey. But we get it over with quickly so the rest of the year is good.

Patrick

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LisaRose
LisaRose  7172 forum posts United States4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 4:27 PM

Hey Patrick, those clouds are an everyday look here in Oregon, except with a grey sky! Smile I love the vanishing point in this image, looks great.

Lisa

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RogBrown e2 Member 72987 forum postsRogBrown vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 4:32 PM

I like the way the bridge leads the eye straight to the subject & the sky is great. Beautiful day - cold & bright sun here in the Midlands if anyone's interested.
Rog

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PatrickSmith
11 Feb 2008 - 4:35 PM

Yes Lisa, someday I'll make it up to Oregon. The skes are usually more interesting up there. I have to wait a long time for interesting clouds.

Good to hear the sun is out Rog!

I'm torm because I want 'bad' weather for photography but good weather for outdoor living!

Patrick

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User_Removed
11 Feb 2008 - 4:36 PM

Excellent comp and details, well captured
Mark

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Hanners e2 Member 8875 forum postsHanners vcard Ireland10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 4:37 PM

Really like this Patrick, I like the composition and the sky is very good. Smile Just had a peep at your site as I haven't visited it for a while, and really liked the Diablo Pano... Smile

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pmorgan
pmorgan  7217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 4:43 PM

Perfect composition, superb lead-in, wonderful sky - it's all here!!!!

Rgds
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PatrickSmith
11 Feb 2008 - 4:46 PM

Thanks Mark and Paul!

I'm glad you saw it Tony. I like the pano too. I rarely see light like that. Maybe I'll upload it here sometime!

Patrick

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martinl
martinl e2 Member 10246 forum postsmartinl vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 5:13 PM

Nicely composed Patrick. You always get a wonderful clarity of shot, that I can never seem to acheive.

Martin

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PatrickSmith
11 Feb 2008 - 5:16 PM

Don't feel bad Martin, the visibility around here averages 20-80 miles on a normal day. Despite being near the ocean, when there is no fog, it is usually very dry. And we have very little pollution except in LA. That might explain the clarity thing.

Patrick

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11 Feb 2008 - 5:16 PM

Hello from NW England Patrick, +9 and gorgeous sunshine here although I have just had a week of snow and -18 in Canada ..... superb depth and detail in this!

gill Smile

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Kevlar
Kevlar  8160 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 5:36 PM

Warm here in Sunny Cyprus......oh, nice pick

Kevin

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ashley
ashley  10167 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 5:38 PM

nice composition patrick with loads of details.

nice sky & i like the boat going under the bridge a nice little detail.

Ash

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leons29  6 South Africa
11 Feb 2008 - 5:54 PM

Super work once again Patrick. Depth of field is special and the sky is great. Great work all round
Leon

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graeme34
graeme34  7 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 - 5:54 PM

Composition and detail is a stunner

Graeme

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Bluke e2 Member 9299 forum postsBluke vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 5:57 PM

Hi Patrick.... love the sky ...good clear shot , can see the end of bridge....
babs

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chase
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11 Feb 2008 - 5:57 PM

I do hope you haven't been putting out any fires Patrick,far to dangerous Wink now don't go volunteering for stuuf like that,the pictures may be good but your life will be at risk ..lol
Lovely clarity as usual..now what you need is some nice smog !!
Janet

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Joline
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11 Feb 2008 - 5:58 PM

Beautifully done shot....

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PatrickSmith
11 Feb 2008 - 6:03 PM

Thanks for stopping by!

+9 Gill? Not bad for up there in February! It's 10am and about +16c and sunny here so far.

Looking good here too Kevin.

Glad you noticed Ash! I waited for it to get into the perfect spot.

Janet, there has to be SOME danger but I'll admit that there were no fires on this day. However a few swooping seagulls bombarded my head with er...stuff!

Patrick

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Nettles
Nettles  6 England
11 Feb 2008 - 6:06 PM

Wonderful clarity, composition and detail.
It's interesting to see the bridge from a totally different view point.
Super image. Annette

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thearmsofvenusdemilo

Looks great large..

Colin

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 72322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 6:21 PM

Fabulous image quality Patrick.Worth the trip back across to capture those clouds.Superb.
Tom.

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chase
chase Critique Team 81104 forum postschase vcard England231 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 6:22 PM

Oh yeuk...thanks for that Patrick,too much information there methinks ..lol

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PatrickSmith
11 Feb 2008 - 6:28 PM

Thanks for looking!

Yes Annette, it is hard to see these bridges differently, but I try.

Possibly Tom. 2 Bridges, 5 miles.... 40 minutes!
And then back again......

Sorry Janet. Next time I'll wear my hat.... and maybe a raincoat and brolly for protection!

Patrick

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jaktis e2 Member 1080 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
11 Feb 2008 - 6:39 PM

Great pinsharp capture off the bridge and that itself is a great lead in

Peter

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rmr  6 Wales
11 Feb 2008 - 6:48 PM

super composition and detail,another well taken image
mark

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11 Feb 2008 - 6:51 PM

A superbly composed scene Patrick, such a great view of this magnificent bridge. The weather is set fair in the UK at moment and really springlike after lots and lots of rain in January

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom883 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 6:58 PM

I've managed to miss your portfolio, which is a serious oversight!!! Fantastic composition, and a terrific sense of depth.
Yesterday looked warmer than it was - maybe 12C? But at least it wasn't foggy once we got up high!
Moira

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rangerpaul
11 Feb 2008 - 7:06 PM

Beautifully composed shot. A joy to look at!
Paul

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SKavanagh  6312 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 7:06 PM

Superb shot you have caught loads of details love it. I also like the way you have helped us all by letting us now how you capture this
Cheers
Steve

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Cormy  6 England
11 Feb 2008 - 7:17 PM

Great depth to this wonderful image Patrick.I have really enjoyed this one.
Cheers
Alan

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11 Feb 2008 - 7:26 PM

excellent shot Patrick!!

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PatrickSmith
11 Feb 2008 - 7:28 PM

Thanks for having a look!

Yes Edmund (GlosTomcat) we had a bad January too. Only 2 day warmer than average and 6x the normal rain, and January is the rainiest month of the year!

Yes Moira, it looked like summer in your shots. I'm glad you found my PF.

No problem Steve. I picked up all this stuff on EPZ!

Glad you did Alan.

Patrick

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Alfoto  7 Wales
11 Feb 2008 - 7:31 PM

Wonderful image and great detail.
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11 Feb 2008 - 7:32 PM

As usual this is top class photography. Excellent.

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GalleryGirl
11 Feb 2008 - 8:14 PM

Beautiful image. Love the never ending bridge and sky. Great shot.
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alwolf  6341 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 8:14 PM

Excellent, no need to say more
alan

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11 Feb 2008 - 8:48 PM

Great light Patrick.Super line with the bridge and the clouds stretching into the distance.
Brian.

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BarbaraB
BarbaraB  853 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 - 9:33 PM

Another stunning image and thanks for the info.

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PaulHolloway
11 Feb 2008 - 9:54 PM

Thoughtful composition makes for a superb image.

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AnneWorner e2 Member 6602 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 10:07 PM

This image has it all - lovely lead in - great colors, lots of interest (love the punches of red color from the fire boats). The sky is indeed wonderful - I hope you didn't speed trying to get there Wink
Anne

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MarkT  9119 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2008 - 10:15 PM

Nice one Patrick, love the clouds and the water texture, nice comp too.

Mark.

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PatrickSmith
11 Feb 2008 - 10:25 PM

Thanks for dropping by!

No Speeding Anne. It took 40 minutes to cross 5 miles across the two bridges at 6am! Barely got there for quite a good sunrise, then went around and got this, which was my original plan.

Patrick

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tepot  94416 forum posts United Kingdom
12 Feb 2008 - 4:33 AM

nice use of the grad, if i had done this shot the top of the bridge would also have been dark, i still have much to learn.....lol

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chrissd  8304 forum posts United Kingdom
12 Feb 2008 - 5:54 AM

wonderful image Patrick, the bridge fair zooms you through the image, lovely work
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JudeC  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2008 - 7:49 AM

Beautiful clear image - Jude.

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12 Feb 2008 - 8:27 AM

A beautiful picture, a work of art.

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12 Feb 2008 - 8:30 AM

Like what you've chosen as a scene Patrick, and your well chosen position gives a great feel of the scale of the bridge, fine image, Adrian

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12 Feb 2008 - 8:51 AM

Clarity we would all like to attain Patrick, this would stand a very large canvas on a huge wall and still be excellent in every way. Wonderful work and dedication to the cause. Definitely one to be proud of.

All the very best
Dougie

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Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2008 - 9:15 AM

Excellent perspective Patrick, like how you've placed the bridge and the fireboat so that all eyes are drawn to the land on the other side -2 here this morning but warming up nicely Smile

Sarah *

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chesh  1045 forum posts United Kingdom
12 Feb 2008 - 10:18 AM

Quite an uplifting feel to this image, despite the semi industrial subject matter.
Must be your mastery of the craft showing through.
Can we have that sky over here please when you're done with it?
Dave

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PatrickSmith
12 Feb 2008 - 3:03 PM

Thanks for stopping by! Looks like it will be about 22c again today. Spring is here.

LOL Terry, yep you have to angle those grads sometimes!

Yes Adrian. It can be even more impressive than the Golden Gate and it is twice as long! The longest of it's type in the world but you won't find it in the record books, as they mostly record single-suspension bridges.

Thanks Dougie, I can print it up to about 24x36 with no significant loss of detail when seen from 2 feet away.

That's cold Sarah, my lemons would freeze in those temps!

Dave, that sky only lasted a couple of hours and it was clear for the rest of the day. LOL - I'm not sure where it went, but certainly not back here!

Patrick

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ripleysalien
12 Feb 2008 - 4:08 PM

Quality Patrick

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49er  7564 forum posts
12 Feb 2008 - 5:24 PM

This shot appears to have a lot going on and assume this would have been hard to compose.
The bridge position is great and everything falls in around it. The clouds , well I love clouds so another bonus.

Regards

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nice one mate that bridge looks bloody awsome

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phototime  7 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2008 - 6:09 PM

A fantastic shot Patrick,love everything about it.


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12 Feb 2008 - 6:17 PM

great image, nice work, andys0707

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12 Feb 2008 - 7:26 PM

It's all been said Patrick

Malcolm

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thorn  9124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2008 - 7:29 PM

Hi Patrick,
Marvellous shadows,reflection,lighting,angles,detail,colour/tone,dof,amazing clouds,perspective and LARGE IS BEST. Class composition and your eyes just can't stop darting everywhere and you need to see it more than twice and you still haven't seen everything.take care,AnnSmile

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Maddie  82714 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2008 - 8:06 PM

aha.....the man who love s to live dangerously!!!! Wink

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12 Feb 2008 - 8:21 PM

Superb!

Ken

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piccy  7 Wales
12 Feb 2008 - 9:07 PM

Fantastic work.
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12 Feb 2008 - 9:16 PM

Wonderful sky and depth in this shot Patrick. How many large bridges are there in this area, as this clearly isn't the golden gate bridge.

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LeighRebecca
12 Feb 2008 - 9:31 PM

Great sky and composition, giving the inage depth and lots of interest throughout.

Leigh

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PatrickSmith
12 Feb 2008 - 9:38 PM

Thanks for dropping by!

True Edgar, I had to walk around for a while. I got several different versions while the light was right. I may not get a chance like this for a long time!

Thanks Ann, you should see a 24x36 I just made or an office!

Maddie? Me??

Hi Nigel, the Golden Gate bridge is the 5th longest bridge (8,900 ft. total length, 4,200 feet suspension) crossing the San Francisco Bay. The Humber is 7,200 feet long with a 4,600 feet suspension.

This one is called the 'West Span of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge' It is the longest high level steel bridge in the world. Even longer than the new ones in Japan, though they have single suspensions that are longer.

The one on the other side of the island is the 'East Span.' It is 11,000 feet long.

Then there is the San Mateo bridge which is 36,000 feet long but not as high.

There is the Richmond-San Rafael bridge which is 29,000 feet long with 2 places as high as this bridge.

Then there is the Dumbarton bridge that is 8,600 feet long.

The Benicia bridge is about 8,000 feet long.

There is another single suspension bridge called the Carquinez bridge, which is only 3,400 feet long.


LOL - Sorry but you asked!

Patrick

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Nigel_95 e2 Member 8259 forum postsNigel_95 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2008 - 11:29 PM

Thanks for the feedback Patrick. In other words, a lot more than I realised. I think I'll have a look on Google Earth.

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Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2008 - 6:00 AM

What a superb composition Patrick, great work.
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irishman  101118 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2008 - 10:26 AM

Patrick, nice angle on the bridge, great sky but the rest of the picture is a bit too cluttered for me.

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PatrickSmith
13 Feb 2008 - 4:07 PM

Thanks Bob.

No problem Martin, I made other ones just in case some like a more open view.

Yes Nigel, we have lots of bridges crossing the Bay. And with 7 million people nearby they are usually crowded. Still lots of uncluttered beaches and untouched open space somehow.

Another warm day today....

Patrick

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BonaFideNut
13 Feb 2008 - 6:40 PM

Nice one. I always like to shoot the bridge when I'm down there. Makes for a great night shot sujbect, too.

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Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2008 - 7:17 PM

Very crisp and clean shot Patrick. I like this a lot.
Ron

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13 Feb 2008 - 9:24 PM

i can see you have a lot of votes , well done
thanx for your comment on mine

Linzie
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shortski  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2008 - 9:31 PM

Stunning as always, love the colours in this image....jojo

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Rock e2 Member 11Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2008 - 9:43 PM

Fine capture.

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PatrickSmith
14 Feb 2008 - 5:39 AM

Thanks for stopping in!

Richard, I do have a night shot of this back in my PF. It is a great spot for night photography!

Patrick

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14 Feb 2008 - 6:50 AM

This is stunning.

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trissie  7 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2008 - 12:01 PM

First class, excellent work.

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2008 - 6:26 PM

Hi Patrick,
sorry that I did not make it yet through your pf, but I have not forgotten my promise.
One cracking picture after the other, it is not easy to find one better than the previous.
Great pov in this one. Normally one sees the bridge from the other side...
Jo

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14 Feb 2008 - 6:40 PM

This really has to be viewed LARGE to get the full whack - ammmaaazing capture, Patrick. I especially love the clouds and sweeeeeeeep of the bridge.

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PatrickSmith
15 Feb 2008 - 2:58 PM

Thanks for your comments!

True Jo, the other side on the island is the classic view. Have fun browsing. Feel free to ask any questions.

LOL Andrew, hopefully you weren't whacked too hard!

Patrick

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robway e2 Member 9317 forum postsrobway vcard Wales
15 Feb 2008 - 6:47 PM

Amazing image the beauty and the grandeur of the bridge is stunning. As always, a beautifully framed and spot on timing.
John

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exposure  91304 forum posts England
15 Feb 2008 - 10:57 PM

Beautiful lighting lovely tones Bridge detail and composition,I love this place(*.*)
Pauline.

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16 Feb 2008 - 2:18 PM

Stunning composition and PF.
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Pegon  878 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Feb 2008 - 9:57 PM

Superbly captured Patrick, excellent clarity and composition.
Pete.

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Skye24Blue
17 Feb 2008 - 10:30 PM

Incredibly beautiful.
Mac

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davidsaenzchan
18 Feb 2008 - 3:57 AM

Great picture Patrick...as usual...

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19 Feb 2008 - 10:45 AM

Amazing as usual ita fab. Will

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PatrickSmith
19 Feb 2008 - 7:13 PM

Thanks for having a look!

Patrick

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ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 9:20 PM

Excellent composition, full of interest.

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ChazB  864 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2008 - 3:38 PM

I love the dominance of the bridge in this shot and of course, the clouds!
Charlotte

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PatrickSmith
17 Apr 2008 - 4:16 PM

Thanks Eric!

I liked it too Charlotte. The bridge is very imposing to see in person.

Patrick

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kaybee  93696 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2008 - 12:11 PM

I love this place - but getting off (and back onto) that bridge on the island can be a bit daunting

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kaybee  93696 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2008 - 11:14 AM

Got any shots of the fie on Angel Island?

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