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Bonsall's Bay and Bridge

By PatrickSmith  
An answer to Mike's photo, Patrick's Point , which he shot while I was down here in this slime! He managed to find a great spot which I had never considered despite me visiting this place perhaps 30 times since I began photography over 3 years ago.

The much anticipated EPZ-San Francisco Octoberfest meetup finally happened. Turnout was heavy with a total of two photographers in attendance plus one brave wife! That was twice the turnout of photographers compared to what was anticipated just a few weeks

We had a great time on the meet. I showed them some views below and above the fog, which then was gracious enough to clear away to show the best sunset in months with actual real clouds moving in as the sun set. After about 200 consecutive clear sky days besides the fog, this was a welcome sight and we were quite lucky on this evening.

After we took a few shots, we had a rather fragrant dinner at the Stinking Rose Cafe in the city. I think I still smell the garlic!

0.8-second exposure @F11 with ND grad 0.9. The reds were slightly desaturated to retain detail in the clouds.

Tags: General Golden gate bridge Landscape and travel Slimy rocks Mike bonsall likes garlic

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GrahamNobles 10 9 4 England
17 Nov 2008 5:31AM
Lovely image. I like the frantic movement of the sea, and the sky is wonderful.

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DebbieBMP 9 33 1 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 5:38AM
Amazing Sky and the movement in the water looks brilliant well done
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
17 Nov 2008 5:49AM
Beautiful comp and exposure.
Paddy 15 254 8 England
17 Nov 2008 6:22AM
this is brilliant love the movement & the colours captured SmileP
Spectacular without being flashy, great movement and fine detail. The Gate never looked better my friend.

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
17 Nov 2008 6:57AM
Great viewpoint and the water capture is perfect as expected

paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 7:11AM
Like your composition Patrick, the water movement is spot on - nice colours in the sky. A pleasure to view.
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
17 Nov 2008 7:14AM
like paul says a plesure to view, lovely colours and composition.lesley
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
17 Nov 2008 7:23AM
Amazing shot from amazing artist Smile

Well done Bro
GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 7:38AM
Superb as always Patrick ..... you never fail to amaze us with your photography.

gill Smile
thewaiter 16 1.2k 9 England
17 Nov 2008 8:10AM
lovely movement and colour captured in this image Patrick
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 8:16AM

Quote:EPZ-San Francisco Octoberfest

Beer, Weisswurst and Humpa-humpa??? I am thinking of the Munich Octoberfest...

This is one more excellent shot of this place you've shown us already in the most different moods. Thank you,
jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 8:23AM
Hello stranger
Great work as always from you - the water is caught perfectly. Nice to see you have those cotton wool things in the sky once more..
Hope you are well..

LesF 11 182 9
17 Nov 2008 8:34AM
What a wonderful site, a bridge water movement and a sunset.

KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 8:36AM
picture perfect Patrick.
jdenman 10 18 5 Spain
17 Nov 2008 8:38AM
Stunning shot !
BERTRAM 10 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 8:56AM
What a brilliant image.
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 9:21AM
Absolutely wonderful shot
AlanBW 12 20 England
17 Nov 2008 9:22AM
Top quality shot as always, love everything about it
MikeBonsall 12 474 3 Guernsey
17 Nov 2008 9:54AM
Well you visit a place just the once and they go and name a bridge after you. It truly is the land of opportunity where anything is possible Wink

This is really nice Patrick. I can't believe you got so much detail out of those foreground rocks. I know how dark they were!

As for the Stinking Rose Cafe. I think it may be the reason why we got given a row to ourselves on the flight from San Francisco to Philadelphia Smile

Sezz 13 617 15 England
17 Nov 2008 10:18AM
Beautifully done Patrick, gorgeous sky colours, perfect exposure for the water and you can see for miles in the large version!

Sarah *
cheesey 12 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 10:30AM
Another stunner Patrick, very nice indeed.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
17 Nov 2008 10:34AM
The coloured seaweed on the f/grond rocks breaks the sea up very well Patrick - a good composition.
17 Nov 2008 11:13AM
Super image lovely sky. Will
Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
17 Nov 2008 11:30AM
this is excellent Patrick, love the sky and the shutter speed is spot on for the water, a really well crafted image Smile
Cormy 10 3 England
17 Nov 2008 11:41AM
Excellent image Patrick,
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
17 Nov 2008 12:05PM
Yep. Rings my bell!
A wonderfully composed and executed shot, Patrick. And well worth the wait.
17 Nov 2008 12:33PM
It's all been said Patrick. A superb image.

ChazB 13 64 3 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 1:16PM
The sky is wonderful Patrick.
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
17 Nov 2008 2:01PM
What a great viewpoint Patrick, such a marvelous composition.
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
17 Nov 2008 2:56PM
new toy then, Mr. Smith Wink

Could only be yours! Lovely as ever, Patrcik...

dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
17 Nov 2008 3:21PM
marvelous shot as always Patrick
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
17 Nov 2008 3:39PM
A classic PatrcikSmith!

Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 4:12PM
Fantastic composition.
fatherpie 10 18 12 England
17 Nov 2008 4:34PM
All said above - superb
Scott_Scot 13 4 4 Scotland
17 Nov 2008 4:47PM
Glad your (ahhemm!) meet went well!!! Wink

Great movement and colours again Patrick.

All the best

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
17 Nov 2008 4:53PM
Thanks for stopping by for a look! I seem to only have time on my Sunday evenings to get a shot ready and upload it to EPZ. So here it is.

Glad you noticed Dougie. It was quite a dramatic feast visually and I had to tone it down a bit to avoid various colours being blown out.

Well Johanna, there was at least beer at this Octoberfest, though I had to drive home on a weekday so I abstained!

Yes Jeanie, some weird stuff appeared in the sky and it turned lots of colours so we got out our cameras before it was all gone.

Completely clear and 30c today.....

LOL Mike, yes there are lots of possibilities out here, though the maps still say 'Golden Gate..' on them for some odd reason. They will all have to be changed, which is a lot of work.

After I moved away from our original position with those dark rocks, I found that these ones had a better angle to more light so I made these the foreground instead. I might be able to salvage the dark rock shots though by doing a multi-processed pseudo-HDR on them.

And yes, at least you were not kicked off the flight for endangering the crew and passengers with toxic gasses! Can't say the same for my unfortunate co-workers the next day, but that's another story!

Well Jouko, I'm sitting by the front door every day waiting... and waiting... Nothing yet. They have not even shipped it yet though I ordered it on the day of the announcement back in September.

Got something caught in your throat Scotty?? lol...

Sue_R Plus
12 11 6 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 6:33PM
I don't use this work lightly, but this is stunning. I love everything about it. Great comp, beautiful sky and you've captured the water perfectly. Fantastic!

MalcolmS Plus
12 1.2k 13 England
17 Nov 2008 7:00PM
Not as big as the Humber bridge Patrick but the scenery is somewhat more impressive. Spectacular use of colour and perspective.

Briwooly 12 452 5 England
17 Nov 2008 7:06PM
Simple composition great light and excellent exposure it all just come together so well Patrick

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
17 Nov 2008 7:19PM
Thanks for looking!

Yes Malcolm, the Humber has a longer center span, but the overall length of the GGB is about 1000 feet longer . And the SF-Oakland bay bridge is 2,000 feet longer but with 4 spans!

piccy 12 8 Wales
17 Nov 2008 7:33PM
Always a pleaseure to view your pics.
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 7:54PM
Lovely Patrick, both you & Mike got some super shots, and I'm glad to see that you ordered some clouds for your EPZ visitor!
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 8:03PM
A cracker as ever Patrick. Love the movement on the water almost like a mist hanging over the water
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 8:19PM
Stunning sky and capture of water movement Patrick. I'm glad you were able to meet up with Mike and his wife.

MarkT 13 119 2 England
17 Nov 2008 8:19PM
Beautiful Patrick.

microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 8:32PM
A spectacular image a superb sky,excellent comp and water movement,
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
17 Nov 2008 10:07PM
Beautiful clarity Patrick & not an idea of danger in sight ! Wink
Lovely composition & I do like the light dancing on the water in the fg.
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 11:04PM
its a lovely capture of the sky and water, both rendered beautifully.
thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
17 Nov 2008 11:28PM
Hi Patrick,
what a beautiful shot,love the fiery flame like clouds in the sky and the way they reflect light on the sea,the angle of the bridge,rushing of the waves on the way in and the way they slow done and slither and roll round the rocks and onto shore or out of my screen i think,wonderful colours and tones,texture and i love the wet,slippery top of the rocks,the errant bits of water flying away on their own over the rocks and you see through them to the rock texture,the detail is magnificent.Spectacularly captured.take care,AnnSmile
johnjrp 14 432 5 Australia
17 Nov 2008 11:53PM
Beutiful colours and water movement. John
Hi Patrick, This is incredible as is all of your work which I have followed for over a yr with Dawn Michelle. She finally got me on here lol. Will be watching for your work. Take care Jay
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
18 Nov 2008 5:25AM
A beautiful sky here Patrick, we are starting to get some really great sunsets so don't be surprised if a shot from this location appears in my portfolio i like the light on the water too, i assume this is from that little drop down off the dirt car park?
Richsr 11 91 223 England
18 Nov 2008 9:11AM
Excellent capture Patrick - all been said really.
Regards Richard.
49er 12 564
18 Nov 2008 10:14AM
Nice to see you uploaded again... Top quality a the inclusion of the left FG..

retirement question..It is wonderful. I feel as if I have never been to work..long may it continue..Smile

Kind Regards
alansdottir 9 60 7 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2008 4:57PM
I can almost hear the rush and gurgle of the water - and it's rather good the way that the movement in the sea is mirrored by the movement in the clouds, so high and silent...
18 Nov 2008 5:50PM
Great scene Patrick, and up to your normal high standards, love the colour and what a sky, fine image, Adrian
evelen 13 5 England
18 Nov 2008 6:45PM
excellent shots,
rangerpaul 11 19 7 England
19 Nov 2008 7:58PM
I'm gonna kind of guess it's probably all been said as it took me about an hour to get down here Smile
Think I'll just sit back and lap up the quality of this shot.
Any idea what that smell is??? Wink
stevenb Plus
14 265 6 England
19 Nov 2008 9:16PM
Cracking shot , verything about is good

mhaseman 11 608 1
22 Nov 2008 2:35PM
Wonderful shot expertly captured. Although I think I'm more envious of the Stinking Rose... I miss that place. Maybe we can try for another meet in 2009? Cheers, Martin
elkiebrooks 15 83 5 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2008 1:50PM
A cracking image Patrick as always. When (if) I win the lottery I'll organise a San Francisco meet and provide the beer and transport. Don't hold your breath though.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
23 Nov 2008 8:57PM
Another breathtaking image Patrick, you've delivered the goods yet again
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2008 11:38AM
Yours just has to be one of my favourite portfolios Patrick..another wonderful shot..they are all so very natural and believeable.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
24 Nov 2008 6:57PM
Hi, thanks for stopping by! I'm glad I met them too. I had a great time and hopefully they will return. Sure, if there is a 2009 SF meet, count me in!

Janet, it was VERY slippery and dangerous, rest assured!

Welcome Jay, great to have you aboard!

Yes, Terry, that's the place.

Nettles 11 England
4 Dec 2008 7:16PM
The bridge against that fabulous sky - what a shot.
MikeA 13 1.3k England
13 Dec 2008 4:00PM
Superb image Patrick, beautiful colour and detail, I especially like the points of intense colour on the rocks created by the vegetation.
tripodted 12 32 1 Northern Ireland
21 Dec 2008 3:11PM
Stunning shot, Patrick. Inspirational as usual.
I would like to wish you and all your family a happy Christmas.
Valerie1 10 68 Northern Ireland
22 Dec 2008 9:45PM
Beautiful work. Well done. Hope you have a lovely Christmas.
Natzdad 9 29 2 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2008 9:08AM
Totally awesome...........Mick
24 Dec 2008 10:03AM
Gorgeous as ever, Patrick.....

Merry Christmas Eve..........Wishing you and your family all the best for 2009!
Lotsa Hugs,
Suz xxx
tg 13 86 Scotland
27 Dec 2008 3:29PM
Another cracking image Patrick.
Thanks for sharing,
wyatturp 12 2 England
12 Jan 2009 4:21PM
well done Patrick

cameragirl 13 43 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 8:22PM
Great Patrick! Another super shot as always! Smile
webjam 13 292 11 Netherlands
28 Jan 2009 3:26PM
Spectacular scene - love these colours in the -not so normal - sky, and then those waves...

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
28 Jan 2009 4:01PM
This turned up as a featured photo on the side panel, I am sorry I missed it-- "
tis a lovely one--
Dinner sounds good, too!
DavidWebb 10 3 England
11 Feb 2009 12:23PM
Absolutely awesomwe work Patrick. I've viewed your web-site many times, your images are very inspiring. They always appear incredibly crisp, you should be extremely proud. Fantastic stuff mate thanks for sharing and best wishes David
Dotrob 12 Wales
7 Apr 2009 10:30PM
Super capture, lovely water movement and sky.
23 Apr 2009 9:52AM
Beautiful as always!
jan 1 14 12 Netherlands
10 Jul 2009 8:53PM
Hello Patrick.
Good to see you'r still alive on EPZ.
Sorry that all you visitors keep you so busy with all their comments.
Its the price you pay for your fantastic landscape pictures. so dont cry, haha
I've been away for lonf time, here. See it I can get used to epz again.
Best wishes from Jan
HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
15 Apr 2010 12:03AM
Great shot
tmann 13 4 2 United States
7 Jul 2010 5:04PM
Hey, looky here, it's Patrick! Smile
Hope alkl is well with you, brother!
lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2011 1:25PM
That's a beautiful shot!!! I'm off to California soon, doing highway 1 and I'm so excited Smile even more so since seeing your shots!!!

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