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Fireboat 55

By PatrickSmith  
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)

Tags: General Transport San francisco Bay bridge Landscape and travel Fireboat Yerba buena

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markharrop 14 191 England
11 Feb 2008 3:48PM
Lovely wide angle shot.

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JouŠo 14 56 Finland
11 Feb 2008 3:48PM
Hello California! How are we today??? +3 C here Smile

Cracking compo!

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
11 Feb 2008 3:53PM
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!

Richsr 11 91 223 England
11 Feb 2008 3:53PM
Like the details and lighting in this - well captured.
Regards Richard
Chant57 Plus
12 395 3 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 3:57PM
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,
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 4:00PM
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!
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
11 Feb 2008 4:02PM
Excellently composed wide angle shot. Great sky!

RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 4:08PM
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.

bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 4:15PM
This is a super compostion. Smile
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
11 Feb 2008 4:15PM
Superb work Patrick, loads and loads of interest in this.

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
11 Feb 2008 4:22PM
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.

LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
11 Feb 2008 4:27PM
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.

RogBrown 11 3.1k 10 England
11 Feb 2008 4:32PM
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.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
11 Feb 2008 4:35PM
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!

User_Removed 10 172 1 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 4:36PM
Excellent comp and details, well captured
Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
11 Feb 2008 4:37PM
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
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
11 Feb 2008 4:43PM
Perfect composition, superb lead-in, wonderful sky - it's all here!!!!

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
11 Feb 2008 4:46PM
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!

martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 5:13PM
Nicely composed Patrick. You always get a wonderful clarity of shot, that I can never seem to acheive.

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
11 Feb 2008 5:16PM
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.

GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 5:16PM
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
Kevlar 12 161 3 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 5:36PM
Warm here in Sunny Cyprus......oh, nice pick

ashley 14 167 1 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 5:38PM
nice composition patrick with loads of details.

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

leons29 10 South Africa
11 Feb 2008 5:54PM
Super work once again Patrick. Depth of field is special and the sky is great. Great work all round
11 Feb 2008 5:54PM
Composition and detail is a stunner

Bluke 13 303 1 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 5:57PM
Hi Patrick.... love the sky ...good clear shot , can see the end of bridge....
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
11 Feb 2008 5:57PM
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
Lovely clarity as what you need is some nice smog !!
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
11 Feb 2008 5:58PM
Beautifully done shot....
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
11 Feb 2008 6:03PM
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!

Nettles 11 England
11 Feb 2008 6:06PM
Wonderful clarity, composition and detail.
It's interesting to see the bridge from a totally different view point.
Super image. Annette
11 Feb 2008 6:20PM
Looks great large..

Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
11 Feb 2008 6:21PM
Fabulous image quality Patrick.Worth the trip back across to capture those clouds.Superb.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
11 Feb 2008 6:22PM
Oh yeuk...thanks for that Patrick,too much information there methinks
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
11 Feb 2008 6:28PM
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!

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
11 Feb 2008 6:39PM
Great pinsharp capture off the bridge and that itself is a great lead in

rmr 11 1 Wales
11 Feb 2008 6:48PM
super composition and detail,another well taken image
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
11 Feb 2008 6:51PM
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
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 6:58PM
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!
rangerpaul 11 19 7 England
11 Feb 2008 7:06PM
Beautifully composed shot. A joy to look at!
SKavanagh 10 312 5 England
11 Feb 2008 7:06PM
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
Cormy 10 3 England
11 Feb 2008 7:17PM
Great depth to this wonderful image Patrick.I have really enjoyed this one.
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
11 Feb 2008 7:26PM
excellent shot Patrick!!
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
11 Feb 2008 7:28PM
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.

Alfoto 11 Wales
11 Feb 2008 7:31PM
Wonderful image and great detail.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
11 Feb 2008 7:32PM
As usual this is top class photography. Excellent.
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 8:14PM
Beautiful image. Love the never ending bridge and sky. Great shot.
Marilyn x
alwolf 10 341 3 England
11 Feb 2008 8:14PM
Excellent, no need to say more
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
11 Feb 2008 8:48PM
Great light Patrick.Super line with the bridge and the clouds stretching into the distance.
BarbaraB 12 53 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 9:33PM
Another stunning image and thanks for the info.
11 Feb 2008 9:54PM
Thoughtful composition makes for a superb image.
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
11 Feb 2008 10:07PM
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
MarkT 13 119 2 England
11 Feb 2008 10:15PM
Nice one Patrick, love the clouds and the water texture, nice comp too.

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
11 Feb 2008 10:25PM
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.

tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
12 Feb 2008 4:33AM
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
chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2008 5:54AM
wonderful image Patrick, the bridge fair zooms you through the image, lovely work
JudeC 11 6 3 England
12 Feb 2008 7:49AM
Beautiful clear image - Jude.
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2008 8:27AM
A beautiful picture, a work of art.
12 Feb 2008 8:30AM
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
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
Sezz 13 617 15 England
12 Feb 2008 9:15AM
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 *
chesh 14 45 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2008 10:18AM
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?
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
12 Feb 2008 3:03PM
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!

ripleysalien Plus
11 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2008 4:08PM
Quality Patrick

49er 12 564
12 Feb 2008 5:24PM
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.

12 Feb 2008 5:40PM
nice one mate that bridge looks bloody awsome
phototime 12 8 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2008 6:09PM
A fantastic shot Patrick,love everything about it.

12 Feb 2008 6:17PM
great image, nice work, andys0707
MalcolmS Plus
12 1.2k 13 England
12 Feb 2008 7:26PM
It's all been said Patrick

thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
12 Feb 2008 7:29PM
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
Maddie 13 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2008 8:06PM
aha.....the man who love s to live dangerously!!!! Wink
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2008 8:21PM

piccy 12 8 Wales
12 Feb 2008 9:07PM
Fantastic work.
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2008 9:16PM
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.

LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
12 Feb 2008 9:31PM
Great sky and composition, giving the inage depth and lots of interest throughout.

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
12 Feb 2008 9:38PM
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!

Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2008 11:29PM
Thanks for the feedback Patrick. In other words, a lot more than I realised. I think I'll have a look on Google Earth.

Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
13 Feb 2008 6:00AM
What a superb composition Patrick, great work.
irishman 14 1.1k 2 Ireland
13 Feb 2008 10:26AM
Patrick, nice angle on the bridge, great sky but the rest of the picture is a bit too cluttered for me.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
13 Feb 2008 4:07PM
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....

BonaFideNut 12 14 United States
13 Feb 2008 6:40PM
Nice one. I always like to shoot the bridge when I'm down there. Makes for a great night shot sujbect, too.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
13 Feb 2008 7:17PM
Very crisp and clean shot Patrick. I like this a lot.
Linzie 11
13 Feb 2008 9:24PM
i can see you have a lot of votes , well done
thanx for your comment on mine

shortski 12 3 1 England
13 Feb 2008 9:31PM
Stunning as always, love the colours in this image....jojo
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
13 Feb 2008 9:43PM
Fine capture.

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
14 Feb 2008 5:39AM
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!

Hoffy 13 262 16 England
14 Feb 2008 6:50AM
This is stunning.
trissie 11 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2008 12:01PM
First class, excellent work.

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2008 6:26PM
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...
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
14 Feb 2008 6:40PM
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.

A Smile
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
15 Feb 2008 2:58PM
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!

robway 13 318 Wales
15 Feb 2008 6:47PM
Amazing image the beauty and the grandeur of the bridge is stunning. As always, a beautifully framed and spot on timing.
exposure Plus
14 5.9k England
15 Feb 2008 10:57PM
Beautiful lighting lovely tones Bridge detail and composition,I love this place(*.*)
16 Feb 2008 2:18PM
Stunning composition and PF.
Pegon 12 78 1 England
16 Feb 2008 9:57PM
Superbly captured Patrick, excellent clarity and composition.
17 Feb 2008 10:30PM
Incredibly beautiful.
Great picture usual...
19 Feb 2008 10:45AM
Amazing as usual ita fab. Will
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
19 Feb 2008 7:13PM
Thanks for having a look!

ericfaragh Plus
14 149 4 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2008 9:20PM
Excellent composition, full of interest.
ChazB 13 64 3 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2008 3:38PM
I love the dominance of the bridge in this shot and of course, the clouds!
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
17 Apr 2008 4:16PM
Thanks Eric!

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

kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
20 Oct 2008 12:11PM
I love this place - but getting off (and back onto) that bridge on the island can be a bit daunting
kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
21 Oct 2008 11:14AM
Got any shots of the fie on Angel Island?

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