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Sausalito Morning

By PatrickSmith  
The first storm of the rainy season blew through last week bringing with it some nice cloud formations. So I made a side-trip on my way to work with this image in mind because only at low tide can you get into this spot. Thanks to Martin W for seeing the posts as an abstraction of the city!

I am realizing that I should capture some images of the city skyline before it changes forever. A 1400 foot tower is about to go up along with several thousand footers and many more over 600 feet. (What would it be like 1400 feet up during an earthquake?) Fortunately, they are going up on the other side of downtown as seen from here. The touristy parts of town will remain mostly unchanged.

On this side of the bay however, life remains quiet and peaceful.

1 minute exposure @F22 with ND grad 0.9 + 2 ND8's

Tags: General Architecture Long exposure San francisco Alcatraz Bay bridge Landscape and travel Sausalito

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Maddie 13 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 4:27PM
very very nice Patrick Smile

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sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
15 Oct 2007 4:28PM
Lovely soft hues Patrick, like it!!!

freybird 11 1 England
15 Oct 2007 4:29PM
Like the pastel colours, great effect. Geoff
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
15 Oct 2007 4:30PM
Your usual high standard Patrick. Paul
MartinWalker 11 160 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 4:30PM
what a great picture... lovely colours and great scenery...
15 Oct 2007 4:32PM
Perfect harmony and balance of nature so peaceful and beautifully composed, true the calm before the Tempest... stunning..!!

Nikki !
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 4:34PM
Calmness personfied!
derekv 11 3 England
15 Oct 2007 4:39PM
Beautiful shot.
15 Oct 2007 4:40PM
What a beautifully lit and serene image - great work, Patrick
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
15 Oct 2007 4:41PM
still NO visible dust spots on CMOS! Where do you keep your precious!??? And don´t say it: I never change the lens! My Cannonn was dusty when I got it from Japan! Damn, they really should hire ME to the cleaning company! LOL......I love hoovering, though I´m not J.Edgar ! And you can call me Al Wink

I´m beginning to forget, why I am here! LOL....

Hmmmmmmm????? This is quite nice from you, fog man Wink

15 Oct 2007 4:41PM
Fantastic shot. Wonderful comp'.

John Smile
MalcolmM Plus
12 926 5 Scotland
15 Oct 2007 4:41PM
Calm & beautiful.
Sezz 13 617 15 England
15 Oct 2007 4:41PM
That cloud sure looks menacing! I really like the outline of the city in the background - excellent work Patrick!

Sarah *
mhaseman 11 608 1
15 Oct 2007 4:41PM
Beautiful Patrick. Sausalito is such a wonderful place if not too mobbed by tourists... like at this time of the day. In fact the whole area is lovely from there, over the headlands and up the coast to Mendocino and beyond. Lovely image. Cheers, Martin.
Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
15 Oct 2007 4:43PM
not the one I was hoping for,

....but it'll do Smile
15 Oct 2007 4:44PM
Amazing image, superb composition and soft tones

Kim Walton 14 145 30 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 4:45PM
Ahhhhhhhhh thats more like it. 10/10
phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 4:46PM
Just Brilliant
Mike Gray 13 382 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 4:50PM
Great atmosphere here Patrick

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
15 Oct 2007 4:52PM
Thanks for your comments!

Well Jouko, actually I have discovered some dust spots. Just small ones in the corners. I have used the Eclipse fluid and some swabs but the spots are still there. I had to change lenses and it was windy. I did it in a plastic bag but some dust still got in!

Sarah, I knew you'd liek a little architacture. I'll try to work some more in this winter.

LOL Tony, I'm saving that one for later. Kim would not have liked that one I suspect!

AngelaR 13 155 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 4:57PM
This is brilliant Patrick, I love the silhouettes of the city and the bridge on the horizon - in fact I like all of the comp.
Possum 11 148 England
15 Oct 2007 5:00PM
I love the balance of light and the serenity in this image.
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
15 Oct 2007 5:03PM
In a bag! Now that´s clean work! Think we should build up a cleaning company! You could clean CMOSes and I rooms ! LOL......

mohikan22 14 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 5:03PM
how VERY peaceful.. lovely colours and comp'osition
a soothing image for all id say
thewaiter 16 1.2k 9 England
15 Oct 2007 5:04PM
Usual very high standard Patrick.... the foreground is screaming out for some minimalistic images in the vein of David Burdeny....... I hope you took some Smile
TheLizard 12 15 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 5:11PM
another great shot
great detail i nthe whole of the pic.
bannview 13 16 1 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 5:13PM
Beautiful serene capture well executed.
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 5:14PM
I don't think I have come across your portfolio before and am just going to have a look slowly! This is sensational..the light is absolutely magical with wonderful colour and a great feeling of space.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
15 Oct 2007 5:16PM
Thanks for your comments!

LOL Jouko, I may not do well on my half of the business. There is still dust in there! I'll try again tonight.

Kevin (thewaiter), yes I had him in mind here and added a bit to what he does. I will be back to get those sorts of images from a different angle that I could not reach on this trip before the light got too harsh!

Thanks Di. Have fun! If you have questions, feel free to ask. And I have a lot of information on the website.

kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
15 Oct 2007 5:35PM
Fantastic image....................fantastic place
jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 5:35PM
I love shots like this with posts in the water.. the cityscape on the horizon finishes it off perfectly, Patrick... good to see you finally found some clouds.. Smile
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
15 Oct 2007 5:40PM
Thanks for looking!

Glad you like it Jeanie. And may I say how lovely your nose looks today - LOL!

JouŠo 14 56 Finland
15 Oct 2007 5:49PM
LOL @ nosy Jeanie Wink

JohnDyer 12 67 2 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 5:53PM
very tranquil scene, nice one

15 Oct 2007 5:54PM
A real beauty Patrick, I love those soft colours and the city in the distance.

Melanie_M 12 168 9 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 6:02PM
Quite serene, and image of a city that lets you see the beauty and avoid the hustle and bustle and competition for space. There are a bizillion crops that I can see. Images within an image that makes looking even more interesting.
martin.w 16 522 22 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 6:10PM
The foreground posts look like an abstract impression of the distant city. Tis a beautiful image.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
15 Oct 2007 6:15PM
Thanks for looking!

LOL Jouko, yes it is a big fuzzy thing, isn't it? Cute though.

I see them Melanie, and I do like to stay away from the pile drivers of the city right now, though it can be an exciting place.

Good eye Martin. I was wondering when somebody would mention it! I didn't want to put it in the description so see if it was noticeable. But now I can. I'm just experimenting with abstraction now.

pmorgan 11 217 13 England
15 Oct 2007 6:21PM
Fantastic camera work!

Cowbags 13 436 England
15 Oct 2007 6:25PM
This is absolutely stunning!

dazzaman 11 631 England
15 Oct 2007 6:32PM
now this is very very nice indeed patrick

dp 14 163 3 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 6:33PM
My thanks go to Martin too. Very nicely put together Patrick.

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
15 Oct 2007 6:39PM
Great capture off the skyline

AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
15 Oct 2007 6:40PM
Capture that great skyline as often as you can. Gah, I hate that they keep building up.
It's a wonderful composition.
proz 13 205 United States
15 Oct 2007 6:58PM
outstanding Patrick.
15 Oct 2007 6:58PM
Excellent shot, Superb.

SRSmith 10 1 United States
15 Oct 2007 7:03PM
I like the soft, pastel quality - really brings out the tranquil setting and mood. Beautiful.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
15 Oct 2007 7:03PM
A bit quiet & peaceful for you Dangerman!
Yummy silvery sea Patrick.
scott_jessuk 12 249 1 Scotland
15 Oct 2007 7:05PM
Another nice image Patrick, great exposure and a great piece of photography.

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
15 Oct 2007 7:08PM
Thanks for looking!

Yes Anne, there is a big battle with many trying to limit the size amd amount of building. There have been severe limits for the past 20 years until now.

Janet, um.. well I did have to climb down a slippery retaining wall to get here. And I got my work clothes a bright seaweed-green. Does that count for danger?

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
15 Oct 2007 7:18PM
Perfect illustration of a soft and silky early morning Patrick. Awesome shot.
PLCimagery 11 77 1 England
15 Oct 2007 7:19PM
Excellent Patrick

martin.w 16 522 22 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 7:19PM
Fame Smile Thanks Patrick!!
HarryStan 13 50 Australia
15 Oct 2007 7:27PM
Superb photography Patrick, the composition is stunning. The skyline looks almost to have been layered on - amazing...
wamp 12 276 8 England
15 Oct 2007 7:28PM
The sky looks great with the different colour and movement. The bridge and the building certainly are very well positioned in the shot

Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 7:30PM
Excellent composition, and wonderful feel Patrick.

SKavanagh 10 312 5 England
15 Oct 2007 7:49PM
Excellent capture
Guernseydan 11 37 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 8:04PM
Beautiful, beautiful ambience and exposure Patrick but the composition bothers me a little.

I know it probably wasn't possible and you will have made the most of the viewpoint you had but I would have liked to have seen the posts not cut through those stunning forms in the background. A higher position maybe? But then I can appreciate the balance of the small fg posts on the left would have been spoilt........aaargghhh so many elements to unbalance!

Still very much clickable mind but maybe worth a re-visit?

LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
15 Oct 2007 8:14PM
A very serene image Patrick, nicely done.

MarkT 13 119 2 England
15 Oct 2007 8:15PM
Very nice Patrick - simple comp but very effective.

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
15 Oct 2007 8:24PM
Thanks for looking!

LOL Martin!

I know what you mean Dan. I do have some from slightly higher where the posts to not break the horizon but they don't quite have the depth. So I uploaded this version instead. When I came home after shooting this, I thought that those would be better, but I like this more with bits of the posts breaking the horizon. I did make sure that the posts did not touch important parts of the bridge or skyline. There are several other things I want to do here, so we will see.

Guernseydan 11 37 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 8:27PM
No problem Patrick. I know what you mean, only when you visit an area yourself can you truly understand the photographers reasons.

Look forward to what else you can come up with as that horizon detail is to die for!

ericfaragh Plus
14 149 4 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 8:38PM
Nice echo between the posts and the skyscraper skyline, lovely range of light and colour, beautiful exposure.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
15 Oct 2007 8:45PM
Thanks Dan, you were right to spot my original intention! Maybe with different light the higher view will work better. I'll look at them again tonight and maybe process one.

Thanks Eric,

claret 14 49 England
15 Oct 2007 8:54PM
What? No big surf? No crashing waves? You going soft on us Patrick?
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
15 Oct 2007 9:02PM
LOL Iain! Sure, there were plenty of big waves, just not around here! Okay, I'll see what I can do.....

Ceciliat 13 6 Philippines
15 Oct 2007 9:24PM
There is absolutely nothing not to like about this've captured the most grandious fashion. Smile
Well done Patrick...
phototime 12 8 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 9:25PM
Another wonderful image Patrick,like the milky water effect and beautiful reflections.Superb.

chesh 14 45 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 9:26PM
Beautiful, intriguing and enlightening all at the same time.
May all your clouds be of the right density, speed and shape from now on.

edrhodes 13 547 12 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 9:32PM
Lovely work once again Patrick.

Mari 14 1.8k United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 9:52PM
Wonderful skyline, water texture and light Patrick all making a stunning image

Pegon 12 78 1 England
15 Oct 2007 10:04PM
Superb shot Patrick.
15 Oct 2007 10:14PM
My pleasure to be number 100 for this fabulous image, Patrick. I really like the tranquil feeling you have captured here with the city skyline in the distance. The wonderful colors speak for themselves.

carterart 14 74 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 10:16PM
ripleysalien Plus
11 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 10:26PM
As above, ( all of em)
rusmi 14 37 1 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 10:27PM
Magic shot, Sausalito is a stunning place, and great for Lobster too Smile

15 Oct 2007 11:01PM
Hey, would you look at this. Another stunner. Well done. Keep em' coming
15 Oct 2007 11:10PM
You must have power over the weather and the wind-wonderful shot-well done as usual.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
15 Oct 2007 11:16PM
One of those images, Pat, one would like to keep forever-- serene and lovely to view!

Thanks, Jennnn
GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2007 12:58AM
The light and composition reminds me of Venice....apart from the bridge that is.


tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
16 Oct 2007 1:50AM
Nice pastel shades here Pat, i think in this case the long exposure on the water has worked better than having waves, great reflections, i still have a lot to learn.
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
16 Oct 2007 2:22AM
very clever comp, quality capture
16 Oct 2007 3:02AM
outstanding comp and love the soft colours,
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
16 Oct 2007 6:49AM
Thanks for looking! I'll try to catch up more tomorrow.

True Tom, great lobster here!

Yes Terry, I tried a couple with shorter exposures but there was too much going on and it was a distraction. Sometimes action is good and sometimes not. It was peaceful here so I wanted a peaceful image.

phillips 12 69 2 Scotland
16 Oct 2007 7:14AM
Beautiful delicate feel to this.
I'd have it on my wall.

tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
16 Oct 2007 7:29AM
I just took another look at this and covered the bottom of the shot with a piece of paper, it looks better if those 3 pilings were cropped from the bottom of the shot if you see what i mean?
POOCHIE 12 21 6 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2007 9:38AM
Wonderful composition keeps the eye moving to each area of interest, and I disagree that the bottom of the picture needs anything changing as its where the reflection of the looming black cloud sits forming a horizontal symmetry within the shot, nice on Patrick.

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2007 10:21AM

AlanBW 12 20 England
16 Oct 2007 4:43PM
A gem of a shot; when we visited Sausalito it was raining and misty
16 Oct 2007 5:26PM
ah... thought I wouldn't like this one Patrick, but that layering feel is just magic, with the soft silhouettes of the city and the bridge in the bg. Terrific work
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
16 Oct 2007 5:39PM
Thanks for looking in!

True Terry, there is a panoramic crop in there as well as a few other crops.

I like the black cloud too Pooch. And it was not just fog too!

You lucked out Alan, this is the first rain in 6 months!

LOL Koen, another one fooled! Actually, I wasn't sure either until I saw it on the big screen. And the print looks great.

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
16 Oct 2007 6:17PM
This is AWESOME, Patrick. Could be the opening scene to a Batman movie as we swoop across the water to Gotham City...

*cue Batman music*

A Smile
xinia 13 54
16 Oct 2007 8:41PM
think this is brilliant Patrick - it has elements of the abstract and minimal which works so effectively with the city skyline in the distance - love it
Dotrob 12 Wales
16 Oct 2007 11:27PM
Super dramatic sky and water movement.
chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2007 5:44AM
totally serene Patrick, masterful work
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
17 Oct 2007 3:02PM
Thanks Andrew, Dot, Chris and the lookers!

49er 12 564
17 Oct 2007 4:46PM
A shot that has so much going on. This is one you can not just glance at. The city scape adds a different aspect to this shot.
bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2007 5:01PM
A gem. What a portfolio!

RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2007 6:17PM
What lovely gentle colours.

mattw 14 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2007 6:25PM
Another hugly impressive photograph Patrick.
Didn't see the skyline of the city in the thumbnail, so opening this image was like opening pandora's box!
shortski 12 3 1 England
17 Oct 2007 6:35PM
Another stunner, what shot...jojo
kcranmer 10 22 United States
17 Oct 2007 9:35PM
Wow....I think it's all been said!! vTd
alyismad 12 9 Wales
17 Oct 2007 10:35PM
Alway's a top class image Patrick

KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2007 10:56PM
A1 photography Patrick !!
Cheers for the 100 click !!!!!!

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
17 Oct 2007 11:01PM
Thanks for looking!

Cheers Matt, good luck with the baby!

I could not resist Keith! I see I've missed a lot so I'll catch up when I can.

arpad 10 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2007 8:15AM
excellent image

DaveU 12 1.4k 125 England
18 Oct 2007 2:25PM
We get quite few shots of posts sticking up out of lakes with hills or mountains behind, but none that I can remember with a cityscape behind. It's a beautiful image Patrick.
wyatturp 12 2 England
18 Oct 2007 5:05PM
Great to look at , well done

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
18 Oct 2007 5:21PM
Thanks for looking!

Yes Dave. I wanted to add somethnig extra to that theme. I still like 'just posts' though if other things are right.

MalcolmS Plus
12 1.2k 13 England
18 Oct 2007 8:10PM
All been said Patrick, but I love the texture of the water and the bridge in the distance

bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
18 Oct 2007 9:08PM
Silhouettes in a sea of glass.How poetic is that ?
Great image Patrick.
18 Oct 2007 9:09PM
Nothing short of amazing.
tripodted 12 32 1 Northern Ireland
18 Oct 2007 10:42PM
Beautiful image, Patrick. I love the city sky line and the way the posts in the foreground compliment it.
imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2007 2:07PM
this is a stunning photograph
tmann 13 4 2 United States
19 Oct 2007 2:47PM
what a beauty!
The skyline of SF in the background to boot!
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
19 Oct 2007 3:32PM
Thanks for looking!

Good to see you back in action Thomas!

evelen 13 5 England
19 Oct 2007 6:53PM
stunning image .
19 Oct 2007 7:53PM
hi patrick another class shot from you

this is awsome
did you get wet feet ? Smile
Well, Patrick....I'm definitely not first and surely not the last....This is breathtaking to say the least.
Luv the city in the bg, with the slightest hint of fog, (Nice Touch)...Smile

The clouds are way cool, ya gotta Luv a good storm coming in over the bay...Smile

Keep your feetsies dry...Smile

Have a nice weekend,
Suz Smile
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
19 Oct 2007 9:27PM
Thanks to all the lookers and Eve!

Almost Phil. I took this before work and it was low tide. I ended up sliding down a slippery rock and getting seaweed all over my pants. Fortunately I had no big meetings!

No Suzie, you are definitely not first this time. No chance of the feet staying dry this weekend though. I have a few very wet places to visit! You have a great weekend too. Good job keeping the mysterious one's spirits up!

20 Oct 2007 2:36PM
Gorgeous muted tones Pat, lovely mood

LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
20 Oct 2007 8:52PM
Of course it has all been said above. Just inspiring.
Wooly 12 112 4 England
21 Oct 2007 6:00PM
Excellent tones in this Patrick, great exposure.

ghibby 12 101 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2007 1:27PM
Hi Patrick,
Nice composition as always, the scene look very trtanquil and your long exposure has added nicely to the mood of this shot, movement in the sky compliments that in the water nicely.
I think the mysterious one had a good weekend, the countdown continues.....Hee Hee...Smile

Did u keep your toesies dry?

Have a good week, Me Smile
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
22 Oct 2007 6:47PM
Thanks for looking in!

No Me, they got a bit wet. You may see the results soon!

Bluke 13 303 1 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2007 8:32PM
beautiful calming image.....
Nettles 11 England
22 Oct 2007 8:48PM
Simply stunning, a fantastic image.
Very calming and so serene.
imagio 11 12 1 England
22 Oct 2007 9:54PM
Awesome image

Scott_Scot 13 4 4 Scotland
23 Oct 2007 8:17AM
Aye, no too bad for a wee 'grab shot' on the way to work! Wink

ESP 11 26 England
23 Oct 2007 1:08PM
Your work is in a class of it's own...Stunning Smile

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
23 Oct 2007 2:57PM
Thanks for looking!

LOL Scotty, that is exactly what it was. Though I've had it planned for a couple of months now for when conditions were right!

I'm honoured Sara!

Sleepyhead is awake!!!

kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
23 Oct 2007 7:09PM
great Patrick but from one who doesn't intentionally seek out scenes but reacts to what I find, may I suggest and I hope you don't mind but I would have kept the horizon above the posts. Its a very fine image regardless.
TommyStr 12 9 3 Norway
24 Oct 2007 6:25PM
colin 13 697 5 Scotland
25 Oct 2007 11:55PM
I dof my cap to you, Mr Smith. Stunning as always.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
26 Oct 2007 2:37AM
Thanks Tommy and Colin!

Not really Suzie!

Hi Kin, I do have one with them below the horizon but it doesn't seem to have the punch of this one. So I carefully positioned the posts so as to not block the important background elements. But some like it the other way, so I may post the other ones.

daringdaphne 14 82 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2007 10:05PM
This one calls for music to relax by it is so beautifully gentle on the eye. Therefore it would make a good wall picture in the lounge of an hotel.

Portknockie 13 48 Scotland
27 Oct 2007 5:12PM
Beautiful lighting and detail Patrick....

thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
28 Oct 2007 12:54PM
Hi Patrick,
It's all been said,stunningly lit and shaded.Take care.AnnSmile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England