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Beneath our feet lies another world, awaiting discovery by those who don't mind sliding around on seaweed covered angular rocks in the dark on a minus low tide - LOL!

I just found out that 4 of my images were selected to be in the 2008 Journal of the North American Nature Photographers Association. 100 total were chosen out of many thousands sent in. Last year, the most anybody got was 3, so I'm excited! And no way would that have happened if it were not for EPZ.

7 minute long exposure @F16 with inverted ND grad 0.9

Tags: General Architecture Long exposure Specialist and abstract San francisco Hyde street pier

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No Way am I first??!!
LOL, I am never First, this is definitely a First for me.....Smile
Luv the detail and colours you've captured......A stunner, P......

Hope you have a fantastic day, especially in knowing I was first, LOL!!


Suze Smile

PS: That must've been a very long 7 minutes, hoping it wasn't high tide when you started the wait.....Zzzzzz....Smile

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proz 13 205 United States
9 Oct 2007 3:57PM
another wonderful shot Patrick
arpad 10 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 3:58PM
fantastic long exposure photo, the water looks perfect here

About time jeez. Been waiting to see another for a while.. Nothing to say really except its a stunner as usual. Great shot
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
9 Oct 2007 4:01PM
Thanks for your comments!

Sorry Danny (tripledshake), only one per week for the time being.

LOL Suzan.. Off to a good start! Yes, it will be a good day.

BlueRoom Plus
12 73 20 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 4:01PM
I love that curve in the distance and the strength of this remarkable structure.

9 Oct 2007 4:01PM
Great shot, leads the eye nicely.
DunDiggin 11 63 2 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 4:02PM
That's a rock steady tripod you have - the detail on this is amazing.
Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
9 Oct 2007 4:05PM
was that Suzan first??? she's never first you know, it's a real first for her to be first LOLSmile

WOW Patrick, the seven minutes must have felt like seventy, it's a stunner alright!!!

mikears 13 89 Canada
9 Oct 2007 4:08PM
The question is - When you finally came out of there, what did you tell the strangers that were watching you under there for 7 minutes?

The result is fantastic!!

Nothing from me today - I left my images from the past Canadian Thanksgiving weekend on my camera at home.

wamp 12 276 8 England
9 Oct 2007 4:11PM
The sea has a beautiful 'feel' and colour to it and the way you are lead through the shot is very good too - great work Smile

9 Oct 2007 4:14PM
This is amazing , wonderful perspective and comp..

Nikki !!!
MalcolmM Plus
12 926 5 Scotland
9 Oct 2007 4:15PM
Great long exposure, like the curve.
rusmi 14 37 1 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 4:19PM
great capture, very original, click
mhaseman 11 608 1
9 Oct 2007 4:21PM
Saw this on your site. This is truly a stunner. Great job Patrick. Cheers, Martin
OK Patrick and Tony.....LOL,
Just remember who said it First.....LOL!


Suz Smile
Barbaraj 11 450 England
9 Oct 2007 4:25PM
Really good. Interesting underworld.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
9 Oct 2007 4:28PM
You are inspiring me to try some of these long exposures-- LOL-- won't be of a butterfly. tho--

This is a VERY STRONG image of a Very Strong Structure-- Well done!

thewaiter 16 1.2k 9 England
9 Oct 2007 4:30PM
what happened to the other image Patrick ? .......

This is pretty darn good anyway ...... Smile
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
9 Oct 2007 4:31PM
Thanks for looking!

Yes Tony, I was almost too close and big waves were constantly threatening to ruin it all. I know, Suzan first? ..LOL!

Well Mike, fortunately I had to climb down a retaining wall, so I was out of sight, and when I came back up, it was so dark the the dozens of people still walking around did not even notice! Looking forward to more. are you having warm weather?

Suzan? Who's who?

Yes Jennnnnn, let's see you take a 7 minute exposure of a butterfly. That should get you an automatic EC!

Thanks Kevin, I mentioned it in your last shot. Almost nobody saw it!

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
9 Oct 2007 4:32PM
Patrick this is amazing- 7 minute exposure ??. A superb shot to boot. I love the repeating patterns in the pier supports. Lordy a man could grow old waiting for that exposure to end!!!
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
9 Oct 2007 4:39PM
THE LARGE VERSION is a must to fully appreciate this!!

Fantastic camera work again, Patrick!

LOL.....Suzan Wink And I´m more than 7 minutes late...LOL....Snow problems here already Smile

Scott_Scot 13 4 4 Scotland
9 Oct 2007 4:56PM
So what do you do for 7 mins while the shutter is open??? Smile
Absolutely crackin' image mate! Worth the wait.

jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 5:00PM
Nice one Patrick Smile

Snow already Jouko??? Good grief!

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
9 Oct 2007 5:02PM
Thanks Ron. It seemed that way.

Snow already Jouko? That should mean that a hot spell is coming my way. But actually perhaps the first rain since April is on its way!

LOL Scotty, I just look out for rougue waves that would send the camera into the water unless I pull out the camera from its place. It gets nervewracking since the next exposure would have to be at least 20 minutes to get the same light as the sunset fades away. And I didn't want to wait another 20 minutes!

Hi Jeanie...oh that reminds me....

9 Oct 2007 5:21PM
hmmm... perhaps it's just me Patrick, but I find the rocks in the fg really break up an otherwise fab composition. They don't really provide a lead in and keep on giving me the feeling they are just in the way of an excellent photo.
Feel free to ignore my critique, allthough you should know I'm quite an accomplished landscape photographer myself, so I know what I'm talking about Smile

edit : oops, clicked it
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
9 Oct 2007 5:33PM
LOL Koen, too late to take it back now and I'm keeping it!

I do have a version with just a silky foreground, so I may post that one on my website. I wonder how others feel about the rocks.

Steveman 12 4 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 5:37PM
What a superb image - deserves to go all the way.
AngelaR 13 155 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 5:53PM
Great shot Patrick. Well done on that publishing too.
culturedcanvas 12 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 5:55PM
Just seen my pic of the month on your website earlier .... under the pier santa monica ... outstanding .. this is a cracking shot but the other just blows it away ... get it posted man !!

dave thelens 14 936 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 5:55PM

Quote:so I'm excited!

And so you should be ... well done Patrick
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
9 Oct 2007 6:00PM
Thanks for looking in!

You think so Dan? Okay, I'll post that one too. That one does have a extreme amount of detail and texture.

Thanks Dave.

Kris76 11 Canada
9 Oct 2007 6:01PM
Great capture, and congrats on that publishing Smile
Lovely shot, love the smooth, foggy look of that water-makes you wonder what is lurking there Smile
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
9 Oct 2007 6:05PM
oooo not sure at all about the FG rocks, but the image is a cracker, due in large part to the curve taking the repeats out of site
trissie 11 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 6:13PM
A wonderful capture Patrick, the detail is superb.

chris-p Plus
12 67 England
9 Oct 2007 6:27PM
Thats one heck of a long exposure....steady hand Smile
AlanBW 12 20 England
9 Oct 2007 6:30PM
The lighting and perspective are superb
chesh 14 45 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 6:40PM
Many congratulations on the selection of your images.
They obviously know quality when they see it.

SRSmith 10 1 United States
9 Oct 2007 6:42PM
Wonderful exposure time on the water - love the smoothing.
MikeA 13 1.3k England
9 Oct 2007 6:47PM
Like the patterns and the textures in this stunning shot Patrick. Well done with the photo contest.

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
9 Oct 2007 6:54PM
Thanks for your comments!

LOL Chris, yep, forgot the tripod at home. Fortunately I have very steady hands....! Yeah right.

chase 12 1.1k 246 England
9 Oct 2007 6:56PM
Hey well done Patrick,your images so deserve the here's mine for this one DangermanWink
AndreG 11 20 England
9 Oct 2007 7:09PM
Congratulations on your selection of images, your shot's are of a high standard.

paulsteds 13 123 England
9 Oct 2007 7:19PM
Excellent piece of work, I can understand why 4 of your image have been selected as you say and this is a very good example.
MarkT 13 119 2 England
9 Oct 2007 7:43PM
Great news Patrick - I bet you are well chuffed.

7 minutes, now that's long - superb shot.

ericfaragh Plus
14 149 4 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 7:56PM
Good exposure, lovely repeats and depth.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
9 Oct 2007 8:06PM
No surprise for us that your picture were chosen

Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
9 Oct 2007 8:09PM

Quote:Just seen my pic of the month on your website earlier .... under the pier santa monica ... outstanding .. this is a cracking shot but the other just blows it away ... get it posted man !!


I have to agree with him you know
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
9 Oct 2007 9:03PM
Thanks for looking!

LOL Janet....

Shhh Tony, I'm hiding that one for later!

9 Oct 2007 9:13PM
wow 7 min exposure thats alot of waiting around but must say its a awsome shot and worth the wait Smile
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 9:28PM
Interesting to read the points debated above. For me, and probably most of us, this is an excellent image and your pictures are an inspiration.

Mounters 11 85 2 England
9 Oct 2007 9:34PM
Congratulations on your Journal entry, why are you surprised? I wouldn't surprised if you filled it by yourself.
I think this shot is another example of Patrick Smith magic
Sezz 13 617 15 England
9 Oct 2007 9:49PM
Fabulous news Patrick and I'll add my congratulations - It doesn't surprise me, your work is always up to the highest standard as is todays image!

Sarah Smile
9 Oct 2007 10:16PM
Congratulations - on your selection and this fabulous shot
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 10:37PM
Congratulations on the four selected images Patrick. I like the perspective in this shot.

liparig 13 233 United States
9 Oct 2007 11:08PM
this one is really great Patrick gives it a sense of a forbidden path, fantastic shot well done
liparig 13 233 United States
9 Oct 2007 11:09PM
Just read your description -Congradulations of your photos being in the 2008 Journal of the North American Nature well done you deserve it!!
LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
10 Oct 2007 12:35AM
This is fantastic Patrick, and wow, wow!...congrats on the 2008 Journal of the North American Nature Photographers Association, how awesome!

Lisa Smile
10 Oct 2007 12:36AM
Excellent camera work as usual, Patrick. I love the detail you have captured in this image and how the long exposure has turned the water silky smooth.

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
10 Oct 2007 5:38AM
Thanks for looking! Glad to know that you are less surprized than me.

Thanks Ade, it's not for everyone.

Yes Eric, I wanted it extra long to make it extra smooth.

scott_jessuk 12 249 1 Scotland
10 Oct 2007 7:59AM
Congratulation on your images Patrick and I'm not surprised because you images are of the highest quality.

Sliding on seaweed with jagged rocks underneath sounds familiar. Anyway great image here excellent light.

User_Removed 14 239 7 England
10 Oct 2007 10:04AM
patrick this doesn't float my boat its too bland & lacks any focal attention but i had to compliment you on your success truly remarkable although seeing your images its not that remarkable really. well done.

10 Oct 2007 11:15AM
Mucho Congrats, P on your '2008 Journal of the North American Nature Photographers Association', definitely no surprise at all.......Just remember who told you First...LOL!

Have a nice Wednesday,
Suz Smile
GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2007 11:27AM
Hey congrats Patrick that is great news.....this is an interesting shot with good perspective and the more you look the more you see!

martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2007 1:05PM
Congrats on your success Patrick, you reall yshouldn't be surprised you know!

Like the vanishing point composition on this.
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
10 Oct 2007 1:38PM
Nice lead in and repeating lines here. Congratulations on your success, really makes all the work worth while.
dazzaman 11 631 England
10 Oct 2007 5:48PM
stunning patrick

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
10 Oct 2007 6:55PM
Thanks for your comments! I've been super-busy today so no time for EPZ ......yet.

Suz??? Who?? I can't

Portknockie 13 48 Scotland
10 Oct 2007 8:20PM
Great news Patrick...and all down to Epz Wink

Great timing looks like mist ...superb dof and detail...

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
10 Oct 2007 8:39PM

So so SO well-deserved.

And as with your other pics, I LOVE this one. Stephen King meets H.R. Giger. Coo-erl.

A Smile
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
10 Oct 2007 8:47PM
Thanks Don.

Andrew, I'll have you know that the chili pepper is my favourite vegetable - LOL!

10 Oct 2007 9:45PM
You have some real good images in your portfolio. I feel a bit in ore.
chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2007 5:39AM
superb piece of photography Patrick, top drawer
willf1 13 51
11 Oct 2007 10:41AM
I really liked this image when I saw it on your website (one of the best out there IMHO - full of information, which you have been more than willing to share, thank you). Seeing it again has just reminded me how good it is. How on earth to you stop yourself from knocking the tripod for seven minutes? I struggle with 1/2 sec times!

ripleysalien Plus
11 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2007 12:57PM
Congrats on getting your images used, Lets hope it brings more deserved acalaim, your work is an inspiration.

A Fan
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
11 Oct 2007 3:38PM
great composition Pat, you've caught some really nice colours too, it must have been either daybreak or nearly nighttime?
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
11 Oct 2007 3:41PM
congrats on getting some recognition too, must be an ego boost!
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
11 Oct 2007 5:39PM
Thanks for your comments! It is a super busy day today but I'll be browsing the galleries later I hope.

LOL Tony, I just stay away from it, but I have to be ready to grab it and run if a big waves moves in, which it almost did in this shot a couple of times.

That would be great if it happened Steve! (ripleysalien)

Yes Terry, it was about 15 minutes after sunset on a foggy day. But still some light was getting through. The light is too glaring so I have to wait until the down is down to take these shots. And yes, it helps to know that my work is holding its own when seen with the best photographers in North America! Of course, nobody has ever heard of me, so it is good to have a neutral opinion.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
11 Oct 2007 5:41PM
A terrific under the pier shot, excellent perspective and composition, congratulations on your recent success, its certainly well deserved, Ed
shortski 12 3 1 England
11 Oct 2007 7:07PM
Wow, what a stunning image, and congratulations...jojo
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2007 7:35PM
To infinity and beyond...great perspective Patrick
DP_Imagery 13 24 6 Wales
11 Oct 2007 10:33PM
Wow! What a shot. Great composition and that long exposure has really paid off. The detail is fantastic. Congrats on your success. Bruce
phototime 12 8 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2007 12:08AM
Wow! What a great shot,superb composition and i like the milky water effect works very well.Wonderful.

49er 12 564
12 Oct 2007 7:40AM
Technically this shot is great, but what makes it for me is your vision to find the potential in this image. To most it would be an untidy under the pier structure that most would avoid. 7 minute exposure ( for a mainly wildlife photographer like me is a lifetime) has made the water perfect for this shot..
Another shot that has inspired me on my quest to do more landscape... You are slowly becoming my 'landscape father'. Hope you do not mind having a 49 year old 'son' you have never seen.


lauraHB 12 121 Ireland
12 Oct 2007 12:32PM
Stunning as ever Patrick and a big congratulations on getting picked for the journal. You deserve every bit of recognition you get.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
12 Oct 2007 3:43PM
Thanks for looking and for the kind words!

LOL Edgar, I had no idea I'd have such a fuzzy son! Actually the reason I decided to do landscapes about 2 years ago is because there are so many possibilities and no real answers. You just kind of go out there and look for the beauty of the world. But you rarely know what you'll find until you are out there. It's an adventure each time. Plus, I get a lot of exercise!

glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
12 Oct 2007 4:31PM
Beautiful shot, remarkable how still the water is, another masterpiece to add to your growing collection! Spot on! Click!!!

Chriscj 12 96 1 England
12 Oct 2007 5:00PM
Not your usual class Patrick but it's a beautifully controlled exposure.

xinia 13 54
12 Oct 2007 5:31PM
a very solid image Patrick Smile - excellent and congrats regarding your chosen images - very good news
tripodted 12 32 1 Northern Ireland
12 Oct 2007 9:55PM
Congratulations on the great news about getting your images chosen.
Oh yes and great shot too!
Gaz_H 11 150 1 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2007 10:32PM
Fantastic news there Patrick - fingers crossed for you. Love the image too - something different and perfection as usual.
JuliaB 13 110 2 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2007 3:31PM
I think I agree with Koen about the rocks - from a personal taste perspective. I do like the rest of it very much
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
13 Oct 2007 4:28PM
Just had another look at this, it reminds me of a computer game a played a while back with the graphics looking similar. feels like you want to hit the mouse button and move along under the pier to see whats around the corner.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
13 Oct 2007 7:29PM
Thanks for your comments! Especially since this sort of thing (with rocks or not), may not be your cup of tea.

True Terry, it kind of has that 'Doom-like' feel to it!

Pegon 12 78 1 England
13 Oct 2007 9:37PM
A superb composition Patrick and I like the misty water. Great shot.
ashley 14 167 1 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2007 3:40AM
great shot,superb composition
well done

I'll bet you're workin' on that game program that Terry suggested, 'eh??!!
Or maybe a movie.....Now we're talkin'!
(In Theatres Mid 2008) Fade-out to black with heavy heartbeat.......

"The Doomed Pier Stalker"


Time to get up sleepyhead, time's a wastin'.......


Are you taking pre-orders???


Have a good week,
Suz Smile
Well done and well done! The wold beneath us, love it.
Kim Walton 14 145 30 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 10:03AM
Good---but by your standards (imho)not your best.Sorry.
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 5:15PM
I am not surprised your images were chosen..this is such a well composed image with great structure.
Ceciliat 13 6 Philippines
15 Oct 2007 9:38PM
I think, made a mistake on commenting on your latest picture Smile this the grandious fashion of all.
(just kidding) I love the way you compose all your landscape images.
Well done
kcranmer 10 22 United States
17 Oct 2007 9:38PM
The depth and tones here are amazing!! vTd
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
17 Oct 2007 9:43PM
Thanks for looking!

LOL Suzie, I just saw your comment now. Now movie yet!

Thanks Cesie!

HarryStan 13 50 Australia
18 Oct 2007 7:03PM
Fab shot again Patrick, the long exposure really adds an atmosphere. As for the rocks I could take 'em or leave 'em - just think if they weren't part of the composition you may have had alot more clicks by now, just 144 hey? Wink
tmann 13 4 2 United States
19 Oct 2007 2:45PM
wow, cool as always Pat!
Always impressive with your photos!
Take Care!!
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
19 Oct 2007 4:19PM
LOL Harry!

Thanks Thomas, you just don't see the bad ones!

So, do you have bad ones???

Send me the links, I've got to see them, because I think you're definitely making this up...Smile

How's the software game comin' along?
Can we pre-test it??



Have a good weekend,
Suz Smile
ghibby 12 101 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2007 1:29PM
Love this, cant fault it in anyway Patirck. Well done on making that shortlist too

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
22 Oct 2007 6:48PM
Thanks Ben!

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
23 Oct 2007 3:01PM
Oh, Suzie.....

Well, 50% of them are rubbish! And another 30% are not as good as the ones I upload here. About 10% are of EPZ quality! Oh, if the program were only a game.......

Camairish 12 1.4k Scotland
23 Oct 2007 8:22PM
Fantastic image again Patrick & congrats on the good news. Surely the start of more accolades to come.

thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
28 Oct 2007 12:57PM
Hi Patrick,
What wonderful shapes,angles,detail,symmetry,light,simply perfect.Take care.AnnSmile
Patrick, congratulations on your wonderful photos being picked,that is indeed an accolade.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Oct 2007 1:21AM
Thanks Ann and Ian!

John_Horner 12 12 2 England
29 Oct 2007 3:54PM
Amazing detail and an extremely fine composition Patrick. A wonderful image.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
30 Oct 2007 1:44PM
Thanks John!

5 Nov 2007 2:18PM
Great perspective, love that curve!
Nettles 11 England
26 Nov 2007 4:48PM
Ooh, this makes me feel a bit wobbly, but a great shot anyway.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Nov 2007 3:25PM
Thanks Benjamin and Annette!


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