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The Mood of the Golden Gate

The Mood of the Golden Gate
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Copyright: Roger Minkow (rminkow) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3397 W: 189 N: 7476] (34772)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2012-06-01
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon 5DII, 85mm f/1.2 L
Exposure: f/6.4, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday Theme 2012/06/01 "Bridges" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-06-02 6:46
Viewed: 1644
Points: 41
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I love photographing the Golden Gate Bridge. For many years I didn’t understand how to creatively show something that had not been shown thousands of times but in the last year or so I have seen it differently. A few weeks ago my wife and I were walking around the San Francisco side of the bridge in a place we hadn’t been before. I saw this view and liked the angle. At that time I had only a 50mm lens with me but I took the shot anyway. I went back three more times on different days with different weather conditions. Today as I was going into the city I noticed the fog covered most of the northern half of the bridge so I thought this view looking towards the fog might be interesting.

I used the 85mm lens today and the original shot was about twice as high as the cropped version. Cropping helped the image by bringing us right into the scene much closer than the original image would allow.

The shot was composed of three images fused together in Photomatix. This expanded the Dynamic Range and gave the shot much more “life” than any of the individual images. The cars and the people were selected and “de Ghosted”. To bring out the bridge in a three dimensional way I increased the Structure in NIK’s Viveza and sharpened the bridge using the Unsharpen Mask in CS5.

For an old time look I used some Sepia toning.

I will probably be taking photos of this bridge forever. Hopefully I will continue to see new aspects.

parasbhalla, Saba, mvdisco, brech, delsinario, chrisJ, Teresat, jean11-3 has marked this note useful
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Simply a fantastic shot from an exceptional POV, Roger!

I love the details and perfect positioning of the famous bridge with amazing light and drama into the scene.
The sharpness and DOF are excellent, and the fog adds great mood in the picture.
Well caught light and exposure too.

Kind regards,

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-06-02 7:17]


superb eiamge de ce pont quel effet et captage avec toutes ces voitures qui le traversent sueprbe la brume quelle vue, une merveille.

bravo et amitié


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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2012-06-02 7:21]

Hi Roger,this version gives me the feeling of the bridges size & strength & your angle shows off its style with lots of impact,this image should be in the cities archives.Your software & PP work has handled the ghosting of the moving cars & people,very well,I thought at a shutter speed of 1/125th.& three exposures,their movement may cause a problem on merging,very well done.

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2012-06-02 7:42]

Hello Roger :)

The impressive and very original composition in colours black and white.
The bridge looks magnificently, and this light and partial fog create the splendid effect.
The perfect, very showy realization!

/I stood on him with the son after right side and there was the cold very much, though the centre was for years/.

With best wishes.

Hi Roger,
Another great composition and shot with mist at the Golden Gate bridge,
Excellent details of the three way of each other for the cars on the bridge
always a good contrast and light on a black & white presentation,
compliments and very well done.

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-06-02 8:38]

Hi Roger.

Stunning, yet unusual effect, it's as if the image is of a model bridge with toys, or a CGI film effect. I love the way the light leans through and hilights the details. TFS

Stv :0))

Hi Roger, like you this Bridge just draws you in, and makes us look for a different perspective to display this wonderful bridge. I lived in Novato in 2008 and crossed the bridge almost daily. Throughout the year I made it a happen to stop at various locations to photograph. If you get a chance try to capture at night on the Marin side, the glow of the lights and orange colors are amazing. Tks

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2012-06-02 9:28]

I do think you may have captured a view of the GGB that I have never seen in still or motion picture photography. The edge on view of the roadway brings the viewer into the bridge from a driver's level view. PP work is excellent with crisp detail and a touch of sepia to add to the nostalgic mood of this SF icon. Whether intendedor not, fits well into the Friday Theme of "Bridges."
Very Nice

I can't blame you, if I live in the area you will seeing a lot of photos of the bridge also. I like the effect of the fog and good choice to go with B&W, it looks like this image was taken when the bridge first open. Well done, tfs.

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  • Doudou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 667 W: 2 N: 1533] (8802)
  • [2012-06-02 10:32]

Bonjour Roger,
Belle participation au thème avec le Golden Gate vu den haut...
La prise est intéressante et donne le vertige avec les montagnes derrière ...
Un NB impeccable offrant de jolis contrastes...

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2012-06-02 11:27]

Very attractive photo of Golden Gate, perfect sharpness and light, I like the mist in the BG

Hi Roger, I like it better in b&w as it helps keep the age of the bridge.All you need now is some old timers driving across the bridge to complete the old feel.The fog and the rise in the middle makes you wonder whats on the other side. Fiona

Excellent PP work, excellent election of foggy atmosphere. The black and white has worked very well. TFS.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-06-03 9:29]

Hi Roger

Now THAT'S a bridge. I was a little disappointed with the Jiangyin Bridge, as it had no space for pedestrian traffic, unlike this beauty. It also has 2 extra lanes for traffic. The fog adds mood & mystery to this superb b&w image of the GGB. Tfs!


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  • fnadon (11)
  • [2012-06-03 13:10]

Great work Roger, its very inspiring.

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  • angel Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 13] (402)
  • [2012-06-03 15:23]

this image is amazing! the black and white increases your excellent job, really! just perfect!

best regards from italy!

I would prefer some space above the bridge but the rest of the image is a delight. The black and white works a real treat and there is a wonderful atmosphere to the whole shot.

Your pp work to produce a three dimensional effect has paid off. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

Bom dia Roger
Another great b/W choice. I like the b/w tonalities, the perspective and the crop. It is a very interesting bridge that we saw so many times but it is always a pleasure to review it spcialy when you give different points of view, always interesting. This one make feel how is life over there...it is an excellent view and work.
Um abraço

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2012-06-06 15:07]

Hi Roger
super shot, I just love the contrast and sharpness against the foggy BG

Hello Roger, I missed this one.This is the Golden Gate Bridge from a PoV that I have never seen before.
It is a brilliant shot!
We see more of the features of the whole construction from this viewpoint, wonderful.
Your PP work was very successful imo.
And the fog just adds to the scene, complementing the detail of the right hand side of the shot.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Hi Roger! Excellent picture, beaufiful composition. Best regards Csabi

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