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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: 2011-11-07
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon 5DII, 85mm f/1.2 L
Exposure: f/1.2, 1/8000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-06 14:24
Viewed: 1305
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The great thing about living here is that I always have the Golden Gate Bridge to look at and photograph. I love the views around the bridge more and more and never get tired of seeing the different angles.

In this shot I played with the Channel Mixer to get the right tone of the bridge and used a very shallow depth of field to bring the bridge out from the surrounding background. This depth of field (1.2) could only happen with a fixed lens. There are no zoom lenses that go this wide. The effect is quite remarkable I think. I colored the image and added some grain to give a timeless feel to the shot. In NIK's Silver Efex I also added some Structure to increase the contrast and sharpness.

Focus is from the LCD zoomed in 10 times using Manual Focus and a Varavon View Finder.

I have taken so many realistic shots of this great Bridge that I thought it would be fun to do something a little different.

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  • Pet Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 14 N: 29] (381)
  • [2011-11-06 15:06]

Hi Roger
This is a remarquable POV of the Golden Gate Bridge. Nice balance of contrast gives details in the foreground, the main subject, and the background. This is the kind of B&W I like. Well done !

Outstanding tones here Roger! I love this view, have never seen the bridge from this view before in a photo! Love it BW, it makes it so much nicer than color I think!

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2011-11-06 15:50]

Olá Roger,
You've chosen an exciting PoV to capture the image. Large feat of civil engineering in front and a vast city outline in the background is a fabulous combination. Such a lovely monochrome presentation, well done. Thanks for sharing.
Best Wishes,

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2011-11-06 17:06]

Hi Roger,

I didn't throught that F1.2 could work so nicely with this kind of image.
Love the conversion in sepia. Your intention to give a timeless feel to the shot is a total success.


hello roger. instead of the typical golden gate bridge photo which emphasizes length, this focuses on it's height. the tone and dof add to this effect. well done. best, phil

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  • VicZik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 82 N: 950] (4812)
  • [2011-11-06 18:56]

Hi Roger, I am also obsessed with this amazing bridge. I liked your shot of the steps that you posted yesterday much better than this one. The clouds are what makes this shot OK.... With f1.2 I assume that you focus on the tower!! BTW Roger check your camera, it shows that you took this shot tomorrow ...TFS


Hello Roger

Looks like an underexposed polaroid image from days gone by. Not enough blacks or contrast. may it's just my taste. I still like the POV though of this famous landmark.


You have some of the great images of the Golden Gate bridge especially the B&W ones. Love the pov and it has a good contrast. Very well done ,tfs.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-11-06 22:06]

Hi Roger,
Another outstanding presentation of this bridge. I like the slight sepia toning which renders an old appearance to the presentation helped by some grains!
Good shot!

Francis Xavier

Hi Roger...
Beautiful [email protected] shot with so nice tones...
Nice perspective, details, composition...

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2011-11-07 4:11]

ohhh, what a wonderful picture !!!

Hi Roger
Beautiful POV for the golden gate where you showed very nice details and captured with DOF.
Best Wishes

Another lovely POV for this famous location, Roger!

Great details and nice color treatment to the picture.
The sharpness and DOF are well done, and the view to the skyline of the city is well shown.
Good management of light as well which gives nice dramatic look to the overall scene.

Thanks for sharing.

Kind regards,

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  • Doudou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 667 W: 2 N: 1533] (8802)
  • [2011-11-07 11:22]

Bonjour Roger,
Quelle magnifique série sur ce pont presque magique, c'est une pure merveille pour les yeux, il se fond très bien dans le paysage...
Et la vue est splendide...

Hi Roger,

Work's very well,it has the look of an image taken 50 years ago.

Hi Roger,
Another beautiful angle of the Goldengate bridge in San Francisco,
good tone of sepia black & white contrast,
Nice POV. and DOF well presented and composed,
all my compliments

Bom dia Roger,
I am following here in the TL Forum a debate about what to do for this site to regain its original function as a place where you come to see good pictures and learn about it. Yet I will speak out about this, but since then I have to say that while TL has artists like you are well and fulfilling its mission. Every picture you post, in addition its high quality, comes with texts that teach us so much.
This is the case here, this amazing view of this iconic bridge from San Francisco.
That's great.

Hi Roger

Maybe I would boost contrast here, but excluding the white highlights (already perfectly exposed), so that there are some solid blacks? I could do a workshop if you like? Fantastic composition & good to include the distinctive pyramid shaped Trans America building at left for additional context. Tfs!

  • Great 
  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-11-08 8:21]


merveilleux graphsime sur ce pont superbe compo et iamge fantastique vue quel rendu quel effet superbe compo.

Bravo et amitié


Olá Roger
A different perspective...for me it is great to see to city in bg with and the B/W choice make the photo even more interesting in an architecture approach
Um abraço

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2011-11-14 10:19]

Ola Roger
Powerful perspective of this bridge with an elegant and warm b/w presentation. Fantastic the sharpness of the city in b/, and the dramatic sky captue. Perfect light, and composition... as usual
My compliments,mb

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