How do you take a unique photo of one of the most photographed structures in the world? I've seen the Golden Gate Bridge photographed in every way imaginable. But I envisioned this scene in my head and could never find one quite like this. I'm very pleased with this rendition and it's one of the most popular photos on my website.
This was shot on Fuji Provia from the Marin headlands. The etheral look of the sky is due to a six minute exposure on f/22.
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naxius (16685) 2005-04-27 9:54
Stunning photograph you made! The light is so well catched!
I like the compo of the Golden Gate. This is a really good work.
gringofil (0) 2005-04-27 9:57
WOW! The place where this was taken is not too original (lots of photos from this vantage point) but do to the exposure as well as time of day makes this shot what it is...pretty damn special. The cherry on top is the misty city in the background...really nice colors as well. Overall good work.
anakin (2775) 2005-04-27 9:58
Great night shot very nice work, superb lights very nice perspective
jinju (14265) 2005-04-27 10:14
Its the best picture of the Golden Gate Ive ever seen.
kiara (410) 2005-04-27 10:14
this is simply marvelous!!
Paolo (41222) 2005-04-27 10:18
Wonderful image Todd!
great composition, with magic light!
verge (1242) 2005-04-27 10:18
very good capture. the lighting is superb with reflection on the water. this just emphasize the its name "Golden Gate".....rgds
AmiBe (6042) 2005-04-27 10:18
wow, great night shot !
The exposure is perfect.
Classic POV but still very good, well done !
smartins (1967) 2005-04-27 10:21
WOW! This is a gorgeous night shot! I love the golden color and the lights. Nice POV and sharpness! Very well done!
Take care and keep on posting ;)
Hanssie (10756) 2005-04-27 10:24
A great view on the entirely bridge, a wonderful light and colours, great picture, Todd !
puciu (498) 2005-04-27 10:27
WOW! Amazing photo. Perfect frame, perfectly exposed.
Zepi (22848) 2005-04-27 10:30
Magnifique image, superbe paysage et, quelle maîtrise technique!
J'adore,cette image file tout droit dans mes favoris!
Guenther (10915) 2005-04-27 10:30
Wow Todd, the shot is marvellous, a magic light, especially the reflection on the clouds in the background gives a unique atmosphere ... just great!
Pattyjy (2180) 2005-04-27 10:31
Tout simplement magnifique. Quelle netteté et quelle jolie lumière. Superbe. Amitié, Patty.
thebig_d81 (777) 2005-04-27 10:52
Is that for real? well done. Such a nice subject for a photo.
soulie (419) 2005-04-27 11:15
You've created amazing mysterious atmosphere. Good job.
toni_al (15875) 2005-04-27 11:24
Très très belle image, la perspective, le cadrage, les couleurs et l'ambience sont THE BEST
Very nice shot
highpeak8 (139) 2005-04-27 11:26
breathtaking! stunningly beautiful!
donluicu (24724) 2005-04-27 13:30
this is an extraordianry shot.
The six minutes expo are great!!!it looks like a painting.
We feel the texture of the Provia..especially under the bridge.
Albrecht (11281) 2005-04-27 13:57
What a very good picture and the lights and atmosphere are great. Sharp and detailed to look at. Did you do no improving?
Well captured, greetings Albrecht
jeanfrancois (1260) 2005-04-27 19:44
What a photography lesson !
I love the sky in the back and the shadow of the bridge. Superb.
ronners (10) 2005-04-27 19:47
Great shot Todd. I've no idea how you managed to keep the camera still (even on a tripod) for a full six minutes. It's always blowing a gale when I'm up there - though I guess it's a biot calmer after dark. Sadly with my D100 I can't do 6 minute exposures, so I'm a bit jealous!
thebecky (688) 2005-04-28 2:00
Woderful. It has all been said already but I wanted to add my compliments
snuggleaphagus (4146) 2005-04-28 2:37
Absolutly stunning. This photo should be in the cover of a magazine blwn up into posters.
thohau (919) 2005-04-28 3:47
What a stunning view of a gorgeous building! Perfect work!
pascal13 (2098) 2005-04-28 5:55
Superbe image,cadrage, couleurs, netteté,tout y est.Allez hop...!!dans mes favoris...!!
Homerhomer (4080) 2005-04-28 11:19
You are right Todd, this place must have been photographed 1,000,000,000,000 times, but your take is better than 99.9% of them, the colours are simply amazing, and darker sky with the city glow just beneath really helps us concentrate on the bridge.
Gdouble (0) 2005-04-29 8:31
Superb image Todd. You must know the secret to take unusual picture of usual things
CliffW (2377) 2005-04-30 9:54
There's a reason it's been the subject of so many photos but not very many of them look this good. Best shot I've seen of the GG too.
AlfieUK (12) 2005-05-02 10:21
Awesome picture. As a fellow Fuji 6x9 owner I know what a great machine it is for capturing landscapes but it's just another bit of kit and needs a good driver! ... which you obviously are.
hugolef (4909) 2005-05-03 9:37
nice night's view. The frame is dynamic, enhaunced by the dark band under the bridge. Good exposure, that gives such an atmosphere to the sky.
A great shot i only discover today ...
emarquetti (73) 2005-05-03 10:02
What cold I say.. perfect! The light report me like in a dream, and can fell wings flying the Golden gate.
ash_parikh (2266) 2005-05-04 1:15
Nice shot. great composition and nice work here.
apache (1426) 2005-05-05 10:30
I have seen a lot of snaps of the Golden gate but this is the first time i am looking at a night shot i really like. I would very much like to take a photograph like this, but i guess it takes a bit of creativity and a lot of clicking experience behind you to get a good one like this.
But maybe some day...
sines (0) 2005-05-05 13:09
Hey Todd, what a view again !
Impressive night shot. I wish I was there. I hope to stand by that bridge one day. Light over San Francisco on the background is amazing. I also like the line shade produced by the brigde on the water.
Good stuff Todd and thank you.
fiedziu (1764) 2005-05-08 11:28
great, nothing to add, just great
thanks for sharing
kclai (2267) 2005-05-10 4:28
Woah.............(lost of words)
This is the most spectacular shot I have come across. You're the MAN, my friend. It's total perfection shot.
Marcelo_Almeida (1044) 2005-05-19 17:47
Great shot, simply wonderful.
vascao (192) 2005-05-20 20:59
Astonishing. I'm speechless, one of my favorites from now on.
kinginexile (2598) 2005-05-23 2:40
Well done, Todd, you got yourself a unique shot of a famous landmark, and one I find unforgettable indeed. Not just that, you got beautidful graphism out of it, in fantastic colors.
sayzey (2358) 2005-07-19 13:27
Great photo! Very well done, I love the effect you described as etheral! And also the reflections of the light in the river from the bridge, it looks so strange how you can see the reflection at night like that!
Very well done!
totetuti (83) 2005-08-05 2:09
markpanos (1977) 2005-10-18 21:45
Well,this photo is amazing,almost perfect.
You have done a wonderful work here.
Your note was very intersting for me,because I was thinking this last summer "How I can make an original photo of a very well known and photographed monument"
It very dificult,I know.I tryed to do it in the Acropolis in Athens,but I only made a beauty and interesting image,no more(I have posted it).
You have done it.I mean,here you were original,so you create something,something that nobody did it.
Here,you are a creator.
Good bye Todd.
Gia sou and Hasta siempre.
rajhema (1873) 2005-11-20 10:07
That was a fantastic picture. I've not seen these colors before. Spectacular night shot Todd.
yazdi (460) 2005-11-20 10:48
Its not much to say, its a perfect photo, its great ...!
larssolb (301) 2005-11-21 16:47
Fantastic nightshot of the famous bridge. Hat's off!
soundsangels (1703) 2006-06-10 23:25
I do not speak about this one.....
Only deposit right now in my favs.....
Thanks a lot for this gift....
Signal-Womb (13048) 2006-06-16 17:47
Now that is a truly stunning capture...lost for words really. Steve.
sabyasachi1212 (19779) 2006-07-13 15:32
It easy to understand why this must be one of your mosr popular shots. Excellent POV, strong night colours make for a wonderful composition.
With Greetings from India
capthaddock (28790) 2006-07-20 14:00
Hi Todd - spectacular shot, the long exposure has done wonders to the sky, common perspective but very well executed. My only peeve, and a minor one at that, is the bridge towers have lost their charactyeristic "international orange" color, probably also because of the evry long exposure.
mphotographies (1976) 2006-07-31 0:21
You made the best image of the Golden gate here! I want to delete mine :/
BTW great capture of Machu Picchu! I like the morning rays of light...great composition dude!
livermore (1631) 2006-08-02 5:10
Les teintes sont splendides.
Le reflet jaune dans l'eau est du plus bel effet. J'adore.
yanseiler (20) 2006-08-25 9:45
Hi Todd, except that the bridge is a bit bending on the left, the effect is great and the colors are very nice, I also like these yellowish tones in the water and the lines made by the car's lights on the road, the depth on San Francisco's central is great, it's true that it looks different from other shots from the same place...
Amaniman (1122) 2006-08-25 10:20
8-) quelle spectaculaire image !
Tu as superbement réussi ton coup ; une photo pas ordinaire du Golden Gate.
Isab (865) 2006-11-18 14:29
Magnifique photo du golden gate bridge. C'est très réussi. Le pont a l'air un peu irréel.
tica (896) 2007-01-30 17:48
So what can I say?
- Wonderful ! :D
All is Great and beatiful!
God bless you!
testmaniac (13508) 2007-06-10 4:59
Great night shot, superb lights!
If you want see my nights shot, i hope you enjoy
eyesthetix (641) 2007-09-21 7:15
excellent perspective and great capture of the elements !
Best regards, Daniel
Edelias (38) 2008-01-28 0:26
A very nice image of the bridge, good choice of exposure and lighting, really does make the bridge look like it is made of gold! I like it, but i'm not sure about the silhoette of the rocks in the bottom left, might have been perfect if you could have gotten a little closer. Obviously i have no idea how practical that would have been. Good. work.
vito_vito (11) 2009-06-25 22:35
jazu (415) 2009-10-15 23:56
Wow, this is the best pic of Golden Gate I have ever seen. I like this I call it color-sepia tone.
Great work. It should be published in National G.
Adrique (609) 2010-09-07 11:17
"How do you take a unique photo of one of the most photographed structures in the world?" Like that. :-) Very nice...
Even though the POV is not original (but what do I want from a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge, which has already been photographed from all possible POVs thousands of times), but I do not remember a night shot from this place.
It seems that the top of front pillar and the metal ropes are a bit blurred. Is it so (and is it caused by wind) or it just appears so on the small image? Other elements seem to be sharp.
azadys (717) 2010-09-07 11:47
i like this shot,
exposure is great and good sharpness.
totally i like it
Noel_Byrne (30459) 2012-06-26 2:46
Beautiful image you have caught here, perspective and POV is amazing, and I absolutely love how the light spills over the bridge in the reflection. Thank you for sharing this, and inspiring shot.
- Copyright: Todd Adams (toddadams) (575)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-05-26
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Fuji GSW690III, Fuji Provia 100
- Exposure: f/22
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Golden Gate Bridge, Bridges at night - Les Ponts, la nuit... [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-04-27 9:48
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