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 A new look at an old friend
A new look at an old friend
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Challenge: On the Beach (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: baker beach, san francisco
Date: Jul 16, 2006
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 20 sec
Galleries: Architecture, Water
Date Uploaded: Jul 17, 2006

Baker Beach, San Francisco
I had never been to baker beach and my search was to find new views of the golden gate, so I hope this meets voter's expectations for the challenge. I wanted to go much farther down the beach and get much closer to the bridge, but my girlfriend and I didn't find the way down to get there fast enough so we took an alternate route. A good thing too because the tide was coming in and this picture was from on top a rock about 30 feet up. If we had left earlier we could have walked in front of this rock but the tide rose so much that that option would have not been open when we would have returned and we would have been stuck.
The big flare is a search light on the bridge, my guess is to help out ships, nothing I could have really done about that.
Converted from raw saved as a tiff and ran through neat image. rotated a few degrees, cropped Shadows/Highlights layer, 2 curves, Selective color and a photo filter. I faded the opacity on the photo filter, selective color and one fo the curves. USM and flattened, resized and ran through neat image once more and save for the web.

Post Challenge: Thanks everyone for your great comments during the challenge, all 58 of them. Very excited to be in the Top 5 and 7 plus score. Thanks again.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 319
Avg (all users): 7.2462
Avg (commenters): 8.3265
Avg (participants): 7.0092
Avg (non-participants): 7.3636
Views since voting: 12462
Views during voting: 598
Votes: 329
Comments: 74
Favorites: 42 (view)


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04/05/2009 03:35:01 PM
Great Picture! Going into my favorites!
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09/12/2007 03:53:39 PM
Awesome picture, cool colors nice detail.
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10/04/2006 08:54:43 PM
this is fabolous ! What a surreal look and perspective.
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09/11/2006 04:00:24 PM
ooooo nice photo, I love how the clouds or fog sit on top of the bridge's towers and the color here is really nice

you even got the fog on the shoreline with the rocks

Just awesome!!!! The color is beautiful!!
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08/01/2006 05:09:15 PM
Yeh this is sooo good! Well done on your 4 place, there were some outstanding photos in this challenge.

Mike

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07/30/2006 06:35:49 PM
An image with great visual strength and adoring beauty. Great work! Congratulations on your 4th place finish.
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07/28/2006 04:24:23 PM
congrats on 4th! definetly ribbon worthy ;)
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07/27/2006 10:18:42 AM
oh you have some more comments now! great shot, congrats
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07/27/2006 10:10:13 AM
Oh, my "Connection" didn't stay long as the second best D50 picture. You had to take a better picture. Oh well, I'll just try to do better next time.

Congrats on the 5th place! It was a tough challenge. Eight entries with 7 or more. This one was one of my favorites.
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07/26/2006 07:21:17 PM
San Francisco represent! My entry was from Baker Beach as well, but your entry was the best of all three from this beach. At least you missed all the fat naked people that sfalice and myself ran into when we were there during the day. Congrats on the great finish!

Message edited by author 2006-07-26 19:21:37.
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07/26/2006 03:42:48 PM
Congratulations on top 5, great shot!
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07/26/2006 05:41:06 AM
This is superb Joe. I thought it would ribbon. Just added to my faves...well done
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07/26/2006 01:42:47 AM
NIce finish and look at all those comments! Figured it would do well. mark
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07/26/2006 12:42:48 AM
Welcome to "I scored a 7 in a challenge and didn't ribbon" club ;)
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07/26/2006 12:38:16 AM
Very nice, Joe! I really do like your work - you give us a refreshing perspective.
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07/26/2006 12:34:58 AM
Congrats on an awesome score and great placement Joe! Truly a magical photograph. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/25/2006 09:34:12 PM
What a wonderful moment! Well seen, well captured. 9
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07/25/2006 08:44:46 PM
You really delved into this scene and did it justice. Very, very well done.
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07/25/2006 03:18:16 PM
The combining of silence and serenity in the forefront with the opposite happening on the bridge is a great combination. A 10!
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07/25/2006 12:42:17 PM
Great job! The colors in this are just breath-taking! The feel of the fog at night is extraordinary. It is interesting from corner to corner to corner. I'm giving this an 8 because it meets the challenge with technical precision and artfulness.
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07/25/2006 11:10:08 AM
Long exposure well executed. A great print for anyone.
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07/25/2006 10:54:52 AM
Nice contrast between the artificial light on the bridge and the natural low light on the foreground. The misty atmosphere is effective.
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07/25/2006 10:44:26 AM
now that's different. love the color and mood.
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07/25/2006 10:07:32 AM
Beautiful
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07/24/2006 10:08:41 PM
Wonderful, 10!
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07/24/2006 09:19:22 PM
A unique photo of a well known landmark. Great lighting and a good use of a long exposure. Nice work.
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07/24/2006 06:48:11 PM
Great photo - Beautiful light and nice feel!
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07/24/2006 06:46:20 PM
A beautiful long exposure, a little distracting to not beeing able to look at the horison in a comparison.... it looks tilted but I am not sure :o) good luck with this nice picture.
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07/24/2006 04:32:02 PM
This beach seems to be pretty popular with the DPC crowd. Still, this is the best capture I've seen of this place. Good job.
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07/24/2006 03:41:05 PM
makes me miss calif all over again
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07/24/2006 12:39:07 PM
Wow, I love the fog. It makes the photo more mystic.
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07/24/2006 09:19:58 AM
What a beautiful shot. There's something mysterious aboutt he serenity and natural beauty of the rocks here in the foreground and then the incoming, modern bridge further back. Works great to produce a lovely shot.
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07/23/2006 09:04:07 PM
Wonderfull lighting and the long exposure on the rocks looks great.
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07/23/2006 03:12:42 PM
oooooo
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07/23/2006 06:54:19 AM
great atmosphere
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07/23/2006 05:42:31 AM
Best Golden Gate Bridge I've seen in this challenge. Beautiful capture!
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07/23/2006 05:20:31 AM
Very pretty shot of the Golden Gates Bridge!
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07/22/2006 07:39:57 PM
great shot please tell us more about the shot. blue ribbon?
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07/22/2006 08:58:42 AM
Gorgeosly lit and ephemeral. Magical feeling. Love it. 10
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07/22/2006 02:41:37 AM
Realy nice colors and fog
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07/21/2006 08:12:35 PM
The mood of the fog and the water around the rocks in the foreground is mystical. The bright light below the bridge on the right is a bit bright. I really wonder if there was room enough to move slightly to the right to block the light with the rock face at the base of the bridge.
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07/21/2006 03:17:11 PM
Nice shot and perfect composition... I have given you the following ratings

Meeting the Challenge 0-1-2 = 2
Overall look, feel and composition 0-1-2 = 2
Creativity 0-1-2 = 2
Quality and execution 0-1-2 = 2
WOW effect and first impression 0-1-2 = 2

Final : 10
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07/21/2006 02:39:57 PM
If my memory serves me correctly, I don't believe I've ever voted a 10 on the very first entry that came up - - - now that has changed. This image is stunning, I love the misty clouds at the first gate.
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07/21/2006 10:15:07 AM
Love the mood and predominate tones of lavender hues surrounding the bridge popping from out of the fog. This will do very well in my opinion.
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07/21/2006 12:10:02 AM
Beautiful. I had deja vu when I saw this. Could've swore I have seen this exact shot, angle and all.
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07/20/2006 11:56:54 PM
0-2 meets challenge = 2
0-3 technical merit = 3
0-3 creativity = 3
0-2 biased wow factor = 2
Total = 10
Can I say more? - wow!
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07/20/2006 08:16:33 PM
I love the misty look of this. Very nice!

Coming back to add this to my favorites and bump the score. I really like it the softness, and the way the top of the bridge disappears into the clouds.
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07/20/2006 04:50:10 PM
Very nice shot. Especially the fog effect.
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07/20/2006 02:00:57 PM
I would like it better if the top of the bridge weren't covered by that cloud. I do very much like the misty look and the purples and reds.
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07/20/2006 01:21:20 PM
Very strong composition and misty colors makes this a contender. Beautiful!
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07/20/2006 12:57:51 PM
You know this ROCKS!
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07/20/2006 11:48:19 AM
It's too bad the angle includes that one really bright light, because otherwise this is a tremendous shot.
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07/20/2006 11:18:12 AM
Good capture of the fog with the scene - sort of has the "essence" of the city. 10
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07/20/2006 09:17:42 AM
heh, yeah...so, enjoy your ribbon!
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07/20/2006 01:59:36 AM
Amazing photo, very well done.. nice work.
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07/20/2006 01:31:48 AM
Beautiful in everyway. I'd like to see this ribbon.
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07/19/2006 11:40:11 PM
Wow!!! I know that's an overused word. . but what can you say. There is so much beauty in this one photo it just blew me away the minute I saw it. I love every single thingn about it from the colors to the softness of the water and the silhouetted rocks! The lights. It's just stunning! 10
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07/19/2006 11:29:38 PM
wow. Love the violet hue on this!
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07/19/2006 10:44:12 PM
Fantastic! Love the fog and the lighting! I smell a high placement here. then again, this is just one of the first few I've seen ;) Good luck and in my faves ;)
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07/19/2006 10:30:48 PM
wow - poster quality image for sure. 1 very small critism: Although i like the cloud ... it might be better with the apex of the bridge in the shot.8
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07/19/2006 08:56:01 PM
Coming back for comments. I can't offer any why's but this photo touched something in me. I can't stop looking at it. Fantastic job! 10
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07/19/2006 08:17:09 PM
Beautiful! Definitely worth a ribbon.
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07/19/2006 05:14:08 PM
Excellent. I like the picture (framing, shutter sp.) a little more than colors. 7
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07/19/2006 04:32:31 PM
COOL...!!!
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07/19/2006 03:40:58 PM
Is this Rikki? where did you shoot it from - Sausalito?

Very very nice! Brilliant idea and execution.
Unique perspective. Who would've thought SFO could be made to look like Oregon?
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07/19/2006 02:13:49 PM
Wow.. A very surreal shot.. cool
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07/19/2006 12:17:07 PM
Assuming this is basic editing, way to go catching a really killer photo. 10.
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07/19/2006 10:44:32 AM
Great shot.
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07/19/2006 08:18:15 AM
Very interesting treatment of a familiar subject. This picture could keep the eye busy for a long time, exploring all the texture and different qualities of light and colour. A 9.
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07/19/2006 05:26:54 AM
this should finish top 10 or ribbon...wonderful shot, great colour, composition, exposure...excellent
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07/19/2006 02:22:08 AM
What I really like about this is the way that it makes a 'hard' subject look soft and light, almost msytical.
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07/19/2006 02:03:04 AM
one of my fav, great job
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07/19/2006 12:38:50 AM
Love the shot and its nice perspecitve! I was just shooting in this very spot(a week too early :( ) Did yo have to scale some cliffs to reach this beach or is it reachable from Baker? Good luck.
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07/19/2006 12:35:00 AM
Blue Ribbon.
Congrats
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