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Long Exposure (20Sec) using .6 & .9 ND filters while boat moves along water after passing under the Bay Bridge in San Francisco...
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Long Exposure (20Sec) using .6 & .9 ND filters while boat moves along water after passing under the Bay Bridge in San Francisco
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Awards

Contest Finalist in Splendid Bridges Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Rule Of Thirds In The City Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Yellow, Orange And Red Lights Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Resource Travel Inspiration Photo Contest vol1
Contest Finalist in Under The Bridge Photo Contest
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Superb Composition
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Absolute Masterpiece
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Magnificent Capture
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Water At Night Photo ContestTop 20 class
Water At Night Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Shutter Speed Experiments Photo ContestTop 30 class
Shutter Speed Experiments Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Spectacular Bridges Photo ContestTop 20 class
Spectacular Bridges Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Composition And Leading Lines Photo ContestTop 10 class
Composition And Leading Lines Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Composition And Leading Lines Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Anything Water Photo ContestTop 10 class
Anything Water Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Our World At Night Photo ContestTop 10 class
What A Night Photo ContestTop 10 class
What A Night Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Talent AwardsTop 30 class
Color In The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class
Color In The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class month 1
Long Exposure In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
Color In The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class week 3
Color In The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Compositions 101 Photo Contest vol3Top 10 class
Color In The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Compositions 101 Photo Contest vol3Top 10 class week 2
Geometry And Composition Photo ContestTop 20 class
Geometry And Composition Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Compositions 101 Photo Contest vol3Top 10 class week 1
Geometry And Composition Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Long Exposure In The City Photo ContestTop 20 class
Covers Photo Contest Vol 37Top 10 class
Covers Photo Contest Vol 37Top 10 class week 2
Covers Photo Contest Vol 37Top 20 class week 1
Architectural Masterpieces Photo ContestTop 10 class
Architectural Masterpieces Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Bridges At Night Photo ContestTop 30 class
Bridges At Night Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Long Exposure Games Photo ContestTop 20 class
Long Exposure Games Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Around the World Photo Contest By DiscoveryTop 10 class
Around the World Photo Contest By DiscoveryTop 10 class week 1
Night And Rule Of Thirds Photo ContestTop 10 class
Night And Rule Of Thirds Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Night And Rule Of Thirds Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Splendid Bridges Photo ContestTop 10 class
Splendid Bridges Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Splendid Bridges Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Composing with Diagonals Photo ContestTop 10 class
Composing with Diagonals Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Rule Of Thirds In The City Photo ContestTop 10 class
Composing with Diagonals Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Rule Of Thirds In The City Photo ContestTop 10 class month 1
Rule Of Thirds In The City Photo ContestTop 10 class week 3
Rule Of Thirds In The City Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Rule Of Thirds In The City Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Lapse Of Time In The City Photo ContestTop 10 class
Lapse Of Time In The City Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Nightscapes Photo ContestTop 20 class
World At Night Photo ContestTop 10 class
World At Night Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Piers Side View Photo ContestTop 30 class
Yellow, Orange And Red Lights Photo ContestTop 10 class
Piers Side View Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Yellow, Orange And Red Lights Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Playing With Light Photo ContestTop 10 class
Playing With Light Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Monthly Pro Vol 18 Photo ContestTop 30 class
Monthly Pro Vol 18 Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Monthly Pro Vol 18 Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Dark And Bright Photo ContestTop 20 class
Dark And Bright Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Dark And Bright Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
City Bridges Photo ContestTop 10 class
City Bridges Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Resource Travel Inspiration Photo Contest vol1Top 10 class week 1
High Voltage Photo ContestTop 10 class
High Voltage Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
High Voltage Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Under The Bridge Photo ContestTop 10 class
Under The Bridge Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Under The Bridge Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
City Lights Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
City Lights Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Filters and Effects Photo ContestTop 30 class
Filters and Effects Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Filters and Effects Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1

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GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 July 03, 2015
Ron, Congratulations on your award!
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RDVPhotography July 11, 2015
Thank you very much Jelieta, you are the only one to make a comment and I appreciate it.
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GigiJim08 July 22, 2015
Voted high voltage!
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RDVPhotography July 22, 2015
Thanks, would like to win with this one again. It has been one of my top Trifecta images. Appreciate your help.
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 September 04, 2015
RON CONGRATULATIONS again on your finalist for resource Travel Inspiration award!
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RDVPhotography September 11, 2015
Thank you very much Gigi, I have had a wonderful run lately. Maybe I should be off more often :D
kathykuhn100 PRO
 
kathykuhn100 September 10, 2015
Gorgeous capture! Congrats & good luck! Some day I want to do some bridge shooting in SF at night...but it's harder to get there than it should be!
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RDVPhotography September 11, 2015
If you get there at night be careful not to leave anything in your car and fill up the meter. We put enough in for an hour and were a couple minutes over and got an $84 parking ticket.
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 March 14, 2016
ambience is perfect for me, voted playing with lights!
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RDVPhotography March 26, 2016
Thanks, think I answered this the wrong way and told about the ticket
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 March 14, 2016
voted pier side!
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RDVPhotography March 26, 2016
One of my better shots and I just keep entering it, thanks Gigi
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 March 14, 2016
jaw-dropping. voted yellow, orange, and red!
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RDVPhotography March 26, 2016
Thanks and I made the finals, must have been your vote
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 June 16, 2016
Congratulations on your award again!
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RDVPhotography June 27, 2016
Thanks Gigi, maybe it will win someday : D
MikeCeglady
 
MikeCeglady September 14, 2016
Congrats on the finalist honors! I have the exact opposite angle of this shot as a finalist in the same contest...
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RDVPhotography September 14, 2016
Yep just on the other side of the bridge and a spot I have alwasy wanted to go to. Have left comments before on this shot and it deserves a Win, good luck and thanks for your comment.Cheers.
JacobF
 
JacobF March 11, 2017
Awesome shot man!
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RDVPhotography March 14, 2017
Thank you very much Jacob

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in San Francisco at the bottom of Harrison & Embarcadero streets toward Oakland.
Time
This nighttime image was taken at 11:25 PM on July 24, 2013.
Lighting
I used what lighting was available and waited until the new LED lights on the Bay Bridge came on. These lights are not steady, and once turned on they kind of blink and flash in a sequence. The other lights in this image come from a ferry that was moving across the water during the long exposure and really added interest to this image.
Equipment
I used a Canon 5D MkII with EF24-105mm f/4.0 L IS USM lens and my Gitzo GT2531 tripod with Really Right Stuff BH55 Ball Head.
Inspiration
I wanted some night photos of the Bay Bridge with the new LED lights so on a 3 night visit to San Francisco I spent one evening after it got dark doing some night photography.
Editing
I did very little post processing with this image. Probably the major adjustment was to the White Balance to get the colors corrected. Then some minor Shadows, Highlights, Blacks and Whites fine tuning and finally some sharpening for use on the web.
In my camera bag
I have two bags and each has a purpose. The bag with me on this night contained my 5DMKII (Full Frame Camera) a Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8 L USM, Canon EF24-105mm f/4.0 L IS USM and Canon EF70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM along with an extra battery (a must for night photography as I use the Live View to compose and that eats up battery power), an extra memory card, flashlight and headlamp (also a must for night photography). Probably also had my Lee Grad ND filters, but did not need or use any that night. Strapped to the bag was my Gitzo GT2531 tripod with Really Right Stuff BH55 Ball Head, an absolute must for night photography.
Feedback
For this location in particular I cannot stress enough the importance of filling the parking meter with enough money to get maximum parking time. I thought a little more than an hour was plenty but ran over and got a ticket for about $80. Walk around this area in the daytime and scope out some things you might want to work on at night. It is much easier to see in the day than at night. Also once you get here at night, do not leave anything in your car. Sorry to say many photographers have had gear stolen here. Have a plan in mind and when you get to each location you planned in your minds eye during the day, give them all a good look again. Turn around and see what might be different from the day.

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