Golden Gate Bridge at Night - 6D - Critique Welcome

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kb1dqh Junior Member • Posts: 47
Golden Gate Bridge at Night - 6D - Critique Welcome
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This was shot last weekend in SF. One of my first times taking night photos and really, photos of architecture. Most of my shots are nature/landscape.

Thanks for your thoughts.

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Ultradan Contributing Member • Posts: 632
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Very nice!

salamander1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,418
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kb1dqh wrote:

This was shot last weekend in SF. One of my first times taking night photos and really, photos of architecture. Most of my shots are nature/landscape.

Thanks for your thoughts.

the idea is basically good, but would repeat this shot again sometime it if i were you. you're out of focus. use live view to zoom in on the bridge, or try to focus by using some manual techniques. stopping down the lens a bit further won't hurt either. but the idea, like i said,  is good.

going to s.f.  myself for 10 days in june.  will try to get most of these classic golden gate shots for sure. hehe!

OP kb1dqh Junior Member • Posts: 47
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Thanks. Yeah, I will use live view next time. I did focus on the bridge and then put in manual mode, but I may have bumped the ring. I also have trouble when I set the tripod in a spot where water hits it durring the shot. Creates some movement. Maybe I should shoot a quick shot for the bridge at a higher ISO and a long shot for the water, then blend?

salamander1 wrote:

kb1dqh wrote:

This was shot last weekend in SF. One of my first times taking night photos and really, photos of architecture. Most of my shots are nature/landscape.

Thanks for your thoughts.

the idea is basically good, but would repeat this shot again sometime it if i were you. you're out of focus. use live view to zoom in on the bridge, or try to focus by using some manual techniques. stopping down the lens a bit further won't hurt either. but the idea, like i said,  is good.

going to s.f.  myself for 10 days in june.  will try to get most of these classic golden gate shots for sure. hehe!

rrr_hhh Veteran Member • Posts: 6,022
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kb1dqh wrote:

This was shot last weekend in SF. One of my first times taking night photos and really, photos of architecture. Most of my shots are nature/landscape.

Thanks for your thoughts.

I like the colors and the hazy look a lot and the exposure is perfect as well as the choice of a long exposure for the waters. But your main subject, the bridge is a little too small and too far away in the upper right corner. This leaves a lot of empty space at the left and at the bottom. Your picture may benefit from some cropping, or of the use of a longer lens.

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Pretty good photo I'd say

I used to live in the Marina and have photographed the bridge a zillion times at least. That's a very nice photo. Now you need to go down to the beach on the other side of the gate...I can't recall the name, but there's a fort there. A gated road leads down to the fort. Deadly snaykes! I'd always see rattlesnakes down there.

Here's one that's totally different!

http://www.pbase.com/zidar/image/9135874

jedinstvo
jedinstvo Senior Member • Posts: 1,914
Check out a vertical crop

Your horizontal shot is great. I hope you shot a variety of different compositions. This is a vertical made from a section of your image. Also nice. By the way, the image is not out of focus. If it were you wouldn't be able to see the bridge's vertical cables.

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Second that.  

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I like all the open water with the bridge up in the corner.  It's different.

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Pic Man Senior Member • Posts: 1,310
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kb1dqh wrote:

This was shot last weekend in SF. One of my first times taking night photos and really, photos of architecture. Most of my shots are nature/landscape.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Compositionally I think it's excellent, I disagree with with those who say you should crop or make the bridge bigger in the shot. I think your eye naturally follows the coastline/waveline to the bridge.

Like others have said the bridge is out of focus so I'd go back to retake, fortunately for you I don't think it's going anywhere so this shouldn't be a problem. There is also too much vignetting for my taste. A little vignetting would maybe suit this type of picture but I can see a circle in the middle of this one which I don't like.

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kb1dqh wrote:

This was shot last weekend in SF. One of my first times taking night photos and really, photos of architecture. Most of my shots are nature/landscape.

Thanks for your thoughts.

It's a nice shot as is, but you can also make some different compositions from a location like this to give yourself some choices later on.  As some have commented, the bridge itself is blurry, which is especially obvious when viewed at 100%.

I like the smoothness of the water and reflections that is achieved by using a long exposure.  I have gotten smooth results even in choppy water by using low iso and filters to extend the shutter speed to 30 seconds or more.  You are only limited by your own creativity.

When I am shooting in low light at dusk or dawn, I try to take multiple photos and ensure that I got a sharp image of each different composition before leaving.  That can save you lots of grief later on.

If you made other compositions from this same position, please show some of them.

Thanks!

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Ear Mountain Contributing Member • Posts: 643
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That view of the bridge looks like a good one. You now know a good shooting location. Your photo, though, contains too much empty space. You need a longer lens to capture the bridge and only its nearby surroundings.

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Thank you all for your thoughts / suggestions! I will retake in the next month hopefully and post here. Much appreciated.

Clint Dunn Senior Member • Posts: 1,458
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The composition is good, but all the major elements of the photo are out of focus.  I shoot a LOT of night stuff and this is what I would do:

focus on something in the foreground (say the sand 5 ft in front of you), and stop the lens down to say f11.  Use the lowest ISO you can, shoot a long exposure on a tripod.

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It is a different look.  To my taste, though, I'd prefer the bridge to be a little larger and positioned at the 1/3 down, 1/3 in point.  That would also fix the ratio of sky to water.  Just my opinion, of course.

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rrr_hhh wrote:

I like the colors and the hazy look a lot and the exposure is perfect as well as the choice of a long exposure for the waters. But your main subject, the bridge is a little too small and too far away in the upper right corner. This leaves a lot of empty space at the left and at the bottom. Your picture may benefit from some cropping, or of the use of a longer lens.

If the goal is just the bridge and some water, I think there are better locations to use than China Beach.

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My thoughts: get closer to the bridge.

billythek Veteran Member • Posts: 5,260
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It is a different look.  To my taste, though, I'd prefer the bridge to be a little larger and positioned at the 1/3 down, 1/3 in point.  That would also fix the ratio of sky to water.  Just my opinion, of course.

This is what I mean.  Note that I had your jpeg as a starting point.  You can do better with the RAW file.  I would do something about the vignetting, too, if I were you.

Since you are using the 17-40, you might try using the DLO feature of DPP.  I've heard it does wonders for that lens.

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Hi

I agree. This crop makes the image stronger. Something did not appeal to me in the original shot, but this crop is very pleasing IMO.

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billythek wrote:

It is a different look.  To my taste, though, I'd prefer the bridge to be a little larger and positioned at the 1/3 down, 1/3 in point.  That would also fix the ratio of sky to water.  Just my opinion, of course.

This is what I mean.  Note that I had your jpeg as a starting point.  You can do better with the RAW file.  I would do something about the vignetting, too, if I were you.

Since you are using the 17-40, you might try using the DLO feature of DPP.  I've heard it does wonders for that lens.

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Pic Man wrote:

kb1dqh wrote:

This was shot last weekend in SF. One of my first times taking night photos and really, photos of architecture. Most of my shots are nature/landscape.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Compositionally I think it's excellent, I disagree with with those who say you should crop or make the bridge bigger in the shot. I think your eye naturally follows the coastline/waveline to the bridge.

Like others have said the bridge is out of focus so I'd go back to retake, fortunately for you I don't think it's going anywhere so this shouldn't be a problem. There is also too much vignetting for my taste. A little vignetting would maybe suit this type of picture but I can see a circle in the middle of this one which I don't like.

Agreed.

And despite few shortcomings as mentioned above, I quite liked the picture, probably because of the light, colors, composition and water.

I see some color noise on the sand (right lower corner), you should be able to remove them easily.

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