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Dumbarton at Sunset
Dumbarton at Sunset

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Challenge: Bridges (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: Ravenswood Open Space Preserve, Fremont, CA
Date: Mar 6, 2003
Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2003

This is the same bridge I shot for "Negative Space", only I shot it a lot differently for this challenge.

Place: 8 out of 229
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Votes: 209
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03/17/2003 10:34:37 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

COMPOSITION... This is a powerfully composed shot, with the horizon line along the bottom third of the image, the bridge forming a path for your eye to follow, from one corner of the photo all the way to the other, to the simpleness and clarity of the rest of the shop. All major elements of a strong composition exist: leading lines, rule of thirds, getting close to the subject, keeping the rest simple... What's distracting in the composition is the electrical pylon, and to a much lesser extent the lights on the bridge. I could live with the streetlights - they are evenly spaced and don't really interfere with the image that much but the pylon just distracts the viewer a little too much. A small change in angle would also have eliminated seeing the headlights from the other side of the bridge, leaving fewer of them in the image and creating in my opinion, a more powerful shot. Not much can be done about the pylon short of cloning it out or finding a different viewpoint, but everything else about this angle is appealing ... I would have hated having to try something else just because a pylon happened to be lying about. Perhaps a small shift in angle may have hid most of it behind columns but I doubt that could have helped much...

TECHNIQUE... What meticulous timing! The sunset has rendered a the sky a dramatic shade of blue, given quite a nice glow to the clouds, and the flare from the sun, not to mention the sun's placement itself. really gives the shot that extra something :) The bridge is nicely silhouetted as well.

OVERALL... A simply beautiful shot! Really wish less of the light posts and pylon were around there, but an excellent shot regardless :)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/16/2003 08:46:01 PM
Good capture of the light on both the water and the clouds. Great Colors
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03/16/2003 12:53:56 AM
Nicely framed. I think maybe the old Dumbarton was more "picturesque." Should be some good upcoming photo-ops as the east span of the Bay Bridge is replaced.
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03/16/2003 12:43:08 AM
This is one scene where I think the dark, and backlight that creates it, works well to shadow the bridge. However, I think the sky is too dark as well, where just a little bit lighter would have created more contrast on the bridge to make this photograph pretty close to perfect.
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03/15/2003 09:48:29 AM
Beautiful, I've never have seen this view of the Dumbarton. Good luck in the challenge.
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03/15/2003 06:36:07 AM
This is so much better than it looks as a thumbnail - not sure how much affect that has. I'm willing to bet that you've had a bunch of 'too dark' comments though :-) Giving you a 9 rather than a ten because I only allow myself one 10 a week and this isn't quite my favourite ... v close though ... can almost here the stillness of the river. great work
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03/14/2003 05:44:41 PM
Nice placement of the sun between the supports, and i like the effect the blue sky has
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03/13/2003 10:58:10 PM
The silĀ·houĀ·ette idea is terrific. I love it. 10!
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03/13/2003 10:48:18 PM
nice shot at sunset. you've captured the bridge with an unusual cast of the sun upon it. good shot, nice clouds, nice rays from the sun.
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03/13/2003 02:51:30 PM
nice composition
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03/12/2003 08:22:19 PM
WOW...beautiful shot.....i love it
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03/12/2003 02:21:06 PM
I like the light in this photo. The texture is nice also.
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03/12/2003 08:53:39 AM
that's a great picture, can't offer any criticism! love it.
03/12/2003 08:09:50 AM
A lovely scene, but the electricity pilons detract from the image.
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03/11/2003 01:23:15 PM
The sunset adds to this bridge. I like the effect
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03/11/2003 10:57:55 AM
i thought i'd see more attempts like this but a lot of people had terrible weather. even if they had had better weather, this still would have stood out. great job.
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03/11/2003 01:11:11 AM
A familiar site from my past..
03/10/2003 10:26:24 PM
The bridge is really too dark to be the focus of the photo. Nice sunset, though.
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03/10/2003 10:10:09 PM
Meets the challenge(8),quality 6) total 7, on right side should be the last arch so bridge doesn't look hanging in the air!
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03/10/2003 06:13:38 PM
Beautiful sunset!
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03/10/2003 05:34:32 PM
Beautiful shot. I love pictures taken at sunset. The colors are so much more vibrant. Worth a 10 for sure.
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03/10/2003 03:56:39 PM
Beautiful, the sky capture is incredible (the see through clouds), the silouet of the bridge adds strength to the composition. A 9!
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03/10/2003 03:24:44 PM
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03/10/2003 12:03:43 PM
Wow! What a gorgeous area you live in! I love the shot - and I think taking it at sunset worked perfectly! The sun coming through the bridge supports looks awesome. Well done!
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