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Trail of Tears
3rd PlaceTrail of Tears
Brad


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Challenge: Bridges II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Olympus E-10
Location: Coronado, CA
Date: Feb 13, 2005
Aperture: F5.0
ISO: 80
Shutter: 2 sec.
Galleries: Cityscape, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Feb 14, 2005

The Coronado Bay Bridge at dawn, as viewed from the Coronado Golf Course. The height of this is 200 feet over the water too!
A 2-second exposure without a tripod isn't too easy when all you can find is rocks and a self-timer.
This shoot drove me nuts as the more I edited shots, the more I had a hard time deciding which one to use.
Stuck for a title, Trail of Tears by Clannad was playing and seemed to fit at that moment in time. Many have jumped from this bridge and coupled with the tear-like light reflections, seemed appropriate.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 424
Avg (all users): 7.2046
Avg (commenters): 7.9355
Avg (participants): 7.1538
Avg (non-participants): 7.2528
Views since voting: 10456
Views during voting: 548
Votes: 347
Comments: 83
Favorites: 36 (view)


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09/05/2007 02:21:16 AM
awesome!!!
i work at vessel assist san diego, right next to the bridge.
unfortunately alot of people have jumped off of it.
sweet shot brad!
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07/26/2007 03:49:40 PM
Great photo! really makes me miss San Diego. I learned to water ski in these very waters years ago. I grew up in Lakeside and every weekend from Spring to Fall we would head to the bay and waterski. Then they opened up San Vicente reservoir for skiing and I never had to ski in salt water again.

Interesting point about this bridge is the center sections are designed to float. That was a requirement of the Navy that in the even the bridge came down, the center sections would float so they could be moved out of the way of all of the Navy ships that would need to leave the port.

This and on top of Point Loma looking down on the subs have always been favorite memories of mine.

Nicely captured.
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11/10/2006 10:03:28 AM
Unbelievalbe capture of a night shot! I can't belive you didn't use a tripod - I'd have had lines streaking everywhere.
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03/27/2006 12:45:54 AM
still one of the best shots on the site. so glad this one will remain.
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01/10/2006 11:46:21 PM
very nice shot, comp really leads you into the pic
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09/25/2005 04:21:47 AM
Originally posted by skiprow:

is there anywhere else around here to take pictures?

Yeah - go about 10 miles due West of that bridge. LOL (you can swim right?)
Tomorrow will be a blast at the Wild Animal Park though.
09/22/2005 11:57:02 AM
i'm going to try to replicate this shot tomorrow morning (9/23/05)! don't know which challenge i'll try to shoe-horn it into, though ;-)

is there anywhere else around here to take pictures?
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08/06/2005 03:38:13 PM
I just discovered this shot, today. What a great one. It's hard to believe I make this drive nearly every day and have never seen it from this angle. I'm going to have to make a pit-stop at the golf course.
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05/19/2005 12:55:49 PM
Easily one of my favorite shots. Beautious!
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04/24/2005 02:52:19 AM
This is great photo, deserving of its ribbon. I love the composition and the colors in this.
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03/17/2005 04:54:25 AM
This is absolutely stunning and beautiful. Seriously, it almost made me shed a tear. Stunning. I'd buy the print, but everyone would just ask if it was my photo and I'd get embarrassed. :)
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03/01/2005 12:46:43 PM
Brad, another gem...

You're great , man.

Manny
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03/01/2005 03:19:05 AM
Such a beautiful shot, this picture is exactly that of the memories I have in my head of visiting the city. Thank You. Excellent Work.
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02/28/2005 10:46:38 PM
BEAUTIFUL
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02/28/2005 07:05:29 PM
its a breath taking picture.. well done
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02/25/2005 03:15:42 PM
thats an amazing photo!! CONGRATS!!!
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02/23/2005 09:26:37 PM
no 1's - no 2's - one 3...
must be a good photo ;}

congrats
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02/23/2005 08:55:37 PM
Just awesome! Well deserved ribbon, and a wonderful image! Congrats Brad
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02/23/2005 07:24:28 PM
Absolutely, Amazing Beautiful Shot! Congratulations on your Ribbon!
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02/23/2005 04:05:06 PM
Originally posted by phreakon:

Brad, its time to quit your day job! Buy that camera you really want, and go for it. I hope you distribute your photography, or at least show your work in galleries. I'm new to this whole digital photography thing, but my girlfriend is a highly recognized and accomplished photographer in Philly. I regularly go to the art galleries, and I see the work that people are doing in a city that is well regarded for being cultured and artistically educated. Your work blows them all away. Seriously, by leaps and bounds. I mean it in a factual way, and not just as my opinion. Excellent photo, and congratulations on another ribbon!

Mike,

This is perhaps the highest compliment I have ever received, and thank you from the bottom of my heart. As of now, I have not displayed anything anywhere and only share my images here and at another site. It's on my list of things to do when I get serious about this hobby.

Again, Thank You.
Your kind words mean more than any ribbon ever did.
02/23/2005 02:38:52 PM
Brad, its time to quit your day job! Buy that camera you really want, and go for it. I hope you distribute your photography, or at least show your work in galleries. I'm new to this whole digital photography thing, but my girlfriend is a highly recognized and accomplished photographer in Philly. I regularly go to the art galleries, and I see the work that people are doing in a city that is well regarded for being cultured and artistically educated. Your work blows them all away. Seriously, by leaps and bounds. I mean it in a factual way, and not just as my opinion. Excellent photo, and congratulations on another ribbon!
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02/23/2005 02:11:15 PM
WELL DONE! one of the best shots of the Coronado Bridge that I have ever seen.
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02/23/2005 01:37:47 PM
Originally posted by nards656:

Congratulations on yet another excellent photo, Brad. WHAT! You left home without a tripod???? :)


That would be Chuey's, right? Now there's an institution for ya...

Robt.
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02/23/2005 11:52:34 AM
Originally posted by nards656:

WHAT! You left home without a tripod???? :)

Thanks!

Oh you're gonna love this - I don't own one! Didn't want to go cheap and have been putting aside for a good one.
:)
02/23/2005 09:45:13 AM
Beautiful shot brad. Now go over to the mexican restaurant next to the army base and get yourself a celebratory margharita!
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02/23/2005 08:10:02 AM
Congratulations on yet another excellent photo, Brad. WHAT! You left home without a tripod???? :)

Message edited by author 2005-02-23 08:11:01.
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02/23/2005 07:47:07 AM
Good location + Good photographer = Good grief... ANOTHER one? Congrats!
(Sorry, Skip... I had the Jello mold and the silencer, but Brad outbid you).

Message edited by author 2005-02-23 07:47:28.
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02/23/2005 07:31:29 AM
Fantastic picture ! Congrats on the ribbon !
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02/23/2005 02:28:57 AM
Congrats on another ribbon Brad LOL. This is a superb image that deserved a ribbon, well done.
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02/23/2005 01:48:03 AM
I loved the reflections!
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02/23/2005 01:40:06 AM
Originally posted by skiprow:

yep, to think this all could have been avoided, had shannon done what we paid him to do...

oh, well...Congrats, Brad! that really is an awesome shot. (we'll get you sooner or later...)

Thanks (I think)
Actually Shannon made out. I paid him more to be on my side! LOL
02/23/2005 01:38:57 AM
Originally posted by kiwiness:

Your ribbon collection is looking a little uneven, too many yellows :)

Was thinking a little of the same about your Blue ones Gary. Trade ya' 2 yellow for a Red - LOL
02/23/2005 01:22:41 AM
Your ribbon collection is looking a little uneven, too many yellows :)
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02/23/2005 12:57:47 AM
Brad, another great shot. Congratulations on a strong third.
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02/23/2005 12:32:41 AM
Brad this shot was my favorite in the whole challenge. A well deserved yellow ribbon to be added to your extensive collection !! Congratulations!
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02/23/2005 12:29:53 AM
Just crossed my second milestone just seconds ago:

20,000 profile views - what in the world are you people looking at? ROFL
Thanks!
02/23/2005 12:27:40 AM
Beautiful reflections. Congratulations!
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02/23/2005 12:18:54 AM
yep, to think this all could have been avoided, had shannon done what we paid him to do...

oh, well...Congrats, Brad! that really is an awesome shot. (we'll get you sooner or later...)
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02/23/2005 12:18:43 AM
congrats!! BRAD
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02/23/2005 12:15:53 AM
voted but was unable to comment.
Like a magical mystery tour. Congratulations on your yellow.
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02/23/2005 12:14:20 AM
congrats!!!
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02/23/2005 12:09:28 AM
Congratulations, Brad! Great work - was one of my top 3.
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02/23/2005 12:06:05 AM
Again????? I thought so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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02/23/2005 12:06:03 AM
Well, I almost called it. :)

Congratulations Brad! It's really a great photo.
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02/23/2005 12:03:54 AM
Wonder why you where on most of the day lol...wtg
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02/23/2005 12:01:51 AM
go Brad! well done again.
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02/23/2005 12:01:24 AM
Woo Hoo!
Guess I did pick the right one after all! Thanks all!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/22/2005 07:23:36 PM
Nice composition and angle. The trail of reflections on the river makes it a different picture than other bridge pictures. Exposure is also perfect. A little black river bank on the bottom of the picture might be considered to be cropped.
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02/22/2005 06:00:37 PM
Returning for comment ...the tones here might be a tad too dark. Your main subject is a sillouette which really looks nice and goes well with the dark overcast sky. Maybe could of been brightened a bit by adjusting the levels. It is a very nice photo, and will score high. Almost perfect.
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02/22/2005 05:04:39 PM
I don't see how the name matches the photo, but nice pic anyway.
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02/21/2005 09:47:30 PM
Terrific job and technically superior. Excellent viewpoint and a great sky.
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02/20/2005 11:57:06 PM
I might have cropped this to just below the bottom lights - changing the weight of the bridge. But, still - one of the prettiest of the submissions.
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02/20/2005 08:23:38 PM
Love the mood in this. Those clouds are amazing.
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02/19/2005 06:17:44 PM
In a word....beautiful.
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02/19/2005 03:04:25 PM
wow.8
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02/19/2005 11:36:18 AM
Great night shot.
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02/18/2005 06:55:26 PM
Why this had to be validated is beyoned me....
The best part here is the reflection. I would loose some sky to focus the attention more on the reflection. The lamp lights become torches that light all the way home.
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02/18/2005 06:49:43 AM
Excellent, very good colors
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02/17/2005 07:59:04 PM
Only one score possible... 10
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02/17/2005 07:47:32 PM
very nice.
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02/17/2005 06:39:54 PM
great photo or the bridge which is very familar to me :) Great timig for a well-balanced lighting, bad weather worked to your advantage here.
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02/17/2005 01:03:04 PM
This is perfect.
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02/17/2005 06:21:41 AM
Absolutely gorgeous! 10 from me
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02/17/2005 04:20:59 AM
cool, the bottom is a bit distracting but otherwise a brilliant photo
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02/17/2005 02:35:55 AM
really nice scenery..
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02/16/2005 11:41:21 PM
Neat colors and light reflections. Nice composition, creative title. Great job!
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02/16/2005 11:40:58 PM
Why would it need validating? Great colors.
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02/16/2005 10:17:09 PM
Fabulous! The water is basically a mirror-- so calm! Love the composition and sharpness. Good job.
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02/16/2005 04:25:49 PM
This shot is stunning!! Can't wait till voting is done to see how you got this shot.
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02/16/2005 02:32:09 PM
Fantastic picture. I hoped mine would ribbon, now I know it won't. Yours should. (10)
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02/16/2005 12:25:44 PM
Very nice. I think it might have been improved a little by cropping so that the horizon was not in the center. But I still like it.
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02/16/2005 10:16:12 AM
Simply beautiful! BOL Personal observation and question: Kind of odd. Why does this bridge swing out to the center of the waterway then go to the other side?
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02/16/2005 07:52:41 AM
Very well done... i like the curl of bridge and little lights on it.
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02/16/2005 06:14:50 AM
Love the reflections
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02/16/2005 05:36:36 AM
I like this, and i like your idea on it too!
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02/16/2005 03:27:38 AM
What a beautiful scene! The light level is just perfect for this shot, and the colours are brilliant. Nice focus and composition; this photograph really has a serene mood to it.
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02/16/2005 02:20:08 AM
What an odd bridge. Great picture and wonderful reflections.
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02/16/2005 01:39:14 AM
Alright Brad, you can have your 10. Well-deserved.
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02/16/2005 01:25:54 AM
Excellent dusk capture here. Bravo!
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02/16/2005 12:35:57 AM
nice coposition!
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02/16/2005 12:30:05 AM
Outstanding. Top shot.
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02/16/2005 12:28:27 AM
either I like bridges alot or ....there are some real good photos in this challenge.

8 from me
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02/16/2005 12:11:56 AM
Wonderful image, this gets a 10 from me!
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