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Golden Gate Dawn Bridge

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Long exposure photo of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco captured at dawn right before sunrise. Also an HDR composite from multiple exposures.

Offered under a Creative Commons license / Attribution Unported. Meaning Yes for commercial use including premade backgrounds as long as you credit and link back to me. More details on my stock rules here:…

For a small premium of 50 points you can download this stock at a high resolution of 5000 x 3333 px. Also available for purchase as a print.

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Image details
Image size
5000x3333px 9.44 MB
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Shutter Speed
6/1 second
Focal Length
40 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Dec 28, 2013, 7:38:13 AM
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Hello I hit the buy this print button. but I do not want to bye it .I was trying to find the price
nataliebeth's avatar
Used your stock again here, thankyou. The Golden Gate by nataliebeth
PortalPanda's avatar
I really love the lighting :)
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Thank you very much :)
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 You're welcome! :)
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Thank you very much Kimberly, one of the very rare times I woke up so early just for taking pictures :)
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It's a good thing you did. You're welcome :)
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You're welcome ;)
HaniSantosa's avatar
Hello. I must say that this is very beautiful :D

May you share with me your tips, how to make HDR clean of noise? Especially in low light condition? Thank you
boldfrontiers's avatar
Thank you =D That's 2 very different questions really. 

Back in 2007 when I started with HDR processing I used Photomatix. Great application if you're willing to fine tune the sliders back and forth for long periods of time to achieve just the the right effect you want. Got on my nerves to be honest, because that same application is responsible for so many monstrosities that give HDR a bad name (along with Topaz!)

So now I use HDR Expose 3 (or the lighter variant HDR Express) for sliders that are a lot more intuitive and don't go overboard on crazy HDR effects that are all too often ridiculed by more "traditionalist" photographers.

To reduce noise, naturally you want to shoot with the lowest possible ISO... for an exposure under 30 seconds at least for me because that's the maximum it will go before kicking into bulb mode. In post-process, you also have to understand the sky is most vulnerable to noise defects because it is supposed to be pretty uniform in colour.. but in reality that "uniform" colour will reveal lots of noise because there is little or no texture in a clear sky.

So what I use is NeatImage, but only applied to a blue luminance mask layer so it affects most if not all the sky and nothing else :)
HaniSantosa's avatar
oh wow. Thank you very much for your (long) explanation. Indeed I am using Photomatix. Now I have to check HDR Expose 3. and for reducing noise, indeed I am using NeatImage, but I didn't know about the blue luminance mask! So, thank you very much for your help. Btw if you have time, please comments on my HDR:… Thank you :D
Kohaya7Koizu's avatar
Wow! This is one of the most beautiful bridges I've ever seen (photo-wise or in-real-wise)
Really splendid, it makes me inspired. :love:
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Thanks Terru, glad that it inspires you =D
virnagray's avatar
Beautiful photograph:)
It is a lovely view♡♥♡
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Thank you very much Virna :hug:
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You are very welcome♡♥♡
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