California - Golden Gate Bridge - patricksmithphotography
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It is often a unique set of weather conditions and geography that make an image of the bridge special and set it apart from the millions of pictures shot here annually.  Often, when you drive over the bridge, you go from warm and dry weather directly into thick cool fog as you head into the city. It is this extreme temperature difference that creates the fog and the moody atmosphere.  On this evening a mist shrouded crescent moon helped the bridge lights illuminate the scene after sunset.  Even though the moon was just a crescent, the dark side of the moon was visible and still quite bright.  The entire moon is intentionally overexposed here in order to show how it lit up the evening sky.  This atmosphere lasted for only a few minutes before the moon 
disappeared into the fog.  A long exposure shows the movement in the fog and the moon. Even a few star trails are visible in bigger prints.  On an exposure of this length, a lot of guesswork is involved because there is little time to go about taking light meter measurements.  I try to remember settings I have used in the past so that I can immediately set things up and not miss a memorable moment.

It is often a unique set of weather conditions and geography that make an image of the bridge special and set it apart from the millions of pictures shot here annually. Often, when you drive over the bridge, you go from warm and dry weather directly into thick cool fog as you head into the city. It is this extreme temperature difference that creates the fog and the moody atmosphere. On this evening a mist shrouded crescent moon helped the bridge lights illuminate the scene after sunset. Even though the moon was just a crescent, the dark side of the moon was visible and still quite bright. The entire moon is intentionally overexposed here in order to show how it lit up the evening sky. This atmosphere lasted for only a few minutes before the moon
disappeared into the fog. A long exposure shows the movement in the fog and the moon. Even a few star trails are visible in bigger prints. On an exposure of this length, a lot of guesswork is involved because there is little time to go about taking light meter measurements. I try to remember settings I have used in the past so that I can immediately set things up and not miss a memorable moment.

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