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    • DaleCruse

      In our home, my wife & I have a large print of this photograph at the top of our entry stairs. I'm surprised when locals don't recognize it. Sure, it's dramatic & impactful. Clearly it's industrial. And considering where it's located in our home, it must have some significance. Spoiler alert: It's a Golden Gate Bridge support. The Painted Ladies & the Golden Gate Bridge are the most recognizable San Francisco landmarks. Thing is, we've seen it a bunch of times. Endless photos, television, & movies depict it. So how is it so few people recognize it from this angle? The International Orange color's perfect. Sure, there's no water, but should that matter? Instead of trying to photograph an entire subject, like a full bridge, why not zoom into some details & showcase those too?

    • Us

      Perhaps your expectations are a little high? It is an awkward angle the bottom of the support is not visible and the color is off. All to my eye, so perhaps that is the gist, we all see things a little differently. I am happy when folks look at a picture of mine that is obscure and hard to identify, then I get to explain it to them and the "ah-ha" moment is even better for them. I aim for the image to be pleasing to my eye first and if that translates to others that is great. I hang pictures in my house "I" want to look at and inspire me.
      It's a big world of different views :)

    • yaypie

      Wow! I've never seen the bridge from this close.

      From a distance it looks perfect and serene and balanced. Up close it's dirty and weathered and rough. David Lynch would be proud. I love it.

      Have you also taken up-close photos like this of the Painted Ladies? I'm imagining peeling paint and weathered siding and cobwebs under the eaves. 😄

    • DaleCruse

      Ryan, thank you for reading between the lines & understanding what I was trying to do.

      If you get close enough to the Painted Ladies, you will see some grunge & maybe some bird shit on a window here or there. You'll definitely see a lot of blinds drawn because the people who own those homes would like a bit of privacy once in a while.

      Find the most beautiful things & then get up close to them. You'll see not-so-pretty details that may be interesting to photograph!

    • Chris
      Chris MacAskill

      Fascinating! Everything about that bridge captivates me and I had never seen this angle before. I didn't recognize it from your image, I think because the color orange of the cable housing is so light. Any idea why it's so much lighter than the rest of the orange, even in your pic?

      Is it the most iconic photo location on earth? Ahead of the Eiffel Tower or no?

    • DaleCruse

      To get this shot, I walked roughly half way down the bridge from San Francisco to Marin. I turned around 180 degrees, back toward San Francisco. To my left, I saw the scene I captured. Later I used Lightroom to make the gray part flat, so the orange beam would appear to be jutting out even more. The fence-like bit on the right of the photo is part of what prevents people from jumping over the bridge.

      Chris, you & someone else pointed out the color. The bottom right of my beam is darker & dirtier & more in shadow. That side is closest to traffic. The bottom left of my beam is lighter & yellower. That side is closer to water. That side is always exposed to salty sea spray.

      For reference, attached is a square of "International Orange", the official Golden Gate Bridge paint color.

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