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Across The Strait

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 2 February 2011 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

Carquinez Strait - California

Before bridges were built across the strait - this body of water was a huge center of warehouses and commerce. Here - much of the agriculture and cotton produced in the Central Valley came off of rail cars on the far shore. These commodities were then transported across the strait on barges. This was the staging point before these goods would arrive for distribution in Oakland, San Francisco, and the rest of the Bay Area.

The pilings here were from one of those old wharfs. Similar ruins can be seen for miles heading east along this shoreline.

The ship on the far side is The Golden Bear. This ocean going vessel is the training ship for the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo. The school's campus is on the hillside beyond the ship. This capture location is 27 miles (43 km) northeast of San Francisco.

Big picture:

Canon 5D / Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS lens: ISO 50 - at 160mm - f/8 - 30.0 seconds

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Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like these reflections which fall in the water as stalactites. A very beautiful photo Stephen

2 Feb 2011 6:30am

Nina from Chester County, United States

Beautiful, the reflections are fabulous. Nicely seen.

2 Feb 2011 8:44am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

great effect of light, shadow and reflections

2 Feb 2011 8:56am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Just love the mix of reflections and shadows below that old jetty.

2 Feb 2011 9:00am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Perfect this night shot!

2 Feb 2011 9:04am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Interesting details and the reflection is beautiful.

2 Feb 2011 9:59am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic reflections and colors, Stephen!

2 Feb 2011 10:24am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

wow! this has it all...light, reflections, shadows and a cool blinds effect from the timber!

2 Feb 2011 1:20pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

The way you've lined up the top of the bridge with that ship makes for a fascinating scene. Of course the reflections are magnificent.

2 Feb 2011 2:26pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

beautiful and very effective evening shot! love the parallel effect of poles and light reflections - gives the frame a very strong structure! and also the star-shaped lights!

2 Feb 2011 3:51pm

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

interesting fresh creation

2 Feb 2011 3:52pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Ah yes, I remember the Maritime Acadamey well...I always loved the "look" of this area around the Carquinez Straits, but you know the story, ...was always captive in a car with others and never wanted to be the only one who wished to stop and zoom on to Sacramento we would go.....
This is just an aoutstanding piece of light and structure and plpacement, Stephen. Everything is placed so fantastically and then the reflected lights and background elements all just work so well together... I truly love this image, Stephen! Thank you..;-)

2 Feb 2011 4:23pm

Monterey John from Carmel, CA, United States

Nice image and good narrative. Thanks.

2 Feb 2011 5:26pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

really good light, the exposure has been handled very well

2 Feb 2011 7:00pm

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

The lights are all so wonderful, almost positioned like a glorious painting.
An exquisite and magical view lies beyond that fence, tantalizing us !!~
Brilliant work.

2 Feb 2011 7:08pm

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, Wales., United Kingdom

Love this shot,so much life and light.Amazing !.

2 Feb 2011 7:10pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Love the composition, and reflection and lights! Beautiful colors! Very beautiful image!!!!!

2 Feb 2011 7:53pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Love the delicate dance of the reflection and shadows.

3 Feb 2011 12:36am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Wow, what a night scene so beautifully seen, composed... and the light so perfectly captured!!!
Stephen, today is the first day of the Chinese New Year... wish you a very very happy year of the Rabbit!!!:-)

3 Feb 2011 2:50am

Walter from Watkinsville, United States

Long time, no comment. Been way too long. This photo is so interesting. The composition is so busy what you think you see at first is not what is reality. You must take time to soak it all in. Very nice. I am going to get back to posting soon. A peek tomorrow.

4 Feb 2011 2:25am

@Walter: Walter! The prodigal image snagger returns! Nice to here from you and welcome home. Looking forward to your fresh new explorations.