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December 29, 2013
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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
Adobe Photoshop CC (Macintosh)


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

You can download the same image without watermark directly on my website for free stock photos:…

This picture is also available for download at 5000 x 3333 px for a small premium of 50 points. Most everything else including my stock rules remain the same, except this premium download gives you access to a much larger version of the picture without watermark.

Stock rules here:…

Note: Still in California as I submit this with limited access to the web, sorry for all the messages I missed lately! Wanted to submit this piece though as a sneak peak to what I've been up to and how much I enjoyed my holidays on the West Coast :) 
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CatGal15 Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect view!
somadjinn Feb 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much Kimberly, one of the very rare times I woke up so early just for taking pictures :)
CatGal15 Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a good thing you did. You're welcome :)
Nela23235 Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! :D
somadjinn Feb 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you! =D
SabakuNoShi Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good work :butterfly:
somadjinn Feb 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you Shi :hug:
SabakuNoShi Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ;)
hanciong Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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
somadjinn Jan 25, 2014  Professional Photographer
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 :)
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