I have been on Google Plus a LOT lately. You really should try it out. Send me your email (Google preferred but not required) and I'll send you an invite.

You can find me here!

Like me on Facebook and download free wallpaper photos in 6 different sizes!

See my work in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Nature Conservancy Calendars. They are mailed to over 2 million households. Also, I have 2 photos in the most recent Nature's Best Magazine contest and I'll be on the cover of the Audubon Society 2012 calendar.

To license/download my full-resolution photos, go to my website! I do not use Getty, etc. Why pay the high prices of a standard stock photo agency, or buy a cheap $1 microstock photo?

I can not afford to give away my work for free, but I often allow the use of my Flickr sized photos for non-profit blogs or small personal projects!

Items of interest

Go to my website for classic photographic prints, aluminum prints, and full resolution downloads. Have a look!

Learn how to landscape like the old masters of painting by reading my 325 page Photography eBook! (pdf)

See my Blog! (I only update this occasionally but I have some good advice on there about Flickr and processing!)

Follow me on Twitter. Twitter is a great way to read the news, just create an account and follow who you want. You do not have to tweet, just listen!


I am doing a series of 4-hour 2-4 person sunset photography workshops in the San Francisco area, Big Sur and other areas too. See my website/education. for more details.

After the workshop, upload your photos here so we can talk about them!

About my ND grad filters:
First, Lee filters is having problems with production. Singh-Ray makes filters which are more expensive but are of equally high quality. So when I mention lee below, you can substitute Singh-Ray is you can't find Lee.

The filters are rectangular flat plates of plastic about 100mm x 150mm (about 4x6 inches) made by Lee. They fit into a Lee filter holder ( or a Cokin z-pro holder) that attaches to a circular ring (with no glass in the middle) that screws into the end of the lens. I use a 77mm adapter ring for my 17-40L lens, but each lens is different. You can slide the filters up and down and rotate them too. The z-pro or Lee system is extra wide so that the edges of the filter do not show up in the picture!

They are expensive but worth it. Each one is around US $99 (I have 3) , the holder is $75 and the adapter ring is $25. I have a 0.9, a 0.75 and a 0.6. The 0.9 (3 stops) is that darkest one. Sometimes I stack them if the sky is extra bright vs. the land.

Here is a page with the Lee and other filters. I use the LEE 4x6 resin ND grad soft-edge, which is down the page a bit.


I do have circular dark filters to make exposures longer. They screw onto the end of the lens and are not graduated. These include the Hoya ndx400 10-stop filter, which is so dark, it is hard to see through the viewfinder!

Here is a Lee and a Cokin z-pro holder at B&H photo in New York.


www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/387303-REG/Cokin_CBZ100_Z_... rel="nofollow rel="nofollow

You can get one at other places too.

Overview of my work:

I make very few photos, perhaps just one or two per week but I try to make each one the very best view possible of a particular scene. Of course, this is never quite possible but I will keep going back to a place, often risking my camera and myself hoping to capture the perfect moment. For me, it is the journey and not just the destination!

I want each photograph to be a work of art and not just a straight photograph and I capture it all in the camera and minimize post processing. Each photo looks full of fine detail with no pixelation or grain up to at least 24x36 and often higher.


I have a printed book at Blurb.com called
"In Search of the Dynamic Seascape"
www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/295083/?utm_source=badge&a... rel="nofollow rel="nofollow

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    HenryLeongHimWoh says:

    "Patrick Smith is an awesome photographer, one of the best."

    June 23rd, 2010

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    Justin Smith - Photography says:

    "Patrick surely doesn't need more testimonials, but as a fellow Smith, I feel a sort of obligation. Besides, Patrick was the first contact I added on Flickr where I really had a WOW reaction and I realized I wasn't just looking at just any other person's work. Patrick still remains one of my absolute favorites that I check daily for new content.

    I have learned a great deal from his photography, such as the ideal time to find great lighting conditions, the use of graduated neutral density filters, and his photos are a great inspiration for masterful composition technique. Many lesser photographers have released photo books; it is my hope that Patrick will one day do the same. I suspect there would also be much to learn being fortunate enough to shoot with him."

    April 16th, 2010

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    Emma McIntaggart says:

    "I'm happy to be able to see what your eyes capture.
    Insanely irresistible. Love every picture more and more each time I look at them.
    Keep it up, Patrick."

    January 15th, 2010

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    heavenly hook says:

    "PatrickSmithPhotography, after some months having a look to his stream, you will get to the conclusion that you might (sure) get as soon as seen one of his pictures, you are witnessing a master of landscapes, slow-motion photography, seascapes... and everything that can peep out to his camera.

    In mi sincere opinion, if you're reading his profil for the firts time and seeing his pictures, you have to feel lucky becasue you've met the PANDORA BOX of flickr photography. In my opinion, if not the best the top 10 of it, without a doubt.

    Greetings from Bilbao (Spain).

    Amateur Photography lover- Jon B. Sánchez Díaz de Durana"

    February 12th, 2010

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    © Saleh AlRashaid / www.Salehphotography.net says:

    "Patrick i love the way how he choice the time and angle .... Simply he is the best Seascape Photographer i have ever seen .

    Wish u all the best


    February 26th, 2010

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    stupendous yoke says:

    "i'm with kani on this one - this is the first testimonial i've done too...... perhaps more than any other photographer, Patrick has contributed to my learning curve in a big time way, not just tech. details but tips on composition as well. and most of all, the use of light. unfortunately, i'm way up in northern canada but perhaps i'll drop in on you Pat if i'm ever through there..........would love to see your prints.........."

    October 17th, 2009

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    cluttered sofa says:

    "Your photography is truely inspiring, I wait for each of your photos to be uploaded for more inspirations. Very generous with his explanations on how the photo was taken and what went in his mind during the process. His attention to detail is outstanding. Keep shooting and inspiring us.....


    October 30th, 2009

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    Frikkie Kapp says:

    "for lack of time i prefer to comment here because it will take
    me days to comment on this incredible landscape
    photographer and his photostream. every shot is just
    magical and jaw dropping. u want to learn this discipline in
    photography? this is the place to be. i am a fan of Ansel Adams
    but these photographic art you find in here and Patrick's eye
    and talent has definately taken the number one position in
    my landscape photographers category. simply brilliant!"

    June 14th, 2009

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    motleypixel says:

    "I would be curious to know what your Myers Briggs personality score is. If I had to guess it would be an INTJ. Your attention to detail in everything you do from the time you must think of a scene you see to the time you personally deliver your rendered version of the scene is impeccable to say the least. Keep up the superb work!"

    May 26th, 2009

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    digitalEnvironmentalist says:

    "Very inspiring images! Being a traveller, I really enjoyed looking at your photos and somehow remind us to really enjoy life and explore our Mother Earth. Your photos is inspirtational for me - hoping that someday (maybe in my dreams) I could be able to visit these places! Who knows, I might see you in person when I visit California area in the near future!

    Finally, you are one of the few flickr members that provide detailed descriptions of the images which are important for us in terms of location and its significance as a whole (history).

    All the best. Rey"

    May 12th, 2009

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    Stephan Roletto says:

    "Des paysages à couper le souffle, une maîtrise technique hors du commun. Quelle source d'inspiration ! Bravo l'artiste !"

    April 24th, 2009

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    stammberger13 says:

    "his photography is one of the reasons I never get tired of taking pictures-always inspiring and simply phenomenal!!"

    May 4th, 2009

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    René Ehrhardt says:

    "For my photography assignment I have been asked to search for travel images on the internet to get an idea of what I want to shoot in future. I keyword Travel Photography into flickr and the first 10 picture results were Patrick's images. They blew me off my chair!!!
    Thank you so much for your inspiration. You are an exceptional photographer and I admire you very much.


    April 15th, 2009

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    elfin nut says:

    "Your pictures are incredible. Thanks for the add. I'm totally making you my role model. I'm truly inspired."

    March 26th, 2009

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    Thomas J. Fox says:

    "PatrickSmithPhotography is an amazing photographer. I love every single one of his photos and he goes above and beyond on every one. He loves and cares about what he does and this shows in his outstanding work. I am highly impressed and hope to be as good as he is someday!"

    February 22nd, 2009

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    JESSIBRI says:

    I really love your photos, the really make me dream!!
    You'r the best photografer I've ever known in long exposure shot!!!
    Good work!!!!"

    February 11th, 2009

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    i n d y . i s k a n d a r . i m a g e s . says:

    "It is a truly awesome experience going through Patrick Smith's photo stream. He has an excellent eyes for detail and composition. He will show you the world through his eyes superbly and knowing how to take a good photos with such a good talent you will always be impressed.

    It's been an honor for me to be one of his friends on flickr. There is a lot of good and inspiring photographers on flickrland and to me he is definitely one of them.

    Best regards,
    Indy, Orange County.

    January 18th, 2009

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    BlueZebra Photography says:

    "Every photo is just absolutely amazing! Each one so full of color and perfectly soft and sharp every time! I love looking at his photostream because everytime (even when I've seen the pictures tons of times) I say WOW these are so fantastic! Definitely among my top 3 photographers here on flickr!"

    January 31st, 2009

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    kani_ik says:

    "This is my first ever testimonial. I don't know how to start writing. But let me express how I see Patrick's work this way. Patrick's photos are always amazing and inspirational. Patrick is one of the best photographers I know on Flickr. His patience to details, his ability to find the best spot and moment for shooting, and his knowledge about photography are so impressive. Although I haven't had an opportunity to know him personally, I've learned a lot through the tutorials he's very kindly written on Flickr and on his personal website. Thanks alot, mate!"

    January 26th, 2009

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    Phani Naraparaju says:

    "Patrick Smith is one of the best if not the best photographer on Flickr. He has a keen eye for details which are in enormous amounts in his pictures and are highlighted in his notes. He is a supremely confident photographer who is very secured about his art and willingly shares his technique with others. This comes from the effort that he puts into each one of his photographs which according to his own words he tries to make it as the best that particular scene can be shot and in most cases turns out to be that way and can not be replicated by others. All this he achieves by natural, in camera methods with almost no post processing which I think is a mark of a great photographer. I have never met or spoken with him but he is of great inspiration to me and guiding force not only in photography but in general life. I am pretty sure anyone who puts in so much effort and passion into what he believes will definitely succeed. Way to go Mr. Patrick Smith..."

    January 10th, 2009

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    defiant fold says:

    "Patrick's landscapes never cease to amaze me. Ethereal, amazing, surreal...I'm always looking forward to seeing his latest work."

    December 16th, 2008

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    metaphora says:

    "The world needs more photographers like Patrick. His work is jaw-dropping and he shares his technique freely. I have learned so much simply by browsing his photostream and reading his comments. Patrick works incredibly hard at capturing the perfect shot and it shows. Bravo!"

    December 6th, 2008

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    actually shake says:

    "Patrick Smith has the greatest compositions. Every image has plenty of sooting elements. He keeps impressing me, and every time I look at his photos I find more exciting details. One of the greatest artists at Flickr.

    Greetings from Norway!"

    December 7th, 2008

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    Cynthia.Lou says:

    "Mr. Smith makes me want to get better. His landscape images are not just amazingly beautiful, but also peaceful and soothing. He doesn't have a lot of photos produced, however every single one he uploads is worth printing and framing. I cannot wait to see what he brings us in the coming days.

    Cynthia Lou"

    December 5th, 2008

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    u n c o m m o n says:

    "this is landscape photography.

    thanks for sharing."

    December 4th, 2008

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    Michael Zahra says:

    "Absolutely OUTSTANDING landscape & seascape photos, each one a masterpiece !

    Always look forward to new stunning uploads. Thanks for sharing your pro work!"

    November 11th, 2008

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    Shandchem says:

    "Patrick images are original and are most stunningly beautiful works of art! Patrick's images are such an inspiration and are real gems in the photgraphy world! The information on each photograph is lovingly recorded for all to share! Many thanks for convincing me of the benefits of ND filters in an instant!"

    November 8th, 2008

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    tropicaLiving - Jessy Eykendorp says:

    "He works strong..captures and creates such stunningly beautiful photos with vision, energy and art. Patrick is a passional photograher and it's always interesting to see his new posts..i love your work~!"

    October 11th, 2008

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    smiling cart says:

    "His work reminds me Adam Burton's works and it's a big compliment! Each landscape is a unique portion wich can be savored.
    Congradulations (and sorry for my english)!"

    October 1st, 2008

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    Mashael Al-Shuwayer says:

    I do not know you in personally but I think you're a good friend
    I'm not that long knowing you in flickr as contact but from your work and what I see is a God touch

    In each shot I Inspire I wish I have your eyes and your amazing hand God bless your hands and your eyes
    I wait for tomorrow excited to see what you have for us from Paradise
    I wish for you the best in everything and god bless your work

    your friend in flickr

    September 18th, 2008

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    Christian Davies says:

    "Hi Patrick

    Nice to catch you on flickr - Oddly i was discussing you Fine Art with a woman from the bay area on Thursday. She was on a two week break over here. Keep up the amazing quality Patrick one day i will get round to buying a print from you. Stunning work as always !


    September 13th, 2008

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    AnnuskA - AnnA Theodora says:

    "His photos are SO amazing!
    really inspiring and impressive. I've quickly become a fan!
    Keep up the great work! ;-)"

    September 10th, 2008

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    Maria Avelino says:

    "Thank you for the discription how do you made your's photos.

    For people who is begining im photography ,like me , this is very important.
    This make me think , why , mines don´t result very weel ... :)

    You heve a beautiful gallery, here , and in your site.

    ( Sorry my bad english)"

    September 7th, 2008

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    G Dan Mitchell says:

    "I also just added Patrick Smith as a contact today, and I took some time to visit his site and view his stunning photographs of "my" California - I recommend that others do the same."

    August 27th, 2008

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    sminky_pinky100 (In and Out) says:

    "I have just today added Patrick as a contact, I came across his Golden Gate Bridge image yesterday and was blown away by the beauty of it. On this page there is a link to his website where you will find more of his utterly spellbinding work, I urge you to take a look absolutely beautiful landscapes. With Patrick it is definitely quality over quantity...As it should be!"

    August 7th, 2008

Patrick Smith
April 2007
San Francisco
San Francisco, US
I am:
Male and Taken
Computer Programmer
Patrick Smith Photography
patrick [at] patricksmithphotography.com