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Golden Gate Bridge at Sunrise | by Michael Lawenko dela Paz
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Golden Gate Bridge at Sunrise

Waking up early to capture the light before sunrise is worth it. I was lucky to have a clear morning as compared to the usual foggy morning. The bridge just glows beautifully! Canon 40D, 17mm lens, Tripod, and remote release. 3 exposures made and combined in Photomatix Pro. Adjusted in Photoshop CS4.



Although the idea of a bridge spanning the Golden Gate was not new, the proposal that eventually took hold was made in a 1916 San Francisco Bulletin article by former engineering student James Wilkins. San Francisco's City Engineer estimated the cost at $100 million, impractical for the time, and fielded the question to bridge engineers of whether it could be built for less. One who responded, Joseph Strauss, was an ambitious but dreamy engineer and poet who had, for his graduate thesis, designed a 55-mile (89 km) long railroad bridge across the Bering Strait. At the time, Strauss had completed some 400 drawbridges—most of which were inland—and nothing on the scale of the new project. Strauss's initial drawings were for a massive cantilever on each side of the strait, connected by a central suspension segment, which Strauss promised could be built for $17 million.

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Taken on September 5, 2012