two shots at dawn

On my way to meet with Live Sulheim for a day of photographic exploration, I crossed the Richmond Bridge at dawn. The sky started to lighten just as I reached the eastern end of the span, and I had to pull over to take some pictures. I parked between two trucks and climbed down to the edge of San Francisco Bay.

I took two shots, both of which I think are good in different ways. Which one do you like better, and why?

dawn fog / richmond bridge, richmond, ca

dawn over the pier / richmond, ca

7 thoughts on “two shots at dawn

  1. I like the drama of the first. Most people never look up at the sky (day or night) but that is where the art is. Photography, like architecture is all about the details and especially the light- always the light.

  2. I like both very much but I think I prefer the second.  It has an elegant minimalist approach in its composition.

  3. They have equal merits.  The one at bottom is simpler, kind of minimalist.  I like the way the lights’ reflection seems to be dripping slowly down the water, true to Einstein’s theory that light exists as both wave and particle!  The sky is more simple, compared to the picture on top, where I see three layers: the heavy sky on top, the clearing sky in the middle, and the cascading clouds (fog?) over the hills at the bottom.  I like the counterbalance of the houses on the left and the hills on the right. the sky on top and the water at bottom.  Somehow every major component found its own place!

  4. I prefer the second.  I love the way the pier disappears into the fog.  But the light and cloud color in the first is amazing.

  5. I like both pictures. The second one is quiet and tranquil. While the first one shows the beauty that exists even as the work-day starts.

  6. The bottom image is haunting. There is a sense of mystery in the photo in how the dock seems to simply disappear into the mist. It makes me feel that anything could happen at any moment.

What do you think?