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San Francisco Sunrise

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 4 January 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

One beautiful morning...

If you look carefully - you'll see a slice of the moon hanging here - on the left. Today we're beginning a tour of San Francisco - and I can't think of a better time to start than the crack of dawn.

Taken from Telegraph Hill on December 23rd, 2008 - at 7:04 AM. (sunrise @ 7:23 AM)

Canon 5D w/16-35mm f/2.8 lens at 16mm - ISO 50 - f/ 6.3 for 2.5 seconds.

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Suzanne from Huntington Bch, United States

What a lovely, very delicate cityscape. The lights in the buildings are like precious jewels.

4 Jan 2009 6:18am

EYES WIDE SHUT from The library of my soul, United Kingdom

A glorious photograph, so full of interest to these English eyes. From the scenic outskirts to the frenetic centre, amazing

4 Jan 2009 6:34am

Scott from San Martin, United States

Absolutely awesome - the lights still on in the buildings really pulls me into the photo. Great work!

4 Jan 2009 6:40am

LeenaM from Joensuu, Finland

Just wonderful view with all those elements and lightning of thia photo!

Our Sun rises 9:28 and sets 14:44. Length of day is 5 h 16 min and we have this morning -17C = 1,4 F, a little bit different climate :)

Good Sunday to you!

4 Jan 2009 6:54am

Tracy Martin from Foster City, CA, United States

We have some family coming in from LA for 6 days, they are staying downtown near Union Square and we have a packed itinerary starting tomorrow morning in Sausalito and Tiburon. The fun part is we get a bit of a vacation ourselves in the best city in America. :) Happy New Year.

4 Jan 2009 7:57am

@Tracy Martin: Enjoy your trip - the forecast for tomorrow is showers but the rest of the week is supposed to be clear, warm, and dry - have a great time.

Paco Díaz from Spain

Great starting, Stephen. I was impatient :))
I like very much this panoramic and all those lights in the buildings yet when the morning is arriving with this beautiful colors.

4 Jan 2009 8:24am

@Paco Díaz: Hey there, Paco - thanks.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Great cityscape at any time of day...but your early alarm call really paid off here. Great work!

4 Jan 2009 8:31am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A beautiful shot, at the right moment…

4 Jan 2009 8:45am

Alivia from France

a picture where the lights of buildings are rendering particular, a beautiful photo that makes me travel.

4 Jan 2009 9:46am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Oh I love it, thank you, I can't wait to see more. I spent 4 days in San Francisco a long time ago, and fell in love with it...

4 Jan 2009 10:24am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Just excellent... especially with the lights in the city! Well done, Stephen!

4 Jan 2009 10:32am

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Such a beautiful cityscape! Love the soft and delicate tones! Great shot!

4 Jan 2009 10:40am

chrissy from London, United Kingdom

nice cityscape, lots of detail

4 Jan 2009 11:04am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

I've been to San Francisco a couple of times and I love the place so I'm looking forward to the rest of your tour. I've just noticed you're using a Canon 5D. I'm so jealous!

4 Jan 2009 11:08am

@Mike: It is a great camera and a superior value - and of course (human nature) I'm now panting for a 5D Mark II.

k@ from Paris, France

All those layers where my eye can dance are pure gift ! Thanxx

4 Jan 2009 11:14am

@k@: thanks so much, k@.

Inés from Namur, Belgium

San Francisco sous des airs champêtres qui redonnent envie d'aller à la rencontre de Mister Urbain :o)

4 Jan 2009 12:05pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

what a beautiful cityscape, a lovely golden glow
Enjoy your time out touring the city,
Although many may differ including my other half, I do agree the crack of dawn is the best time to start

4 Jan 2009 12:10pm

@JJ: That is when to leave them under the covers and go out and enjoy the solitude. I love it when they see the images of what they slept through - and I never a say a word as they ooh and ah.

Veronelle from Lens, France

inventive composition ! i like it

4 Jan 2009 12:56pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Excellent cityscape. Love the clouds rolling in from the back.

4 Jan 2009 2:52pm

Alphons from Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

Indeed a very joyful picture. Wonderful the lights and the sunrise together.

4 Jan 2009 2:55pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Oh my, such a jaw dropping image!!! Amazing capture of the lighting and depth!
Thanks for the treat! Have a great time my friend!:-)

4 Jan 2009 3:48pm

@hugo poon: Hey there, Hugo - thanks. (I'm still seeing that 'couples' shot you posted yesterday - excellent)

yz from Budapest, Hungary

I like how the lights are still on in the windows, great shot!

4 Jan 2009 5:09pm

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Beautiful shot! But are those really lights on or rather the sunrise reflecting on the glass? Nice to see a bit of green grass in a cityscape, too!

4 Jan 2009 8:05pm

@Lesley: Both. Lights within the canyons of concrete. Sunbeams reflecting upon the upper floors of glass. Cheers!

Turnbill from Maine, United States

Beautiful! I like the contrast between the verdant foreground and the urban background. It gives a real feel of what SF is like.

4 Jan 2009 9:14pm

@Turnbill: Thanks for the kind words.

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

SF from surrounding countryside, nice & unusual point of view... hope to visit your town... one day....

4 Jan 2009 9:42pm

@Evelyne Dubos: We'll be waiting for you, Evelyne.

Alain Berger - vu@granby from Granby, Québec, Canada

Nice composition ! Well done !

4 Jan 2009 10:47pm

Matthew from Spokane, United States

a very beautiful and inviting cityscape.

4 Jan 2009 10:57pm

alex centrella from California, United States

wow, great image steve, i was in San Fran for 2 weeks shooting for the holidays..sorry we couldnt connect..

4 Jan 2009 11:55pm

@alex centrella: Wow, Alex - me too - I'd loved to have hooked-up.

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Beautiful clear panorama, and it gives a good impression of the city. I'm looking forward to seeing more..!

5 Jan 2009 1:21am

@Observing: Hey Mike - thanks.

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

excellent composition as the city bathes in the subtle early morning light! great DOF here as all details are very clear and sharp! well done - i like this one a lot!

5 Jan 2009 1:56am

@DarkElf: Thanks for the kind words -

Rags from Plano, United States

Superb work.

5 Jan 2009 2:14am

grant from kansas city, United States

gorgeous view. i'm looking forward to the rest of the tour!

5 Jan 2009 2:34am

@grant: ...on its way, grant - thanks...

willow from Chelsea, United States

Wonderful! I love the combination of elements - the green grass and the blue sky contrasting with the skyscrapers and smaller buildings! I know what you mean about the early mornings - it's the best time to find quiet and the lighting is kind of magical.

5 Jan 2009 2:47am

@willow: Thanks, willow - this particular morning was really magical.

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

holy gorgeous!!! just a superior shot of SF Stephen!! excellent pov & timelapse! totally stunning!!! bravo!!

5 Jan 2009 3:37am

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks, dj - very kind of you.

Cricket from Huntsville, United States

I have been there once. ! would love to go back. Great picture of a wonderful view.

5 Jan 2009 4:13am

@Cricket: How long ago were you here, Cricket?

djedfre from schaumburg, United States

beautiful - love those clouds!

5 Jan 2009 5:42am

melodia from ffm, Germany

what a great urban picture! i love it! with all the details far away, the lights and those twilight colors!

5 Jan 2009 4:05pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


8 Jan 2009 1:47am

Jorge from Daly City, United States

stunning view

1 Feb 2009 11:59pm