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Nightfall at City Hall

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 19 January 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

San Francisco

[edited from Wikipedia]: " The building is vast, totaling over 500,000 square feet (46,000 m²) and occupying two full blocks of San Francisco. It is 390 feet (119 m) long by 273 feet, 3 inches (83.25 m). Its dome, which owes much to Mansart's Baroque dome of Les Invalides, Paris, is the fifth largest dome in the world, rising 307.5 feet (94 m) above the Civic Center Historic District. It is fourteen inches (35 cm) higher than the United States Capitol, and has a diameter of 66 feet (20 m) ."

On the right is The Opera House. At left, beyond the trees is Herbst Theater. Both, architectural landmarks in their own right.

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Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica

Wonderful shot and great lighting!

19 Jan 2009 6:15am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

How beautiful!

19 Jan 2009 6:45am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

great nightshot

19 Jan 2009 7:37am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

It looks like a beautiful area of SF. Another great photo!

19 Jan 2009 7:45am

Louise from Toronto, Canada

Beautiful shot! Wonderful details, considering you were far away.

19 Jan 2009 7:50am

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

A realy great night exposure.The lighting is spot on and the scene very well balanced !!

19 Jan 2009 7:57am

@Anthony Lambert: Thanks so much, Anthony - this image was shot last year as I was rediscovering the value in my relationship with my tripod.

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Excellent night exposure.

19 Jan 2009 8:30am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very good night image, and very impressive this building.

19 Jan 2009 9:37am

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Cool night shot of this beautiful building, by its dimensions they certainly wanted to make an impact.!

19 Jan 2009 10:53am

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Impressive building. And a more impressive shot. Everything's spot on! Love it

19 Jan 2009 11:00am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Really fantastic light, Stephen... captured while there was still enough light in the sky! Very well done.

19 Jan 2009 11:07am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Superbe, tu l'as pris a son meilleur, bravo Stephen...

19 Jan 2009 12:42pm

@Lorraine: Je vous remercie, Lorraine. Je voudrais essayer de nouveau avec quelques nuages.

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

Well done. Wonderful detail throughout and the lighting is great. I dark blue sky seals the deal.

19 Jan 2009 3:57pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What a beautiful night shot! Enjoy this very much... the architecture, the composition, the colours... and the exposure is just superb!

19 Jan 2009 4:17pm

alex centrella from California, United States

amazing scene !

19 Jan 2009 4:25pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

beautiful night shot - I love the colors. I think I may have preferred a little less foreground, but overall a wonderful shot.

19 Jan 2009 4:39pm

@Chris: Thank you, Chris - and I really appreciate your 'foreground' criticism. If I were going to voice one disappointment with 'A Minus 3' - it is that there is very little constructive critiquing going on. It seems to me that the greatest benefit that comes from a site of common interest in photography - is to push our skills. To learn and to grow. This should certainly include saying something when we see how a good image could be made better.

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good night time shot

19 Jan 2009 6:12pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


19 Jan 2009 6:26pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Rubbish! Spire too central!

Only joking! If I'm not mistaken, this succeeds because of the way you've captured such bright light at night and so very well. I understand the point about foreground but I would have used the privet at front and diagonally towards the subject as a frame and lead in line & if they were lighter they would be more obvious.
Regardless...this image works for me and now City Hall is on my list of places to shoot. Good work Stephen.

19 Jan 2009 8:03pm

@Ted: I suppose this image bends a few 'rules' - - - I was set beyond a hedge (visible at the base) - I liked the folks on the lawn. They're nearby residents out walking their dogs - poop'r bags in hand. I like how the buildings bookend the scene.

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A beautiful night shot. Congratulations, and thank you for this intersting explanation…

19 Jan 2009 8:42pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great capture. Indeed a great building!

19 Jan 2009 8:56pm

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

What a wonderful shot, Stephen. The composition and light are superb, and the architecture really shines

19 Jan 2009 9:00pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

An incredible building! I like the presentation at night, too - it really stands out due to the lighting. Great image.

19 Jan 2009 9:52pm

grant from kansas city, United States

beautifully executed shot stephen - first rate!

19 Jan 2009 9:57pm

Marcie from United States

Stunning night image. Love your point-of-view..and how you've framed this.

19 Jan 2009 9:58pm

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

Exceptional nighttime exposure, Stephen. I love the exquisite beauty of the dome against that magnificent night sky.

19 Jan 2009 10:47pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

such a stunning night shot, such a beautiful building lit up like that,
I really need to get into carrying my tripod with me more often

20 Jan 2009 12:52am

Shrig from Washington, D.C., United States

This is a very well balanced image. I love how you captured the green of the grass with the kind of lighting you're working with. I can't do that yet :P My grass comes out dark. Well done!

20 Jan 2009 1:36am

@Shrig: This was the carriage entrance to The Opera House - The grass is surrounded by some pretty good light. It is all about the light...

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, United States

Superb version of this building and very appropriate with the big day tomorrow.

20 Jan 2009 2:18am

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Stephen a great night shot. Incredible light on the structure. The detail and light provides wonderful visual interest! We may get some clouds this week . . . I hope.

20 Jan 2009 2:30am

Walter from Watkinsville, United States

When photographing a building such as this, I would prefer to have no people in the shot. But then, sometimes it is the people that tell the story. Here they draw my attention away from the building because there are so few of them. However, really like the tree lined focal point moving the eye down the left to the building itself.

20 Jan 2009 3:00am

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

nice image Stephen, Sharp as yours always are. I'll refrain from saying anything about the guy that occupies it :)

20 Jan 2009 4:07am

@MontereyJohn: Our beloved Gavin? He's just a little 'money drunk' - perhaps he will find the rooms of 'power brokers anonymous' ? The people I know who know him personally - all speak very highly of him. He can't be all bad, after all, like our new President - he shoots a mean hoop...

narcís from Girona, Catalunya, Spain

Excel·lent imatge nocturna!! SALUT!!!

20 Jan 2009 6:23pm

melodia from ffm, Germany

this looks so good! maybe it would be better with a little bit more space over the building, but the rest is just great.

22 Jan 2009 8:00pm