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Potrero Hill

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 23 January 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

This is a summer's day in a hilly neighborhood just south of downtown San Francisco. Our famous wall of summertime fog stands to the west - just beyond Twin Peaks.

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Marie LC from Voiron, France

Un cadrage qui montre bien que la ville de Frisco est toujours entre courbes et planes

23 Jan 2009 6:32am

@Marie LC: ... et autour de et autour de et autour de nous!

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

great shot, love the signs

23 Jan 2009 6:32am

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Another great street scene,keep em coming !!

23 Jan 2009 7:04am

@Anthony Lambert: Ten more in the queue - and then...

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

This is crazy! the narrow building almost doesn't seem possible, and then the myriad of power lines, and then the guy walking with the t-shirt is awesome! Another great composition of SF - great work!

23 Jan 2009 7:07am

@Scott Schilling: San Francisco is in charge of crazy. And proves it again and again...

yz from Budapest, Hungary

wow, I can understand why trucks not advised :) I think San Francisco tourist office (if there's such a thing) should give you a salary for making these inviting images of this interesting city :)

23 Jan 2009 7:26am

chrissy from London, United Kingdom

You should sell your images to the tourist authority! It seems a fascinating place

23 Jan 2009 8:21am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Fantastic street scene! The reflection is fantastic! Excellent series!

23 Jan 2009 10:37am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I adore these hill shots of yours...and thanks for the link yesterday, impessive blog ;)

23 Jan 2009 11:27am

zahai from Berlin, Germany

Beautifully captured. I love how the sign states the obvious :)

23 Jan 2009 12:09pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Beautiful image of a sunny day. I like the window that frames the right side and the composition with the young man walking towards you.

23 Jan 2009 12:16pm

k@ from Paris, France

Love to feel as is I were on the verge to climb that hill down in your sun !

23 Jan 2009 1:59pm

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, Wales., United Kingdom

I trust you walked to all the vantage points you used to take these shots from ??. ;>))

23 Jan 2009 4:47pm

@Jeff: What? - My walking from the car to the sidewalk doesn't count?

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Again, beautiful framing and masterful handling of light! Enjoy this alot... so much to see!:-)

PS. Stephen, regarding your question of who I am, I'm afraid my answer might disappoint you... First, despite having a great passion for photography, I'm no photographer neither have I received any training as such; I'm just an ordinary (mediocre) businessman - I've been in the real estate management business for some 25 years now. Such a job offers me privilege to visit properties of all kinds which also means opportunities to photograph places and scenes of great diversity... but I enjoy even more prowling the night streets and getting as many pics as I could between office and home - this is when time is like mine again and I can play freely as a lone wolf photographer! Finally when I'm back home, my wonderful wife and the two lovely kids will just have me once again in my natural pretensions - a simple and happy family man.:-)

23 Jan 2009 6:07pm

@hugo poon: Life in the 'west' frequently runs in opposition to a simple truth: That second to love - time is the most valuable thing we have in this life. Love of family. Time with family. You sound to be a very wealthy man, Hugo Poon.

greg from Denver, United States

"hill" is a bit of an understatement..

23 Jan 2009 6:35pm

@greg: Yes - there are quite a few of these signs all around the city placed just before the world drops away...

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Awesome view. I'm getting fascinated with San Francisco. Definetivelly a place to visit!

23 Jan 2009 7:00pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Remind me the scenes of movies past in this city.

23 Jan 2009 7:05pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

I love the powerlines in this, and that refection in the window is great - I would love to see more of what you could do with that reflection.....

23 Jan 2009 8:44pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Great use of the reflection here...well done.

23 Jan 2009 9:36pm

Steve Rice from United States

Cool shot.

23 Jan 2009 10:06pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Super shot Stephen, I like how the view is compressed, very nice.

23 Jan 2009 11:15pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

I know I would pass out IF I made it up this hill on foot! ha I remember driving my car (fully loaded with beach stuff and my girls) up a very steep hill, just like this one and prayed that my car wouldn’t flip over. I was terrified that I will never make it to the top! I swiched gears to 1st and hoped that the car would keep going because stopping in the middle of a hill like that driving a standard wouldn't be fun. Obviously I made it but will never take that road again. (grin)

23 Jan 2009 11:55pm

@Magda: Great story,Magda - I'll make you a deal. You get to San Francisco. I'll drive you up the hill! (bring the girls, too)

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

I will keep that in mind, Stephen! :)

24 Jan 2009 6:41am

grant from kansas city, United States

wow - what a wild collection of buildings!

25 Jan 2009 5:50am

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life from United States

What a fantastic view of San Francisco. Interesting buildings and wires overheard.

25 Jan 2009 6:46am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

With this reflection, the building seems to be a false one ! A beautiful shot

25 Jan 2009 3:20pm

Tracy Martin from Foster City, United States

We saw a truck get hung up at the cross of California and mason just around evening rush hour. When I first saw the truck coming up I thought wow, he is either brave or stupid, then I watched him bottom out. I bet he got a serious reprimand for that little deal.

1 Feb 2009 9:39pm

@Tracy Martin: Navigating this city requires you know what you are doing. Not think you know, but actually know.