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Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 25 January 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

...of San Francisco

A hands-on museum of interactive and high tech explorations for its youthful visitors. You must be eighteen or younger to attend.

Just behind this is an historic Merry-Go-Round from San Francisco's old 'Playland-at-the-Beach'. It is beautifully restored and well maintained. A treat to behold - and ride!

Beyond this - is part of the convention center - Moscone West - and the Nikko and Hilton hotel towers. At right is The Metreon cinaplex, restaurant, and entertainment center.

[Ahead on our tour]: Two views of San Francisco's Financial District that are as different as day and night.

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grant from kansas city, United States

very cool with the view into the windows and the reflections of the city.

25 Jan 2009 5:48am

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Another great image - the night light hitting the clouds has such great color - and the buildings reflecting on the glass is a great addition to the photo - clarity is awesome also!

25 Jan 2009 6:28am

EYES WIDE SHUT from United Kingdom

Well that age band certainly rules me out..... Ha ha

A fabulous image, Stephen. The reflection works superbly and the lighting is captured wonderfully. Bravo

25 Jan 2009 6:44am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Good capture, composition and reflections

25 Jan 2009 7:49am

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Very clever shot! Love the reflections of the city and the composition!

25 Jan 2009 9:54am

chrissy from London, United Kingdom

love the reflections and lighting, well captured

25 Jan 2009 10:08am

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Georgeous for its colors and reflections. I would have cropped a little bit more at the bottom.

25 Jan 2009 10:21am

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks very much, Mirko - I am well aware of the problem of where to crop this one - and appreciate your input. I was actually tempted to have more image at the bottom. The problem is two fold - there is a temporary barricade (the white rail) along the steps - while the building itself is an inverted cone, getting wider as you go up from the ground. Having too much of the barricade becomes distracting - while cropping further up seemed (to me) to make the image 'top-heavy'. Arrrgh...

Thanks again - I fully support criticism and wish we had more of it here - it is how we learn and (hopefully) get better in our efforts.

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Yeah !... I like your "zeum" !!! ... colors, reflections, and your excellent angle... crop OK for me...
le point de vue, en french...

25 Jan 2009 11:14am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

How beautiful composition, light and colors. I didn't know this building.

25 Jan 2009 11:20am

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Delightful. You have given us through this photo a good feeling for the fun.

25 Jan 2009 12:44pm

Betty from New Jersey, United States

This composition is phenomenal! Bravo!

25 Jan 2009 12:55pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

I love the way you composed this, and the light/reflections/colors are just great......

25 Jan 2009 1:21pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

What a great image...

25 Jan 2009 1:41pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

How wonderful is the lighting and the reflections you've captured are fascinating!! Stephen, thanks again for this lovely tour!:-)

25 Jan 2009 2:57pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

great framing!

25 Jan 2009 3:18pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A nice shot. And probably a very interesting museum, even for adult people :-)

25 Jan 2009 4:25pm

@Calusarus: I agree - but I am glad it's for kids only. They can make videos and create all sorts of interesting media. The fact that it is all theirs seems very empowering - I'd have lived here as a kid. You'd have needed to pry my fingers away to get me out the door.

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

There is so much complexity to this image. The reflections and wonderful! I also like how the circular museum blends into the carousel. Great composition.

25 Jan 2009 5:28pm

@Yonatan: Thanks so much.

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good shot, love the reflections

25 Jan 2009 6:02pm

@Alun Lambert: thanks, Alun

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


25 Jan 2009 6:47pm

Claus Petersen from herfølge, Denmark

Wonderful reflection and light, and this is a really well composed and well balanced image! Great shot!

25 Jan 2009 7:29pm

Louise from Toronto, Canada

Oooh I've been on that merry-go-round! Great capture!

25 Jan 2009 7:37pm

@Louise: Thank, Louise - and I have to ask; you've been on this m-g-r at its present location - or out there in the days of yore?

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Lovely light and reflections.

25 Jan 2009 7:59pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great shot. The reflection is really detailed and the composition is well done.

25 Jan 2009 8:07pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

A wonderful picture, the paintings in the museum, the window reflections, the table and chair all make this a really lively shot.

25 Jan 2009 8:35pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

A very impressive example of modern architecture. The reflections and beautiful colors work wonders here.

25 Jan 2009 11:21pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, FL, United States

Love the perspective you used to shoot this... I agree with Mirko's idea, but also see your dilemma in any further cropping.....sometimes it just is what it is!!

25 Jan 2009 11:56pm

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

Outstanding exposure, Stephen ... a lesson in light!

26 Jan 2009 2:22am

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

what a wonderful array of angles and such great opportunity for those grand reflections! great colours too -- your exposure is so well chosen.

26 Jan 2009 3:01am

@Diane Schuller: Thanks a lot, Diane - much appreciated.

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Quite a capture. It's difficult to separate the real from the reflections. Wonderful colors.

26 Jan 2009 3:40am

@sherri: Thanks, Sherri. I'd taken several photographs at this spot - but never with this quality of light and sky.

willow from Chelsea, United States

Very cool - hard to tell where the reflections begin.

26 Jan 2009 1:55pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Gorgeous! Outstanding.

27 Jan 2009 5:41am

melodia from ffm, Germany

great perspective/view! "exciting" with all those different pictures in the mirror.

27 Jan 2009 7:31pm