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A Cloudy Afternoon at The Golden Gate

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 1 February 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Here we look down over the same hill we were looking up yesterday. The open pier that actually extends beyond the center-right edge of this image - is the place where I stood to take yesterday's capture. The tall white apartments at the upper left - are the same buildings at the top of the hill in yesterday's view.

This is the view from atop of Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill.

This photograph gives a clear idea of how massive The Golden Gate Bridge really is. The land mass at top right is the start of The Marin Headlands. The narrow spit of land beyond the bridge ends at Point Bonita. Beyond that are the open waters of The Pacific Ocean.

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willow from Chelsea, United States

The lighting is wonderful. Is this early morning light? Great view.

1 Feb 2009 6:05am

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Dear Stephen, You always get such wonderful clarity in your photos - another beautiful image with great color. The composition is balanced perfectly with the City foreground and the bridge and ocean in the background - an incredible structure and great photo! Its nice to see a little green on the hills!!

1 Feb 2009 7:31am

@Scott Schilling: Ah, Scott - thank you for the kind words. I am sorry to report that the green you are seeing is historic - this was a 2005 image that I wanted to re-work. We so desperately need rain. The forecast says a chance of rain this Thursday and Friday - that is welcome news but we need a series of drenching storms.

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Golden Gate in blue...

1 Feb 2009 7:50am

mhrdad from tehran, Iran

VERY nice picture

1 Feb 2009 8:43am

@mhrdad: Hello back to you, mhrdad - and thank you.

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Impressive. And I like the tones here. The Golden bridge is very different with this light

1 Feb 2009 9:00am

k@ from France

The peak of the bridge in the middle forces to see it in a new way over the city - that's great !

1 Feb 2009 10:03am

@k@: ...thanks k@ ! Much appreciated.

djedfre from schaumburg, United States

very cool!

1 Feb 2009 10:30am

Pascale from france, France

.......The Golden Gate..............It s magnificient picture, color and perspective..............waouuu....i "love" it !

1 Feb 2009 11:11am

@Pascale: You're very kind, Pascale - thank you very much.

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Wow, what a super shot, my friend! The composition, the corrected perspectives, the clarity, and all the fine details... just superb!

1 Feb 2009 12:06pm

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

All those tones of blue here work great for me. A strong shot with lovely composition.

1 Feb 2009 1:52pm

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

Another wonderful shot. Nice color throughout the photo.

1 Feb 2009 3:02pm

Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica

Great shot and a fresh and different perspective.

1 Feb 2009 4:17pm

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

Very nice image ! Thanks for the informations !

1 Feb 2009 5:46pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

The cityscape is outstanding...

1 Feb 2009 5:48pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, FL, United States

Ah, what memories you bring back for me......My dream at this point is to come back, and just spend a whole week, shooting that bridge!!! there's just something about that bridge, that makes it my favorite!!

1 Feb 2009 6:00pm

@Susan: We will be looking for you, Susan - thanks.

alex centrella from California, United States

it doesnt get any better than this !

1 Feb 2009 6:46pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I love this view with the Golden Gate in the background, and the beautiful light of that hour.

1 Feb 2009 6:58pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

Despite the cast in the air there again is so much clarity in this image. Sharp. Well done.

1 Feb 2009 7:00pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from United Kingdom

Superb, Stephen. The GG bridge in the background really balances the composition. Absolutely filled with interest, a wonderful photograph

1 Feb 2009 7:07pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I really like this scene. That bridge is fabulous as is the view to it and beyond. Thanks for sharing.

1 Feb 2009 7:27pm

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good cityscape

1 Feb 2009 7:37pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

This one is especially lovely. The bay resembles a sheet of silver. Also, a little thing like the single boat heading toward the bridge adds so much.

1 Feb 2009 8:13pm

@Suzanne: Thanks. I agree - I love the boat. A Blue & Gold Fleet vessel with tourists heading to make their turn underneath the bridge. A scene repeated over and over - many times a day - but seldom on such a flat and lonely bay.

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great wide angle shot. The geography lesson is welcomed. Well done.

1 Feb 2009 8:33pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

i want to go up to coit tower too, but I heard it's very difficult to get around there, especially for parking. being a out of towner (i'm from vallejo) i'm trying my best to get around SF with the best transportation possible! Your shot is excellent !

1 Feb 2009 8:41pm

@Liang: It is not bad at all if you go mid-week this time of year. Be sure to call or go online to make sure that they will be open. There is a city bus that runs up there on a regular schedule. NOTE: All of the windows are glass - you may want to bring a tripod and polarizing filter.

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Well you could have kidded us Stephen by saying it was early morning, it has that look. I think I could get used to living there.... let me know when you have my appt ready :))

1 Feb 2009 10:47pm

@Observing: I would have a hard time explaining that reflected pool of light coming in from the west if the sun were behind me. As to the apartment - send a big stack of cash and I'll be happy to see what I can find for you.

Jorge from Daly City, United States

Yes it's a magnificent and beautiful bridge. I agree with Susan there is definitely something about the bridge that makes one come back. I too am hoping for more rains... Hey, I can see the watch tower of Ghirardelli square!

1 Feb 2009 11:33pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Such a crowded city. Beautiful capture.

2 Feb 2009 2:14am

Cricket from Huntsville, United States

What a wonderful massive view. Great capture.

2 Feb 2009 10:52pm

Doug from Long Beach, United States

Hold on--are you suggesting the Bay Area gets cloudy? Really? [g]

3 Feb 2009 7:27am

@Doug: Not much so far this year - man, do we need some rain.

grant from kansas city, United States

fantastic view. i would have guessed early morning without your title.

4 Feb 2009 12:49am

@grant: Your 'Gate' would have needed to open to that other Ocean, Grant.

yz from Budapest, Hungary

love the blue color

7 Feb 2009 1:16pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Looking at the skyline makes me think of the film, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.

9 Feb 2009 12:37am

@Twelvebit: A splendid film! Thanks for the visit and the comments - all much appreciated.