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A Night of Rain in North Beach

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 24 February 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

San Francisco

Russian Hill is at right. Nob Hill stands in the distance at left.

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Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Stephen, these nighttime photographs with the clouds and lights are spectacular. The sky has some great details and the buildings are alive with light and color - another great shot!

If you are near a store called Photograph at 2298 Chestnut Street (at Scott) let me know what you think of the front display case??

24 Feb 2009 6:12am

@Scott Schilling: Thanks Scott. As to 'Photography' - I know the store well - though I haven't been there in a couple of months. I use them when I need a quality cut mat in a hurry. I've approached them a couple of times about displaying images there but never heard back from them. What's with the case?

yz from Budapest, Hungary

love the atmosphere created by the window lights

24 Feb 2009 8:06am

shroom from DFW, United States

Moody, wet, and well-lit. Love it.

24 Feb 2009 8:43am

k@ from Paris, France

The quality of light (and ISO) here is perfect !!

24 Feb 2009 9:32am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Excellent night scene.

24 Feb 2009 11:03am

djedfre from schaumburg, United States

love that light - beautiful!

24 Feb 2009 11:07am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I like very much the light of this photo. The rain puts a special light in the atmosphere and you shot your camera in the right time to catch it, in the houses and in the sky.

24 Feb 2009 12:30pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Love what the rain does to the lighting. This is a very cool wide angle shooting from "behind" the city with the skyline in the distance. Well done.

24 Feb 2009 12:50pm

Marcie from United States

Love the soft colors..the lights. Stunning night image.

24 Feb 2009 1:09pm

WABIKOJA from Shiga, Japan

Excellent composition well framed!

24 Feb 2009 2:22pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

This is so amazingly clear, wow, the details and colours are stupendous, bravo STephen !

24 Feb 2009 2:58pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Very lovely clarity and serenity... beautiful mood of a rainy night! The lighting and tonality are wonderful, as always.:-)

24 Feb 2009 3:31pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Lovely lighting.

24 Feb 2009 4:28pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

This night shot is very interesting. The reflection of the rain on the reef is very nice

24 Feb 2009 5:22pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A cool, wet night shot. I spotted the light reflecting off the roof too. I like it.

24 Feb 2009 5:31pm

peter from new york, United States

such excellent tones and colors in this awesome night shot : )

24 Feb 2009 5:32pm

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

A great night scene,so much to take in !!

24 Feb 2009 5:57pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

the colors are amazing - you do a great job with these night shots....

24 Feb 2009 6:07pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

The beautiful lights from the buildings combined with the cloudy sky creates wonderful amdience.

24 Feb 2009 6:18pm

chrissy from uk, United Kingdom

this is very impressive, love all the roofs

24 Feb 2009 7:59pm

alex centrella from California, United States

wow..super shot ~

24 Feb 2009 8:31pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Like these delicate colours and the geometric design of different roofs and buildings.

24 Feb 2009 10:08pm

@Evelyne Dubos: Thanks Evelyne - I appreciate the comment

Magda from Canada

So pretty... very soft and delicate. I like the reflections in the wet roofs

25 Feb 2009 12:05am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Wow, this is just an amazing shot!!! Almost looks kind of HDR'ish!!! Just fabulous!!

25 Feb 2009 12:09am

@Susan: Thanks, Susan - the key is Adobe Lightroom as Monterey John has been discussing. It allows one to easily get the maximum out of shooting 'RAW' files. A great processing tool.

Liang from San Francisco, United States

very nice night capture! I wish i had the opportunity to set a tripod on a rooftop and get shots of san francisco. unfortunately, i don't. It is a stormy feel in this photo but you captured it nicely!

25 Feb 2009 12:47am

@Liang: Liang - you determine whether or not you can do something. I suggest you grab a tripod and give it a try!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What a vibrant and rolling cityscape that you have captured here!

25 Feb 2009 3:33am

@Steven: Thanks for the kind words, Steven.

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

You've really captured avibrancy with this image, a certain quality that breathes life into the scene. Superbly detailed work

25 Feb 2009 4:23am

@EYES WIDE SHUT: Thanks so very much. I lived in this quirky neighborhood for a couple of years (long ago) - and part of my spirit is still wed to these streets and rooftops.

grant from kansas city, United States

this light and view just demands a long look - really fine!

25 Feb 2009 4:29am

@grant: Thanks Grant - if one thing has really changed in my personal approach to photography, it is asking myself the question you suggest here which is, - "what am I looking at?" I have spent several years coming at imagery with the notion of conveying the 'feel' around what I see. Now I see myself becoming more selective about what it is I choose to invite to that journey.

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

great shot! exposure is spot on and composition good too! i like the shaprness and clarity as well as the fact that the sky/background has a nice shade to it rather than usual pitch black...

25 Feb 2009 4:44am

@DarkElf: Your comments are so appreciated - thanks. That sky is what drew me to the capture. The rain clouds were just high enough to leave the city view clear - yet low enough to really catch the glow of the city lights.

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Beautiful capture. The colors are so subtle.

25 Feb 2009 3:39pm