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First Light at the Moscone Convention Center

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 13 April 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Centerpiece to the Yerba Buena Gardens center for the arts, entertainment and living - in the SOMA (SOuth of MArket Street) district of San Francisco.

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Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Beautiful early morning shot. Splendid colors and sharp details.
I like SF so much!

13 Apr 2009 5:11am

Karthik from Chennai, India


13 Apr 2009 5:26am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, USA, United States

that is right!! you are an early riser!! either you got up REALLY early or this was taken some months ago -- as the sun is up now at 6 am!! gorgeous!!! and one of my favorite views of san francisco!! :)

13 Apr 2009 5:55am

Marie LC from France

Très belle photo de nuit bien cadrée

13 Apr 2009 6:57am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A nice night shot. Like the blur on flags, a detail who gives some life to the picture.

13 Apr 2009 8:12am

@Evelyne Dubos: Thanks, Evelyn.

yz from Budapest, Hungary

very nice composition, the flag blur is just cool

13 Apr 2009 8:51am

Marcie from United States

Beautiful light! Especially love the flags..and how you've captured their 'motion'.

13 Apr 2009 11:32am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

This is nice. Looking at the flags, it must have been a windy day.

13 Apr 2009 11:37am

willow from Chelsea, United States

Very cool! How long was your exposure? I like the way the flags are "ghosted" and only the streaks of light give evidence of cars passing by.

13 Apr 2009 12:16pm

@willow: Hi there, willow - ISO 50 - f/8 for 20.0 seconds

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Fantastic shot- I love it!

13 Apr 2009 1:42pm

DenisSm from Prague, Czech Republic

Stephen,it is really cool, i like this picture :-)

13 Apr 2009 3:48pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

the colors (again) are fantastic - I continue to be impressed with your long exposure work (and need to get out and try some of my own!!)....

13 Apr 2009 4:31pm

@Chris: Hi Chris - thanks - and I look forward to seeing your efforts.

peter from new york, United States

a wonderfully crisp night shot stephen! i like the long exposure : )

13 Apr 2009 4:35pm

mohammad.jenab from tehran, Iran


13 Apr 2009 4:47pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

nice night shot. i drive by this place a lot heading to SF. great find from a place where you can get the street as well as the buildings. nice work!

13 Apr 2009 5:12pm

chrissy from uk, United Kingdom

well captured, lovely night shot

13 Apr 2009 6:29pm

grant from kansas city, United States

stellar shot. the slight movement in the flags is an excellent touch.

13 Apr 2009 7:08pm

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Excellent image. Great ss capture of th flags. Everything is so clear.

13 Apr 2009 7:27pm

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Another fantastic cityscape !1 what can I say,you are an advert for your wonderful city !!

13 Apr 2009 7:46pm

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

Fantastic imagem you have the exsposure spot on

13 Apr 2009 8:42pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

what a great capture!!! it just sparkles with that first light of day!!! Great job here Stephen, now I'm jealous!!

13 Apr 2009 10:25pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A very crisp and clear photo where the skyline really stands out in front of that beautiful blue sky. I like what the slow shutter speed has done to the flags.

13 Apr 2009 10:28pm

Liz from Goochland, United States

I love the open lens capturing the headlights. Great effect!

13 Apr 2009 10:29pm

Fliss from Melbourne Beach, United States

Such a great shot... makes me feel like I am there. Love it...

13 Apr 2009 11:12pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Beautiful image. I like those flags snapping in the breeze.

14 Apr 2009 12:20am

Walter from Watkinsville, United States

I am so amazed at how "cool" your photos turn out. Always with the camera and ready for action, you capture the moments perfectly.

14 Apr 2009 1:15am

@Walter: Thanks so much, Walter.

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Spectacular night capture, Stephen. Fascinating display of lights in this image from the light trails to the stunning architectures. Really love the alignment of the flags. A perfectly composed shot.

14 Apr 2009 1:56am

@John Maslowski: Thanks, John - the pinkies got a bit chilled on this one but thawed-out after the sun found its way. (I still keep seeing your 'sand-blasting' image from yesterday)

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Oh, I'd love to see your camera settings on this one, Stephen. Really nicely done. Amazing clarity.

14 Apr 2009 3:10am

@MontereyJohn: First - you have my 'to the core' support in shaking the butts. As to the EXIF stuff:

Canon 5D & 16-35mm f/2.8 lens - at f/8 for 25.0 seconds

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Beautiful city capture. I wish I had the opportunity for shots like this.

14 Apr 2009 3:22am

@sherri: Susan - down in Florida - had a similar lament. I long to get back to Florida with its warm waters and abundant wildlife. I look at your images, Sherri - and I envy the ease with which you and Evie can drive up to an abandoned farm home or barn - ripe with image possibilities. Throughout California - all such places are behind well maintained barbed-wire. As I drive along our rural roads, I see streams and rock hillsides covered with wildflowers that I cannot access because of these fences.

My point is - all of us tend to be complacent about what we have. I love your images of the south and value them more than you might suspect.

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Stephen, your city shots are second to none! Beautiful work!

14 Apr 2009 5:28am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

An interesting shot, nicely framed and well exposed.

14 Apr 2009 7:03am

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

Your city shots are always a pleasure. It's interesting that you only had traffic in one direction for this exposure.

14 Apr 2009 11:37am

@Yonatan: Thanks very much, Yonatan. Actually - there's no mystery to this. The street is one-way - as are all of the streets in the downtown area.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Outstanding! Did you edit the sky or it is just that wonderful dark blue? The exposure is fantastic. I'm yet to take a good night shot! :(

16 Apr 2009 10:01pm

@Magda: Hi, Magda - that's just how that sky appeared. The light just before dark and the morning's 'first light' are fun to play with (hint, hint).

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Thank you so much for the tips!!! :) I get a lot of noise in my night shots, which I don't like. I set my ISO to a 100 (my lowest setting) but still the photos are grainy... :( I will keep trying. You gave me a lot of wonderful hints already and what to look for when choosing a good tripod which I've yet to buy (I'm still deciding on). So, thank you so much for your help. I will just keep trying! :)

17 Apr 2009 5:39am

Thomas Griffioen from Rotterdam, Netherlands

What vibrant colors! I love the blurred flags, makes the picture more alive.

31 May 2009 12:09pm