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Off Ramp Into Night

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 26 April 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Crockett, California - re-visited.

The bright red and white electric sign seen through the tree branches (at right) is the " C&H 'Pure Cane Sugar' " plant - down along the waterfront. The Big Dipper is courtesy of the cosmos, some very lucky timing, and a good tripod.

Canon 5D w/Canon - 16-35mm f/2.8 at 16mm and wide-open for 30.0 seconds - ISO 50

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Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

This is magnificent work! Beautiful night light and the stars and fog are awesome also! Incredible clarity and depth on the tones!!

26 Apr 2009 5:32am

k@ from Paris, France

What a great light under this tremendous curve, a surreal place and such a neat shot by night, no "noise" at all and your pure "silence" is beautiful ;/

26 Apr 2009 5:58am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A marvellous night shot, even with stars…

26 Apr 2009 6:16am

Karthik from Chennai, India

Lovely!!! Amazing colors

26 Apr 2009 6:50am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Funny description for this splendidly lighted photo. Great composition and great starry sky. Thanks to the cosmos and to the photographer :))

26 Apr 2009 7:17am

@Paco Díaz: Thank you for the kind words, Francisco - always good to hear from you.

DenisSm from Prague, Czech Republic

i am surprised you still not missed in so much ramps Stephen :-).
Picture is very nice

26 Apr 2009 8:29am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

this heavy structure makes a great composition

26 Apr 2009 8:37am

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Exceptional, Stephen. Beautiful composition and light!

26 Apr 2009 9:23am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Joli cadrage !

26 Apr 2009 10:00am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Beautiful composition and light! Just spectacular! Bravo!

26 Apr 2009 10:52am

Alun from Cheshire, United Kingdom

really good long exsposure

26 Apr 2009 2:59pm

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

Excellent !! Wonderful composition and perfect tones - just for going into the night !!

26 Apr 2009 3:02pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Wow, Stephen, such beautiful sky, lighting and curves... intriguing tonality and night mood! Wonderful work!!!

26 Apr 2009 3:31pm

@hugo poon: Thanks, Hugo - greatly appreciated

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

OK stephen, how on earth did you do this???!!! Stars AND street lights. Brilliant.

As always, amazing clarity and composition.

26 Apr 2009 4:53pm

@MontereyJohn: You have a newer version of the power - right in your hands - Adobe Lightroom™ (along with low ISO, RAW capture, and some good-old photographer's luck)

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Awesome shot Stephen....and thanks for the info on the settings!!!

26 Apr 2009 5:47pm

grant from kansas city, United States

i like the crispness and slightly surreal light.

26 Apr 2009 8:22pm

Kheoh Yee Wei from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

very even exposure.I like it.

26 Apr 2009 10:01pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Oh I just love your night photography!!! Gorgeous!

27 Apr 2009 4:41am

@Magda: How kind of you, Magda - thanks. (maybe I should start sleeping days)

Liang from San Francisco, United States

My neighbor city! Excellent long exposure shot beneath the carquinez!

27 Apr 2009 5:37am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Wow I can't believe how much detail you've managed to retain in the sky. What a terrific shot !

27 Apr 2009 7:38am

Omar from Kunduz, Afghanistan

Awesome picture, this unreal scenery has a lot of atmosphere

29 Apr 2009 6:32am

jim from sebastopol, United States

this is a sensational image!! but it is really bizarre because the last time I was in Crockett it was a tiny little village WAY off the road!!

11 May 2009 2:47am

@jim: Hi there, Jim. Crockett has always been just off the freeway - ever since they first built the Carquinez Bridge in the Thirties. But they just replaced that first span with a nifty suspension bridge and built this new enormous interchange in Crockett. It seems seriously out of scale to the village - which I believe you would find hasn't changed much at all. And the old C&H refinery churns on and on. When were you last there?

jim from sebastopol, United States

hmmm... the last time i was in Crockett was the mid 1980's... i went looking for Juanita's restaurant and found that she had closed it... i had heard a lot about her and wanted to get there and hopefully meet her. she was rather elderly then, but was a legendary restauranteur and hostess who lived a "larger than life"
lifestyle.. and supposedly learned to cook at a high class bordello. anyway, i wound up at the Nantucket Fish Company instead. I had a nice meal but it was nowhere near the outrageous, over the top, bohemian exuberance that i had hoped to find.

12 May 2009 1:28am

@jim: I took Jesse to the Willowwood in Graton on Friday before we began shooting for the first time in well over two years.

I first met Jaunita Musson in 1970 when her 'Galley' was in Glen Ellen. One of 11 restaurants she ran between Gate 5 in Sausalito in the 1950's and ending with her Port Costa place in the 1970's.

Small world and nice to meet you , Jim.

Thomas Griffioen from Rotterdam, Netherlands

Fantastic! Great composition with beautiful colors and light!

30 May 2009 3:59pm