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Second & Market Streets

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 4 May 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

San Francisco

Another view from 55 Second Street - this time looking towards Nob Hill. The Mark Hopkins Hotel can be seen at the top of the hill - its familiar American flag - lifted by the breeze.

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

beautiful processing!! powerful framing! is this the view from your office?

4 May 2009 5:16am

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks for the exclamations, Jaycee - and no, not my office. I'm in a small sidewalk level office near the anchorage of the Bay Bridge. I hope to have a nicer spot in the near future but I'd never want to be in an office tower. Something on the water would have me smiling...

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Another beautiful shot Stephen - I love the building with the American Flag on the top way off in the distance - great work!

4 May 2009 5:52am

@Scott Schilling: That's the Mark Hopkins Hotel up there. Thanks, Scott.

yz from Budapest, Hungary

great point of view
i could imagine living in that rooftop apartment

4 May 2009 6:36am

@yz: yeah - that redwood deck is completely inviting. Unfortunately - that's an office building. My guess is we're seeing a lovely lunch and conference spot - nothing more.

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

So many buildings to look at and you have managed to preserve the verticals (possibly some work in PS for converging verticals). love the treatment you have given to it, the reflections are very good and it is topped off by the shear sense of scale

4 May 2009 8:02am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Vertigo !

4 May 2009 9:46am

Marcie from United States

WOW! Incredible point-of-view.

4 May 2009 11:45am

Chris from South Jersey, United States

I like the blend of older and new buildings, and the peek of street life down below.....another wonderful city image....

4 May 2009 11:56am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Nice angle.

4 May 2009 12:25pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Hmm love the view....that building is exquisite :)

4 May 2009 12:32pm

ManuelaR from Hainburg (Frankfurt/Main), Germany

Excellent point of view!

4 May 2009 12:38pm

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

That is awesome perspective .Excellent !

4 May 2009 2:33pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

This photo is just exquisite...the composition and the detail are almost beyond belief!!! Where were you when you shot this, and did you have to shoot it thru a glass window???? It's just got so many "layers" to it.....different shapes, sizes, and it all works perfectly!!!!

4 May 2009 3:34pm

@Susan: Thanks Susan - I was on assignment and had access to several floors at 55 Second Street. The floors are vacant as part of the economic downturn and so the overhead lights were off. There was still some minor reflection in the lower frame which I cleaned up in Photoshop.

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Another superb image of the area. Mesmerising.

4 May 2009 3:54pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I really like your point of view

4 May 2009 4:12pm

observing from North West, United Kingdom

I like the garden in the sky Stephen, it's a superb cityscape shot.

4 May 2009 4:25pm

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

very crisp sharp image, really good

4 May 2009 6:36pm

cassiel from Mexico, Mexico

Tha light and the color are wonderful, great shot

5 May 2009 1:04am

willow from Chelsea, United States

The light almost gives the image a feeling of unrealness (I doubt that's a word, but it was the best I could come up with). I really like all the different reflections in the different buildings' windows - funny how just a little change in angle can make such a major difference.

5 May 2009 1:55am

@willow: Thanks, willow. Best to you.

grant from kansas city, United States

just plain great

5 May 2009 2:56am

Eric Fry from Houston, TX, United States

Great perspective on this photo, Stephen! It has just a hint of a tiltshift feel to it in the building with the fire escape.

5 May 2009 3:37am

@Eric Fry: Oh, but you are clever my friend. Moderate 'tilt-shift' applied in Photoshop. Vertigo, anyone?

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

What a view! Love the reflections in the windows...

5 May 2009 3:43am

Liang from San Francisco, United States

great view of market street below. i always wanted to go on the roottop of these buildings but somehow don't have access to it lol.

5 May 2009 4:32pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Good view of the city, I like very much these urban shots, I miss SF

5 May 2009 5:03pm