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Celestial Navigation

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 16 October 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Cedar Street - West Oakland - California

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Mirko Herzner from Germany

A long time favourite here on your blog, Stephen. I really like how you composed this shot using these diagonal lines. The light and soft colors are superiour too.

16 Oct 2009 6:03am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Beautiful night shot, I like very much the colors and clean image.

16 Oct 2009 10:24am

Alisha from Bielefeld,Germany, Germany

thats nice i like the colours

16 Oct 2009 11:57am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Beautiful lights and wonderful night mood!!! Didn't I tell you we're always "connected" - we're caught by the same subject today!:-)

16 Oct 2009 1:34pm

@hugo poon: You know what, Hugo? Life is good! Thanks so much. I spent several minutes yesterday showing your imagery to my partner here at work. He was simply blown away by the humanity and depth of your photography. Like me - it has given him an entirely new impression of Hong Kong.

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

LOVE your title -- i was going to describe this as 'out of space and time'... ;) beautiful work Stephen!

16 Oct 2009 2:03pm

@dj.tigersprout: Thank you so very much Jaycee.

k@ from Paris, France

I can hear the buzz of the electric lights and i love that - very powerful and beautiful night/light shot ~ 

16 Oct 2009 5:16pm

@k@: Thanks, Karine. The irony is that except for the drone of the cars on the freeway beyond the wall - the impression I was felling at the time was one of serenity, peace, and solitude - in a sea of industrialized concrete. It was an odd experience.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

What was it that was said in the movie 2001: A Space Odessey? "It's full of stars!" Close enough, from memory. Anyway, this is one fantastic shot - the lights are like stars on a pole. Really nicely done, Stephen.

16 Oct 2009 6:28pm

@Viewfinder: That's what was missing! The Obelisk!

Marcie from Newton, United States

Love the lights and the 'star' effect. They really do look like twinkling stars!!!

16 Oct 2009 7:13pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

love those deep colors and starlights......simple but effective....

16 Oct 2009 8:23pm

susan from United States

entire scene is just great, but my fave is the lights!!! how'd ya do that???? star filter, or something else???

16 Oct 2009 10:25pm

@susan: Hi Susan - no the effect is simply there when using a very small aperture in a time exposure. This was f/22 on a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 lens (at 16mm) for a minute. ISO 50. The effect was even greater in this recent image near my office. A 2 minute exposure with the same lens and more lights:

http://www.pbase.com/joyoflight/image/118060863

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Fantastic! Those "stars" are perfect! Nice clarity and framing

16 Oct 2009 10:28pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

That one vacant moment! best...jerry

17 Oct 2009 12:36am

Mike from Shell village, United Kingdom

That's how roads should be, fast and empty. Good impression.

17 Oct 2009 2:06am

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

Somebody is having fun with f/16!

17 Oct 2009 4:10am

@Yonatan: ...somebody's having fun with f/22 - a timer cable - and the 'bulb' setting... (FYI)

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Great title, love the starlight effect, has a certain otherworldly feel to it. Fascinating shot Stephen.

17 Oct 2009 4:31am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(an old West Wales boy), Germany

Nice lines and great "starburst" effect on the lights !!

17 Oct 2009 5:42am

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

Hmmm...I had thought you only get the star effect with f/16. I stand corrected!

17 Oct 2009 12:31pm

susan from United States

thanks for the info, and for sharing that other shot!!! i must try this sometime!!

17 Oct 2009 7:43pm

Marie from France

le rendu des lumières est excellent.

17 Oct 2009 8:32pm