Share this photo on Twitter Share this photo on Facebook

Morning Along Clay Street

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 21 October 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

A dense autumn fog begins to dissipate on a beautiful October morning in San Francisco

Larger view and map:

© copyright 2018 by Stephen Phillips Photography / Oakland, California /
please respect these rights - do not copy or use these images without permission.

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

This shot "feels good" to me.
I like the empty street, green foliage and the way, way distant view up the hill.

21 Oct 2009 5:51am

@Dulcie: Thank you, Dulcie. I didn't have a lot of free time while I was walking around on this morning and was so happy the fog began to lift before I moved on.

Mirko Herzner from Germany

When looking out of my window the day starts grey... So yours looks much nicer ;-)

21 Oct 2009 6:02am

@Mirko Herzner: I'll have to post the image taken 15 minutes earlier. It was gray and with very limited visibility. Typical San Francisco. Though this was an example of the difference as winter starts to arrive. This was a Tule type fog which develops as relatively warm still air contacts cold ground (convection). Our summer fog forms with warmer air descending upon the cold ocean currents off shore (advection).

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

I always stop at House of Nan King around the corner on Kearny. Let Peter feed me. best...jerry

21 Oct 2009 6:15am

@ordinaryimages: The Nan King is most surely a winner - yet I've never gotten to know the staff. I'll have to introduce myself to Peter. I will convey your compliments to him.

k@ from Paris, France

I miss Frisco, and loved this triangle tower - what is it ? A bank ? Can't remember but enjoy to see this again*

21 Oct 2009 10:17am

@k@: Hi Karine. I watched this building go up and love the architecture. It is the iconic TransAmerica™ Pyramid. Built in 1972 for its headquarters - the financial and insurance company now just has a minor presence in the building - having moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. TransAmerica Corporation was taken over in 1999, by AGEON Insurance of The Netherlands. And so it goes...

Pepe Villanueva Cabrera from Cuidad de Antipolo, Philippines

Nice cityscape!

21 Oct 2009 10:54am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Fantastic shot! Oh, and I think I see where I left my heart... heh.

21 Oct 2009 11:22am

@Viewfinder: Oh, no Glenn - don't leave it in the Financial district! There are so many other choices - please reconsider.

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Thanks very much for your warm words, Stephen, i feel great with them. And I have to say that it's me who enjoys everyday with your photos.
Pictures like this one in which the remaining fog creates a fantastic background for this street so special. I like very much the treatment of the image and its splendid effect of depth.
Thanks very much, my friend.

21 Oct 2009 4:00pm

@Paco Díaz: Bless you, Paco. I am so grateful to have met you through our wonderful community. Here is to your next 500 images!

Chris from South Jersey, United States

great lighting in this shot - amazing that the streets are so empty.....

21 Oct 2009 5:12pm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

With the low lying fog this almost look surreal! I like the light on the buildings and the perspective looking down the street! Great work!

21 Oct 2009 9:02pm

Michael from Shell village, United Kingdom

Fabulous, I love the wide open bright streets and trees, so different to the narrow dark grim streets in most UK cities.

21 Oct 2009 9:58pm

@Michael: Ah, familiarity breeds contempt. I love those sometimes ragged UK towns. SF can sometimes seem so antiseptic and sterile. We used to have far more spine before the eighties. Since then - the yuppie money moved in and gentrified much of our colorful nature to across the bay.

susan from United States

Beautiful shot Stephen.....wonderfully composed, and just love the dregs of the fog around some of the buildings.....

21 Oct 2009 11:11pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Not sure if it is the fog or the processing, but whichever, I really like the softness of the light. Beautiful scene.

21 Oct 2009 11:13pm

@willow: When I set up the tripod - there wasn't a hint of blue sky anywhere. The light was pretty much as you see it here, willow - thanks for the visit.

Liang from San Francisco, United States

I would love to photograph SF in the early mornings, if I wasn't lazy enough to get up! =]

25 Oct 2009 7:11pm