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Twilight on Rincon Hill

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 22 November 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

The Rincon Hill Towers shortly after sundown in San Francisco. I'll confess to not liking this new tower. It is at the base of The Bay Bridge and seems completely out-of-scale to the beautiful art-deco span. My office is about 2 blocks from here and this light just drew me down the street with camera in hand.

I am pushing the limits of shooting hand-held here. Some fellow citizen broke into my car this week - liberating both of my tripods and my monopod to whatever ends might serve their needs. You all know that I advocate the use of a tripod whenever possible. I consider the tripod as my sidekick on a shoot - and plan to replace it today.

Canon 5D w/ 16-35mm f/2.8 lens - ISO 500 - 16mm - f/2.8 - 1/13th second

Larger view and map:

Update - My 5 year-old $320. tripod today set me back $600. Oh, my - yikes. I believe I am developing a new investment strategy. Tripods. Sure beats the stock market over the same period. The bottom line for now is that tripod and I are back in business together. Hooray!

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Kalyan from India

simply beautifully captured shot...lovely moment, colours & the view!

22 Nov 2009 6:02am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Hi, Stephn, I'm back again. Beautiful tones and light in this shot.

22 Nov 2009 7:33am

@Paco Díaz: Francisco! Welcome 'home to AM3' - I've missed your bright presence here and look forward to seeing lots of evidence of where you have been and what you have been doing.

David from Detroit, United States

Your freeway ramps look other-worldly. Excellent use of color and light.

22 Nov 2009 3:01pm

@David: Thank you very much, David. Good old mother nature added much lighting assistance in this one (tomorrow's, too).

alex centrella from California, United States

cool perspective and lighting !

22 Nov 2009 3:33pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicago, United States

Majesty in the man made.

22 Nov 2009 4:12pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

How politically correct of you to refer to the thieves as "fellow citizens".....My feeling is anyone who steals property of another is definitely "Alien" !!! And another thought.....guess I ought to be thoroughly grateful today, knowing that my tripod, which has worked beautifully for the past year, cost me less than $40 in Walmart last year.......What the heck does yours do, for $600??? Clean the house????
Glad you're back in business, and love the light in this shot!! Happy Sunday !!!

22 Nov 2009 4:16pm

@Susan: Hi, there Susan. At the risk of sounding a little new age - I respect everyone - including a thief. I deeply hold that there are no accidents - there is a reason for all that we experience. Perhaps the cosmos needed to get me a message about not taking things for granted - or not paying enough attention to something. I haven't figured it out yet - but I will. The theft will no-doubt take the perpetrator on to their next lesson. There are ironies - he looked for but missed my Canon G10 - hidden within. He got got my Tom-Tom personal navigator in the glove box - but missed something else worth far more. It was disappointing and discouraging when I first came upon the broken glass all over the sidewalk and both front seats, but it's only 'stuff' - and life goes on...

As to the tripod - it is a ultra-light carbon-fiber number with a flippable shaft and fully adjustable legs. I appreciate and use all of these features - but most appreciate the light weight after carrying it for several hours.

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Vertigineux ton cadrage !

22 Nov 2009 4:44pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Between day and night : a nice shot

22 Nov 2009 4:57pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Ok, what's a flippable shaft? the legs on my tripod are also fully adjustable.......and it's pretty light, for a cheap version......and even more fun, comes with an over the shoulder little bag to carry, when not using.....I['m just curious about the flippable shaft??? to see if yours does something mine doesn't.......
I guess the best news is that while the "wonderful thief" got the tripods, and other equipment....he missed that every cloud has a silver lining.... I wish I could be more like you, in that it's only "stuff".....I'm thinking that more "financial security", so that I could easily replace what may have been taken, would make less likely to care so much..... were able to replace, the vehicle is repairable, and luckily, it happened when you were no where in sight, which assists greatly with your physical well being...and for that, we are all grateful!!!

22 Nov 2009 5:35pm

@Susan: This isn't the best image but will give you an idea - the tripod shaft comes to the top of the legs and flip 90° to allow the camera to; work over an edge, over a subject without the legs in the way, also - since the shaft is now completely above the legs - the legs can go to essentially flat - allowing one to shoot from a very low point.

I am absolutely certain that your tripod is very good to your needs, Susan. My beast gets a lot of punishing treatment every day. Most of my work is architectural - shooting in construction areas and odd position situations is common.

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Such an other worldly composition, sci-fi in rich pastel. Impressed that you can hold 1/13 : ] best...jerry

22 Nov 2009 5:39pm

Antoine from France

Beautiful shot. Antoine.

22 Nov 2009 5:46pm

Marcie from United States

Gorgeous light. Love the slight tilt..the angle.

22 Nov 2009 6:09pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

i'm sorry to hear about that stephen. i'm just glad your cameras were not in the car because they are so valuable. (the 5D is a dream camera for me). On the shot, I really like the angle here. the overcasting clouds adds a nice effect as well. Hope all is well with you. oh yeah, i have changed my URL, so updating your feed will be vastly appreciated. =]

22 Nov 2009 7:09pm

@Liang: I was wondering what happened - I clicked on your name and suddenly found myself on 'Go Daddy'. On the 5D - go for it - get the MarkII if you can(I'm trying to save up for it) - Its capabilities will blow you away. Thanks for stopping by Liang - always good to hear from you.My URL is very simply - peace.

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

This is an amazing shot with lower light levels and no tripod - great clarity and sharpness! Very nice work! If I get mine stolen I will call you to hand hold for me while I push the button on the shutter release cable! The sky in this is great! You can probably buy all of your equipment back in a few days on Craig's List or Ebay. Sorry to hear about that!

23 Nov 2009 4:06am

@Scott F. Schilling: My holding while you press the shutter is probably not the way to go. This is the path of the zen master - licking the stamp and applying it to the wing of the butterfly while pouring hot cocoa - grasshopper...

Or, to say it another way - hold on to your tripod.