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View from the Bay Bridge

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 20 January 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

San Francisco skyline...

This is the last image from the previous Sunday's fog-bound trek through Oakland. Here was the view as I headed across the bay into The City. Camera on the passenger seat and little traffic to concern myself with - I opened the sunroof, held the 'Five-Dee' above the roof-line, and managed to get this. Not bad for a single hand - held aloft - at 45 miles-per-hour, eh?

Canon 5D - ISO 400 - Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L lens at 16mm - f/13 - 1/640 sec.

The day very shortly grew cloudy once again and I realize now what a 'lucky' shot this was...

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ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Every photographer should have a roof car! best...jerry

20 Jan 2010 5:35am

Liang from San Francisco, United States

you are very brave for this, and managed to capture an excellent angle of the BB to the city. nicely caught before this ugly, heavy rainfall. great job stephen!

20 Jan 2010 6:18am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Great view!

20 Jan 2010 6:27am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

This is fantastic, what a view

20 Jan 2010 6:31am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Like the angle of view and the great perspective. Beautiful shot.

20 Jan 2010 6:32am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great angle and perspective, Stephen. I like very much this fog over the skyline, and the colors also.

20 Jan 2010 7:11am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

what a fantastic point of view, perfect shot

20 Jan 2010 7:41am

jeanclaude from 94160 saint-mandé, France

super point of view superb and great shot

20 Jan 2010 9:22am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

A lucky and a lovely shot ! A nice angle af view with a really deepness, phil.

20 Jan 2010 9:23am

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

Gob smacked !! How do you manage to get shots like this whilst driving.A genius,that´s what you are....

20 Jan 2010 10:51am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Bay Bridge est presque aussi impressionnant que le Golden Gate. Belle composition

20 Jan 2010 11:45am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

I'd say some of us could labor all morning and come up with far less than this great shot.

20 Jan 2010 11:59am

Marcie from Boston, United States

WOW! Love the soft colors in this..and especially how you've framed the hazey skyline. Great lines!

20 Jan 2010 12:32pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Incredible shot Stephen!!!!! Such a great perspective and the composition couldn't be better!:-)))

20 Jan 2010 2:29pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great, great perspective really giving the expression to the size of the bridge, just set the camera to auto and click?

20 Jan 2010 2:56pm

Emma from Menorca, Spain

Una fotografia espectacular!

20 Jan 2010 2:56pm

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Actually the view from the bridge! But what I particularly appreciate the mist bathes the tall buildings!

20 Jan 2010 4:59pm

Cailean from Bielefeld, Germany

I like those clouds/mist/fog over the town in teh back.

20 Jan 2010 5:50pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A very nice point of view on this city

20 Jan 2010 6:23pm

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Not bad??? I would say absolutely unbelievably brilliant! Magnificent image. Another 5 star ranking from me.

20 Jan 2010 7:19pm

Will from Gainesville, United States

wow! I love how you captured the fog. The color is awesome.

20 Jan 2010 7:38pm

Lotte from Odder, Denmark

This is really a great great picture. I love the colours and the compo.

20 Jan 2010 9:13pm

djedfre from schaumburg, United States

beautiful!
(i shot video once with one hand while negotiating the sharp twists and turns and 500 foot drop-offs of the Cleveland National Forest downstate from you - it still makes me a little queasy thinking about it!)

20 Jan 2010 9:31pm

David from Detroit, United States

Again, great light. The atmosphere on the bridge is so clear, but the lines lead us into the fog-shrouded city.

20 Jan 2010 10:39pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

WOW...what a feat you accomplished!!! Most people standing still, with both hands on the camera, don't get a shot this good!!! You are my hero !!!

20 Jan 2010 11:17pm

Bethany from Michigan, United States

I'd say this is an excellent shot especially with your conditions! Great perspective- I love the blues.

21 Jan 2010 1:06am

Jerry - a moment in time [...] from Chicago, United States

I bet very few tourists of SF have ever seen that view because they spend so much time driving the Golden Gate. Next time I go there I want that view!

21 Jan 2010 3:45am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

the clouds over the skyline is a beautiful element in this one.

21 Jan 2010 4:28am

jpdm from Pignans, France

so impressive view from the bridge and city in clouds

21 Jan 2010 4:54am

k@ from Paris, France

Stunning choice of angle, feels like we're under the arm of some ironesque superb giant !

21 Jan 2010 11:11am

@k@: Ah, bless you Karine for the colorful commentary! I love your narrative and view of the world.

Barbara from Florida, United States

You went for it out the roof and captured it, the scene is spectacular. Exceptional results. I can appreciate the different view you have given us. I've never been to SF but eventually will and agree with what Jerry said, too much focus on the Golden Gate. That isn't to say those images aren't stunning.

21 Jan 2010 3:10pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

This is such a nice photo! I seem to always be drawn to heavy atmospheres and this one is extremely beautiful, framed in the perfect composition.

22 Jan 2010 2:38am

Chris Giovannis from Sydney, Australia

What a great shot, angle and framing!

22 Jan 2010 4:49am

Jean-Michel from Herstal, Belgium

It's wonderfull. I like the fog over San Francisco. Have a nice day.

22 Jan 2010 5:53pm

Laurent from Lyon, France

not bad are not the words ;o)
this is just great. This is almost unthinkable that you took it this way. I really like the composition, perspective and colors.

22 Jan 2010 5:57pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Outstanding! The composition is breathtaking! Well done

26 Jan 2010 5:42am

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

ohhh. excellent!
this is one of those "oh i wish i had taken that" photos.

26 Jan 2010 7:21am

ismerie from Montcy-Notre-Dame, France

Belle prise de vue.

29 May 2010 9:49pm