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Stormy Waterfront

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 21 January 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

San Francisco

We are getting slammed by a series of storms this week - and I love it.

This was Tuesday morning at daybreak near my office.

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jpdm from Pignans, France

oh i love the lights reflecting on rainy road, can't see ocean but can feel the wind

21 Jan 2010 5:15am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

What did we photograph before sodium : ] Captures the morning. best...jerry

21 Jan 2010 6:00am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Yes, I love too this stormy weather. The photo has beautiful colors and light. You also work in a nice quiet area, it seems :)

21 Jan 2010 6:02am

Liang from San Francisco, United States

thats one thing i somehow need to learn, go out and shoot under extreme weather conditions. nicely shot here stephen, the lights reflection from the ground are nicely composed.

21 Jan 2010 6:15am

@Liang: Liang - this was a lesson I almost learned - the hard way. Just over a year ago - I got my Canon 5D too wet in North Beach during a rain storm and it stopped working. After more than 8 hours of trying to dry it with a heater and all of the compartments open - it still didn't display any information when I turned it on. It looked as though I may have fried it. But another 8 hours did the trick and it came alive again and has worked perfectly ever since. Whew! Much gratitude to the camera cosmos.

There are excellent waterproof coverings for most popular cameras and lenses. Calumet (18th and Bryant · SF) stocks them - or any of the online warehouse stores such as B&H.

Ironically I didn't have the coverings when I made today's capture. What I did was have a thick plastic bag over the camera - and waited for a break in the rain. I had taken the light reading and so had the settings ready to fire. This allowed me to take several exposures without getting almost no water on the camera.

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

great image, love the light on the wet ground

21 Jan 2010 6:20am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

beautiful light and composition

21 Jan 2010 7:38am

djedfre from schaumburg, United States

yes, great reflections!

21 Jan 2010 10:52am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Great photo! It feels like we're all there in all the wetness. I love days like this. Believe it or not my part of Florida has precious few of them. That was a surprise.

21 Jan 2010 11:44am

@Viewfinder: This comment sent me to Google Maps and then climate stats. You're in the Tampa - Saint Pete region. I know you get those wonderful thunder-boomers during the long summer. These are great to shoot in because the light is constantly changing before and after. Just be careful of the lightening.

Bradenton gets over 54 inches of rain each year - well more than double San Francisco's 21 inches. So, I am officially calling you on your claim. Get out there with that camera, Glenn and get wet!

laurent from 93, France

a great city view, fabulous reflects

21 Jan 2010 12:42pm

Cailean from Bielefeld, Germany

great picture I like the ligths on the streets

21 Jan 2010 4:31pm

Marie LC from Voiron, France


21 Jan 2010 5:34pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

I love it favourite shot of the day!

21 Jan 2010 5:40pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Nothing like a good rain to make the streets glisten!!! Your story about your 5D is my nightmare!! Guess that's why I don't venture out often, when it's raining!! I should probably look into one of those protectors, cause as you've said...we do get some wicked storms here, with amazing skies!!!

21 Jan 2010 11:54pm

@Susan: There are many waterproof cameras too - but most of them have small processors, and can't shoot raw. There are completely waterproof housings for many popular cameras and if I lived in Florida - I'd be more inclined to go that route.

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

The slick pavement makes this outstanding! I would imagine you're enjoying the break in the sunny weather. Stay dry and I will try to stay warm.

22 Jan 2010 2:35am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

I'm really taken by the reflections of the lights on the wet pavement. I also like the apparent wind motion of the palm tree.

22 Jan 2010 4:24am

Jean-Michel from Herstal, Belgium

Very nice shot. I like the colors of this picture and the reflection in the wet street. Great capture. Have a nice day.

22 Jan 2010 5:50pm