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Incoming Storm

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 31 May 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

It seems nearly ludicrous to be posting this now - I just didn't have time to attend to it last week when it was taken. It is sunny and cloudless and very warm in San Francisco this Memorial Day Weekend.

We've had a most unusual wet season this year. Normally, it is dry along the central and southern California coast after the first of April. This year the rains have continued all the way through May.

I was driving home on the Bay Bridge last Wednesday. Another wet storm was blowing in from the northwest. It was windy and cold. It was just before sundown and the traffic was miserable. My view was that standing in the wind and cold with the camera and tripod would be better than inching along the lower deck of The Bay Bridge - and so the exit onto Treasure Island in the middle of the bay. I was rewarded - not only with this image - but also with the ciumstance that by the time I climbed back up to the bridge - the traffic had opened up and was moving near the speed limit - hooray!

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Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

A great panoramic, Stephen.

31 May 2010 5:54am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fabulous image with those deep sweeping clouds Stephen.

31 May 2010 8:42am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

dramatic beauty

31 May 2010 10:02am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Celle-là je l'aime tout particulièrement. Magnifique ! on aurait envie de l'avoir en agrandissement pour l'encadrer chez soi

31 May 2010 10:49am

Marcie from Newton, United States

WOW! Love the mood. Love the color. Love the light. WOW!!

31 May 2010 11:18am

JPS from Le Havre, France

Fantastic..all this living blue...

31 May 2010 12:10pm

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

Fantastic light!

31 May 2010 2:08pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Beautiful image!

31 May 2010 4:26pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old west wales boy), Germany

Blue,blue and more blue... Very blue this one then Phillip :-)

31 May 2010 4:39pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Very beautiful, like the movement of clouds in the sky.

31 May 2010 6:53pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Gorgeous!!! Lucky with this image and the timing on getting through the traffic with ease :)

31 May 2010 7:36pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Dream blue tones on this beautiful shot. Congratulations

31 May 2010 8:09pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful shot Stephen.....gorgeous lighting, and color.....and seems your photo taking paid off......any reason to get out of the traffic, and then even better, to find it's gone!!!!

31 May 2010 9:55pm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Wonderful work And thanks for pulling off the road! The lights across the cityscape really pull me into the image and this has a fantastic sky!

31 May 2010 10:07pm

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Such an incredible picture, San Francisco seems to cling to the bridge as it sinks in the distance.

1 Jun 2010 12:45am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

i have to say I love a good cloud photograph, and this certainly is one...

1 Jun 2010 2:40am

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

I love shooting at Treasure Island. We'll have to do a meet-up some time.

Geepers, what type of lens are you using here??? Great image.

1 Jun 2010 4:58am

@MontereyJohn: Hey John - thanks for the visits and kind words.The lens is my old favorite - the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II. It is by far the most used lens in my arsenal. FYI on the storm cloud image off TI:

ISO 50 - at 16mm - f/16 for 25.0 seconds.

singapore corporate photography from singapore, Singapore

Gorgeous shot!

2 Jun 2010 6:43am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great long exposure. Love the empty space of the smooth sea and sky.

2 Jun 2010 12:04pm