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Late Light on Red Hair

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 19 September 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Model Lacey Field

on the plaza alongside the Old Federal Reserve Building in San Francisco - 301 Battery Street

In 1983 The Federal Reserve moved to a state-of-the-art new building at 101 Market Street.

Anyone who is seriously familiar with San Francisco - would recognize the patterns in the floor-way behind Lacey here. This is the circular brick design of the Embarcadero Center buildings. Six city blocks display this brick work on public terraces that range from three to five floors - as do the office buildings located here which rise to 32 floors and the 17 floor Hyatt Regency of San Francisco.

We are three stories above Battery Street. Columns of the old Federal Reserve building are behind Ms. Field. It is one of those massive buildings that would seem completely at home in Washington, D.C. The Doric columns seem out of place in San Francisco.

The architects who designed Embarcadero Center seemed to understand this and I love that you can now walk in the air up above and through what was supposed to be an intimidating entrance to the government's piggy-bank.

Here is a view of this place I posted last December. We are up where the umbrellas are at the right end of the overpass. You can see these columns on the right as well:

[tomorrow]: another Lacey image from this same early evening shoot.

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Magda from Vancouver, Canada

the light is fantastic! gorgeous tones

19 Sep 2010 5:30am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente retrato pelo muy bonito!!

19 Sep 2010 5:48am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Lovely Lacey with the gorgeous red hair.....
Yup, I recognize the brick of the Embarcadero, though I didn't know it encompassed six city blocks.
Interesting information. I used to get to SF frequently, but haven't lately and I miss it.
I'm always happy for your excellent SF images.

19 Sep 2010 6:09am

@DULCIE: Yup - this area from Sansome Street to Battery, then the four Embarcadero Towers from Battery to Front, to Davis, and then Drumm Street to Embarcadero Plaza, and finally south to include The Hyatt Regency.

Rags from Plano, United States

She is so pretty.

19 Sep 2010 6:52am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

What a great light ! Morning and evening are definitely the best moments to photograph... Very nice portrait Stephen, great work ! Have a fantastic sunday :)

19 Sep 2010 8:10am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

such a beautiful hair color

19 Sep 2010 9:32am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Love red hairs !

19 Sep 2010 11:05am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

great light ! super portrait !

19 Sep 2010 1:38pm

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Lovely portrait

19 Sep 2010 2:24pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, by Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

angle of the light works beautifully........thanks for sharing the info too !!!

19 Sep 2010 2:34pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Amazing light! She almost looks like a statue. So still...

19 Sep 2010 3:13pm


Superbe portrait!Bravo!
Amitiés de France:CLAIRE

19 Sep 2010 3:21pm

David from Detroit, United States

Beautiful soft light. It is lovely on her hair and skin.

19 Sep 2010 7:33pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

i love the natural light on her as well, great portrait!

19 Sep 2010 10:59pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Lovely soft light matches her lovely smile. Can't help wondering what she's thinking about...

20 Sep 2010 1:02am

Phil Morris from Canada

Stunning portrait of this young woman who seems to be from a
different time. The backdrop is perfect also. This photograph
is beautifully serene.

20 Sep 2010 2:23am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, Canada

That is a beautiful shot. What amazing hair she has.

20 Sep 2010 2:26am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic light on the beautiful hair and splendid smile :)

20 Sep 2010 7:01am