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Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 2 January 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Happy New Year in San Francisco

Larger view:

A story that is familiar to those who visit here frequently:

It was raining. I was traveling home from my office. It was after 11 PM and I was ready to retire - even though it was less than an hour before the new year would begin.

At the last minute - with the exit in the middle of the Bay Bridge onto Treasure Island coming up, I decided to try a few photographs of the fireworks and to see in the new year.

Minor regrets at this thought were quick to come as the three cars in front of me took the small, tight exit.Treasure Island used to be a secret when it was a military installation (U.S. Navy). But now that it is part of San Francisco - it has become a destination.

The line of traffic was double file and a mile long creeping down to the old sentry gate. But Della Reeves was singing jazz live from Yoshi's supper club on NPR's 'Toast-of-the-Nation' New year's radio-cast and I was suddenly into the project. This is the result...

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Laurent from not far from Lyon, France

what a delighted night shot!!

Happy new year Stephan and I hope your health problems are behind you now

2 Jan 2011 7:20am

willow from United States

Stephen - thanks for checking in on me. I'm OK - just overwhelmed by work and the holidays lately. Hopefully I'll catch up and be back soon. I miss you guys!

2 Jan 2011 7:44am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

hardly a project...more a beautiful night shot and a memorable piece of art!

2 Jan 2011 7:50am

jpdm from Pignans, France

what a great result, i can almost hear the notes of jazz in the air, so nice view on lights of frisco and fireworks...happy new year to you and family

2 Jan 2011 8:41am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Happy New Year to you and yours

2 Jan 2011 9:18am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Fantastic pano... these fireworks are superb !!! Happy New Year :)

2 Jan 2011 9:24am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

great panoramic shot, excellent

2 Jan 2011 11:32am

JCJ from Troyes, France

perfectly managed panorama, well done !!!

2 Jan 2011 11:48am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States


2 Jan 2011 2:20pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

A most scenic spot and your photo is a spectacular tribute to your most wonderful
city, one of the most beautiful on earth, every day you put your images in our minds.

2 Jan 2011 2:56pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful , clear, crisp image . I admire how distance is perfect with all great details !

2 Jan 2011 3:19pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Spectacular!! What an impressive display and image capturing it!!

2 Jan 2011 6:59pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

nice view.

3 Jan 2011 12:47pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


3 Jan 2011 7:18pm

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

Very very cool Stephen !! You were most certainly in the right place at the right time !! Love this shot !!!

4 Jan 2011 2:22am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Wonderful capture!

4 Jan 2011 4:53am

djib from France

I like the other photographer in the foreground. Great shot, the background is splendid and you took the shot with a perfect timing.

6 Jan 2011 1:56pm