Heart of San Francisco

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This shot is very much déjà vu for me. This scene was the first shot I took when I decided to take photography more seriously and produce quality images. Being around this holiday season I decided again to take advantage of the holiday skyline and to cross this shot off my list with the Transamerica Pyramid lit in the background.

First off, the s-curve exit from I-280 resembles a vein (superior vena cava or inferior vena cava) to the heart of the city (hence the name). I absolutely love how the highway just curves around and produces one of the most photogenic light streams during the dark hours.

As always I wanted to capture this scene during the several minute window of blue hour when details of the buildings can still be made out and when the city lights are not too harsh to overexpose. I was pleasantly surprised to find other holiday decorations in the skyline besides the Transamerica light. In total there were 6 photographers capturing this scene tonight. In this shot I managed to capture a car exiting with its turn signal blinking creating a different orange dashed light stream. On top of that Caltrain just happened to whiz by under the highway creating yet another light stream. All this in one shot; I could not be more pleased. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the holidays!

Canon 5D Mark II
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II

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  1. juliachocis 15 months ago | reply


  2. JoeFisherPhoto 15 months ago | reply

    Awesome shot. Nice work.

    I'm scoping out some locations when visiting in May later this year. I think you took this standing right here. ;)

  3. x10nick 13 months ago | reply

    Wow thought this was tokyo at first

  4. sumedhps 13 months ago | reply

    can you please tell me the location from where this was shot?

  5. dwighta3 11 months ago | reply

    19th and Texas St?

  6. Graffiti Junkie 10 months ago | reply

    That's an amazing image...

  7. Samuel Charles 9 months ago | reply

    Hey..This is an awesome click . You are invited to upload this image in the Tallenge Photography Contest on the Tallenge website !!!
    All the best ,

  8. Luís Henrique Boucault 8 months ago | reply

    Very nice shot! Well done!

  9. PHOTOROTA 8 months ago | reply


  10. peddhapati 5 months ago | reply

    Excellent shot, great work!!!

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