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Sunset Down California Street | by NMB.Photography
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Sunset Down California Street

A cable car rolls down western California street (past Nob Hill and Grace Cathedral) while wispy clouds form a golden sunset on a chilly December day.


Camera Canon EOS 60D

Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)

Aperture f/4.0

Focal Length 70 mm

ISO Speed 200

Lens 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM


The Story


I decided to come over to San Francisco after school that day and I really wanted to head over to the Golden Gate Bridge. I didn't have my bike with me so I went to the 30 line bus stop right before the Stockton Street tunnel. As usual, the two buses that passed were filled with people packed in like sardines, so instead of waiting for another probably full bus I decided to walk up California Street. I have walked up Nob Hill many times but for some reason I never wandered past Grace Cathedral before. I honestly thought I would be able to see the Pacific ocean from the top of the hill but I was surprised to see yet another hill about a mile away. Dismayed, I decided to cross the street when I noticed a cable car coming towards me. Then I looked toward the west and saw the beautiful orange sky so I stopped right in the middle of the road to take a couple of photos. Before I got done taking the photos I heard the rumble of the cable car pass me and I thought to myself "Crap I'm stuck in the middle of the road!" So I stood there for a few seconds then notice the cable car again, so I set my camera and took the shot that you see before you now. Funny how things work out in the end.


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Taken on December 16, 2011