• Does anyone know what these trees are called? Would love to know.
  • An amazing building, but the light levels across its face weren't kind to it.
  • I took about 50 frames of this scene and then compounded this left hand corner with the rest of a frame with the left lane empty. Left lane traffic put too much light into the lens and caused nasty flare.
  • Thanks you Phil Dokas: www.flickr.com/photos/dokas/!

    Now I know what they are!
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus_microcarpa

Unnatural High (Transamerica Pyramid Light Trails), San Francisco

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So if you were driving up Columbus Avenue on the 24th of August, and swore you'd come back to kill the %$&!ing lunatic kneeling in the middle of the road with a DSLR and cable release, well.. . now you know who you're looking for.

Saw this shot during the day (some sunnier non-LX versions to follow), and returned in the early evening to get it. San Francisco's citizens are a good bunch; lots of interest and conversations with strangers as they stopped off at my tiny traffic island to see what I was up to.

The end result I was hoping for was a sort of "if they filmed 'Back to the Future' in SF" effect, and I think it gets there!

Some more ramblings below about how to/not to take a photo; if you have the patience to read on, thanks! Otherwise, have a fantastic weekend!

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  1. Maga Dias 31 months ago | reply

    Fabulous photo.

  2. vulture labs 31 months ago | reply

    so good to see you back!!!! always look forward to seeing your work, this is a stunner mate!!! love the pov and of course, the fantastic light trails!!!

  3. phil dokas 31 months ago | reply

    Those trees you’re wondering about are Chinese Banyan (Ficus microcarpa). They’re pretty popular around town :)

  4. Andy Watson1 31 months ago | reply

    Stunning shot! Amazing light trails!

  5. palnick 31 months ago | reply

    great perspective exposure and details, very dynamic image!!

  6. Ania.Photography 31 months ago | reply

    fantastic lighting, great perspective and a awesome exposure!!

  7. robbies2wheels 31 months ago | reply

    Super night shot... Light trails are super.. Good job..

  8. blauepics 30 months ago | reply

    Great work!

  9. BartPhotography 30 months ago | reply

    love this shot, love the light trails, awesome!

  10. Colliefan 30 months ago | reply

    WOWWWWWWWWWWW.........a dream of LIGHT ! Gorgeous !!!!!!!

  11. NightSnapper 30 months ago | reply

    Great picture.

  12. david.bank (www.david-bank.com) 27 months ago | reply

    Amazing catch! What a shot! Best from Berlin.

  13. Darvin Atkeson 27 months ago | reply

    Wow, you got more, um ..... guts than I have. Nice composition. I was just out shooting the tower the other night (see recent post) as they have the beacon lit at the top for the holidays. I might have to try this sometime but I think I'd want someone with some lights standing behind me to ward off some of the crazies I see driving in SF each time I go there. Nice job going the extra mile for this one.

    Regards,
    Darv

  14. N+C Photo 27 months ago | reply

    Nice shot! Take a risk for art.

  15. SheilaMink 27 months ago | reply

    A fabulous combination of perspectives!

  16. MA foto crazy 26 months ago | reply

    Very good work. I love night photography. Congrats.

  17. smbobde 25 months ago | reply

    Great framing - like the trails...

  18. @sage_solar 15 months ago | reply

    Stunning capture! Happy New Year :-)

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