• Banding appeared after upload!
  • Banding appeared after upload!
  • Cloned out fort and flagpole here!

Witching Hour (Golden Gate Bridge), San Francisco

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Update: There's some annoying banding on the uploaded version; it's not there on the original, must be to do with compression or what have you on upload. I've seen a few people note similar issues with their images. We need to petition the magic donkey for a fix.

This one's perhaps a little cliché... but there are some weird people up at this spot around midnight, and I endured them to get this shot. So I felt I ought to post it regardless. Getting up here late on was a pretty tense experience, with an empty, wind raked car park and a few hooded loners lurking, rocking on benches. There's an expression "do something that scares you everyday"; I think getting this shot sorted me out for a week or so minimum.

Afterwards, I made my way down to the pier at the foot of the slope. Again, I almost didn't make the extra effort in the dark, but, just as I was about to turn the key in the ignition, I saw some odd flashes in the darkness. A couple of bursts of light, then a searching beam scrambling around to describe a huge, twisted pattern. Light painting... ? Yes, a group of fellow photographers - a welcome sight, a couple of minutes chat and confirmation it was safe enough to stay out a little longer.

The top of the fort and a flagpole were cloned out in PP as they distracted a little, out that's why the foreground shadow probably looks a little odd.

Sorry to have been a little absent in the wake of the pig posting - yesterday I got some good news, a promotion at work, and the final stage of organising then celebrating that took me away from my catch up. I'm around this evening and very much looking forward to seeing everyone's photos.

Hope everyone is having a great start to the weekend!

Le Velo Indigo, gionni br@vo, and 456 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. André Pipa 16 months ago | reply

    Love the misterious atmosphere

  2. michael.veltman 16 months ago | reply

    Brilliant light, color, atmosphere and mood. Beautiful work.

  3. A D R I F T 16 months ago | reply

    very well done

  4. dancriss 16 months ago | reply

    A very refreshing look at the monument. Great work well done.

  5. B.E.K. 16 months ago | reply

    I hate when flickr does weird things to my photo's, to be honest, I really didn't even notice the banding. The image is spectacular.

  6. MariusR. 16 months ago | reply

    just love it.

  7. kappacygni 16 months ago | reply

    An absolute beauty with that fade out towards the top.

  8. Bean* 16 months ago | reply

    I love the foggy night mood here!!

  9. RissaVee 15 months ago | reply

    lovin' the fogginess

  10. Bardsea Photography 14 months ago | reply

    Cracker lovely colours

  11. iamdudu 14 months ago | reply

    amazing shot...

  12. coranjo 13 months ago | reply


  13. Michael Langille 12 months ago | reply

    supremely beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Neuronico 11 months ago | reply

    Lovely image.

  15. knightime creations by bess 9 months ago | reply

    Wonderful capture. Glad photography trumped fear!! Congratulations on being selected for Yahoo- Your Pictures- My Travels!!

  16. Aozma Qureshi 7 months ago | reply

    Truly magnificent

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