San Diego Skyline

I’m in San Diego this week, attending a Radiology conference.  The city has a dazzling skyline, and I wanted to photograph it tonight.  I scoured the internet and contacted a few local photographers.  My investigation yielded two possibilities:  Coronado Island and Harbor Island.  For no particular reason, I chose Coronado Island.  Perhaps I’ll visit Harbor Island tomorrow evening.  I arrived about an hour before sunset, allowing myself plenty of time for exploration and to scout out potential spots.  The visibility wasn’t the best, and the skyline looked a little hazy while the sun was still up.  Once the sun set and the building lights came on, the emerging scene looked more promising.  I found two spots that included interesting foreground elements.  On the first shot, my tripod was very close to the ground, as I wanted to feature the lovely purple and yellows wildflowers scattered in a bed of green vegetation. On the second, I included some beach rocks, illuminated by overhead sidewalk lamps. Luckily, the Coronado pedestrian ferry was docked, and I was able to incorporate it in the midground.

Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 7-14 f/4, 12mm (24mm equivalent), f/8, 4 sec, ISO 100


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Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 14-45 f/3.5-5.6, 14mm (28mm equivalent), f/8, 5 sec, ISO 100


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8 Comments
  • Conrad Tan
    March 25, 2010

    Dude these images rock! Glad to see you’ve been out shooting and enjoying your new rig man!

    • Mahesh
      March 25, 2010

      Conrad, thanks bud! I’ve told you this before…the little Panny is a gem, man…at any price! :D

  • Jeremiah
    March 25, 2010

    The first image is fantastic. Did you combine a couple of exposures or is that a single exposure?

    • Mahesh
      March 25, 2010

      Jeremiah, thanks! Both shots are single exposures. For the first, I was lucky the flowers didn’t move too much during such a long exposure. Had there been any kind of breeze, I would have had to ISO bracket. :D

  • sandeep
    March 25, 2010

    wowww!!! man these are great

    • Mahesh
      March 25, 2010

      Sandeep, thanks a lot, man! San Diego is a great place! :D

  • JoAnnadana
    March 25, 2010

    Wow Mahesh! This is a virtual treat!! Thank you!

    • Mahesh
      March 25, 2010

      JoAnn, thanks for the comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the shots. I still like Seattle’s skyline better, but SD also has a very nice one. :D

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