Thursday, November 11, 2010

I Left My Heart........

..........In San Francisco

A lazy, hazy, late afternoon, spent walking along the water's edge.  Lighting was not so good for photography, but saw this photo op, so pulled out my camera anyway.  There were tons of other people around this couple, but as I was standing there noticing how aesthetically pleasing the meandering 'stream' was in the foreground, the couple in the middle ground and the Golden Gate Bridge towering in the background, all the other people walked out of my composition, and I used that split second to snap the picture.   (Because of the lack of contrast and neutral tones of midday, I used a Lightroom preset to add a bit of additional snap and color.  HDR would not have been a good choice here.)

20 comments:

Sandra said...

at first glance, i thought they were in a boat, now I see the streams. you did good to get the other people out. sometimes i see a beautiful photo in my head and it is ruined by bystanders. I like the color and can see why you left your heart there

From the Kitchen said...

My heart is there too, Karen! Our oldest son lives there. Wonderful photograph and thanks for the tip!

Best,
Bonnie

Robin said...

I love it!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Bee-you-tee-full!!!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Stunning photography

Ginny said...

Such a really unusual picture, and colors! Very cool, and it draws me in!!

jennyfreckles said...

I can see why it's called the Golden Gate Bridge.

Lisa RedWillow said...

I love it too. Beautiful

Lisa RedWillow said...

I have a new toy on oder. Its a 430 EX 11. Im picking up tomorrow.

Thanks or the blog on the flash. I needed that one.

Loyce said...

We've all seen so many photos of this bridge and they all look alike. This one is unique in the composition and tone. I love it.

I'm always looking for a new way to shoot a famous scene. This definitely is one I love.

Great shot, Karen.

Rocket Man said...

That's a wonderful shot, Karen. As a relative newcomer to photography I really appreciate the discussion on what went into the shot.

Rick said...

A real beauty Karen ! I really like what you did with the colour on this !

janc@mac.com said...

Great photo. Was this taken last spring?

Light-In-A-Box said...

Hello Karen!
It's funny how sometimes we think there are no photo ops, but if we go ahead & do it anyways sometimes there are surprises waiting in our little cameras! Good job!
Michael

Scott said...

I rally like this one. All the things you mentioned come together for a great image.

Karen said...

Jan, it was taken when we were in the bay area for Tyler and Emily's wedding open house a few months ago.

joey said...

Oh, the split second, so good, Karen!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I see why you couldn't resist taking this shot. Oh, San Francisco... a heart stealer for sure.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Uhh...gobsmacking...breathtaking...
but you know by now how much I love bridges.
Hugs D.

lioneagle said...

Hi Karen -

Whooping beauty - this is!