Grey Series: San Francisco’s West Coast During the Magic Hour, 27 October 2013 (Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon)


Good Evening:

Who needs another gorgeous sunset? Fluffy pink gossamer clouds in a dark sapphire sky as a perfectly round sun turns orange red and lights up the sea with its reflections?


After 30+ years on the Pacific Coast, I have learned how to appreciate the normal San Francisco sunset, when fog and/or clouds roll in along with just the right brisk breeze–OK, howling near-gale-force wind–to instill in oneself the proper level of appreciation for hot chocolate, spiked or unspiked. Since so many of these Challenges seem custom-designed to drive me to the ruins of the Sutro Baths, yesterday’s Magic Hour was perfect.

In a sort of dark grey, gloomy, ghosts and goblins sort of perfect.

Wester Horizon, San Francisco, California, 27 October 2013

Wester Horizon, San Francisco, California, 27 October 2013

For all of these shots, I pulled out my Nikon D40 DSLR, but I left the polarizing filter on, despite the gathering darkness. I still don’t know why, but something about the American West seems to require some kind of filter to prevent pictures from coming out too brightly. Although the filter technically changes the light, the resulting pictures displayed what I actually saw (1/30th second exposures). No filter would have made the shots too light.

Two of the shots don’t qualify for my Grey Series, but they still have some interest.

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That bottom picture looks like something from a computer game of the adventure genre (e.g., Myst) where you need to find a message engraved on the far side of the boulder. Just two more for tonight, but truly grey shots, even if shot in full color.

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Vonn Scott Bair

4 responses »

      • Peter S: I don’t blame you for not liking it; there exist plenty of reasons why I’ve never owned a car in San Francisco. Whilst you might dislike the driving, what drives many residents nuts is the *parking* largely because there rarely is any. Vonn Scott Bair

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