Welcome. I am back from my trip to San Francisco and Northern California. I had the pleasure to live in Southern California for several years but never got the chance to visit some of the attractions in the north of the state. I have been to SF already but in the pre-digital times so my TE gallery does not show it. This short trip was a chance to fill some gaps in my records.
Now living in Ireland for few years already I got used to the bad weather so much ;) that I take it everywhere I go with me. So I experienced now a cold, windy, rainy, unpleasant and not photogenic weather even in California. Still from time to time sun did appear and I managed to take few photos which I would like to share with you. As I am a postcard collector let me start with one of the most recognizable San Francisco views: Victorian houses at Alamo Square.
Painted ladies is a term used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. The term was first used for San Francisco Victorian houses by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book Painted Ladies - San Francisco's Resplendent Victorians. Since then the term has also been used to describe groups of colorful Victorian houses in other American cities, such as the Charles Village neighborhood in Baltimore City, Lafayette Square in St. Louis, Missouri, the greater San Francisco and New Orleans areas, Columbia-Tusculum in Cincinnati and the city of Cape May, New Jersey.
Alamo Square is a residential neighborhood and park in San Francisco, California. A row of Victorian houses facing the park on Steiner Street, known as the "Painted Ladies", are often shown in the foreground of panoramic pictures of the city's downtown area. A number of movies, television shows and commercials have been filmed in or around Alamo Square. The opening sequence of the American sitcom Full House (1987-1995) features a romp in Alamo Square Park with the famous row of Victorians in the background.
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lousat (67159) 2011-05-29 1:58
Fantastic pic my friend!!!What a composition from the best point of view,magnificent perspective and the top of the top of the quality of light balance,sharpness and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.
siolaw (37642) 2011-05-29 2:01
Excellent general quality, but what I like above all is the dominant colour tones.
Interesting architectural contrast too!
PaulVDV (18754) 2011-05-29 2:12
I've seen views before of the 'Painted Ladies' but this beautiful blue hour picture has the advantage that the different horizontal layers are more clearly distinguishable from each other. This is due to the dark roofs and the grass in the foreground.
The many lights give a beautiful sight to the city, between the blue sky and the dark foreground. This is absolutely a great POV. I wonder why I don't see anyone on the grass ...
It cannot be too late in the evening. Or is it the weather ? I read you took the Irish weather with you to California. I remember you took it also with you to Turkey on another trip.
PS: In Belgium we're having the sunniest spring since 1887 :)
Best regards, Paul
siudzi (29053) 2011-05-29 2:40
Porywajaca kompozycja! Przepiekny widok, doskonale naswietlanie i kolory. Moje gratulacje!
ifege (9951) 2011-05-29 3:36
Strange but beautiful Mariusz
bukitgolfb301 (33532) 2011-05-29 3:42
Hi bonjour my dear Mariusz
Another fantastic artstic image by managing light effect via profesional skill. Excellent shot indeed for presenting light twilight gorgeous atmosphere.
Thanks for your sharing finest work and have a good Sunday evening!
Takero from rainy Tokyo by aproaching typhoon
The condition for disorderd Nuceler Power stations remain unchanged, no progress. "TEPCO" should be punished severly by IAEA.
timecapturer (40290) 2011-05-29 4:44
this is such an imaginative and quite beautiful shot. I love the light and the clarity is remarkable. It is an object lesson in composition, with perfect light management and control of the DOF. A superb and stunning image. Congratulations!
Enjoy Sunday - Brian
stevesaba (8023) 2011-05-29 4:48
Beaufiully done, with a lovely pink cast to this great row of housing. San Francisco really is a delight, and you have captured that so well here. Fine work, warm regards,
SnapRJW (26134) 2011-05-29 5:26
Hello Krzysztof - The pastel pinks and blues are so delicate and attractive and the detail in the buildings excellent. A shot with great depth. Super work Best regards Rosemary
npecanhuk (58246) 2011-05-29 6:20
A classical but very beautiful blue hour picture of those "painted ladies"!
Special regards to the management of ligth, sharpness, colors and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Sergiom (49008) 2011-05-29 7:25
Tu as réussi ŕ hotographier sous un angle idéal la plus belle rue de San Francisco ŕ l'heure bleue. La gestion de la lumičre est impeccable.
sabermonajati (8491) 2011-05-29 7:43
pleasant light and view you shot.
Sonata11 (31883) 2011-05-29 7:43
bardzo lane ujecie w slicznych wieczornych kolorach. Pieknie oswietlone miasto. Bardzo ladnie wykonane zdjecie jak zreszta zawsze. Podoba mi sie bardzo.
Serdecznie pozdrawim i zycze milej niedzieli,
JFS (32457) 2011-05-29 8:38
Une panoramique que j'ai vu mil fois mais je dois t'avouer que ta photo et la plus belle. Compo incroyable, lumie`re parfaite et image d'un grande netteté. Merci Mariusz!
mauro61 (52623) 2011-05-30 0:18
mi piace l'inquadratura e l'effetto che ha la luce sulla scena.
Buona la definizione nello splendido contrasto tra lo stile moderno e quello Vittoriano.
dta (59121) 2011-05-30 5:49
Hello Mariusz ,
Welcome back ! With a superb capture of this place at the blue hour (or the pink hour ?) This view of the old houses , with the buildings in the BG is famous , may be , but I did'nt know it .
Thanks for the share .
josepmarin (57069) 2011-05-30 8:47
A great composition, I like the perfect alignment of the Victorian houses that we see in foreground, and the spectacular skyline of the downtown of San Francisco in background, in this image with a great sharpness.
The light of the late afternoon and the smoothness of the colors create an interesting atmosphere, in a fantastic capture at the blue hour.
An excellent work.
SWEETFREEDOM (20590) 2011-05-30 9:44
very nice the contrast between the Victorian houses in fg and the tall building in bg.
excellent light management.
raszid62 (18583) 2011-05-30 11:18
Te śliczne domki w różu rzeczywiście moga nasunąć skojarzenie z panienkami na wydaniu na balu Absolwentek. W tle dla kontastu noweczesne miasto. Wspaniała kolorystyka i perfekcyjna jakość fotografii a także doskonały pomysł.
Graal (93606) 2011-05-30 11:38
fajne miejsce znalazles w wielkim S. Francisco. Dobry strzal wykonany w ulubionej chyba przez Ciebie porze dnia. Swietna jakosc zdjecia, dowcipny tytul. Podoba mi sie tutaj tylko zal, ze tam nie bylem, haha.
pajaran (44372) 2011-05-30 12:31
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar trenutak i ostrina snimka kojim ste naglasili lepotu arhitekture, lepa fotografija.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepe boje i kontrast, moje cestitke na ulovljenom trenutku.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Bardzo ciekawy i dobry tekst ...
Dobry czas i siły rejestrujące, które wyraził pan piękno architektury, piękne fotografie.
Dobra praca i skład, ładne kolory i kontrast, gratulacje złapany moment.
Wszystkiego najlepszego w nowym tygodniu, że rozpoczął się.
vasilpro (40685) 2011-05-30 13:14
Wonderful blue hour composition with excellent light management, beautiful city view, interesting architecture, lovely colors, very good clarity, TFS!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
Fis2 (78808) 2011-05-30 13:46
Ciekawe zestawienie architektury.
Super kolorki i ostrosc.
yquem46 (37514) 2011-05-30 13:50
A very classic spot in San Francisco but an excellent and original view at the blue hour from Alamo square
Splendid pastel blue and pink colors for a very moody shot
have a nice evening
ciakgiak (30403) 2011-05-30 14:26
ed in effetti inizi alla grande, con una cartolina di grandissimo impatto, con le bellissime facciate in primo piano, ben illuminate ed uno splendido panorama sullo sfondo, per un'insieme di grandissimo fascino.
Un carissimo abbraccio.
macjake (48357) 2011-05-30 21:34
well, this is the first of your trip from San Fran! looking forward to seeing others too :)
the blue hour lighting atop the frame has that soft, bright pale blue...the one you want!
all the lights are coming through like yellow honeycombs in the background.
the foreground has a somewhat pink/orange hue to it, surely from all the street lights.
an excellent first shot!
rodgerg (55767) 2011-05-31 8:01
Congratulations for this excellent presentation of these famous painted ladies with an incredible light very well managed. A very particulary athmopsehr, alittle fantastic, a little an athmospehr of dreams. POV well selcetd nad propsect to the moden edifice of the city which give graphic effect, depht and contrast.
annjackman (16479) 2011-05-31 8:52
Spectacular quality of colour, light and sharpness. The city view is wonderful and the 'painted ladies' superb.
Best wishes, Ann
jlbrthnn (79791) 2011-05-31 10:14
The quality of the photo is incredible. I appreciate the excellent exposure, the perfect neatness. The image is effectively and artistically consisted. Colours are magic. The note is interesting and useful. Congratulations.
Have a nice day.
sacimar (25971) 2011-05-31 10:55
this a classical postcard of San Francisco, I like the moment of the day you took it, the light management is very good and the details of the "ladies" and the rest of the buildings in the back are excellent, well done and welcome back!
Silvio1953 (109341) 2011-05-31 11:45
Ciao Mariusz, great parade of lovely facades and fantastic skyscrapers in BG, splendid light and wonderful sunset colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
jafadabret (56497) 2011-06-01 8:45
Ces Painted Ladies sont superbes et tu les as prises en photo au bon moment. J'aime le contraste entre ces maisons victoriennes et la ville moderne juste derričre.
Trčs belle prise !
paololg (31448) 2011-06-04 14:28
Ciao dear Mariusz,
You are truly a master of light and clarity. and this beautiful photo shows well all your skill and your photographic experience. It's really nice to see SF with this lovely pink hue that contrasts well with the sky. Congratulations, another masterpiece in your gallery!
Ciao, have a nice Sunday!
faletiz (10759) 2011-06-05 14:37
you gave us a beautiful picture with a magical atmosphere. Right now my husband has gone from my computer and made a comment to your photo enthusiast, I am sending along to me. The light of this image is stunning as well as the perfect composition. I've been to San Francisco many years ago and your beautiful photos brought me joy with the memory of a beautiful city.
Waylim (24346) 2011-06-08 23:03
Very special image here, Probably one of the best of image of this area i have ever seen, love how you combined the tow layer of landscape in one and it works seamlessly blending in from the foreground of the Victorian houses to the skyline of SFO. Both are in such great clarity and sharpness and the combination of warm and cool light. Really wonderful shot. I love it.
adores (32184) 2011-06-27 9:41
I'm glad you mentioned it, because somehow, I had missed this one! It's really a great shot. The composition is really good, with this row of traditional houses in foreground and then the huge modern city in background. Taken at a perfect moment of the day, with very good exposure and beautiful tonalities.
claudeD (28273) 2011-07-03 11:06
I like this picture you are sharing with all TE members here very much.Excellent composition and clarity.The light managment you have realized here is just perfect.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
nikkitta (10462) 2011-09-19 19:31
Very beautiful capture of the "ladies"
I like the four pictures in which the capture can be divided
The field at the FG, the houses, the city and the sky
Is this a classical view of SF?
Anyway you managed to obtain a personal and good one
Here today was plenty of sun, blue sky and 24 degrees!
kennyblack (4207) 2011-12-17 10:09
Hello Mariusz, this is perfection ... I'd have it in its original format as a poster for my room. What strikes me is the perfect detail and colouring. Nice and complete note ... Great:)))
A greeting and good wishes for the weekend ... marine
danos (80288) 2012-05-19 12:19
i have seen once more time in the past, these painted ladies with the lights of the backdrop modern buildings to contrast perfect with these ones.I like the clarity and the sharpness of the image with the excellent light and colour management to bring out the details of them.
Have a good weekend,Danos
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (28037)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-05-15
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
- Exposure: f/5.6
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Northern California 2011
- Date Submitted: 2011-05-29 1:57
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