MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady

Skyline Under: After Dark



If you're going to hike to this location, it's a waste to leave after dark without getting nighttime shots.

This was taken from Yerba Buena Island....
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If you're going to hike to this location, it's a waste to leave after dark without getting nighttime shots.

This was taken from Yerba Buena Island. The skyline is San Francisco. I'd tried to take skyline photos of the city a number of times, but was always foiled by fog. This night shaped up really nicely, as the low-lying clouds stayed behind the city and even caught the light from below.

This panorama is actually 2'x6'. This version really doesn't do it much justice. It's among the best shots I've taken yet.
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SherranAndersen
 
SherranAndersen October 06, 2013
Congrats.
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 October 07, 2013
Gorgeous nightscape shot! Congrats on being a finalist!
ArtQ
 
ArtQ October 08, 2013
Congrats on your finalist award in Skyline Panorama Contest.
tlotter
 
tlotter October 10, 2013
Congratulations
jleiweke
 
jleiweke October 11, 2013
Congrats!
MikeCeglady
 
MikeCeglady October 12, 2013
A huge and humble thanks to all who've viewed or faved this photo... Thank you all for the positive comments and publicity!
Timbo
 
Timbo November 04, 2013
Simply a brilliant shot.... Well done... Great capture of light, angles and lines....
frankadams
 
frankadams November 05, 2013
Amazing Mike, great job!!
Thimbee
 
Thimbee December 01, 2013
also a beautiful shot. Congrats
LindaDLester
 
LindaDLester December 11, 2013
Congratulations on your win with this! Stunning!
Etna PRO+
 
Etna December 12, 2013
nice shot
marcelfens
 
marcelfens December 13, 2013
Very nice indeed!
tmlakshmi PRO+
 
tmlakshmi February 11, 2014
stunning
abrovarnik
 
abrovarnik May 05, 2014
Nice photo!
abrovarnik
 
abrovarnik May 17, 2014
Excellent photo! I'll try to take a photos from this point some day. :)
melsteinberg
 
melsteinberg May 26, 2014
Very nice
ArtQ
 
ArtQ May 27, 2014
Congrats on your Runner-up Award.
Rl1956
 
Rl1956 May 27, 2014
great night capture, congrats on runner up
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD May 27, 2014
Stunning capture - congratulations
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life May 27, 2014
Aaammmazing capture..! gave the wrong award lol .. this is ONE OF A KIND :):)
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta May 30, 2014
Congratulations on being a Runner-up.
Bart PRO
 
Bart August 08, 2014
Great work Mike, You have my vote !
Etna PRO+
 
Etna August 29, 2014
Beautiful shot
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 November 17, 2014
Congratulations on your Award!
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady November 18, 2014
Thanks, this is the third time I've landed this photo in the finals of a contest. Third time's the charm, right?
herman-anwar
 
herman-anwar November 17, 2014
excellent shot...beautiful image...
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady November 18, 2014
Thank you so much!
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer December 10, 2014
Mike, you're on a roll! Congrats on finalist for Gratitude contest.
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady December 10, 2014
Thank you... Now if I could just win one! :)
janland PRO+
 
janland December 11, 2014
Beautiful capture! Wonderful POV and detail! Congrats!
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady December 12, 2014
Thanks so much. Fingers crossed... :)
davidbidmead
 
davidbidmead December 19, 2014
Congratulations ! Magical image.
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer February 06, 2015
Congratulations, Mike, on the Grand Cities contest!
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita February 06, 2015
brilliant...congrats on being a Finalist
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates February 10, 2015
Gorgeous shot! Congrats!
dareco PRO+
 
dareco March 03, 2015
voted
nicofurious
 
nicofurious March 06, 2015
Fantastic !!!
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD March 06, 2015
Fantastic perspective. Really like the slight curve in the bridge. Beautiful colour and detail. Congratulations.
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography June 12, 2015
Very nice work Mike, you have lots of patience.
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography September 15, 2015
Congratulations on making the finals in Evening Walk
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography January 26, 2016
Congratulations for making the finals in Architecture From Afar
ruthjolly PRO+
 
ruthjolly January 27, 2016
beautiful night photography
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson July 05, 2016
Fabulous. Love your work.
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography September 14, 2016
Tried to make a comment via my phone and screwed it all up and had to delete it. Anyway saw your comment on my shot making the finals along with yours. Wish I could leave you another award and like but can't even though you deserve it. 14 times a Finalist and once a Runner Up, this needs to win this time and I hope you do even though I am in the running also. Cheers.
richardsly Premium
 
richardsly October 30, 2017
sweet as photo.

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo on the southwest side of Yerba Buena island(between San Francisco and Oakland). A friend and I hiked down the hill next to the bridge to find an outcropping on the edge of a dropoff large enough to set up my tripod.
Time
We arrived and set up at about 7pm, and I took many different passes as the day expired, watching the changing lighting conditions as the sun set. The bridge lights came on around 9pm, and this panorama was taken around 9:15 or so.
Lighting
Since I had many passes at the panorama, I had the opportunity to choose which one had the best light. I wanted some light in the sky and some reflected light in the water. Also, since each frame was a 1.5 second exposure, I had to time the shots with the blinking of the red lights on top of the bridge.
Equipment
Just camera and tripod (Nikon D3200 with a Sigma DG HSM 18-250mm, and Manfrotto MK293, respectively). I triggered the shutter by hand with a 2 second delay.
Inspiration
This is going to sound stupid, but on the flight from Florida to California I was looking at the Sky Mall magazine which had large panoramic prints for sale. One was of the Bay Bridge, and I thought, "That's nice, why don't I find that spot and take that picture myself?" I didn't find the spot; I found my own spot. And I came away with a great image.
Editing
This image is 7 vertical frames stitched together in Photoshop. I did the usual curves adjustments to give a dynamic nature to the sky, and I adjusted vibrancy and clarity as well. When I process my photos, I try to make sure that the end result is natural and believable.
In my camera bag
Just the basics - I travel light and fast. Nikon D3200, Sigma 18-250mm lens, Nikon Speedlight, and IR remote, a few macro extension tubes, a 35mm prime and my tripod.
Feedback
If you want to capture an image like this one, scout your location and get there early. This single shoot produced about 40 panoramas, all at different times of day with different lighting. I picked my favorite two and posted them, but everyone is different. When shooting a multi-frame panorama, check each shot afterwards and make sure it's clear - there's nothing worse than getting the image you wanted with a fuzzy section in the middle!

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