Thursday, February 16, 2006

Walking uphill

I found this interesting scene walking up one of San Francisco's notoriously steep hills (Hyde st. I think). As I walked up I wanted to take a photo showing the steepness without taking a typical 'look up the street' shot.
I noticed this short older woman walking up the street and decided to go to the other side of the street and wait for her to enter the frame. I set up the shot so that the angle of the street is clear and so the woman is placed in a good spot. With the cars evenly split and the large building as a backdrop, I think there is a nice sense of balance and scale.

Nikon Coolpix 5400, AV f5.4
[click photo to enlarge]


Blogger Sidney said...

Perfect set up, perfect timing, perfect spot and as a result a great picture !
I love this street shot.
Poor old lady :-)

1:41 AM  
Blogger David Kleinert said...

Hi, another great image! In answer to your query about my lacewing pic - the apeture used was 5.6. I had the camera set to auto, so I didn't have a lot of control (but was still happy with the result!)

2:28 AM  
Blogger Chantal said...

Like how this photo shows us the real up hill walk.

4:55 AM  
Blogger Hops & Robyn said...

Nice choice with B&W. The contrast, the texture of the building and the leaf in the corner make it more interesting. That little Coolpix can take some nice photos!

5:18 AM  
Anonymous Otto K said...

Very nice capture, and I really like the B&W processing here.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comments, I am happy with how this turned out.
I actually just noticed how the woman's left foot is just about to touch the ground in the photo.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Bailey said...

Very nice picture, and I like it in B&W.

For some reason, those streets always remind me of the movie Mrs. Doubtfire. Makes no sense. My Dad grew up in San Fran, and I've been there many times.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Ian Frazier said...

I like it, but i cant help but be distracted by the dark tree in the corner, cropped it is much more graphical.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comments,

Bailey- I think Mrs. Doubtfire was filmed in SF, I'm not sure.

Ian- Good point. I considered cropping it out but when I did the window seemed cutoff. Plus that would reduce the impact of the height difference between the building and the woman.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous eph2810 said...

This picture really shows how steep the hills are. Great picture.

5:38 AM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Nice choice to go with black & white here. A very interesting shot. I'd hate to be in the construction business in San Francisco and forget my level! :o)

7:51 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comments.

You don't have to force residents of San Francisco to take public transportation, the hills make them have to.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Socayo said...

Great picture. Interesting the differents lines.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Alicia said...

I like it. The woman and the house show an interesting comparison in size. People must get quite a workout on streets like this.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comments,

This is definetely one of those 'right time and place' shots. A second early or later and it wouldn't be the same.

8:00 PM  

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