Ever since I bought my tripod I use it on 95% of the shoots I go out on, so it’s a bit disconcerting for me now when I am forced to do handheld shots, especially if bracketing for HDR.

This image was taken during my last day in San Francisco when I had an hour to spare after lunch and so did a quick walk around between Folsom and Mission around the 4th Street area. I stood in the middle of the road and aimed upwards here, using my face to rest the camera on. I think one of the benefits to upgrading to a new camera from the 500d would be the extra weight which should prove to help steadying handheld shots; however it appears the alignment feature in Photomatix did the trick in this instance and eliminated the blur.

I’m not sure what this building is to be honest, it’s the block as the W Hotel, I remember, but really not too sure what the building is and a quick look on Google Maps doesn’t help to identify it either.

I spent some time on my trip looking upwards as it seems that every single building in San Francisco has a fire escape that leads to the roof…very much a playground for someone such as myself who loves to get up high. I had promised my employers that I would be on my best behaviour though (and was only told off by police once during my whole trip – and that was just my unfortunate timing when crossing a road), and even though my hotel room window went straight out onto the fire escape where I had one flight to go to the roof, I resisted the temptation to go out and climb it. As soon as I saw this building popping out from the skyline I made my way towards it in the hope it would provide a suitable shot; these types of shots are pretty common but were something I had never really done before.

36 thoughts on “Monolithic”

  1. I really like this shot! The texture on the building is great and the perspective makes me feel so tiny. The processing is also stellar. Great work man!

  2. You mean you don’t carry your tripod everywhere you go, lie on the ground and force the tripod to work with you? šŸ™‚ Great shot for handheld though – no evidence that it wasn’t tripod stabilized!

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