San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts


Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105mm f/4 IS USM at 40mm, f/13 for 1/25 at ISO 100

Here is another photo from our last trip to San Francisco. I have seen numerous shots of the Palace of Fine Arts, but none that were composed exactly like this. I used the S-curve to lead the eye past the foreground grass and into the middle ground fern and then onto the lake with the fountain. The building in the background balances the fern on the right. Since the purpose of this trip was not for photography, this shot was made at a less than ideal time of day, around 3pm in the afternoon. However, I was fortunate enough to have some cloud cover that broke to reveal some blue sky reducing the harsh shadows that would normally be inherent by shooting in midday sun. Since I do not own a tilt-shift lens, I tried to keep perspective distortion to a minimum by positioning the building parallel with the focal plane.


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