San Diego Skyline – Three Different Looks



San Diego Skyline Seascape Cityscape Coranado Panorama yacht waterscape bay boats harbor city lights

Canon 5D Mark III, 24-105mm f/4 USM at 45mm, f/8 for 1/80 at ISO 100, circular polarizer

San Diego Skyline Seascape Cityscape Coranado Panorama yacht waterscape bay boats harbor city lights

Canon 5D Mark III, 24-105mm f/4 USM at 45mm, f/8 for 20s at ISO 100, circular polarizer

San Diego Skyline Seascape Cityscape Coranado Panorama yacht waterscape bay boats harbor city lights

Canon 5D Mark III, 24-105mm f/4 USM at 45mm, f/11 for 20s at ISO 100

The above three photos were shot from Coronado Landing towards Downtown San Diego to the North. The sun was setting almost directly South behind my back.  As I looked West, I could tell that no interesting clouds would be above the city during sunset and I wanted to capture the nice clouds over the city so I shot the first photo approximately 50 minutes prior to sunset. Since the sun was yet to set, there is still a harsh quality to the light. The second shot was made around 1 hour later, or right after sunset where the city lights nicely balance the light remaining in the sky. The interesting clouds are now gone, but the quality of light is much better. The final shot was made around 10 minutes after the second shot resulting in a darker sky and the lights of the city becoming more prominent.  Shots that were taken later that evening resulted in the lights of the city becoming too overpowering and the sky becoming too dark. It is amazing how quickly the light changes in such a short period of time and shots made just 10 minutes apart can look dramatically different.

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5 thoughts on “San Diego Skyline – Three Different Looks

      • Yes, the night shot you have here is perfect: it’s dark, but the sky isn’t all black. It’s all about the timing and I think you’ve hit it spot on!

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