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San Diego Awakens, Sunrise over the San Diego City Skyline

Panoramas, San Diego

This was the scene that greeted my camera on a recently cold winter morning, as dawn crept in from the east and the nighttime lights of downtown San Diego gave way to morning. Cheers and thanks for looking!

Sunrise over the San Diego City Skyline

Sunrise over the San Diego City Skyline
Image ID: 28858
Location: San Diego, California, USA

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Encinitas Sign over Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, California

San Diego

California has many funky beach towns, and Encinitas is one of my favorites. Swami’s, Moonlight, Stone Steps, D Street. My kids are lucky to spend their summers on the beach in Encinitas. In the middle of town, a vintage-looking ENCINITAS sign arches over the Coast Highway 101, a landmark in a small town with more than its share of landmarks. Cheers and thanks for looking!

Encinitas city sign lit at night over Highway 101

Encinitas city sign lit at night over Highway 101
Image ID: 28841
Location: Encinitas, California, USA

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Panorama of San Diego City Skyline at Dawn, Storm Clouds and City Lights

Panoramas, San Diego

I arrived very early one morning at one of my favorite spots from which to photograph America’s Finest City, only to find the sky engulfed with thick storm clouds. However, as my eyes adjusted to the dark and I could see the pastel colors that spread outward from the city and painted the clouds above, I realized how fortunate I was to have this opportunity to photograph San Diego’s beautiful bay-front skyline underneath a ceiling of colorful storm clouds. Since the light levels required a long exposure to properly photograph scene, I managed to make one panoramic image before the light show was over. This occurred about 45 minutes before sunrise, when there is barely any sunlight showing (just a glimmer on the southeastern horizon, just above Coronado Bay Bridge on the right). Artificial light from San Diego’s downtown buildings as well as cars making the early morning commute on Interstate 5 and over the Coronado Bay Bridge produce the light illuminating the underside of the thick storm clouds. For a short while this artificial light is balanced with the approaching dawn, producing the view you see below. The colors that can be photographed before dawn (after after sunset) are much more intense than those during the day; I actually had to reduce the color saturation in the finished version of this image. This very high resolution photograph will print up to 4′ high and 13′ wide. Cheers and thanks for looking!

San Diego City Skyline viewed from Harbor Island, storm clouds at sunrise

San Diego City Skyline viewed from Harbor Island, storm clouds at sunrise.
Image ID: 28844
Location: San Diego, California, USA

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Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel at Sunrise, Embarcadero Marina, San Diego

San Diego

The blue pre-dawn sky, with just a hint of the color that is to come with sunrise, serves as a backdrop for the distinctive towers of the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel, overlooking the yachts in their slips along San Diego’s Embarcadero marina. Cheers and thanks for looking!

Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel at sunrise, viewed from the San Diego Embarcadero Marine Park

Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel at sunrise, viewed from the San Diego Embarcadero Marine Park
Image ID: 28818
Location: San Diego, California, USA

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Botanical Building and Lily Pond Reflection, Balboa Park, San Diego

San Diego

The Botanical Building in San Diego‘s Balboa Park, at 250 feet long by 75 feet wide and 60 feet tall, was the largest wood lath structure in the world when it was built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. The Botanical Building, located on the Prado, west of the Museum of Art, contains about 2,100 permanent tropical plants along with changing seasonal flowers. The Lily Pond, just south of the Botanical Building, is an eloquent example of the use of reflecting pools to enhance architecture. The 193′ by 43’ foot pond and smaller companion pool were originally referred to as Las Lagunas de las Flores (The Lakes of the Flowers) and were designed as aquatic gardens. The pools contain exotic water lilies and lotus which bloom spring through fall. Cheers and thanks for looking!

The Botanical Building in Balboa Park, San Diego. The Botanical Building, at 250 feet long by 75 feet wide and 60 feet tall, was the largest wood lath structure in the world when it was built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. The Botanical Building, located on the Prado, west of the Museum of Art, contains about 2,100 permanent tropical plants along with changing seasonal flowers. The Lily Pond, just south of the Botanical Building, is an eloquent example of the use of reflecting pools to enhance architecture. The 193' by 43' foot pond and smaller companion pool were originally referred to as Las Lagunas de las Flores (The Lakes of the Flowers) and were designed as aquatic gardens. The pools contain exotic water lilies and lotus which bloom spring through fall

The Botanical Building in Balboa Park, San Diego. The Botanical Building, at 250 feet long by 75 feet wide and 60 feet tall, was the largest wood lath structure in the world when it was built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. The Botanical Building, located on the Prado, west of the Museum of Art, contains about 2,100 permanent tropical plants along with changing seasonal flowers. The Lily Pond, just south of the Botanical Building, is an eloquent example of the use of reflecting pools to enhance architecture. The 193′ by 43′ foot pond and smaller companion pool were originally referred to as Las Lagunas de las Flores (The Lakes of the Flowers) and were designed as aquatic gardens. The pools contain exotic water lilies and lotus which bloom spring through fall
Image ID: 28824
Location: Balboa Park, San Diego, California, USA

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Blue Moon over San Diego City Skyline

Astrophotography and Night Scapes, San Diego

San Diego City Skyline at Sunset with a Rare Blue Moon

Tonight I was fortunate to photograph a rare “blue moon” rising at sunset over San Diego’s beautiful city skyline. This view is from Harbor Island looking across San Diego Bay toward the downtown waterfront. Tonight’s full moon is indeed a “blue moon”. What is a “blue moon” you ask? Typically a season, such as summer, will have only three full moons. On those occasions when four full moons occur during a given season, the third full moon is called a “blue moon”. (Note the oft-quoted “second full moon in a single month” is actually incorrect!) Remarkably, a jet plane on approach to San Diego airport flew right in front of the full moon, and the light of the setting sun just balanced that of the rising blue moon allowing a photograph to be made showing the jet with its headlights on against the sharp detail of the moon, with San Diego’s beautiful skyline set below. No photoshop trickery here. The jet is a tiny black spot on the moon in the first image below, but since this photograph will print beautifully up to 24″ x 36″ you’ll be able to see the jet clearly set against the moon in the print hanging in your living room or office lobby! Cheers, and thanks for looking!

Blue Moon, Full Moon at Sunset over San Diego City Skyline, approaching jet with headlights appearing in front of the moon

Blue Moon, Full Moon at Sunset over San Diego City Skyline, approaching jet with headlights appearing in front of the moon
Image ID: 28753
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Blue Moon at Sunset over San Diego City Skyline.  The third full moon in a season, this rare "blue moon" rises over San Diego just after sundown

Blue Moon at Sunset over San Diego City Skyline. The third full moon in a season, this rare “blue moon” rises over San Diego just after sundown.
Image ID: 28754
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Blue Moon at Sunset over San Diego City Skyline.  The third full moon in a season, this rare "blue moon" rises over San Diego just after sundown

Blue Moon at Sunset over San Diego City Skyline. The third full moon in a season, this rare “blue moon” rises over San Diego just after sundown.
Image ID: 28756
Location: San Diego, California, USA

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For you photographers that might wonder: this is a single raw image, with no local processing applied (only global adjustments for white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness), and the moon is not composited. There are a few minutes each day when the exposure of for the moon is within a stop or two of the correct exposure for the landscape, and at those times a balanced moonrise or moonset photo can be taken with a natural, honest-looking moon that requires no photoshop compositing. Personally I have never composited the moon (or the sun for that matter) into a composition, it never looks natural to my eye. Cheers, and thanks for looking!

Torrey Pines State Reserve Panoramic Photo, Sunrise, San Diego

California, Landscape, Panoramas, San Diego

Panorama Picture of Torrey Pines State Reserve at Dawn, San Diego

I know Broken Hill and Torrey Pines State Reserve very well, having run on the trails here at all times of day, throughout the year, since about 1986. There is a certain time of year when both the morning sun is at the perfect position to light the bluff just the way I want and the annual weather patterns make the likelihood of a clear morning high. I woke a few hours before dawn, looked out my window toward the ocean and confirmed the sky was clear, drove down to Del Mar and hiked along the beach and up the Torrey Pines bluffs to be in position at Broken Hill for the first rays of sunrise. A bit of ocean mist was floating over the Pacific, and Mount Soledad looming over La Jolla in the distance had some clouds crowning it. But it was strikingly clear where I was standing. The air was quite still such that I could hear the small birds and animals moving through the sage bushes on the Torrey Pines mesa, and I could hear the ocean waves crashing onto the beach hundreds of feet below. A fine morning indeed, one of those mornings that makes me glad I live in San Diego. If you feel this image would make a fine wall hanging for your home or office, please know that this panorama photo will print as large as 10 feet long by 3 1/2 feet high. Please contact me if you have any questions. Cheers, and thanks for looking!

Broken Hill and view to La Jolla, panoramic photograph, from Torrey Pines State Reserve, sunrise, San Diego, California

Broken Hill and view to La Jolla, panoramic photograph, from Torrey Pines State Reserve, sunrise.
Image ID: 28397
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California, USA

12 Beautiful Photos of San Diego, California

San Diego

12 Beautiful Photographs of San Diego, California.

America’s Finest City, indeed. San Diego is a photographer’s paradise, with fantastic weather year-round, gorgeous beaches, nearby mountains, the Pacific Ocean on our doorstep, and an attractive city skyline to boot. Here are some of my favorite photos of San Diego. If you like these, be sure to check out my gallery of San Diego photos (or my gallery of San Diego aerial photographs), all of which are available for editorial and commercial licensing and as prints for hanging in your home or office. Cheers, and thanks for looking!

San Diego city skyline at sunset, showing the buildings of downtown San Diego rising above San Diego Harbor, viewed from Harbor Island.  A panoramic photograph, composite of thirteen separate images

San Diego city skyline at sunset, showing the buildings of downtown San Diego rising above San Diego Harbor, viewed from Harbor Island. A panoramic photograph, composite of thirteen separate images.
Image ID: 22255
Location: San Diego, California, USA

San Diego Coronado Bridge, known locally as the Coronado Bridge, links San Diego with Coronado, California.  The bridge was completed in 1969 and was a toll bridge until 2002.  It is 2.1 miles long and reaches a height of 200 feet above San Diego Bay.  Coronado Island is to the left, and downtown San Diego is to the right in this view looking north

San Diego Coronado Bridge, known locally as the Coronado Bridge, links San Diego with Coronado, California. The bridge was completed in 1969 and was a toll bridge until 2002. It is 2.1 miles long and reaches a height of 200 feet above San Diego Bay. Coronado Island is to the left, and downtown San Diego is to the right in this view looking north.
Image ID: 22288
Location: San Diego, California, USA

San Diego harbor skyline, late afternoon, storm clouds and mountains

San Diego harbor skyline, late afternoon, storm clouds and mountains.
Image ID: 15672
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Torrey Pines State Beach, sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines State Beach, sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve.
Image ID: 22435
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California, USA

Hotel del Coronado with holiday Christmas night lights, known affectionately as the Hotel Del. It was once the largest hotel in the world, and is one of the few remaining wooden Victorian beach resorts. It sits on the beach on Coronado Island, seen here with downtown San Diego in the distance. It is widely considered to be one of Americas most beautiful and classic hotels. Built in 1888, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977

Hotel del Coronado with holiday Christmas night lights, known affectionately as the Hotel Del. It was once the largest hotel in the world, and is one of the few remaining wooden Victorian beach resorts. It sits on the beach on Coronado Island, seen here with downtown San Diego in the distance. It is widely considered to be one of Americas most beautiful and classic hotels. Built in 1888, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.
Image ID: 27396
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Coronado Bridge, linking San Diego to Coronado, sunrise, viewed from Coronado Island. San Diego Coronado Bridge, known locally as the Coronado Bridge, links San Diego with Coronado, California. The bridge was completed in 1969 and was a toll bridge until 2002. It is 2.1 miles long and reaches a height of 200 feet above San Diego Bay

Coronado Bridge, linking San Diego to Coronado, sunrise, viewed from Coronado Island. San Diego Coronado Bridge, known locally as the Coronado Bridge, links San Diego with Coronado, California. The bridge was completed in 1969 and was a toll bridge until 2002. It is 2.1 miles long and reaches a height of 200 feet above San Diego Bay.
Image ID: 27101
Location: San Diego, California, USA

San Diego harbor and skyline, viewed at sunset

San Diego harbor and skyline, viewed at sunset.
Image ID: 27146
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Approaching sunrise and star trails over the San Diego Downtown City Skyline.  In this 60 minute exposure, stars create trails through the night sky over downtown San Diego

Approaching sunrise and star trails over the San Diego Downtown City Skyline. In this 60 minute exposure, stars create trails through the night sky over downtown San Diego.
Image ID: 28386
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Imperial Beach pier at sunrise,

Imperial Beach pier at sunrise,
Image ID: 27414
Location: Imperial Beach, California, USA

Panoramic photo of San Diego embarcadero, showing the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina (center), Roy's Restaurant (center) and Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel (left) viewed from the San Diego Embarcadero Marine Park

Panoramic photo of San Diego embarcadero, showing the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina (center), Roy’s Restaurant (center) and Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel (left) viewed from the San Diego Embarcadero Marine Park.
Image ID: 26568
Location: San Diego, California, USA

The Mount Soledad Cross, a landmark in La Jolla, California. The Mount Soledad Cross is a 29-foot-tall cross erected in 1954

The Mount Soledad Cross, a landmark in La Jolla, California. The Mount Soledad Cross is a 29-foot-tall cross erected in 1954.
Image ID: 26547
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

Dusk settles on downtown San Diego with snow-covered Mt. Laguna in the distance

Dusk settles on downtown San Diego with snow-covered Mt. Laguna in the distance.
Image ID: 26716
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres professional baseball team, overlooking downtown San Diego at dusk

Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres professional baseball team, overlooking downtown San Diego at dusk.
Image ID: 27049
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Scripps Pier Sunset Perfect Solar Alignment, La Jolla, San Diego, California

La Jolla, San Diego, Seascapes

SIO Pier Sunset with Sun Framed Within the Pier Pilings

Occasionally the setting sun will be perfectly framed within the pilings the Scripps Institution of Oceanography research pier. This is what the perfect solar alignment through the SIO Pier pilings looks like — it is a spectacular sight! Contact me to inquire about a print for your home or office of this iconic San Diego icon, captured at the peak moment of a rare celestial event. This image is available up to 54″ high x 36″ wide, presented on canvas, metal and traditional photographic substrates. Cheers, and thanks for looking!

Scripps Pier solstice, sunset aligned perfectly with the pier, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Scripps Pier solstice, sunset aligned perfectly with the pier.
Image ID: 28478
Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA