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Lombard Street at Night

Who's up for some night photography? San Francisco is one of my favorite places to photograph. There is just endless possibilities of great locations to photograph in the city. Lombard street is one of such places. Lombard street is one of San Francisco iconic spots and can get crowded at times. Parking can also be a big challenge, what I've done in the past is park  near Ghirardelli Square and walked to Lombard. We can work at taking some long exposure shots.

The sun will set at 6:44 on this day, with blue hour starting at 6:59pm-7:33pm for some nice blue hour shots.




Things you'll need
Tripod (a must for night photography)
Cable Release or wireless shutter release
ND Filters (nice to have)
Warm cloth as the city can get a bit cold

Meetup map

Parking can be tricky is more info here



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  • Ruchi C

    What a wonderful experience I had in this meetup! Thanks so much Erick for organizing the same.
    It was a great learning experience and I had so much fun! I had no idea what long exposure shots were,
    until I saw the results. And for the first time was happy to see my night shots. The light painting was even more fun.
    Out of the world experience! Thanks so much Erick for setting it up. It was nice meeting everyone.
    Thank you all- Erick, Susan, Matt, Frank, Ram, Ashish, Iswar for all your help and valuable tips.
    I look forward to more such meetups and meeting and learning from everyone.

    I posted a few pics that I liked. Lot of my pics at Lombard came out blurry or had ghost faces in them.
    I am amazed to see how no cars were showing in everyone's pictures. I would like to learn how it is done. I guess I need to read more aout long exposure.
    Anyway, pl. comment & critique generously on the pics I posted, as your feedback is valuable to me.
    Thanks!

    1 · October 10, 2013

  • Allegra

    Great location and I had a great time! Thanks Erick for setting this up!

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • marion s.

    thanks to Erick and everyone, especially those who came up to talk or offered help and support. I am impressed by many of the photos you have posted and am trying to post the two of mine i liked the best.

    as I mentioned to several of you, I am interested in a weekly group that goes to different places in san jose or nearby where we agree on a skill we want to practice or a theme we want to shoot and then help each other, share settings, etc.

    I don't know if there are any of you that can do either Wednesday or Thursday afternoon from 3-5 or who want to commit to a Saturday or Sunday for a few hours every week or every other week. if anyone is interested, please let me know your interest and availability and maybe we can meet and set something up.

    thanks.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • iswar

    Great to meet you all. Thanks to Erick for making it happen.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Erick C.

    Thanks everyone that made it, I got the opportunity to meet new faces and see familiar ones. Its always great to hang out with folks that enjoy photography as much as I do and that are willing to try new things and learn from each other. Yes the hike up to Lombard was not the easiest and dealing with the tourist can always make things interesting, but all in all it was good meet up. We even got treated to some fireworks on the beach (I didn't plan that) ;) If you guys have ideas or places where you'd like to photograph, I'm all ears. Just shoot me an email [masked]

    For those who missed it, we'll do light painting again real soon. I'm just learning and as they say practice, practice, practice. See you at the next meetup.

    2 · October 6, 2013

  • steeeeeve

    Looks like a fun time. A shame RSVP was closed by the time I figured out my schedule for the weekend.

    October 6, 2013

  • Matt P

    I always have a good time with this group. I've been wanting to try long exposure cartrails and Lombard was a great place to try it for the first time. The light painting on the beach was even more fun.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Allegra

    Hello! Where exactly will well all meet up at Lombard Street? At Lombard and Leavenworth?
    Thanks!

    October 5, 2013

  • iswar

    I am waiting at Hyde and beach at with Merion and victire.

    October 5, 2013

  • Ashish

    I m at hyde & lombard intersection where cable car stops. I hope thats where we all are gonna meet

    October 5, 2013

  • Bernard G.

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    October 5, 2013

  • Bernard G.

    any one here yet?

    October 5, 2013

  • Bernard G.

    I'm in route

    October 5, 2013

  • Ashish

    I may need a ride back to San Jose after this event. Just wanted to check if I can join someone on our way back to home. Thanks.

    October 4, 2013

    • Erick C.

      k, see you there.

      October 5, 2013

    • marion s.

      Bernard, we have room for one more if you want to meet us at the starbucks at almaden road and curtner at 4 pm. we will leave by 4:15 ( I hope).

      October 5, 2013

  • marion s.

    iswar, please confirm you got the correction re time - that we are meeting at 4:00 not 4:40. and to others from san jose, we have room for one more if needed.

    October 4, 2013

    • iswar

      See you at 4.

      October 5, 2013

  • Ruchi C

    I am so excited for this night photoshoot tomorrow. I have never been successful with night shots before and most always get blurry shots. I am a beginner photographer and still learning. I did some shopping for this photoshoot. I bought my first tripod, wireless remote and filters. So I think now I probably have the right equipment. But I am hoping if someone tomorrow can help me and give some quick tips and ideas on night photography so that I can learn something and make it an effective photoshoot. I would highly appreciate your help.
    I have Canon T2i with 18-55mm kit lens,[masked]mm telephoto and 50mm fixed lens that I'll be brining tomorrow. Thanks!
    -Ruchi

    October 4, 2013

    • Erick C.

      Hi Ruchi, while I am no professional I can help with little I know. We'll chat at the meetup and discuss in more detail

      October 5, 2013

    • Ruchi C

      Thanks Erick! See you later!

      October 5, 2013

  • Ray S.

    I very interested in attending but I am going to the Scott Kelby's 6th Annual Worldwide Photowalk in Northbay in the morning.

    October 4, 2013

  • Ruchi C

    I shall be driving from Mountain View. If anyone is interested in carpool and sharing the cost. Pl. let me know! Thanks!

    October 2, 2013

    • Susan

      Ruchi & I are meeting in Mtn View at 4pm, near Costco, if anyone else is interested.

      October 4, 2013

    • Matt P

      Works for me, I'll join

      October 4, 2013

  • Matt P

    I'm in Sunnyvale and would enjoy riding with someone

    October 4, 2013

    • Susan

      Ruchi & I are meeting in Mtn View, near Costco, if you can meet there.

      October 4, 2013

  • Bernard G.

    I'm coming from the east hills, I have no problem picking up a few of you on the way

    October 4, 2013

  • marion s.

    victor, iswar, and sue (if you are interested), I will meet you outside the starbucks in the shopping center on the corner of curtner st. and almaden road, at 4:40 pm.

    1 · October 2, 2013

    • Sue

      Thanks Marion. But I'll be in San Mateo this weekend.

      October 3, 2013

    • Bernard G.

      If you want to carpool I'm down

      October 4, 2013

  • Ashish

    Hi Eric,

    Just wanted to check if I can attend this event.
    Since RSVP is closed, I can't do it myself.

    October 2, 2013

    • Sue

      Ashish: you can take my place. I've been confirmed I have to be in San Mateo on Saturday.

      October 3, 2013

    • Ashish

      Hi Sue, Thanks for the offer but I already got a spot for this event.

      October 3, 2013

  • Pandian

    Anybody from Fremont. I can join with you and share the expenses.

    October 2, 2013

  • VICTOR L.

    I will be there. Thanks Marion

    October 2, 2013

  • marion s.

    oops, typo. we will meet at 4 pm, not 4:40 and leave no later than 4:15.

    October 2, 2013

  • marion s.

    sue, victor, and iswar, please let me know if you want to carpool and if you are interested in driving or riding, and i will work out a meeting place. and I hope you are interested or willing to listen to the sharks game on the way home!

    October 1, 2013

    • iswar

      i would prefer riding and share the cost. Let me know where to meet if you are driving...

      October 2, 2013

  • VICTOR L.

    I hope I would ride with a driver and be willing to share the cost of the trip. Thanks Marion.

    October 1, 2013

  • Erick C.

    Sue, Victor, Marion is looking at possibly arranging carpool from the San Jose area.

    October 1, 2013

  • marion s.

    iswar, it's my first time and I am going from willow glen area of san jose and would like to carpool. I was waiting to see if anyone posted carpool plans from san jose like they did on the trip to santa cruz. if not you and I can hook up.

    October 1, 2013

  • Ashray G.

    My first time with this group as well.. Looking forward to having a great time...

    I can offer a one-way ride back from SF to Santa Clara (if someone wants one...)

    October 1, 2013

  • Ashish

    I would like to join this even, anyone planning to cancel or won't be able to attend this one?

    October 1, 2013

  • iswar

    It would be my first time with this group..Looking forward to it. Interested in car pooling from campbell/san jose area if any...

    October 1, 2013

  • Sanjeev J.

    Erick,

    Do you have park near Ghirardelli Square 's address or direection to reach there and then to Lomard street?

    September 27, 2013

  • iswar

    Anybody going from campbell/san jose..I am looking for car pool too..

    September 22, 2013

  • Sue

    I'm looking for carpool too... I will be in San Mateo that weekend.

    September 22, 2013

  • VICTOR L.

    I am looking for carpool too...

    September 20, 2013

  • vijay

    I live in Fremont .. and i would love to attend .. i am looking for car pool too.

    September 17, 2013

  • John C.

    Unfortunately that's the date of my son's birthday party so I can't make it.

    September 16, 2013

  • marion s.

    i'm interested. any chance we could set up carpools from san jose?

    September 11, 2013

    • Erick C.

      As we get closer to the date we can coordinate carpool options. I would be coming from the San Jose area as well.

      September 11, 2013

    • marion s.

      great! and sorry, i repeated the question above before seeing this.

      September 11, 2013

  • marion s.

    anyone interested in ride sharing from san jose?

    September 11, 2013

  • Gwen

    I will absolutely try my best...schedule sometimes is CRA...LAst minute but I love night work!!

    September 11, 2013

  • torroid

    Plan change ... Can make it

    September 11, 2013

    • Erick C.

      Great, see you there. I

      September 11, 2013

  • Nidhi

    Awwww shucks! I'll be out of town that week!

    September 11, 2013

    • Erick C.

      Will miss you Nidhi, but the great thing is that Lombard is not going anywhere. It will be there when you get back, and I'm sure we can do a meetup there again.

      September 11, 2013

  • torroid

    Would love to go, but have a thing that weekend. :(

    September 10, 2013

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