Feb 16 2008

San Diego Sunset from the Top of Geisel Library

Published by at 11:15 am under Photography,San Diego

Gabe and I got a rare treat last night. One of my bosses let us up on top of the 8 floor Geisel Library building.

Our initial goal was to shoot the snowy Eastern mountains, but they were mostly obscured by haze – probably from the snow melting all day:

But heck, we’re on top of one of the highest points in La Jolla, so we took tons of pictures. Here are some I really liked (please forgive the dirty lens 🙁 I didn’t notice until I looked at the pictures on a larger screen.):

This is Nancy, the Security boss who made sure I didn’t push Gabe over the ledge. I really like the fading sunset light on her face, and the blurred out neon and street light behind her. I should probably bump the exposure up a bit, but I’m not gonna.

This one shows some of the roof, the lengthening shadows, and a view off into the horizon:

This is the Price Center, lit up for the night, with La Jolla landmarks in the background:

I liked the way the lighted soccer field’s light was glowing in the late sunlight:

The building with the words is an art installation called “Virtues and Vices” on the UCSD Campus that’s part of the Stuart Collection.

The sunset itself:

I was even able to feed my Moon photo obsession. This is with the Tamron lens, not the telescope, so it’s not as clear as my pictures from a couple days ago, but I really like the darkening blue sky background.

Here’s Gabe, safely far from the edge.

Nancy noticed the sunset setting this building ablaze:

You can see my house in this one!

Well, if you had a magnifying glass. That mountain in the distance is Black Mountain, which is less than a mile from our house. I like this shot also because it shows a lot of green. Normally San Diego is pretty brown – we ARE a desert after all. But unseasonably long rains have really got the vegetation going. We’ll look back on this fondly as it all burns off in four years… 😉

Here is the whole set of pictures. Hit the flickr link to see larger versions of any of these:

Thanks to Nancy and Maureen for the roof access!!!

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “San Diego Sunset from the Top of Geisel Library”

  1. Jimon 16 Feb 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Man, I wonder what kind of lucky people have a view of that from their office windows! Must be nice…

  2. Happyon 17 Feb 2008 at 11:37 am

    If you every get the chance to go back, I’d give my eyeteeth to join you.

    I hear you had a tasty lunch on Friday. Thanks for connecting with Leo. 🙂

  3. g00db0yon 17 Feb 2008 at 2:55 pm

    WOW !!!…..what a nice atmosphere you got there….I wish I can find the same one here in Australia.

  4. Scott Perryon 17 Feb 2008 at 4:03 pm

    nice! I want to get up to the top of that building some day..

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