San Francisco – Artistic Expression

I’d like to get your opinion on a San Francisco photo I published recently.

The photo is titled:  I Take My Martini Dirty.

I took it from the second tallest building in San Francisco.

I had an opportunity to shoot from the top floor –

Which, under normal circumstances, would not be accessible.

Which version of the photo do you prefer?

Version I is the original in color:

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I like the color version because it looks exactly as my eyes saw it.

(And my eyes were astounded by the view.)

Version I is a reminder of the scene as I experienced it.

Version II is a black and white with cool undertones:

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I like the cool undertones in the above photo because it feels very “San Francisco” to me.

As many of you know, the city gets COLD … and foggy … and some of that chill is captured in Version II.

In a way, Version II “feels” more like what I experienced than the color version.

Last, Version III is a color version with a surrealistic blur.

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It seems like, lately, there’s a huge demand for my surrealistic photos.

Obviously, I wouldn’t have started taking/making surrealistic photos if I didn’t love them myself.

They appeal to me as much as they seem to appeal to many of my clients.

If I had to choose one of the above photos, I’m not sure which one I’d pick.

How about you?

Which is your favorite?

Version I in color?

Version II in black and white with cool undertones?

Version III with a surrealistic blur?

Thank you for your help!

29 Responses to “San Francisco – Artistic Expression”

  1. Michelle

    I love number 1. I like the blue sky, the clear lines and the color. The second, meh, not so much. And the third looks like I see without my glasses. 😉

    • Suzanne

      Ha ha … I get a lot of blur without my glasses too!
      Thanks for “voting.”

  2. Tonya Cinnamon

    The first one in color for sure. It just seems to pop more has more life. 🙂

  3. Julie in Michigan

    Version I, totally beautiful shot Suzanne!

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      My jaw dropped when I first saw the view.
      A very beautiful sight …

    • Suzanne

      Version I is leading the charge …
      Thank you for your input!

  4. Judi

    I agree, I love #1. The colors are fantastic, especially the sky.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      The sky was pretty amazing that evening!

  5. Mj

    I like #1 the best because the colors are so vivid. My second choice would be #3 with the surrealistic blur.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      Version I seems to be the overwhelming favorite!

    • Suzanne

      Thank you, Jan.
      I didn’t intend to process this photo three different ways.
      I don’t usually lean towards black and white for urban shots either.
      Still, I couldn’t seem to help myself ….

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      There’s a very definite Version I trend going on here!

  6. Margie

    I like version one the best. Second place would be a tossup. They all look fabulous!

  7. Cathy B

    I like all 3 for different reasons. Number 1 is like being there, I could just stare at it for a long time and imagine looking from where you took the picture. Number 2 feels like looking at a movie still. I have a large black and white shot of the Brooklyn Bridge at night by Henry Silberman, and I think your B&W San Francisco has the same qualities. In Number 3, I like how the buildings all feel transparent. I think this would make a good shot for a corporate location, where it could be 10 ft by 20 ft or a similar size.
    I’d have to flip a coin between 1 and 2 for me personally.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      Your thought process is very similar to mine.
      I really appreciate the feedback!

  8. BJ

    Hi Suzanne,
    Definitely number 1. The crispness of the colors, the sharp lines of the buildings, all juxtaposed against the breathtaking sky make a gorgeous composition! For me, some of this gets lost in the b/w version, however the b/w has a great vintage feel, even though the structures are modern. The third has an almost sci-fi feel to it. All are beautiful! My favorite, though, remains number 1.

  9. Sherry

    I love the undertones on rhe 2nd, the black & white. All of them are wonderful, as always. Sherry

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