SF Newhall Building, Terra Cotta, Uplights, Long Exposure

ISO400, 62mm, f/11, 15 sec
Financial District, San Francisco, CA

The Newhall Building is a historical landmark in San Francisco’s Financial District built between 1908-1910 by the famed architect Lewis Parsons Hobart (LPH) in the Beaux-Arts style with Renaissance and Baroque terra cotta exterior detail.  Hobart was also the architect of the Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill.

As part of my day (and night) in San Francisco were walks to specific hotels for elevated nighttime views of the city.  Along the way back was the Newhall Building with its early 20th century brick and plaster ornamentation construction set against the surrounding modern high-rises.  This so happens to be the high rent district in San Francisco with renown restaurants Michael Mina and Tadich Grill on the same block.  Tadich Grill is also the oldest continuous running restaurant in the city.

So what caught my eye to make me stop and take this photograph?  The cream colored terra cotta set against the brick and perfectly lit by uplights creating a nice shadow contrast throughout.

Listing of photograph(s) from this day’s San Francisco trip:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, spot metering mode, 62mm, ISO 400, 15 sec, f/11

SF Newhall Building, Terra Cotta, Uplights, Long Exposure.  Financial District, San Francisco, California.  January 26, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


2 thoughts on “SF Newhall Building, Terra Cotta, Uplights, Long Exposure

    1. I’m secretly working with the SF Tourism board to entice you back. 😉

      I was somewhat forced into this strange angle due me shooting this from the street. This was initially a landscape format shot and wider angle, but the converging lines the more you moved away from the center of the photo just make it all look a bit wonky. Plus, I did want to zoom in a bit on the terra cotta elements.


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