I’ve shot this scene countless times. This one was taken June of 2011. The shot really isn’t that hard, it’s just getting up early enough and driving down to San Diego that is the tough part. So many photographers shoot this scene at sunset. The real beauty of the San Diego skyline only comes out at dawn. I’ll just keep this little secret to myself. If you live in SoCal and want to give this shot a try, my GPS coordinates, and time taken are below. You’ll just have to determine what time sunrise was on the day I shot this, and use the same offset for the day you plan to shoot.
I prefer the black and white version. The color version is quite striking. You can see another shot that I posted in color when the tide was higher.
Caption: San Diego Skyline
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF35mm f/2
Exposure: Manual exposure, 30 sec, f/8, ISO 100
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Keywords: Coronado, black and white, cityscape, clouds, downtown, low tide, san diego, san diego bay, san diego skyline, sunrise, waterfront
Date: June 4, 2011 5:04:28AM
Location: Coronado, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 32.700284, -117.172834