Balboa Park is such an amazing place overlooking downtown San Diego, CA.  It is a great place to visit for museums, walking around, plays, and photography.  Learn more about how the Balboa Stairs photograph happened.

Balboa Park San Diego, CA

The park is just simply an amazing place.  It is over 1200 acres, was the site for the 1935-36 World’s Fair, and roots as far back as 1868 when the land was set aside.  Therefore, there many things to like about Balboa Park.  It is impossible to list them all here.  A link to Balboa Park Website gives an awesome history and talks about what is currently going on.

Behind The Scenes

This image, titled “Balboa Stairs” was taken in the fall of 2016 and is part of my Balboa Park portfolio exploring architecture using black and white photography. Balboa Stairs shows the great lighting and shadows that are constantly changing in the park.  In late afternoon, these shadows were just dancing across the concrete. 

The hardest part of shooting architectural photography at Balboa Park is just being patient and waiting for clear shots without people in them (unless you want the people).  Balboa Park is always busy and it is required to be patient if you want images that don’t have people in them.  It can be tricky to shoot in busy places, especially when it isn’t easy to use a tripod.  Therefore, think about the conditions before you go somewhere and prepare.  As a result, use a monopod, or plan your adventure at times when the park is less busy if possible.

This whole series was done in black and white to focus on the tones and shapes of this beautiful place.

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Balboa Stairs shows the great lighting and shadows that are constantly changing in the park.

The Trip

Balboa Park is a great place to visit.  The park is so big it iss easy to visit many times and still see new and exciting corners of the park.  As such, explore often and at different times of the day.  The shadows displayed by the architecture is constantly changing throughout the day and year.

For another image from this series don’t miss my behind the scenes of Looking Through The Gate

More Fine Art Photographs

Don’t forget to look at the images on my site in the galleries starting at:  Hopefully you find some of them inspirational for your own photography adventures, or maybe you find an image you want to call your own.