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This photo presenting Union Square in San Francisco was taken from the 8th floor of the Macy’s store. If you enter through the main entrance take the elevator on your right to the Cheesecake Factory. I had a great meal in that restaurant, however you don’t have to order anything if you just want to admire the view. There are always plenty of tourists coming to take a picture from this POV. As you see the view is very broad and even my wide angle was not wide enough. I did take several photos for stitching but during a daylight. At the blue hour I did not have the tripod with me so my composition options were limited. I have tried to correct the perspective but to make the square perfectly straight I would need to cut a lot of the side views so I decided to keep it as it is.

The title refers to the great time which my wife had in this area for about three days while I attended a conference. As I have later read this may be one of the best places for shopping in the world. She has actually discovered this POV for me while browsing through numerous stores.

Union Square is a plaza of 2.6 acres (11,000 m2) bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets in San Francisco, California. "Union Square" also refers to the central shopping, hotel, and theater district that surrounds the plaza for several blocks. The area got its name because it was once used for rallies and support for the Union Army during the Civil War. Today, this one-block plaza and nearby area is one of the largest collections of department stores, upscale boutiques, tourist trinket shops, art galleries, and salons in the United States, which continue to make Union Square a major tourist draw, a vital, cosmopolitan place in downtown San Francisco, and one of the world's premier shopping districts.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4438 W: 94 N: 11360] (46535)
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