Nothing better than finding strong side lighting from the sun with dramatic clouds….
Sunset on the Tower
I thought that the sunset would be nice on Sunday, but I didn’t have much time to get anywhere. I rushed over to Balboa Park and there was a 5 minute window where the color was amazing. I took a few photos of the bell tower, and even tried to whip off an HDR or 2. The problem was that there’s a palm tree right next to the tower with a little wind. This caused the palm to be very soft in the HDR versions.
The color in the correctly exposed version had some amazing color but the tower was too dark. I thought that I”d use the adjustment brush in Lightroom but had spotty results. Then I decided to bring the photo into Nik Viveza. Since the color was naturally over the top, there was no reason to touch this. But I realized that I could add U Points to increase the exposure on the tower. Worked easily with no masking required.
San Diego from Coronado
On New Years eve we went to dinner in Coronado. There was a Blue Moon on New Years eve and I wanted to capture it. So of course I brought my camera gear with me. Lucked out and there was also low tide & a decent sunset.
(A blue moon is a 2nd full moon in a month, for those of you that didn’t know.)
Toned mapped San Diego photo from yesterday
I was at work looking at the photos Ipublished yesterday. One of them looked horribly dark on my work monitor. On my home monitor I had liked the look of that photo. But at work the shadow areas were unrecognizable. I decided that I would take the photo into Photomatix & tone map it. It is definately a brighter image. Still fond of the original photo but want to see which version looks better on a variety of monitors. So any comments are appreciated.
San Diego Walk
I have a bit of a cold today. Was talked into doing a walk about at the harbor and downtown. Tried out my new Sigma 10-22 3.5 lens. These are my favorite 3
images from the day.
More San Francisco Photos
To be honest I want to try out Photo Galleria, so thought I’d publish a second gallery of San Francisco photos. Hope you enjoy.
San Francisco Gallery
I was only in San Francisco for a few days. I’ve been there several times before but was lucky to find plenty of new things to see.
I hiked from Fishermans Wharf to the Golden Gate bridge in on again off again rain. (My favorite weather for photography.) Did that section before, but beyond the bridge, I hadn’t spent much time at the battery. Nor had I hiked down to Marshall Beach. Highly recommended.
I also went to the Sutro Baths. The ruins of a old bathhouse, right on the cliffs by the ocean. I’ve always been a big fan of ruins, and ruins in such a beautiful spot was fantastic. Once done with the baths, we hiked back towards the Golden Gate bridge from the other direction.
I tried my best to not have too many from any one site. The problem was that the Golden Gate bridge was involved in 2 different shoots. But it is an amazing bridge.
Golden Gate in Focus
I took this photo twice. Once with the bridge in focus & once with the ice plant in focus. I loaded both into Photoshop as layers. Then I did Edit / Auto align layers. Then Edit / Auto blend layers. The resulting file had both of the in focus sections merged together. Results were OK but I noticed that there was a small out of focus “edge” between the 2 parts. I ended up having to clone the edge to get rid of this distraction. I’m wondering if Helicon Focus would have handled the blend better. (I’ve lost my license of this and don’t know if I want to buy it again now that PS handles merging multiple focus points.
Golden Gate Zoomified
Trying another option taught by Kelby Trainings RC Concepcion (Word Press Basics part 2). This time I’m going to use zoomify with my large pano image of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park
I went to the Japanese Tea Garden a few years ago, and my camera died. Didn’t get any photos. So I was determined to make it there while I was in San Francisco. Camera held up this time, but my Wide Angle lens finally fell apart. Not a big problem for most shots. But I really wanted to get a shot of the Pagoda with the waterfalls below it. What to do? I took an HDR pano. This one was a double vertical pano (top to bottom left, top to bottom right.) 8 slices, 24 photos. I got it all in, but there is some major slant in the pagoda. Guess that will motivate me to buy a new Wide Angle lens.
This is how much I could take in at 17mm:
And this is the pano:
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