A Beach, Early Evening

The sea is always restless.

Last week's trip to the beach in Pacifica presented some terrific colors and light. It wasn't quite late enough to be the golden hour yet, but the light was beginning to mellow from the brightness of mid-day.

I did help to empty the beach in #PhotoshopCC and #LightroomCC however, this is not a documentary photo. It is intended, as all art is, to evoke a feeling of some kind. It may be a sense of being there in the moment, or it may be the evocation of some buried memory, and often it is some unidentifiable feeling- a longing or a joy or a sadness or a deep satisfaction. We all respond according to our natures and our experiences.

Since I had to head home, when I view this I think, "Well, it was nice while my visit lasted."

#SanFrancisco #SanFranciscoBayArea #Pacifica #Beach #Ocean

 

Early Evening At The Beach

A surprisingly un-busy beach.

Since I lack many opportunities to take satisfying photos, I always take a few shots when I visit the beach at Pacifica. I make it a regular side-trip from my weekly visits to San Bruno Mountain. The sun was at just the right angle to give the water a nice blue-green tint. It might have been even better an hour before, but I'll take this.

And speaking of San Bruno Mountain, I could see the Farallon Islands this week. When the weather offshore is clear, the rocky peaks of the islands can be clearly seen from up on the mountain. I'll take a better look next time I'm at Pacifica on a clear day and see if they're visible from sea level.

#SanFranciscoBayArea #Pacifica #Beach #Pier #Ocean #LightrroomCC #PhotoshopCC

 

Pagoda

A nice place to sit and contemplate.

It was Easter Sunday, 2009. We'd flown from Beijing to Xian where our first sightseeing stop was the Giant Goose Pagoda. There are peonies growing everywhere on the grounds surrounding, creating a very nice setting for the shrines, monuments and other sights encountered.

This pagoda is not the Giant Goose Pagoda, but is within the grounds. When I first saw it there were probably a dozen or so people lounging around and having a good time chatting inside. No one could blame them- it's a beautiful, restful place to sit for a while and talk with your companions.

The pagoda sits on a little rise, no more than six or eight feet high, overlooking the rest of the grounds. So when I went down below, I was able to shoot upwards through the peonies eliminating any people that might be inside the structure.

As throughout most of my China visit, the sky was a dull grey that occasionally would throw down some mist or spit a drop or two, and the air was quite hazy. Many things were slightly obscured, even at a close distance. And, you know, I can't leave a dull sky alone. If I remember correctly, the sky in the final product was from Oakland, California.

Anyway, here is my photo of "not-the_Giant-Goose-Pagoda-but-the-little-wooden-one-next-to-it." Enjoy!

#Travel #China #Xian #GianGoosePagoda #flowers #peonies #Photoshop #Lightroom

 

St. Ludmila of Bohemia Chapel

Every house ought to have one.

This is a chapel in Prague Castle. There are several chapels within the castle, which is directly adjacent to St. Vitus Cathedral, which also has numerous chapels within. This is the Chapel of St. Ludmila of Bohemia, part of St. George's Basilica, a church founded around the year 900. The chapel is much newer, having been added in the 13th century.

OK. I know, right? There's camera shake and the focus is off, and . . . etc. See, my camera would only go to ISO 400, and that was noisy and pretty much useless. And because you can't use a tripod or flash in Prague Castle, you may get precious few decent pictures. So I took some shots hoping for something- anything.

This is a vertomrama (a vertical panorama) made from two handheld shots merged in #PhotoshopCC after some initial processing in #LightoomCC . The photos were taken with a Panasonic DMC-FZ30 camera in February 2008.

#Travel #CzechRepublic #Prague #Churches #chapel

 

Sweltering Heat

but not here.

"It's 108 degrees out here," is what my brother said when I answered the phone. "Ah," I said. "As we speak I'm on my way down the hill into Pacifica to visit the ocean."

"Lucky you," he said.

"It was fogged in at the tower site, so I thought it would be a good time to see what's at the beach" I said. When I arrived, I was still on the Bluetooth narrating the pleasantness to him while I scouted around for three or four shots. "It's a very pleasant 70 degrees, but breezy," I told him.

The water was translucent emerald green, a color I had never observed at Pacifica. Though, to be fair, I only recently began visiting on an semi-regular basis. I'm sure many summer days feature scenes like this. It was also later in the day than I'm prone to go there, so that probably added to the effect.

This is an iPhone shot that has been washed, dried and steam-pressed in #LightroomCC for vibrance, highlight and showdow adjustments, and in #PhotoshopCC with some adjustment layers to get the soft glow effect. It was done in a hurry to attach to an email, so there are obvious flaws to the attentive eye.

#SanFrancisco #Pacifica #ocean #beach

 

Break From The Weather

St. Anton, Austria – February 2008

The temperature is supposed to get into the 90s (F) by this weekend here in the San Francisco Bay Area. So I thought I'd send a bit of chill out for relief.

You're looking down the mountain upon the village of St. Anton, Austria. I don't ski, but I was invited to join a group of skiers for the week. It's no trouble to ride the tram up and down.

Over the last eight years I have processed this photo several different ways. If you look at my photos, you may see more than one version of this, but I think this is the best so far. The difficulty is in trying to bring out the textures in the snow without making it look dirty. With #LightroomCC and #NIK #ColorEfexPro4 I was able to make the right compromises that enhanced what was available in the original raw file.

#Travel #Austria #StAnton #skiing #snow