The Fog Rolls In

The view from the mountain top.

Usually when the "marine layer" has rolled in there isn't much of a view from San Bruno Mountain, just south of San Francisco. This was one of the rare days when it was sunny, if breezy, at the top, and quite foggy down below. It was pea-soup about halfway up the hill, at the park entrance, to about 7/8 of the way to the peak. I don't mind. I'm one of the weird ducks that likes fog.

This is an iPhone panorama, and because of the breeze I was kind of shaky in my hand-held panning. I was very pleased at the result, though.

There is a bit of #LightroomCC adjustment, but minor overall. The sky has some streaks, probably due to my variable speed pan, but for an in-camera pano, not bad.

#landscapephotography #SanFrancisco #Fog


Archive Diving

Reworking old photos>

I bought my first SLR film camera in 1979. It was a Minolta SRT-201. Over the next three years or so I ran more film through the local drug store photo counter than any other customer. I loved taking pictures!

However, due to life and work changes, I put down the camera for a long time.The camera was passed on to a nephew and for nearly twenty years I took only a few photos with disposable cameras.

Then I bought a cheap 4 MP digital camera. It had a plastic lens that didn't seem able to resolve even to the sensor's capabilities. And that teeny-tiny sensor wasn't absolutely parallel to the focal plane, resulting in things being just slightly out of focus on one side (or the top, if I was taking a vertical aspect shot). But it was my first camera in many years so I enjoyed it. It was what got me interested in digital photo processing and Photoshop.

With every new version of #PhotoshopCC and/or #LightroomCC – or a new/updated plugin- I like to see what I can do with some of my older photos. I try not to look too closely at the obvious flaws that were caused by the cheap camera, but rather look for ways to make something better out of those digital snapshots.

This is Canterbury Cathedral. Canterbury was just one stop on a bus tour that included Leeds Castle, Dover, Canterbury and a river cruise from Greenwich to Westminster. It also rained off and on all day long. That being the case, as is my habit, I have replaced the sky in this shot with one from somewhere else- probably somewhere near home; I don't remember.

I've done both color and monochrome versions of this one. I think I like the b/w one a bit better, but it's a close race between them. There was quite a bit of work getting the sky noisy enough (in the right way) to match the cathedral. I think that's why the b/w appeals to me a bit more.

#Travel #England #Canterbury #Cathedral


In Album 2016-08-06