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After The Storm

Cold, quiet.

During the week before this photo was taken we had some pretty major storms pass through. Heavy rains, high winds, local flooding in some areas. But by the time I made my way to San Bruno Mountain for my weekly maintenance visit, things had cleared up. There had been freezing overnight in sheltered areas.

I had intended to hit the pier in Pacifica for sunset. Just missed it by about 20 minutes. but the pier and beach were still beautiful in the afterglow slipping over the ocean horizon.

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A Pacifica Sunset

A storm was coming, but not for a couple of days.

I got kind of lucky being later than I had originally planned on my weekly visit to San Bruno Mountain. I like to go adventure driving and often take the long way to get there, or maybe take the long way to go back home. I especially like dropping down to the ocean at Pacifica, where I can stroll along the beach front or out onto the fishing pier.

A storm was brewing, but wouldn't arrive for a couple of days. It was sending some pretty nice breakers ahead of time. This is the time of year when the annual Mavericks surf competition takes place nearby, so it's not unusual to have big surf anyway.

But the couds! Oh, the clouds! They were beautiful, and gave some character to the sky as the sun sank into the westward sea. So I took a series of shots of the breakers meeting the shore, and some frames of the clouds above. (I collect sky shots for sky replacement in some of my other photos.)

This was edited starting in #LightroomCC and finished off in #PhotoshopCC with the help of #Topaz Star Effects to enhance the sun flare.

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A Little Beach Time

It was a little foggy.

Whenever I visit Pacifica, I usually take a few shots with the iPhone. This time I took three shots with the idea of making a panorama. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked.

This was merged and processed entirely in #LightroomCC using the built-in pphotomerge function. As part of that, I had it automatically warp the borders to fill in white/transparent spaces.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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The Beach at Pacifica

Oh! The negative ions!

On one of my brief visits to the beach and municipal pier at Pacifica, I captured this scene of clouds, a little low fog hanging around the shoreline and the sun peeking through to illuminate it all. I could wish that my visits would be more frequent and longer, but I don't know. Maybe if the atmosphere became mundane I would long for the miles and miles of brown fields in the Central Valley instead. (No. Not gonna happen.)

As with most photos lately, this was taken with my iPhone 6s, which has a worthy camera. When I gather the resources I may make the hundred-buck investment in a set of Olloclip lenses. I'm especially missing having telephoto capacity.

Processing was done entirely in #Lightroom without a b/w conversion, but with a duotone applied. The original showed almost no color anyway.

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iPhone Burst Mode + AutoAwesome

No doubt a happy accident!

I went adventure driving while on my way to a job, and the waves at Pacifica were very pleasantly large– apparently just past the peak of high tide for the day. I spent a bit of time capturing frames on my iPhone, and then came across burst mode, which I had never put to use before.

After a bit I thought, "I should get the obligatory selfie of this adventure!" So I flipped to the selfie cam and hit the button. Of course, the camera was still in burst mode, so I got a bunch of nearly identical frames. It did occur to me that Google Photos might make something of them, and sure enough, here I am sitting still with the background moving behind me. Cool!

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