A Winning Picture…

May 21, 2009

…or at least it should be, in some contest somewhere, somehow.  My daughter Kelcey snapped this shot from a classic location just Southeast of this San Francisco landmark last January.  Using a single image, she used Photomatix & PhotoShop CS4 to generate an evenly blended HDR shot.

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A Night on the Strip

May 12, 2009

This is another bracketed shot which I processed using an HDR technique.  Essentially it’s a combination of three static shots–one under, one over and one normally exposed.  Using a great little application called Photomatix, I created an evenly blended composite of the three.  If anyone is interested in bringing out a much broader exposure range in their digital photography, and would strongly recommend this software!

By the way, I have another cleaned up version of this image in which I cleaned out the cloudy effect above the buildings.  After I did that though, I think that I still prefer this one below.

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Dancing Fountains at the Belagio


An Ancient Seawall Hole

May 11, 2009

One can possibly respond to this image in one of two ways: You either get it, or you don’t.  When I spotted this otherwise insignificant drain hole in the seawall just to the Southeast of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, I was fascinated by it.  My first thought was, ” this friggin’ thing must be a hundred years old!” Well, maybe, but in my eyes anyway it was worth the snap.

A hole worth pondering...

A hole worth pondering...


My Talented Daughter

May 10, 2009

My 16 year old daughter really likes lions.  She also really likes Photoshop, and photography in general.  So it goes without saying that dad is really proud of her accomplishments.

Here are two wonderful poster sized images that she created which she is having printed into framed sets for Mother’s Day.

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