I wrote earlier this week about the beautiful light that Doug Kaye and I found recently in this “street” near the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco’s Financial District.
This is another image shot with my new Fujifilm X-E2 that took advantage of that magical light. Originally, I thought I’d process this image in color – as that ketchup bottle just pops in red – but, instead, I converted it to monochrome in Photoshop CC using Topaz Simplify 4 and then applying a touch of Photoshop’s Oil Paint filter.
I really love the tonality of this image – and the subtle textures that the oil paint added to the glow of the metal.
Yesterday, Doug Kaye and I met for lunch at Pasta Moon in Half Moon Bay (a wonderful spot – highly recommended!) and then headed north up Highway 1 to explore some of our favorite spots along the Pacific coast.
Next we headed back south down Airport Road to the Princeton harbor area. One of the views from that end of the harbor looks out on this old pier jutting out into the bay. I shot this image with my Fujifilm X100S while standing on the beach. I converted it to monochrome using VSCO Film 04′s Agfa Scala 200 and then applied a touch of Topaz Simplify 4 to smooth out the water and sand just a bit – something I often find helps these kinds of water shots.
For me, this image has a very Zen like quality. I made this image using a capture from a Fujifilm X-E1 that I’d borrowed from Doug Kaye. The Fuji 14mm lens helped a lot in making this scene so dramatic. And then, of course, there’s the human subject.
Doug Kaye and I recently took a walk in the lower Pacific Heights area of San Francisco. Along the way, I started getting fascinated by the doorways – in particular those of some of the Victorians in this neighborhood. (At this point, I’m trying to resist the urge for Doorways of San Francisco to turn into another personal project!)
This is a quick shot over a fence of three doors in one of those Victorians. I loved the symmetry of these doors – all lined up. Notice that the two doors on the left open one way and the one on the right opens the other way. Fun!
Shot with my Fujifilm X100S, quickly tweaked to monochrome in Lightroom using VSCO Film 04 Agfa Scala 200.
This image is of one of the streetcars in the car barn at the Western Railway Museum just outside of Fairfield, California.
I shot this image using my iPhone 5 – and post-processed it totally on the iPhone using the Dramatic B&W application. When I took the shot, I got lucky to be able to light up the headlamp of the camp – thanks to a reflection of natural light coming in from the far right. That light in the headlamp makes this shot – without it, it’d just be another streetcar image!
Doug Kaye and I got to San Diego thinking we might have some opportunities to shoot while we attended Dan Margulis’ workshop. As it turned out, Dan is quite a taskmaster – in a very good way – and we only had our first evening to head out for shooting.
We headed first to Old Town – and I caught this skater as he zoomed past while we were sitting on a bench.