People check in from everywhere!
Shot on the streets of Havana, Cuba in January 2013. Nikon D600 with the 24-85mm kit lens. Post-processed in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC.
After reading about Saul Leiter’s death early this week, I started scanning back through some of my images looking for some vivid color shots with either scarcity of stuff or an abundance of stuff in the image.
I came across this one – shot in Havana in late January. That’s my friend Doug Kaye out of focus in the lower right looking at this scene. The title comes from the four men I see in the image – maybe you can find even more! What’s fun to me about this image is how my eye just keeps exploring around the scene – it’s so chock full of interesting stuff, color, and texture.
Shot with a Nikon D600 and the 85mm Nikkor prime lens. Post-processed in Lightroom 5 with VSCO Film and in Photoshop CC.
I had a wonderful time this morning visiting one of my favorite spots in San Francisco – the Palace of the Legion of Honor – and the amazing exhibition currently running of the work of Swedish painter Anders Zorn. If you haven’t been, you must go – his work is just superb. I’ve never seen watercolors like he painted!
As I was heading back to the car, I noticed this view overlooking the golf course – with a view of this cypress grove. This early December low sun angle light makes almost everything look wonderful to my eye – but this was even more special. Ming Thein, a Kuala Lumpur-based photographer who’s taught me a lot, starts with “Start by finding interesting light.” This was special light.
Shot with my Fujifilm X-E2, post-processed in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC.
The day after Thanksgiving I stopped by Menlo Park’s Allied Arts Guild with my new Fujifilm X-E2 camera. I wrote a brief article about it over on InMenlo.com.
Allied Arts was decorated with holiday ornaments – and this particular one caught my eye. There’s a distant reflection of another red ornament in the window in the upper right – purposely out of focus in this shot.
Post-processed in Lightroom 5 with VSCO Film and in Photoshop CC with a touch of the Oil Paint filter.
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.
A few weeks back, Doug Kaye and I met up for lunch at Pasta Moon in Half Moon Bay and then headed our for some early afternoon photography along the Pacific coast.
One of the places we stopped was the Pillar Point Harbor area of Half Moon Bay – the home of a large fishing fleet that plies the Pacific for great seafood. I had my Fujifilm X100S rangefinder camera in hand as we walked out on the pier. We took lots of shots of the fishing boats – but this Volkswagen caught my eye – such a top notch example of that car line!
This image was post-processed in Lightroom 5 – cropped and then treated to a bit of VSCO Film emulation to enhance the color.
On Sunday, I often like to take a walk around the Stanford University campus. Parking is usually easy on weekends (except game days!) and there’s so much to explore. I can get a nice hour long walk in and capture some interesting images along the way. Lily and I used to do this regularly – and I still miss her whenever I’m walking Stanford.
Here’s a shot taken with my new Fujifilm X-E2 at Stanford this past Sunday. I was walking around the Quad when I noticed this young woman coming towards me – right in the middle of the walkway. As she got to the stairs, she stopped, looked at her smartphone and began talking – clearly she was in a FaceTime video chat with someone. I thought the like was very beautiful with the striking contrast with the shadows – and snapped this image with the Fujifilm X-E2.
When I got home, I post-processed the image a bit using both Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC. For shots that tend to be “busy”, I often use Topaz Simplify 4 to remove some of that busyness – and I did that on this image. If you look closely (click on the image to see a larger version), you can see that there’s lots of detail in the center where she is but that as you move out to the edges the details fall away and you just see the major elements of the image. That’s Topaz Simplify in action.
I also applied a touch of cinematic toning (orange-ish highlights, blue-ish shadows) using Lightroom 5′s split toning panel before declaring the image complete!
Here’s another image shot with the new Fujifilm X-E2 – this time it’s a morning scene on San Francisco’s Mission Creek – looking down toward the bridge and, beyond, AT&T Park.
The image was shot handheld with the X-E2 using the 18-55mm “kit” lens. I post-processed it using a touch of Topaz Simplify 4 and a bit of the Oil Paint filter in Photoshop CC – to both remove some details but also add back in a touch of subtle texture (click on the image to open a larger version). A final bit of cinematic toning was applied in Lightroom using the Split Toning panel.
While walking along Pine St. in San Francisco, I captured this image with my new Fujifilm X-E2 of this guy and his elongated “Texas-size” bicycle frame. He was here for a moment and then gone. Fun street photography!
Post-processed in Lightroom and Photoshop CC with a bit of an oil paint filter applied to make the textures of the light more interesting.