One of my favorite spots in San Francisco is the Palace of Fine Arts. It’s such a beautiful setting and the people watching is always great as well.
In this image, I’ve used a painterly approach – adding a bit of texture and smoothing out some of the detail. I kept the colors bright – as that’s how I remembered the day.
The monochrome image below – titled “Power and Glory” – provides a different emotional dimension – one of strength and detail.
Sometimes the camera angle adds to the power of an image. That and the lens.
Here’s an example – shot with my Nikon D600 at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts.
Post-processed in Lightroom with VSCO Film. That image title just popped into my head as I was processing this image – lots of power and glory indeed!
One of our favorite places for photography in San Francisco is Embarcadero Center. The Center’s architecture is very special and unique – with lots of lovely nooks and crannies along with beautiful vistas of the four tall buildings that make up the core of the center.
There are several spiral staircases within Embarcadero Center that make wonderful subjects for photographers. A couple outside and another couple inside the buildings. As the light shifts, the outdoor ones take on a variety of moods – sometimes they’re in bright light/shadow. Other times, when it’s foggy and overcast, there’s a soft light aspect that can be special.
Yesterday, we were on our way to see the movie Tim’s Vermeer at the Embarcadero Center Cinema when I walked by this particular staircase and captured it with my iPhone 5s. I brought it into Photoshop CC and tweaked it a bit using both Topaz Simplify 4 and the Oil Paint filter to add a bit of interesting texture. The image deserves more time to make it even better – but this quick, first cut version captured my eye!
We headed up to San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center Cinema today for the noon showing of “Tim’s Vermeer” – a wonderful documentary about how Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, spent almost five years working on figuring out how Vermeer was able to paint his beautiful images so precisely. It’s a great movie – we really enjoyed it – and this location has great seats, etc. that makes seeing a film there quite a pleasure.
After the movie, we headed to The Slanted Door at the Ferry Building for a delightful late lunch. The Slanted Door’s Saturdays are extremely busy – so reservations were impossible – but we were able to get a couple of seats at the bar after a 20 minute wait. While we were waiting, I shot this image of the oranges with my iPhone 5s. Such a delight!
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’re often bored by the boring blue skies that seem to dominate much of the year. So, when it’s raining, it’s fun to go see what kinds of images we can create that are different.
Yesterday, I headed up to San Francisco hoping for a few of those kinds of shots. I took 280 to King Street and then proceeded along the Embarcadero. There was a traffic jam at the Ferry Building – a road crew has closed two of the three lanes – and I happened to look over my shoulder at the Bay Bridge as I pass by. I noticed that the end of the suspension span of the bridge disappeared into the clouds before it reach Treasure Island. I decided to pull off to the left, execute a U-turn and head back around to the Embarcadero near Pier 24.
From there I captured this shot with my Fujifilm X-E2. A bit of post-processing in both Lightroom and Photoshop CC yielded this moody result. It’s one of my favorite recent images.
There’s a wonderful carousel tucked away upstairs in the Moscone Center complex in downtown San Francisco.
Here’s a shot taken with my tiny Canon PowerShot S100 back in April 2012 – a tweaked just a bit in Lightroom 5.
My photo buddy Doug Kaye and I recently visited San Francisco’s Exploratorium in their new location at Pier 15 along San Francisco’s Embarcadero.
Among the many hands-on exhibits inside, there are a couple fascinating mirror-based exhibits – including the one I used for this photo.
Shot with my Fujifilm X-E2, and processed in Lightroom 5, this image was a lot of fun to shoot.
San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center is one of our favorite spots – the architecture is amazing. There are several of these beautiful spiral staircases in the various buildings – here’s one that’s on the inside. I shot the image with my Fujifilm X-E2.
For this image, I chose to focus on the structure and the lighting – emphasizing the color and the texture. I processed it first in Lightroom 5 and then pulled it into Photoshop CC for further adjustments of the shadows/highlights and a bit of simplification using Topaz Simplify 4. A final touch of the oil paint filter kicked up the texture on the tiles.
Back in Lightroom, I used the split toning panel to change the highlight and shadow colors to a more cinematic (orange-ish highlights/blue-ish shadows) to further bring out the colors.
I’m enjoying the oil paint filter in Photoshop CC – especially when used on images like this with the brickwork and texture. I enjoy how it can add a touch of additional texture to an image.
There are some wonderful alleys in San Francisco – some filled with cafes like The Irish Bank. They’re worth exploring further. I keep telling Doug Kaye that we need to write the book: “The Stages of San Francisco”. The second in that series should be “The Alleys of San Francisco”. Great places for street photography is a great city.
This image was shot with my Fujifilm X-E2 and post-processed in Lightroom 5 with VSCO Film before tweaking with the oil paint filter in Photoshop CC.
Here’s another image from our recent street photography photo walk in San Francisco. After meeting at the Ferry Building, we caught a quick Uber ride up to San Francisco’s Union Square. Lots of people and activity.
As we started out, the Powell and Hyde Street cable cars began moving quite frequently up and down Powell St. We had some interesting mid-morning January light and tried to find a spot that might work out sort of as a stage.
This is one of my shots – taken with my Fujifilm X-E2 and post-processed in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC.