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San Francisco’s Ocean Beach at New Year’s

Ocean Beach - New Years Day - 2013

For the last few years, I’ve headed to San Francisco on New Year’s Day – mostly to the Golden Gate Bridge.

This year I did that as well – but had fun stopping along the way at Ocean Beach.

Here’s a shot taken with my Nikon D600 – converted to monochrome using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro.

I love the movement in this image – and the contrast that the monochrome treatment provides.

At the Beach – New Year’s Day at Ocean Beach, San Francisco

Ocean Beach - San Francisco - 2013 by Scott Loftesness

For the past few years, I’ve been heading to San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge for some photography. I’m not much of a football fan – and after the holidays it feels great to get out and walk with camera in hand!

This past New Year’s Day, I went up the Great Highway and stopped at the Cliff House. The morning light was very nice and I captured this shot looking down the beach just down the hill a bit from the Cliff House. I processed it to black and white using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2.

Burning Edge – Ocean Beach – San Francisco – 2013

Burning Edge - Ocean Beach - 2013

Burning Edge – Ocean Beach – 2013

Here’s another view of Ocean Beach from my New Year’s Day explorations. When I processed this image, I thought it sort of looked like some of the images I’ve seen from Burning Man – thus the title Burning Edge. This image was processed only in Lightroom 4.3 using Trey Ratcliff’s Lightroom Presets.

New Year’s Day 2013 – Dreamy at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach

Dreamy at Ocean Beach

For the last few years, I’ve had a tradition of heading out on January 1st for some San Francisco photography – always of the Golden Gate Bridge – but usually some other spots as well.

Today was bright and sunny – although not especially clear. My first stop was on the hill up by the Cliff House above Ocean Beach. This is such a simple shot – shooting straight down the beach – and it captures the late morning mood on the beach perfectly.

Shot with my Nikon D600, I post-processed the image in Lightroom 4.3 using Trey Ratcliff’s Lightroom Presets which added the dreamy effect and tones. This particular preset is named “Under the Stars” and is in package 3.

After Ocean Beach, I headed into the Presidio and on to Baker Beach where I caught this view of the Golden Gate – I titled it “Smooth”.

Smooth - Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco - New Year's Day 2013

Alone on Ocean Beach

Alone - Ocean Beach - 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I headed to San Francisco on a rainy day – with my new Nikon D600 in hand. After a great time at Crissy Field, I started to head home – along San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. The waves were up – and I pulled over as I headed south on the Great Highway.

This image captures a solitary walker out on the beach, alone. The salt air in your hair!