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.
Here’s another one of my “into the light” images – also shot on San Francisco’s Leidesdorff Street in mid-November on a photo walk with my friend Doug Kaye. Here’s another image shot from this same location – both images taken with my Fujifilm X-E2 with the 18-55mm “kit” lens.
There’s a lovely cafe on Leidesdorff Street where the tables spill out into the street. I happened to notice the light on his face, the chairs and that lovely ketchup bottle – and captured this shot. He does seem somewhat mesmerized by the light – reflecting off of the Transamerica Pyramid building! It’s got a bit of the Photoshop CC Oil Paint filter applied – to add some subtle texture.
From a recent photowalk with Doug Kaye – shot with my Fujifilm X-E2 and converted to black and white in Lightroom 5.
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.
While I was out running errands on Friday, I stopped by Menlo Park’s Allied Arts Guild with my new Fujifilm X-E2 camera and took a few shots (see my Flickr set).
I tried to compose this one to have the permissions be a diagonal line – adding visual interest. Post-processed in Lightroom 5 using VSCO Film 01 – Fuji 160C film emulation.
As I headed out the door this morning to do a bit of grocery shopping for our dinner tonight I stopped by Sharon Park briefly. I love the low sun angle this time of year – and it was filtering through the trees from this particular angle which captured my eyes.
I post-processed this in Photoshop CC using a combination of Topaz Simplify 4, the Oil Paint filter, and some old fashioned dodging and burning to add a stronger sense of depth. Shot with my Fujifilm X100S.
Shot with my Fujifilm X100S as we were heading home after a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends…
Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving!
This image is from a visit to New York last week – walking up Madison Avenue heading to an early dinner. Shot with my Fujifilm X-E2 while on the move.
While we were in New York City last week, we headed to dinner at The Modern – a great restaurant adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art. We got there a bit early – and spent some time looking around the MoMA Store which is open a bit later than the museum itself.
I’m not much of a shopper – so I headed outside with my cameras – and pulled out my iPhone 5s to make this shot from across the street.
In photography, it helps to be lucky – and this shot demonstrates that – with the two guys heading into each other at the lighted tree. I had my iPhone 5s camera in HDR mode – this was the first shot the camera took. The second – HDR – shot had them in line together with the tree and was much less interesting! My photo buddy Doug Kaye commented how his eye was immediately drawn to those two guys. Great fun!
Here’s an image overlooking Central Park shot early in the morning last week with my Fujifilm X-E2.
The glow of the sun along the buildings was perfect – and the late fall muted colors in the trees added a nice touch of contrast.