Morning on San Francisco’s Mission Creek

Mission Creek Morning - San Francisco - 2013

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.

The San Giovanni

San Giovanni - Pillar Point Harbor - 2013

As Doug Kaye and I were walking out on the pier at Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay, I was drawn to the combination of the angle of the sunlight on the bow of these two fishing boats along with the yellow color of the closest boat (the “Sunshine”). I shot the image with my Fujifilm X100S.

In this version of the image, I’ve exaggerated both the color and the glow – through application of a cinematic toning in Lightroom. The highlights have a bit more orange in them than normal while the shadows have a bit more blue. The combination gives a film-style cinematic effect.

I then brought the image into Photoshop CC and added an Oil Paint layer at about 50% opacity to add some additional texture/shadows into the image. Finally, a 50 pixel black frame around the image to keep your eyes inside.