A Sharon Park Sunrise with the Fujifilm X-100S

Sharon Park Sunrise

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.

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.

The View from a Terrace – Vence France – 2006

French Terrace - Vence - 2006

This image – of a street terrace outside our hotel – was taken during a family vacation to Vence, France in the summer of 2006. This was before I got back into serious photography – with this image taken using a tiny Canon PowerShot S500 pocket point-and-shoot camera.

The original image was recently marked as a favorite on Flickr – which caused me to go back to look at the images from the trip including this one in particular. Thinking it had “great bones” as an image, I chose to post-process it in Photoshop CS6 using a series of filters include Nik’s Viveza 2, Color Efex 4 (Tonal Contrast and Detail Extractor) and, finally, using the new Oil Paint filter.

I really like how the combination turned out – a nice way to remember our wonderful visit to Vence! Hope you also enjoy it!