Table Flowers

Table Flowers - Santa Fe - 2014

Here’s an iPhone 5s image shot at a restaurant where the small flowers and the light just captured my eye.

I’ve applied some oil paint effect in Photoshop CC and used the sponge tool to remove color in the area around the flowers – preferring just the monochrome tonality in those areas.

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!

We Built This City – The Skyline of San Francisco

We Built This City by Scott Loftesness

I’ve been learning some new post-processing techniques this week – using old images that I’ve taken over the last five years since I got my first serious digital camera. This is one of those – shot a couple of years ago from Sausalito looking toward San Francisco.

One of the techniques I’ve enjoyed experimenting with is the Pixel Bender plugin for Photoshop CS5 from Adobe Labs. This image was ultimately processed using the Pixel Bender OilPaint filter – after going through several other filters first.

First, the image was opened in Photoshop and adjusted using Nik’s Color Efex Pro 2 and Viveza before importing into OilPaint. After tweaking the OilPaint filter, a bit of additional Tonal Contrast was applied again from Color Efex 2.

I really enjoy how this skyline of San Francisco turned out – and hope you do too!