Photography Photography - Canon 5D Mark II Photoshop San Francisco/California

Painted Ladies – Victorians in San Francisco

Painted Ladies - San Francisco - 2008

Here’s another view of the Victorian homes across from San Francisco’s Alamo Square known as the Painted Ladies. There are usually several photographers up on this grassy hillside shooting this scene with the combination of the Victorians in the foreground and the San Francisco skyline in the background.

On this particular morning in February 2009, there was a clearing winter store and the sun had just begun lighting part of the city as the clouds remained in the sky. I had been up on Twin Peaks as the clearing began where I saw the opportunity to capture some interesting light and sky in this classic San Francisco shot.

This image was post-processed first as a single image HDR (from my Canon 5D Mark II) using Photomatix Pro and then in Photoshop CS5 using a combination of techniques that accentuate the drama in the sky and the colors and lighting of the Victorians themselves. Click on the image itself to see a larger version.

Nik Software Photography San Francisco/California

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!