Thursday, February 12, 2009

Golden Gate Park

Pink Magnolia

Went to Golden Gate Park on Tuesday. Have started shooting with the camera in "Neutral" picture style (essentially captures the scene, without doing any enhancements such as contrast, sharpening, etc.). This pic was enhanced in Photoshop Elements by:
  • Sharpening using Unsharp Mask
  • Selecting the sky and setting levels to bring out the blueness, and show the clouds
  • Switching the selection and setting levels on the flowers.
  • Adding the black matt, and white border

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Gateway to San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge

I had been thinking about going to the Marin Headlands and taking some pics of the Golden Gate Bridge for some time. Saturday evening, Feb. 07, I decided to do it. Left home, thinking that I had plenty of time to get there before sunset.

I've been living in the Bay Area for many years now, but still manage to get surprised by unexpected traffic jams. Stuck on Howard Street, I watched the sunset, and then darkness enveloping the streets. It was dark when I finally got there.

  • Shot a few pics of the Golden Gate and then my car
  • Lent my tripod to a fellow photographer who was without one
  • took a picture of a couple with my camera as their camera couldn't handle fill-flash, and was making the Golden Gate a black blob.
Took the top down on the drive back. Met a friend back in the city, dinner, hot chocolate, and then back home.