Photo: At days end, you can either get washed away or you can stand tall.

During my last visit to San Francisco, one of the first things I did once I arrived in the city was go to Rodeo Beach to enjoy the sunset with some friends and fellow photographers. This was also the day of the solar eclipse so we were hoping for something interesting to happen with the light. It was becoming very cold due to the strong winds, but the day and scene were quite beautiful so it was easy to stay out there and stand in the wind. Once the peak of the solar eclipse had come and gone, we moved our attention back to the water and the setting sun. It was a beautiful scene and it served as another reminder as to why I love California so much!

On a side note, I decided to give +Trey Ratcliff's new Lightroom presets a try on this one. I had already processed this shot but figured it would be fun to apply a new look to it. There are a ton of presets to choose from so if you're interested check 'em out on his site: http://www.stuckincustoms.com/lightroom-presets/ and if you want to see what this shot looked like before the preset was applied, you can find it on my blog here: http://www.themarkeworld.com/san-francisco/rodeo-sunset/ 

Now, onto #ThirstyThursdayPics ! I'm pretty sure that you guys know the drill by now because all of the contributions so far have been simply amazing. Which is consistent with each and every Thursday that swims by. So keep the contributions coming and don't forget to use the hashtag and to tag our good captain +Giuseppe Basile in your posts. ;-)
Photo: Meet +Michael Bonocore. Melky Cabrera's number 1 fan!

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Photo: He required a signature upon delivery. He ended up getting so much more.

While in San Francisco a few months ago, me and my pal +Jon Armstrong decided to take a break in between panels at the G+ Photographers Conference and take a walk through the streets of Downtown towards the Bay Bridge. As photographers will do, we stopped at various alleyways and turned off on several streets on the way to the bridge. We came across this alleyway and noticed all of the graffiti on the wall and decided to shoot it. When we noticed a few people passing by, we decided to setup here for a bit longer and wait for some interesting looking people to walk by so we could get them positioned in front of the wall. I opted to shoot this courier simply because of his blue hat and how I hoped it would look in front of the blue tag. I liked the result, especially since I was able to get him in front of the center panel. ;-)

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Photo: As the sun grew dark, he remained at peace with the world.

During the solar eclipse back in May, the few of us that went out to Rodeo Beach in San Francisco to shoot the sea noticed this monk sitting still, patiently awaiting the eclipse and meditating. He was still like a statue and looked perfectly at peace and one with the world. Even with the waves crashing violently on the rocks on shore, the scene still looked quite peaceful and he was the perfect compliment to it all so I snapped this shot. His friend was nearby and mentioned something about why he was meditating during the solar eclipse but I’m afraid I didn’t catch all of it. If I ever run into this monk again I’ll be sure to ask him about it.
Photo: As long as you follow the right group, they'll always lead you to the light.

On the way home from San Francisco a few months ago I decided to caravan with my photographer buddy +Bobby Gibbons. He led the way in his vehicle while I followed in mine. We didn’t intentionally plan it this way, but I had arrived in San Francisco a full day before him, and it just worked out that we were going to leave on the same day which is why we ended up in a two car caravan. Anyways, while on the 5 freeway heading South back to Los Angeles, Bobby pulled over to this empty dirt road and I didn’t hesitate to follow because we both had the same thing on our minds. To shoot the sunset. Luckily where we pulled over had this small group of trees so I positioned myself so that I could use them as my leading line to the sun and the mountains in the distance. It was a great sunset and though it delayed getting back home by an hour or so, it was well worth stopping for.

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He required a signature upon delivery. He ended up getting so much more.

While in San Francisco a few months ago, me and my pal +Jon Armstrong decided to take a break in between panels at the G+ Photographers Conference and take a walk through the streets of Downtown towards the Bay Bridge. As photographers will do, we stopped at various alleyways and turned off on several streets on the way to the bridge. We came across this alleyway and noticed all of the graffiti on the wall and decided to shoot it. When we noticed a few people passing by, we decided to setup here for a bit longer and wait for some interesting looking people to walk by so we could get them positioned in front of the wall. I opted to shoot this courier simply because of his blue hat and how I hoped it would look in front of the blue tag. I liked the result, especially since I was able to get him in front of the center panel. ;-)

#GPlusPC  

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