Photo: Awkward Silence
San Francisco, CA. 2012.

Still learning how to use the Lee 10-stop filter, and finding that the really good stuff is in the very long exposure images. This shot was made in a eight+ minute exposure towards the tail end of the sunset.

The sunset this day was high and early, there was a dense fog layed offshore that made the sun disappear with a whimper, a single cloud moved towards shore until the rest of the light disappeared, and thats what I focused on.

One benefit from long exposures was its ability to do crowd control, the people on the right side of the image had been walking across the front of the image the whole time, but the only ones that came out in the image where the ones that stood still for a few minutes.

#longexposure  
Photo: They dont make them like they used to
Mons, Belgium. 2011.

So many awesome entrances, archways, and doors to photograph while in Mons. Finally getting around to finishing up some of these images.

Final processing done in a slightly different manner than my usual style, so tell me what you think. -- I used alot of different tool to get the final result, Photoshop, OneOne Perfect Effects, and Lightroom.

#hdr   #belgium   #paris2012  
Photo: First Snow
Boston, MA. 2012.

My attempt at a classic scene.

On our trip out to Boston we were treated to the first snow of the year. - I wish I had more chances to make this image again, you always learn so much the first time you shoot somewhere, and I was surprised to learn what settings looked best for this scene -- just wish I had more cracks at it.

Some info about processing, started in LR for minor lens correction, then onto Silver Efex Pro for b/w conversion, then into Photoshop to remove some elements that did not belong (a road cone on the left side), and finally into OnOne perfect effects for sharpening.

Final cropping in LR after all processing was complete.
Photo: Throw away the key
Paris, FR. 2011.

The holidays are here for me, but they snuck on me. Our gift buying is in total disarray and we may throw in the towel and get a gift cards for everyone this year. How do working couples with kids make it all work? My wife and I both work, we have no kids, and we still dont quite get all the things done that we want to do.

At any rate, Happy holiday wishes to everyone, this week was a good one at work, and I hope the next few ones have less excitement.

About this image: Lightroom adjustments, plus a few layered effects in +onOne Software perfect effects, the image originally was taken with a shallow depth of field, but I still put it through OnOne's focal point to clean up some of the artifacts that happened due to the sloppy processing I did on it. -- In case you haven't been following, I'm loving OnOne's software, makes creating images a snap.
Photo: Slice of Pecan Pie
Rodeo Beach, CA. 2012.

I recently had a heavenly slice of pecan pie, and this photo reminded me of that, the composition is rather basic at Rodeo Beach, some offshore rocks and the sun that sets behind them, and you dont think this is the place where you'd come back to again, and again. But once you've had a taste of it, you know you're going to have to eat the whole thing. (Or in this case, visit this place again and again).

This was the sunset earlier today, 12/29, almost the last one for 2012. Met up with +Joe Azure and +Michael Bonocore.
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First Snow
Boston, MA. 2012.

My attempt at a classic scene.

On our trip out to Boston we were treated to the first snow of the year. - I wish I had more chances to make this image again, you always learn so much the first time you shoot somewhere, and I was surprised to learn what settings looked best for this scene -- just wish I had more cracks at it.

Some info about processing, started in LR for minor lens correction, then onto Silver Efex Pro for b/w conversion, then into Photoshop to remove some elements that did not belong (a road cone on the left side), and finally into OnOne perfect effects for sharpening.

Final cropping in LR after all processing was complete.

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