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Archive for February, 2010

Morning at Sanborn Park in Santa Cruz Mountains

Today I took the kids out into Sanborn Park in the Santa Cruz mountains.  The redwood forest is always a spectacular place to visit.  This was my first time in this particular area.  Below is  small collection of photos from the morning, starting with the log cabin type hostel.

I love the look of this building.  The fact that moss grows absolutely everywhere out here adds tons of character to everything.  It was a challenge to capture things with just the right amount of light since the most mossy structures were also in the shade.  This collection is comprised of both single-shot and HDR images to bring out the looks I was going for.   With most of my HDR images, I prefer the more natural look.

Towering Redwood Trees

Creek outlet under path

Mossy Stairs

Creek in Sanborn Park

Creek in Sanborn Park

The first image I used for the Daily Shoot assignment:  #ds103 – Novelty can help goose creativity. Go somewhere today you’ve never been, even just a different street, and make a photo.


Golden Glass

Downtown San Jose, taken on the same trip as yesterday’s golden clouds.  The building was lit up wonderfully from the clouds and sun from the east with the nice pastel colors on the clouds to the north.    The negative space adds to this one so I am using this as my Daily Shoot submission for DS102.

#ds102 – Negative space can be just as important to a composition as your primary subject. Explore negative space in a photograph.


Only Amazing Clouds have a Golden Lining

One more shot today of the spectacular sunsets we’ve had lately. This one was taken as a passenger in a car barreling down the freeway. It was also taken out of the driver’s side window, which was a shot only available for moments before it had a chain link fence in the way.

Tomorrow, I’m hoping sunrise will be good and I can be setup for it!

There is a tiny bit of horizon, so I’m stretching for meeting this assignment today.

#ds104 – The horizon can be a strong composition element. Make a photograph that emphasizes the horizon today.


Firey Sky

This evening I walked out of the office and was treated to a wonderful array of colors in the sky. It has been some time since I have seen anything like this. Other than adding a bit of dark back into this photo, the colors are as they were seen. Amazing after a super rainy day. I only wish I anticipated it so I could have gotten to a place with a bigger sky.

I think this counts as a background for this Daily Shoot assignment. 🙂

#ds98 – Backgrounds are tricky. They can make a subject stand out or distract from it. Make a photo with a good background today.


Magnolia in Bloom – Daily Shoot 97

Photowalks have been eluding me lately.  The flowers are in bloom all around and I haven’t been stopping to capture it.  The magnolias near my office are blooming and the trees are short.  I can actually get shots pointed down.  This shot took some time as I am not quite tall enough to frame it with either the viewfinder or live view.  I was shooting by feel mostly and have lots of throw aways.  On this shot I used a mild flash to bring out the detail inside the flower.

#ds97 – An old adage in photography says if you want to improve your photographs, move closer. Fill your frame today!


A Handsome Seagull

While shooting at Travis Marina, I found this fine seagull model.  He made sure to pose a few times for photographs.  In the end he looks quite stunning with his bright plumage and yellow eye and beak.  This is my contribution for Daily Shoot #80, a tack-sharp focus.

#ds80 – Make a “sharp” photo today any way you interpret it, either tack-sharp focus or a subject that is sharp itself.


Travis Marina

After a busy week at work and very few opportunities to use my camera, I returned to it again over the weekend.  The following four photographs were taken  around Travis Marina just northeast of the Golden Gate Bridge.   A great chance to catch up on my Daily Shoot assignments.

This is Travis Marina with a faux tilt-shift technique applied.

#ds88 – “We often get stuck in a rut of always zooming to the longest focal length. Break out today by making a wide-angle photo.

I love the detail in this pelican.  For this assignment, this is titled “The Pelican Brief”.  Yes, I know it’s literal, but it is a nice pelican portrait.

#ds89 – “Continuing the Friday fun theme, make a photo that goes with the title of a book you’ve read.”

A couple enjoys the view of the San Francisco Bay.

#ds91 – “Sunday (Valentine’s Day) challenge: What is love? Make an interpretive photo today. Keep it clean, people.”

Fog Under the North Tower of Golden Gate Bridge

#ds90 – “Odd or even: Compose an image with an odd or even number of subjects today, and make a photo.”


Caltrain Engine 919 at Diridon Station

San Jose Diridon Train Station with Caltrain Engine 919 underway.


Curse of the Golden Flower – Daily Shoot 82

Experimenting with different development techniques today.  This flower was shot with a flash which really brought out the texture detail which also made it look very plastic.  Some adjusting with a high-pass filter combined with a color-burn in Photoshop gave it a metallic look.  Back in Lightroom, I did some final adjusting to match it to the Daily Shoot movie theme.

#ds82 – More fun on a Friday: Make a photo that goes with the title of a movie you’ve seen, interpreted any way you like!


Pig-tailed Fence – Daily Shoot 83

Today’s curves come to you from the Campbell Community Center.

#ds83 – Curves carry the eye along with them. Make a photo that creates a sense of movement with curves today.