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glowing golden…

Ok, ok.  I promise.  This is the last shot of the Golden Gate Bridge that I’ll post.  However, I’m not going to make any solid promises as I certainly hope to get some more shots in the future since I absolutely loved California and am dying to go back!  Not to mention, I am still utterly flabbergasted at how the beach bum in me did not know that on the other side of the Presidio lies a beautiful beach where the bay meets the Pacific with a gorgeous view of the bridge.  HOW DID I MISS THIS????????  GAAAHHHH!!!!!  Oh well.  Live and learn, as they say.  To salvage my beach bum rep, I’ll have you know that I mapped out all of the best beaches to stop at on our drive towards Long Beach from San Francisco  🙂

So enough of the I-can’t-believe-I-missed-this-beach ranting and back to the photo.  This one was fun to take.  Jay and I hiked up the hill by the bridge and I used one of the wooden poles along the footpath as a makeshift tripod so that I could get a true HDR shot of the bridge.  I set up the exposure bracketing in my G12 and let ‘er rip (or snap, as the case may be).  It took a couple of tries since the wind kept rocking the camera, but this one turned out pretty darn clear.  I love how the “Golden” in the bridge is really accentuated and there is even a golden cast thrown down onto the bay below.  🙂

Stay tuned for more San Francisco shots and photos from my journey down the coast!

And, a little teaser for everyone:  I have an upcoming trip to St. John, USVI, so keep your eyes peeled for what I expect to be fabulous shots!  I mean, how can one take a bad photo in such an idyllic location?  Woohoo!!!!!!  BEACH!!!!!

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miles of manhattan…

And the computer is up and running!!  🙂  I can officially add Tech Master to my skills.  Many thanks to Jay for all his help.  Pharmacist and doctor-to-be saved a (computer) life!!

Anyhoo, lets get to some photography!  This lovely panorama of the Manhattan skyline at dusk was taken from Hoboken, NJ.  Click on the image to see it larger.  Not much to say about the picture except that it was the grand finale to a weekend in NYC.

Of course, I used the fabulous Canon Powershot G7.  I think the image was originally 6 or 7 frames that I then digitally stitched together, adjusted for contrast in Photoshop CS3, and finally, to top off the sundae with a cherry, I transformed the photo into an HDR image.  Enjoy!!!


gone fishing…

He’s a man with a mission:  to catch his fill of fish!  And second to last photo in the “People Series”!!   I took this shot down in Puerto Morelos, Mexico while admiring the view from the dock.  It was quite a site to see.  It was a bit after lunch and many of the fishermen were headed back out to sea for the afternoon catch.  One minute all the boats were lined up along the shore, the next, they were zooming off into the distance.  I like this photo because its very tranquil with the gradations of blue in the water, but also because I think it shows off just how small people are compared with the vast sea.  Whenever I look at this photo, I get a sense of serene isolation and a refreshing dose of perspective.

Of course, the photo was taken with the Canon G7.  I adjusted the contrast in Photoshop and also converted the image to an HDR image.  Enjoy!!


a stroll down memory lane…

Autumn Path

Autumn is my favorite time of the year.  It makes me want to study for hours on end in coffee shops.  I love pulling out my cozy sweaters.  The crunching of the leaves on the ground makes me feel like a little kid without a care in the world.  And yes, at the age of 24, if presented with a pile of leaves, I will still jump in and play.

There’s a certain ‘feeling’ in the fall and it just makes me feel happy inside.  Whenever I need that feeling at other times during the year, I’ll take a look at this photo.  My boyfriend and I embarked on a fall photo shoot in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, and this was one of my favorites.  Looking at it evokes that happy autumn feeling and the feeling of contentment that comes with strolling down a colorful leaf-laden path with someone you love…

Taken with an Olympus Stylus 82o and processed as an HDR image to help bring out the vibrancy in the leaves.  Enjoy the fall!  Get a nice mug of cider, step outside, and breathe in the sweet brisk air that will slowly bring in the winter!


mermaid…

Mermaid Model

Well, here’s a change of pace.  I usually photograph things, places, and my cats…but….omigosh!  Its a person!!!  My sister and I were having a bit of fun in Playa del Carmen, Mexico a couple of years ago by staging a teensy “America’s Next Top Model”-esque photo shoot out in the water.  Naturally, she looked gorgeous.  And she’s ready for her close-up now…or at least to have her photo on my blog!  You go, pretty sister!

Taken with an Olympus Stylus 820.  The photo was played with a bit in Adobe Photoshop CS3 to add a glow, fix contrast, and create a sepia tone.  It was then converted into an HDR photo.  Enjoy!!!!


bunches of boats…

Boats on Puerto Morelos' Shoreline

“Twelve little boats, sitting in a row

Each colorful one with a rope in tow.

Docked for the day and dark starry night

Ready to depart at dawn’s first golden light.”

Okay, okay, perhaps its a cheesy little poem, but whatever.  I’m in an artsy mood.  I even arranged “Streets of Philadelphia” for SATB a cappella on Sunday with the boyfriend.  Photos and poems and songs, oh my!!

Anyhoo, this photo was taken with the amazing Canon G7 next to the fishing pier in Puerto Morelos, Mexico (right in front of the old lighthouse).  All of the boats were moored for the night and I was stunned by how much colorful character they all had.  That translated to a boat photoshoot!  To help you create  a better mental image of the Puerto Morelos fishing pier, if you faced the pier (looking out to the ocean), these boats were to the left and the previously-posted pelican was to the right!  Alright, here’s the pier:

Puerto Morelos Pier

The boat photo was cropped to remove the gargantuan dead fish that was on the beach and was then post-processed to an HDR photo!  Enjoy!!!!!!


on a distant sandy shore…

Sandy Shore

Ahhh…yes.  You can almost hear the gentle waves lapping on the sand.  🙂  The beach in front of our resort (Ocean Coral and Turquesa) was simply gorgeous.  The only bad thing about the beach was that the red flag was flying everyday…i.e. swim at your own risk.  I came, I swam, I learned why the flag was red.  There was…stuff…in the water.  The bits of seaweed?  Nah, I could look past those.  The biting, stinging things in the seaweed?  OUCH.  Lets just say that I don’t particularly enjoy the simultaneous feelings of fire and tiny knives in my legs.  Naturally, this was a very unfortunate situation for this self-proclaimed beach bum/water baby.  This was precisely the reason for repeat treks to the idyllic waters of Isla Mujeres.   No problems there, other than it being so gorgeous that I never wanted to leave.

Water complaints aside, the beach was still beautiful.  The palapas provided ample shade and the chaise lounges were oh-so-comfy.  It pays to upgrade to VIP status at this place.  Did I mention that this stretch of beach was completely reserved for VIP guests only?  Oh, I didn’t?  It was heaven.  The beach was the perfect setting for water-gazing, people watching, and sunrise photography.  So, stay tuned for more photos of my trip to Mexico!

Almost forgot!  Taken with the handy-dandy Canon Powershot G7.  But you already guessed that, didn’t you?  I used the awesome color-select setting on the camera to capture a bit of the sand color to add some interest to the black and white.  Contrast fixed and enhanced using a touch of pseudo-HDR in the Dynamic-Photo HDR program.