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Category Archives: Scenic

City View Before & After…

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Quick and dirty – that’s how I shoot these days. Life is fast and moments are fleeting, so get the best possible shot you can, and then move on. Things can always be cleaned up and punched-up in post processing….

These words probably make most professional photographers cringe because they seem to deny some of the most basic principles of photography. The expectation is that those who are truly “serious” about photography always plan their excursions meticulously, always carry their gear with them, always use a tripod, and always, Always, ALWAYS spend the necessary time to get the exposure just right. Well, I’m here to say that as much as I wish that were the case, it’s often just not feasible. Especially for those of us who have to balance our creative endeavors with a day job and a family. In short, it boils down to making the best out of the time that you have in the field with your beloved DSLR. Sometimes the elements converge to produce just the moment you were looking for. Other times, you simply need to grab the best shot you can and then do a bit of editing in the digital darkroom.

In short: post processing…. that’s what it often boils down to for me. It’s really one of the more fun and engaging parts of being a photographer because A) I can do it when time allows, and B) because it really opens the floodgates to creativity. And then suddenly a purely mediocre shot transforms into something really special. Here’s an example of an out-of-the-camera shot that just doesn’t work on its own. But then add a little contrast filter, a little digital lighting and some dramatic cloud elements, and the base image transforms into something much more eye-catching.

City BeforeandAfter_subtle

*The base image was taken on a typically dreary San Francisco day from the 21st floor of my office building in the Financial district. 

Sony R1, 320/f5

 

A Grave Place…

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With Halloween not too far around the corner I’m starting to be reminded once again just how much I love all things dark and macabre. Nowhere could this be more evident than in some of of my earlier work. The time: 2008. The place: A town called Colma, located just outside San Francisco. The population of Colma is a staggering of 1.5 million, buuuut there’s a catch. Only about 1,700 of those residents are actually alive and above ground. That’s right, a literal city of the dead. With more old cemeteries than you can shake your fist at. Dark and creepy? Maybe. But still a truly beautiful and haunting place to explore.

Come see the gallery HERE

There and back again…

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Greetings all! Just a little heads up that there’s a brand spanking new gallery up for your viewing pleasure. A series of color images from our recent trip to Europe. Highlights of the trip include stops in London and Scotland. Scenic vistas and castles galore! You can check out the gallery right –> HERE <–

Cheers!

-rick