Multnomah Falls

I took this shot at Multnomah Falls while I was on my cross-country trip. I had wanted to visit this spot in Oregon ever since I first found out about it. Out of all the states I visited on the trip, Oregon was my favorite. I could have stopped anywhere in the state and took a gorgeous picture. The coast was especially nice, even though I only stayed for a short while. Multnomah Falls is just East of Portland, Oregon and definitely worth the visit if you get the chance. This is a single shot, that I edited in Photoshop CS6 using Nik Color Efex Pro. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Bridge and City Apr23

Bridge and City

I only had so much time in San Francisco during the road-trip that I took with my sister and I wanted a few different shots of the Golden Gate Bridge Website. It was getting late and by the time we were done with this spot we were going to have to hit the road again, so I decided to try anything I could think of for a new shot from the same spot. This is how I came across this photo. I zoomed in with my lens and got a tight enough crop where you could still make out the bridge in the foreground while peering through to the city in the background. I had wanted to take a shot like this too fortunately, I just always forget. There is another photo from the same night on my website that includes the whole bridge if you want to check that out too. This was literally the nicest setup I had ever seen for this scenic spot. The fog was rolling in perfectly and the lights from the bridge turned on just in time to create a calming mood. Thankfully, my sister was a good sport about hanging out and waiting for it to get a little darker. I don’t think she minded it much though considering this was her first time in San Francisco and this view was quite the sight. I shot this with my Nikon D7000 mounted on my Vanguard Website tripod and of course bracketed it for -3, 0, and +3. I used layer masking to merge the best lit parts of the photos together in Photoshop CS6 and did some finishing touched with Nik Color Efex Pro Website. Hope you like the results! Please follow and like...

Golden Gate Bridge

It had been almost two years at this point since I had been back to San Francisco. Needless to say, I was really looking forward to this trip out here. My sister and I came here on a holiday weekend and if you have ever been on a holiday weekend, you know just how packed it gets. This day was no exception. The route up to this lookout point had a ridiculous amount of traffic and we thought for sure that with how close we were to the sun going down and it starting to get dark, that we were going to miss our opportunity. Fortunately we found an alternated route under the mountain through a tunnel that was supposedly closed that made getting back up the mountain much faster. Also, we ended up renting an SUV so we were able to just ride over the curb on the side and park on top of it. We ended up making it with enough time to spare. This is one of my favorite viewpoints of Golden Gate Bridge because it really is the quintessential view you picture when you think of the bridge. It had been so foggy all day that we couldn’t even see the bridge when we were standing at the start of it. Lucky for us, it ended up clearing up sometime in the early evening and some clouds even began rolling in which added to the scene. I took various shots of the bridge from when it was brighter out to when it became darker and I liked this one the best. I think what made this one my favorite was because of the lamps that were lit up all along the bridge and all the car trails that you can...

Forest Path

One of the only paths that lead to Campbell Falls in Connecticut was this beautiful hiking trail that was nestled deep in a dense forest. It was a perfect overcast day when I came here and the green colors in the forest really caught my eye because of how vibrant they were. I set up my tripod one the bridge and snapped away not expecting anything special from some of these pictures since the main reason for going to this spot was for the waterfall. Fortunately the path proved to be just a beautiful a sight. I shot this with my Nikon D7000 mounted on a tripod. I bracketed the shots in order to mask away some of the darker and brighter areas and processed the whole image in Photoshop. The only add-on that I used was Nik Color Effex Pro. If you have never used this program I strongly suggest it because there are a lot of helpful presets and you can enhance the pictures pretty substantially whilst still keeping the natural look and feel. I have been trying a more natural look and I keep working to perfect it. The best part about the more natural look is that it requires a lot less work, though the photo straight out of the camera has to have a better overall lighting range than usual. This is why going on a cloudy day was perfect since there is only filtered light all around. If you have any questions feel free to ask! Please follow and like...

Helix Bridge

If you have ever been to Singapore then you no doubt no where this area is. This is situated right in the middle of the city where the famous Merlion statue is located. This was the second time we stopped here for a port visit and I had already planned on coming to this spot. The first time I visited, we didn’t have enough time to see everything so I didn’t expect to come back here, but fortunately we did. The spiraling metal structure on the left of the picture is the Helix bridge. It is an awesome place to be at night because the bridge will change colors and every night there is a light show. The view for the light show isn’t as good from this spot as it is from across the river but you get to see the designs project on the building that you can’t see from the front. We waited here for about an hour or so so we could get the best lighting. I have several other shots that include different lighting situations like during twilight. I posted this photo because I thought that it was more flashy. I took this on a tripod and bracketed with -2, 0, +2. This is also a panorama because I still have yet to get a wide angle lens. The editing in Photoshop is always a pain with these types of photos because the stitching program never seems to match up all that great for me so I often have to do it manually. But hope you all like the results. If you got any questions about the processing just ask! Please follow and like...

Golden Gate Park

I took this shot while strolling through Golden Gate Park one morning during my visit in San Francisco. I had come up to visit during a 4 day weekend that I had. This was my first time up here and there was so much to see. I hit all the usual spots and decided to hit some spots that weren’t as well known such as this one. This was taken during early morning as the fog was rolling out. This is a 3 exposure shot made from -2, 0, +2. These three exposure were combined into an HDR in Photomatix. Once combined I brought the single photo into Photoshop CS6 and masked through the other layers in order to bring out the better parts of the image. Some of the problem areas were the reflection in the water and the movement of the leaves in the trees. I used Nik Color Efex Pro for a few more advanced filters and that did it. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Bay Bridge

This is a shot of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, California. This was my first time visiting San Francisco and it was a long awaited trip. Ever since I was stationed at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base I had wanted to venture up here. I had gone around most of the other places in Southern California and I knew that I had to check out Northern California as well. I only have a motorcycle for transportation but I find that to be a good thing. I planned out my route to go up the Pacific Coast Highway considering that was also an area I had wanted to experience while in California. I’ll start by saying this is the most beautiful and scenic ride that I had ever taken. It was along the coast for most of the way with curves and sharp turns everywhere (A.K.A a motorcycler’s dream). Once I got up to San Francisco I had visited all the usual sights first like the Golden Gate Bridge along with the large hills and trolley system in the city. It wasn’t until the day before I was going to leave that I came here. I had parked somewhere near the wharf and walked over here at nighttime. Once I got to this area where I took this picture, I couldn’t believe that this bridge barely gets any hype. If I asked most people I knew from the East Coast about it, I doubt they would even know what it was. This bridge may not be the Golden Gate Bridge but it’s still a must see spot while in San Francisco. With the lights outlining the bridge and the small cement pillars in the water below, this makes for a great shot. This is...

Golden Gate Bridge

In 2012 during the fall I decided to venture to San Francisco for the first time. It was about a 10 hour trip from the San Diego area taking the Pacific Coast Highway all the way with all the stop that I made included. That ride up was definitely the most beautiful right thus far in my life and definitely worth the extra few hours and gas in my opinion. I got to San Francisco and immediately noticed the temperature difference. It was a lot colder this far North at the time and I definitely hadn’t expected it. Poor planning on my part I guess. One of my first stops in San Francisco was of course the Golden Gate Bridge. This bridge was amazing to see. It was almost surreal because I have constantly seen it in other peoples pictures and magazines and have never seen it in real life. I guess it’s like seeing a famous person if that makes sense. I was glad that there was at least some fog around it for the picture because it is iconic in a way. I found this awesome vantage point pretty early on so I stayed there for a little while to get this shot. I didn’t want to over-process this shot either so I just used the original RAW image file and did some basic adjustments. Once I brought the image into Photoshop CS6 I decided to use a filter that gave it an almost cross-processing effect because I thought that it brought out the color in the bridge really well and gave it a nice blue hue while keeping the fog visible. For the filter I used Nik Color Effex Pro which is an awesome program that has a lot of cool...

Golden Gate Underbelly...

The Golden Gate Bridge is probably the most photographed bridge there is and if you have looked at enough photos of it then you probably have seen a few of the same angles more than once, to include one of my shots as well. This is why I decided to scour around the area to try to find some new inspiration for different angles that I haven’t seen that much of and cool spots to see in general. That’s how I came upon this little hidden gem of an area. This is right near Fort Point, or… on top of it actually. If you go up the stairwell in Fort Point to the top you will get to the roof where you can get the unusual view of the Golden Gate Bridge pictured here. I loved the architecture and detail of this bridge. I find it really cool to look at and loved the rich red color of the paint that contrasted against everything else around it. I decided that it was best to take this picture as symmetrical as possible because I found that balance and structure were some of the key characteristics of the bridge itself. I also liked that you can see the water between the pillars and across to the other side underneath. I shot this picture on a tripod because there was no way that I was going to be able to hold it steady enough to get the symmetry that I wanted. In the end, I still had to do some corrections in post processing in order to fix a few off balance areas but overall it worked out pretty well. I used a filter from Nik Color Effex Pro to give it a little bit more of a...

Japanese Hut

While on deployment in Okinawa, Japan back in 2012 I did some sightseeing. One of the most memorable places that I visited was here at the Shuri Castle area located in Naha. The little Japanese hut that is pictured here wasn’t actually the main attraction at this area, rather it was the actual castle that is featured in another photo on my website. There was so many awesome places to explore and photograph at this location that I actually have several photographs on my site. This was located a little past the Shuri Castle grounds on an almost hidden trail. I had scene this spot on one of the brochures and had kept my eye out for it the whole time we were visiting here but couldn’t find it. It wasn’t until the end when we were leaving that I had decided to try and venture off to find it. It had rained on and off non-stop all day and at the time of this shot it was just starting to clear up. I figured the sun would be coming out pretty soon and the group I was with was getting a little restless so I tried to work fast. I didn’t have a wide angle lens at the time and really wanted to get the whole scene in one picture so I decided to stitch together a panorama of sorts. I should probably mention that this is also an HDR image. I shot a total of 6 shots; 3 exposures for one side and 3 exposures for the other side. When I edited the photos on my computer I had to make sure a lot of the exif info was the same that way the stitch would be seamless. I did the same adjustments for...