Holy Ghost Church

This is the Holy Ghost Church (otherwise known as Heiliggeistkirche) located in Heidelberg, Germany. I had never visited Germany and the first place I wanted to visit was a castle; Heidelberg just happened to be the closest one. I saw the church when we were walking through the city but didn’t take any pictures initially. We went with the purpose of visiting Heidelberg Castle, but I ended up liking this picture more than any of the ones I took of the castle. It was crazy how different other countries are. I hadn’t visited another country in several years and it was great to experience Germany. The architecture is unlike anything in America, and I loved just walking around and looking at everything. This is a single RAW image with some levels and curves adjustments. I hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

New York

It’s surprising that I have generally lived very close to New York and still hadn’t visited the city. That’s why I made a conscious effort to take some time out of my trip to afford myself the opportunity. I knew that it was going to be rough to drive around the city, especially since I had to go to the direct city center. I had always figured that it would be challenging but when I actually arrived there, I found that the roads were not in the best shape. The streets were all kinds of torn apart and in definite need of construction. I had to go across the Brooklyn Bridge in order to get to the city center and it was a little crazy. I’m sure that if I were to have been inside a car rather than a motorcycle it wouldn’t have been as bad, but the roads were so torn up that it was messing with my tires. Fortunately I came out okay, but needless to say, I would be doing that again anytime soon. This is a 5 exposure shot that I put together in Photoshop CS6. I had seen this area in various publication and didn’t have too much trouble finding it. It was off one of the piers. My D810 was great to have in this instance because it kept the detail and handled the noise very well. That is always an issue for night shots, and my camera was fortunately a beast. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Los Angeles Cityscape...

I had been waiting to go to this spot in Los Angeles forever but I had never known where it was. Recently I was wondering around on 500px and finally stumbled across a similar photo that had the location on it. Now that I was fully equipped with the location and my new camera and zoom lens I was all for it. For those who are looking for this spot, it is right off Mt Hollywood Trail. This is pretty much off one of the paths that you can hike on around Griffith Observatory. I had always thought these pictures were composites since I had never found this angle, but once I got to this spot I was ecstatic to find out that it was real. For this shot I used my Nikon D810 mounted on a tripod, with my Nikkor 70-300mm lens. This was actually my first time shooting with this lens and I was really happy with the results. I shot 5 bracketed shots and combined them through HDR processing and luminosity masks. I will sometimes combine the two processes if I find that one of them isn’t cutting it for what I am trying to accomplish. I hope you like the results.   Please follow and like...

Just Married

My good friend Richard got married last week and entrusted me with being his wedding photographer. The wedding itself took place in downtown Los Angeles at Albertson Wedding Chapel. It was a nice place and they didn’t want it to be too big so it all worked out. After the wedding, they had decided that they wanted to take some photos at the LACMA urban lights. I had been to this location several times before for other photo opportunities and I absolutely love it. Only problem is, is that it is often packed with people. This night was no different. Fortunately enough, I was able to get around that by moving around and being a little more creative with some of the angles I used in other photos that I took. This photo here is probably my favorite one out of the set. I feel like it really makes them stand out and has a movie feel to it. Funny enough, this was one of the first photos we took when we got there. I tried to keep the photos for the actual ceremony as natural as possible, whereas I really wanted to make these stand out and catch their attention. Still, I didn’t have to do too much post-processing to get these where I wanted them. Although this photo is in color, several of the other ones in the set are black and white and I found that a very handy plug-in for black and white wedding photos…or any in general, is Nik Silver Efex Pro. There was no bracketing on these. Just one photos and several adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop. Perhaps the most difficult thing about shooting here was the higher ISO that I needed to use with my D7000. But...

Old Mcdonald

This is the oldest operating Mcdonald’s in the world! How cool is that? I stumbled upon this little gem when I was looking for cool new places to go take photos. Someone had mentioned this place so I decided to look into it. Fortunately enough, I had been traveling up to Los Angeles that night anyway so I figured why not make a little stop along the way. This Mcdonald’s is so old but still so charming looking. They still have the original building that has a diner feel to it because of the metallic counter-tops where you order your food. The menu is pretty much the same as all the others but there is a little museum to check out some of the original Mcdonald’s stuff from back in the day when it first opened in 1953. Now, I’m not much of a fast food fan but I couldn’t pass up getting food here just to say I did. I was a little worried that this place was going to be more busy than it was but turns out there wasn’t too many people. There was a crowd every so often that would build up but I just waited long enough to get a shot with no one there. People probably thought it was weird that I was taking a picture of a Mcdonald’s but I didn’t care. I shot this photo right before dusk turned into night so I could get some of the clouds in the picture. I had my Nikon D7000 mounted on a tripod and a remote shutter for the low light situation. I bracketed the photos and layered them in Photoshop. I then used luminosity masks in order to pull some of the darker detail from where other photos...

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...

Boston Harbor

If you ever decide to visit Boston then Fan Pier is by far the nicest view of the city at night. There is a nice walk you can take right along the edge of the water that goes around the Southeast area of Boston. I visited this spot with my two sisters while I was home on leave. The only drawback of going was that we had to pay about $16 for parking since we drove up here. I would suggest taking the “T” which is the Boston Metro System. Quincy has free parking and the “T” picks you up from there and goes directly into the middle of the city. Right near this spot is also the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art). This is an awesome gallery to visit that is located in a really cool, modern building. I had to wait a while for this shot because it didn’t get very dark until almost an hour and a half after sunset. I took some early shots during sunset because there were some really cool looking clouds too. This is a collection of 3 exposure bracketed shots that were taken on a tripod. I processed the whole image in Photoshop CS6 but most of the adjustments were done through Camera Raw. Surprisingly this is made up of a lot of pictures. Because I still don’t have a wide angle lens yet, I had to take 8 shots total (three for each since they were bracketed) and put them all together. Hope you like the results! 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...

Light Show Dec18

Light Show

This shot was taken at the Marine Bay Sands Resort and Casino in Singapore. This is a 5-star rated hotel that claims to be the most spectacular hotel in Singpore. After wandering around the hotel grounds and visiting the top of the hotel, I definitely believe it. This was take on our last night that we had liberty from the Navy ship that we were on while deployed. We wanted to see everything we could since we wouldn’t get another chance and it proved to be an awesome experience. We had found out earlier that day that every night, this resort puts on a light show that is said to be quiet the sight to see. Once we found out that we could go to the top of this building we were even more excited. It was a small fee to get to the top but well worth it. You can see the whole city from up here and it was a paradise for me with my camera. Once we got up here we started looking at the time and realized that we were going to be cutting it close in order to see the light show. I was waiting for sunset with my camera all set up because I wanted all the lights to come on in the city. I planned on waiting until it was pitch black out but once the sun went down far enough I shot away and got the shot that I had wanted without having to wait for total darkness. Once I took the shot I quickly packed up my gear and we grabbed a taxi at the base of the building to the viewpoint where this shot was taken. This vantage point was right in front of...