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...

San Clemente Pier May24

San Clemente Pier

I decided on visiting San Clemente pier the past weekend for three reasons. 1- I saw the clouds in the sky and figured it would turn out to be a pretty good sunset and was hoping to get some good pictures. 2-It was pretty close by and I didn’t have a lot of time until sunset. 3- I was having shooting withdrawals due to the fact that I have been so busy lately that I haven’t been able to go out and take any pictures. I just recently bought this awesome motorcycle, which I hope to post pictures of soon, that I have been riding around everywhere. It’s a Triumph Scrambler. If you have never seen one they look a lot like the old World War II bikes. Without getting too much off topic, this has been taking up some of my time, along with dealing with various other things since I just came back from deployment. Anyway, I had to wait a bit in order to take this photo because I had wanted the sun to set right between the pillars of the pier. It just took a little readjusting of my position with the tripod and voila. I took this as an HDR but only used this technique to bring out some of the details in the pier that would have been to dark otherwise. I took a whole bunch of shot to try and get the water as best I could also. The bracketed shots were taken at -2, 0, +2. I combined the TIFF files in Photomatix and processed the whole image in Photoshop CS6. Hope you like the results! Please follow and like...

Manhattan Pier Apr18

Manhattan Pier

Since living in California, I have really got into photographing beaches as well as piers since there is such an abundance of them all around me. The pier picture here is located at Manhattan Beach in Southern California. This beach is pretty far North from where I live around so I hadn’t had the chance to visit this spot until recently. I kept seeing other pictures of this spot on 500px.com and they looked interesting enough that I had wanted to check it out. I had taken a trip up North one weekend and decided to check it out because there were other spots I was going to as well so the somewhat long ride would be well spent. When I arriving here my attention was drawn to the pier and the interesting structure at the end of it. I already had formed the idea in my mind at this point that I wanted to include it into my picture. Unfortunately the clouds were not the greatest but they still supplied the sky with some color during the sunset. One of my favorite parts about the photo while I was setting up my tripod, were the reflection in the water of the lights that were along the pier. I always love reflections in water and find that a brings a new level of interestingness to photos. I shot this photo with 3 exposures in order to get the full range of light and I masked through the appropriate parts in order to bring out shadows and blown out areas. For post-processing in Photoshop CS6 I had simply did some color corrections for the sky and brought out the reflections of the lights that are reflecting off the water a bit more. It didn’t take...

Scripps Pier

One of the cleanest and nicest areas that I am closest to in California is definitely La Jolla. This area is located a little North of San Diego. There are some of the best beaches here because there is so much to see. They have coves you can go kayaking near and a place called the children’s pool where sea lions frequently hang out at and some awesome tide pools to go and explore during low tides. All these reasons account for my opinion for this area being the best beach area that is around me. The place picture here is at the Scripps Pier in La Jolla, California. This was during low tide if you haven’t figured out from the visible barnacles that are plastered on the pillars of the pier. I had come here before to try and photograph this spot and it had always been too sunny to get a slow enough shutter speed to get the effect I had wanted in the water. Now I know that there are filters for that but at the time I didn’t have any so I was out of luck. That was until I had bought this awesome piece of welder’s glass that I use to act as a 10 stop filter. This was my first shot I had taken with it and the beginning of a love for this valuable piece of gear. I was able to slow the exposure way down. I used 30sec for this shot but I could have even gone further. I was so surprised at how well this worked in direct sunlight and was extremely pleased with the results. I took this on a tripod and had a shutter release to prevent any movement of the camera during...