Blue Glass

If you have never seen the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles then you need to check it out. This place has some of the wildest architecture I have seen in person. Frank Ghery is the architect and he did a amazing job with this buildings design. This almost fully metallic structure stands out from all the other surrounding buildings. It is notably shorter than all the surrounding skyscrapers and is also more eye catching. It has steel points jutting out in all directions and curves that almost rembles waves in some areas. When the sun is out and there are no clouds this building shines reflections everywhere and the curves of the metal really show because of the smooth contrasts of light and shadows that wrap all around the building. I have some other picture of this same building on a sunnier day but I took this one when it was cloudy out. Everytime I come here I try to walk around the building a bit before taking any shots in order to get a better feel and idea of where I want to get shots that day. This day I was particularly attracted by the back of the building near s flower fountain. There is a staircase on the building’s side that is on the street level that you can take up to get here. I saw the cool blue color of the glass that was featured here and couldn’t help but have my attention drawn to it. I followed the lines up and started snapping away. I was pretty close to the building for this shot and had been look almost straight up. This is a RAW image file that was barely touched apart from the basic curves and...

Sun and Steel

If you don’t recognize this building already, this is the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, California. It was designed by Frank Ghery and claims to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world. (that’s right, I said world) As cool as that sounds I have never heard a concert from inside it, I’m more interested with taking picture of the place because I think it looks real cool. It is nice to know that all that wild architecture and cool shapes do serve a useful purpose as well. When I took this shot I had come the Los Angeles with other intentions for photographs besides this building. I went about my day taking pictures I had wanted because it was somewhat cloudy which helped with some pictures. Soon enough, the sun ended up coming between the clouds and didn’t seem like it wasn’t going away. That was when I had remember this building and how I had wanted to take a picture of it in the direct sunlight for a while, since all the previous times I have visited it was real cloudy. Upon seeing this building with the sun shining off it, I realized what I had been missing. I wondered around the place and couldn’t keep my eye out of the viewfinder as I constantly saw new interesting spots to photograph. This shot in particular was actually taken from one of the surrounding street corners with a zoom lens. I wanted to get as many points and edges in one picture and found this shot to be pretty successful in that aspect. The processing of this shot was really easy because all I had to do was a few curves and levels adjustments and correct some white balance...

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...