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Amusing Lights

This week is turning out to be about night photography. I’ve been wanting to shoot Santa Monica Pier at night for some years now. I was in California about 5 years ago on a family vacation and didn’t bring a tripod (I’ve learned from that mistake) and just didn’t make it to take this shot. Well this past July this was definitely on my shooting list.

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Santa Monica, pier, amusement park, lights, ferris wheel, roller coaster, night photography, long exposure, travel photography, beach


Boardwalk Amusement – A Closer Look

Here’s a closer look at a couple of the rides at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park.

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Santa Cruz, California, Beach Boardwalk, Amusement Park, rides, Travel Photography, Pacific Coast

Santa Cruz, California, Beach Boardwalk, Amusement Park, rides, Travel Photography, Pacific Coast, the Big Dipper


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Panorama

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park is exactly that. An amusement park right on the beach. The boardwalk has been in operation since 1907 and is one of the last seaside amusement parks in the United States.

This image is a 12 frame panorama that I shot from the beach. I didn’t have my tripod with me so did the pivot / swivel in the sand trying to stay as level as I could. Photoshop Elements did a great job of merging the images but at one point I thought my Mac was going to blow up. Once the merge was complete I ran the image through Topaz Clarity to give it some punch and that was it.

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Santa Cruz, California, beach boardwalk, amusement park, sand, waterfront, pacific coast, panorama


iPhone Friday – Santa Cruz Boardwalk

On our way down to Monterey Bay we stopped in Santa Cruz. We spend some time at the boardwalk amusement park. An amusement park right on the beach…who can ask for more. I’ll have some more pictures of this wonderful place next week.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Santa Cruz, boardwalk, amusement park, California, iphoneography, Snapseed, PhotoToaster


Pier 39 Amusement

Pier 39 is a waterfront complex on the wharf right on San Francisco Bay with outstanding view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge. One of the attractions on the pier is the San Francisco Carousel. The carousel was handcrafted in Italy and has hand paintings of famous San Francisco landmarks such as Lombard Street, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

TOPAZ LENS EFFECTS PROMOTION

Because I was away last week I didn’t have time to prepare a proper review for Topaz Lens Effects but I wanted to let you know of a promotion that Topaz Labs is running right now. Until July 31st you can get 50% off Lens Effects ($79.99 to $39.99). Use PROMO CODE julylens. If you want to get an idea of what this wonderful plug-in does check out one of Topaz Labs upcoming webinars dedicated to Lens Effects. You can check a couple of my previous posts where I’ve processed images using Lens Effect here and here.

Lens Effects highlights include:

  • Bokeh (blur) to minimize undesired backgrounds and foregrounds
  • Filter characteristics like Neutral Density
  • Creative focus effects like motion, miniatures and dual focus
  • Depth-of-field adjustments
  • Separate controls for adjusting background and foreground details

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San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Merry-Go-Round, Amusement park, carousel, travel photography