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The Streets of San Francisco

Before I get onto today’s post I would be remise if I didn’t give a shout out to Mark Gvazdinskas of Silent G Photography who gave me some great tips and shooting locations prior to my California trip and to Jim Nix of Nomadic Pursuits who’s created some terrific travel guides that you can find on his site (and they’re free). If you haven’t checked out these 2 talented photographers I highly recommend that you do.

There are times when I really enjoy just playing tourist. It doesn’t always have to be about getting the shot. My husband and I were exploring the city and as I looked down the street I loved the sights and sounds of the busy street. I decided to grab a shot. It was busy, there were cars in front of me, the composition wasn’t great but this was just going to be a grab shot for my own person record.

Here’s the image right out of the camera. I haven’t done anything to it.


I loved the cable car, the buildings, the view to the water. So I decided to try create a more stylized, “funky” version of this scene. I used Topaz Clarity to bring out a bit of detail in the image and then I used LucisArt to create the final stylized version. Let me know what you think?

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San Francisco, California, cable car, cars, bay, broadway, travel photography

I processed this image the same way. I loved the busyness of the street and that you could see the Bay Bridge.

San Francisco, California, cable car, cars, bay, broadway, travel photography, Bay Bridge

Take a Trip to Mars

Project 52 Entry #50

Welcome to Mars Diner.

Sometimes your eyes and you brain “see” very different things. Has that ever happened to you? I have a very romantic idea of what a nostalgic diner should look like and while Mars Diner is a fun place it was missing some oomph.

After processing my brackets through Photomatix & Photoshop I then provided some “oomph” using LucisArt and then a touch of glow in OnOne Perfect Effects. This is what my brain saw! The fact that there was a gentleman sitting on the stool and someone behind the counter was sheer luck.

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