Photography is amazing. So many styles, so many options, so many other photographers. I enjoy reading, looking for inspiration and checking out my friends great work! One friend is Jimmy McIntyre. He has published the recent HDR One Magazine. I had added an article into the great magazine a few months back on HDR Composites.
He runs a great blog also called…Through Strange Lenses. Check out his work…its fantastic! On his blog last week I saw his post on a Cityscape Photoshop Tutorial. I have HDR’d a few skylines in the past and had those boring water reflections. I decided to follow his instructions to spice up one HDR from San Diego.
Magically it made the image so much better!!! I added a border to give it a poster feel. Thanks Jimmy for the inspiration!!! I will add this to my image options in the future!!
You can see what one of my old versions without the reflections looked like here….San Diego HDR.
From San Diego, CA a view looking away from the city at sunset. If you are staying downtown at this location you can catch planes flying into town over these houses! This view was from the Holiday Inn – 13th floor – view from my balcony.
San Diego, who would not want to be there right now? It is a lovely small city in Southern California. So many things to do there…Sea World, San Diego Zoo, USS Midway, Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado, Point Loma Lighthouse, Petco Park, Old Town San Diego or just take a harbor cruise! And do not forget to stop by and grab an In-N-Out hamburger!!
The shot above was from my hotel room…the Holiday Inn on the Bay in SD. I was up on the 13th floor and had a nice city view! Remember to always ask for a view room when you check in!! YOu can see I used my 500mm f/1.4 lens for this shot. I wanted to keep the noise low and shot nearly wide open. One of my very few ever used 50mm landscape shots.
Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 50mm f/1.4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 50.0 mm
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6
From San Diego here is an HDR of some boats in the harbor. When traveling I always try to take an early morning walk before the day starts to grab some pics. Its always quiet at sunrise and its hard not to get some sweet shots. Boats in the water are always a tough choice for HDR. It all depends on if the day is calm. Any rough conditions and the boats will be moving…not good at all for multiple brackets. I lucked out this day! Enjoy!
If you are ever in San Diego, just a few minutes away is Coronado. Here you can find the amazing Hotel Del! We stopped by for dinner outside on the patio the nite before. I had never been, so I scoped out the place for shots. I woke up early…around 5 AM this day and drove over for a photo run! It was very quiet and this fantastic room was open for me to HDR! It is called the Crown Room (see the lights above…crown shaped). This would be a great spot for a wedding reception! I can imagine its booked often and always filled. I was lucky after I did a few shots I went elsewhere in the hotel, came back to this room and it was locked for an upcoming preparation.
When you walk into a place like this all you can think about is the history! Here is some info from the web: The Del’s visionary founders – Elisha Babcock and H.L. Story – dreamed of building a seaside resort that would be “the talk of the Western world.” Since then, the resort has become a living legend, visited by celebrities, dignitaries and U.S. presidents. In fact, publisher Rand McNally recognized the Hotel del Coronado for enjoying “more fame and historical significance than perhaps any hotel in North America.”
Eleven U.S. Presidents have visited The Del, starting with Benjamin Harrison in 1891. One of the resort’s most famous visitors was England’s Prince of Wales in 1920. He would later become King Edward VIII, only to give up his throne in 1936 to marry Coronado divorcee Wallis Spencer Simpson. Many have speculated that they may have first met at The Del. Hollywood has been making movies at The Del since 1901. In 1958, The Del was the backdrop for the comedy classic “Some Like It Hot,” starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The resort has also seen a steady stream of celebrity visitors – from Charlie Chaplin and Humphrey Bogart to Brad Pitt and Madonna.
From our stay in the amazing Coronado, CA in August….the city skyline of San Diego! I love both Coronado and san Diego tons! Perfect weather almost year round! And yes, it can rain there! =) Gas Lamp District, Star of India, Balboa Park, USS MIdway, San Diego, Zoo, Sea World, Point Loma Lighthouse, Seaport Village, Old Town. Lots to see!! From downtown San Diego, in 5 minutes you can be in Coronado. A 20 minute drive north will take you to La Jolla. Southern California at its best!
While in Southern California we decided to stay a few nights in lovely Coronado, CA. Just minutes away from San Diego across the bay. It is a beautiful little island with great restaurants and just a few hotels. The most famous is Hotel Del Coronado. Amazing, but in the sumer a bit expensive! In the distance of this shot is downtown San Diego. Some amazing views of the city can be located here.
Info from the web: Coronado, also known as Coronado Island, is an affluent city located in San Diego County, California, 5.2 miles from downtown San Diego. Its population was 24,100 at the 2000 census. U.S. News and World Report lists Coronado as one of the most expensive places to reside in the United States. Coronado lies on a peninsula connected to the mainland by a 10-mile isthmus called the Silver Strand (locally, The Strand.) Locals sometimes call Coronado The Island or Coronado Island, and they denote the core living and business area as The Village. Coronado is Spanish for “the crowned one,” and thus it is nicknamed The Crown City. The city became a major resort destination in 1888 with the opening of the Hotel del Coronado. In 1900 a tourist/vacation area just south of the Hotel del Coronado was established by John D. Spreckels and named Tent City. Over the years the tents gave way to cottages, the last of which was torn down in late 1940 or early 1941.
A little California Dreamin’ from the lovely San Diego, CA…here is a textured shot of Balboa Park. This was an early AM photo form a few weeks back. Such a beautiful place! Lots to do…bring the family and kids! I hope to get back this summer and really check it out. This shot is of the reflective Lily Pond. The Spanish Design of this Park is amazing. The details on the building are eye candy indeed! Here you can fin the San Diego Zoo, Museums, Gardens, and lots more! Click this park Map to see it all!
Info from the web: Many of the park’s attractions are along El Prado, a long, wide promenade running through the center of the park. Most of the buildings lining this street are in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, a richly ornamented eclectic mixture of Spanish and Latin American architecture. Along this boulevard are many of the park’s museums and cultural attractions, including the San Diego Museum of Man, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the San Diego Art Institute the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, the Natural History Museum, the San Diego Historical Society, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, and the Timken Museum of Art where admission is always free. Other features along El Prado include the Reflection Pond, the latticed Botanical Building, and the Bea Evenson Fountain. Adjacent to the promenade is the San Diego Air & Space Museum.
Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 16.0mm
Exposure: HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Photomatix, Viveza, Texture (1)
I was in San Diego last week and had an early AM free. I was staying only a mile from Balboa Park. Never visited. So I arrived around 6:30 AM. It was nice and quiet. Only people jogging or walking their dogs. The grounds are beautiful!! The architecture is wonderful! I wish I had more time there…many places to stop in and see. I have a cool lily pond shot coming soon. This shot is from a hallway near the entrance. It has a great Spanish look to it. San Diego is a great little city. We were there for 2 days and it actually rained 70% of the time! Yes, it can rain in Southern California! Don’t worry if you are visiting San Diego, sun is much more likely! Maybe a little Marine Layer (clouds in the morning til noon).
Info from the web: Balboa Park – the nation’s largest urban cultural park. Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo, the Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes—all in the beautiful and timeless setting of this must-see San Diego attraction.