San Francisco, CA – Coit Tower (Infrared)

SF - Coit Tower IR

NIKON D70S (Modified IR by LifePixel), Nikon 18-70

Here is a picture from a few weeks ago in San Francisco of the Coit Tower.  Coit Tower was built atop Telegraph hill in 1933 by Lillie Coit.  Lillie had an affection to fire fighters and some believe the tower to resemble a fire hose nozzle.  The tower stands 210 feet high.  Up on Telegraqph Hills there are wonderful views of the city below.  You can see the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge as you walk around the tower.  If you have a nice telephoto lens there is a great shot of the crooked Lombard street in the distance. There is not much parking up top and only one way up and down. …so try not to travel up the hill in peak traffic times.

I took lots of shots up on the hill.  Standard, HDR and a few IR shots.   I thought this angle with the trees and clouds would allow for a nice IR picture!  Hope you enjoy!

Nurnberg, Germany – HDR

Nurnberg, Germany HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, HDR in Photomatix

This picture is from Nurnberg, Germany.  I visit here once a year and enjoy staying in this little city.  This was taken this past February on a chilly late afternoon.   There is a city center (Hauptmarkt) that has many shops/restuarants and quick 2 minute walk from there is this church is called St. Sebald.  It began in 1230 and was finally completed in 1500 after being modified several times.   There are many nice sights to see in Nurnberg.  Definately stop over if you are in the area.  From Frankfurt it is roughly 3 1/2 hours via train. 

Some of my favorite German cities are Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Cologne, and Nurnberg.   Bavaria is a beautiful section of Germany.   As you get close to Austria the landscape is amazing.  I have been on some trains through this area and have seen some beautiful waterfalls in the distance!   Of course the beer in Germany is wunderbar!!! 

As for this shot HDR was a perfect choice!  A gloomy winter day with ominous clouds.   I took 5 exposures hand held and post process in Photomatix.   After I post processed I felt it needed a little something to it.  I opened it in Color Efex Pro 3.0 and used a filter to give it that extra touch.    Definately gives it a moody feel.   Enjoy!