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Posts tagged “Palm trees

Clear Path

Downtown San Diego, HDR, Night, Palm trees, Symmetry

Downtown San Diego at night where all the traffic was going into the city as opposed to the ocean.

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Between the trees

Yet another sunset image from San Diego, this one was taken in Mission bay where the sun was setting right in between the trees. Obviously my placement played in role in that but who’s keeping track 🙂

Walking to the Edge

Anther image from Mission Bay, I took this at the very end of my walk as the wind began to pick up and the temperature drop. What caught my attention besides the hues created by the sunset was the dead patches of grass that created a path that lead you to the edge of the bay, hence the title 🙂

Park & Recreation

A bench in Mission Bay that is maintained by the City of San Diego hence the engravement 🙂 I thought the Palm trees with Interstate-5 behind a sign saying “San Diego” was very fitting for the city. Of course there are more significant & popular landmarks in the city but this one is probably more relevant for locals or frequent visitors to the city.

The future

I thought this quote was appropriate to start the work week 🙂

The past can’t see you, but the future is listening.

~Terri Guillemets

Tall & Pretty

Just a few tall Palm trees with a pretty sunset behind them. I was going to do an HDR of this but I thought the silhouette version was the best so I hope you like it, I thought of adding some variety 🙂

Trees & Track

A view from San Clemente’s train station overlooking the palm trees that form a corridor around the track. A few yards after the station ends, the track runs right against the ocean so I can only imagine that one would enjoy the scenery from the ride. I decided to go with the vertical layout as I thought all the lines converging down the middle would draw the viewer’s eyes down the track way more than had I gone with the landscape layout.

Kick back and relax

Here is another one from the archives, actually I think there is going to be a heavy reliance on my archives for the next couple of days/weeks. I really want to get back to posting often but that thing that is called real life is taking a toll on me; all is good, just super busy with my real job. This one is back from Abu Dhabi and it was across the very famous Sheikh Zayed mosque (I believe its currently the largest mosque in the world). A few minutes earlier when I was trying to photograph the mosque I was talked to by security, they didn’t want me to take pictures of that housing complex across the water but he was OK with me taking pictures of the mosque; I actually had to show him on my camera! The more I think about it its probably because that part of the world really likes to go all out when it comes to architecture, each housing complex has its own unique design and trademarks. Unlike North America where there are about 4-5 main builders with their own style that we just see over & over, so perhaps they didn’t want someone to copy the design?!?! (more…)

Tacoma vs 3-Series

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF 16-35 f/2.8L @ 35 mm, f/9.0, ISO 100

Saw this at a parking lot in Solana Beach and I thought the texture on the truck would be more interesting so I set it in the foreground! Looking back I think it was a poor choice, the BMW would’ve looked a lot nicer up close or at least I should’ve been positioned a little bit to the left. Ah well, you live and learn…

Special Education

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF 16-35 f/2.8L II @ 16 mm , f/16, ISO 200

Continuing with my series of shots from UCSD, this will probably be the best image I produce out of that photowalk. I still can’t believe that this what UCSD students have to deal with, its true that the scenery is gorgeous but lets be honest, I don’t think I could’ve passed anything if I had the ocean this close to me! Since I’m using a wide angle lens here the far looks a lot further than it really is, the beach was literally a 3 minute walk down. Needless to say its a great campus to just walk around on a beautiful day.

On more a technical side, I went with a really small aperture to emphasize the sunburst effect and keep most of my scene in focus.

– 6 RAW Images [-3,-2,-1,0,+1,+2 EV] merged into Photomatix 4
– Lightroom adjustments
– Topaz Adjust on the whole image and set opacity to 50%
– More Lightroom adjustments


Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF16-35 f/2.8L II @ 26mm, f/2.8, ISO 200

I’ve been trying to redo the shot below now that I have full frame camera, I wanted to redo it in landscape mode and print it on a canvas that I got from Unfortunately the Pier was crowded with 3 other photographers already setup with all their tripods so I thought I would just add to the mayhem. I ended up walking around UCSD’s campus instead and it turned out quite a good shooting opportunity. Goes to show that when one door of opportunity closes there just another one right around the corner full of other opportunities 🙂

I’ll post more shots from today in a future entry…

The image that I was trying to redo:

Canon XSi, EF-16-35 f/2.8L II @ 23mm, f/8.0, ISO 100