Misc

Broken Glasses


During one of my road trips, I found this broken glasses on a rock in a vista point on the pacific highway (101) in California. I liked the light at that time and the fate of this glasses , I tried to capture it from an angle to speak out the secret behind it, how it is broken and why it is left out by her owner here in this exact position.

Broken Glasses

Broken Glasses

Trampoline


I took this picture in Balboa Peninsula of a kid doing the Trampoline watched out by the girl. I’m not sure at that moment he was scared to death or excited or both :P. I liked to take it from back, I don’t why I felt it will have better depth. I processed it as single HDRI shot then did post processing in PS. I liked to convert it into monochrome image, I liked both and I’m not sure which one I prefer. Recently I’m leaned toward monochromatic pictures, it just let the eye focus on the subject of the image rather than the colors although colors brighten the subject of the image .. so I’m confused about this one 😛 I’m sharing both images and leave it to you to choose based on a pure personal preference.

Trampoline - Balboa Peninsula

Trampoline - Balboa Peninsula

Trampoline (mono) - Balboa Peninsula

Trampoline (mono) - Balboa Peninsula

Moments Captured in Balboa Peninsula – CA, Newport Beach


I did photo shooting in Balboa Peninsula last week , I’m still progressing through the images that I captured. Below are the finished one so far, I liked to share them before finishing the entire set. Most of them are processed in Photomatix (for HDRI) and PS Elements for post processing. The Balboa Fun Zone pictures does not so much fun 😛 but for me it is the ultimate fun moment when there are no people interfering a photo for a building. I tried to get so close in the first and the second pictures to emphasize on the size of the object and also taking the photo from a low angle viewpoint, using my wide  angle lens helps achieving such ideas.

Giant American Flag - Balboa Peninsula

Giant American Flag - Balboa Peninsula

Balboa Fun Zone (Black and White) - Balboa Peninsula

Balboa Fun Zone (Black and White) - Balboa Peninsula

Raging Waves - Balboa Beach

Raging Waves - Balboa Beach

Psychic Shop - Balboa Peninsula

Psychic Shop - Balboa Peninsula

Cart Wheel Move - Balboa Peninsula Pier

Cart Wheel Move - Balboa Peninsula Pier

Fisherman - Balboa Peninsula

Fisherman - Balboa Peninsula

Basketball Ring (HDR)


I found this basketball ring in Balboa Peninsula in a residential area, I liked to take a picture from low angle to give the basketball ring a front perspective with the cotton like clouds in the background. I took a single shot then processed it as HDRI with post processing in PS Elements. I burned the clouds and lighting up the basketball intentionally. I did selective adjustments to the brightness, contrast, saturation and white balance, color leveling and sharpening on different parts of the image (the sky, the ground, the wall, the basketball ring)

After I done processing I remembered that I did not tweak the exposure and recovery in RAW editor which resulted in the overexposed clouds on the upper right side of the clouds, I was lazy to go back and re-process :). Overall it is not Bad!

Basketball Ring - Balboa Peninsula

Basketball Ring - Balboa Peninsula

I put the original, HDRI, Post processed images in below slideshow to show the difference. I’m still learning, noticing the differences even with mistakes and over-done is inspiring to me and give me more passion for HDRI and post processing in general.