Lit Palm Path (Pseudo HDR)
After experimenting with my new (at the time) Canon S90 in Balboa Park I used software to bring out many details otherwise lost on the viewer. This pseudo HDR (high dynamic range) image uses incredibly boosted contrast, a touch of white balance, sharpening and shadow adjustment. In all, the effect is as intended, unrealistic, for a point-and-shoot that is! Enjoy.
Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Graduate school is a great time to have gear repaired. While my Nikon D3 was in the "shop" for a deep cleaning, I cracked open my father-in-law's old Nikon F4 for my very first shoot on film. The entire experience was marked by firsts.
First time loading film into a camera since my tricked out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles point-and-shoot of 1990.
First time hoping each frame was perfect due solely to the cost associated with a missed exposure.
First time a passerby was stumped by the camera I had propped up on a sturdy tripod.
"What are you shooting," a passerby asked. Normally I say Nikon and the passerby would ask the model and pepper me with photo related comments. Yay. This time however, I responded with, "Nikon F4." The look of puzzlement on the questioner was priceless. Then again, a camera manufactured in March 1989 can have that effect.
Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Castle in the Clouds
Southern California has diverse scenery that present photographic opportunities around each corner. In March I headed down to Coronado, California for some San Diego photography in the sun, only it was a gloomy afternoon. After I parked my car and explored the main street in Coronado, I headed over to the wide sandy beach fronting the Hotel Del Coronado.
Looking out to Point Loma and the setting sun was a little generic for the day. I pointed my camera in the direction of the Hotel Del Coronado, and after a few minutes of experimenting, I determined how best to take a new look at Hotel Del.
Above, the Victorian style Hotel Del Coronado looks like a castle perched in the clouds. This image was taken below a thicket of ice plants to create the illusion of a floating castle. The sun was falling in the sky as I exposed this image. The warm rays of the San Diego sun gently licked The Del’s façade and washed the clouds with light orange hues.
Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
May 25, 2010
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California Spires Today I launched a new and more user-friendly blog, blog.jstuartstudios.com. Content will still be posted to this gallery, my Travelogue, and the new blogger-specific website blog.jstuartstudios.com. The challenge of marrying my two websites together was a fun exercise; hopefully this new change will better serve you, the reader. From movies to advertisements, the palm tree is synonymous with Southern California culture. However, when I look at the image above, I think that the sky is the limit. We all have immense potential and we must take each opportunity to better our world and ourselves. For me, this image is hopeful with the trees creating a staircase to the heavens. I photographed this grove of palm trees in North Park, a community north of Downtown San Diego. The day was hot and the sun was bright. I stepped into the shade cast by an enormous palm tree. When I looked up, this picture came to me. Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream) May 23, 2010
Earlier this week I visited a real oasis in Southern California. That experience got me to think about urban oases that I have witnessed. We have all seen them, but so often these are fleeting moments that are quickly forgotten. As a photographer and nature-lover, I incessantly observe my surroundings and record mental images and maps of my environment.
Back in March I walked around San Diego and found this interesting "urban oasis" on a lovely street corner. We all know that walking through a city is the best way to learn of your surroundings, but most, including myself, seldom explore our cities. We go through life buzzing to work, eating lunch hurriedly, restarting work, and then retreating home only to repeat the process the following day. During the workday I enjoy taking my sandwich out for a walk and exploring.
In March 2010 I stumbled across an excellent "urban oasis" (pictured above). The plants are eclectic, yet perfect. I stopped my journey and enjoyed these plantings for a few minutes. The palm trees and blue sky in the background are not only quintessential San Diego, but also nicely complement the foreground.
When I travel to a new city, the first thing I yearn to do is "get lost" by walking back-alleys and wandering aimlessly. It is hard to motivate oneself to do this in your own backyard, but on this occasion my efforts are fruitful.
April 30, 2010
Warm Daisy Rays
Wildflowers are blooming all around San Diego. Backroads and freeways currently have abundant color.
It seems an easy task to capture the essence of the sun. The sun is often overpowering and is difficult to harness. However, the feeling from this photograph is warm. Perfect.
April is one of the best times of year in San Diego. Get out and enjoy the warm sun!
April 19, 2010
Spring is here. The sunny San Diego weather is back, not that it left for very long! Deep blue skies and a touch of clouds make for fabulous photographic opportunities. Visiting Balboa Park in San Diego is wonderful because of the numerous museums, laughing children, and Old World-styled architecture. The varied subjects make for an exciting adventure each time I visit the park.
April 14, 2010
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Pebble Path Turbulence II The cloudy afternoon presented a quandary, finish important errands or take my gear out for a spin. I chose the latter and set my tripod up at Torrey Pines Beach for wave photography. One of the keepers from this stormy afternoon is the above pebble path with crashing water. The steadfast stones contrasted by the wispy waves illustrates the ocean's motion. Sometimes images are exposed by chance with unintended results. However, for this image I composed atop a ridge where I noticed the waves parting. More in this series to come in the future. March 29, 2010
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DTSD Warm Panoramic
The harbor was busy with watercraft from dinghies to destroyers. Just before the sun set on this weekend, I arrived at the bay front, set up, and exposed this panoramic image. The falling sun started to cast warm light on Downtown San Diego's skyline. What a wonderful time to be on the waterfront!
One of the joys of San Diego is the bay; it is worth spending a few chilly hours on the water at sunset!
March 28, 2010
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Two and a half seconds in bright sunlight is a first for me! The sun did get overexposed, but the beautiful deep blue sky accented the bluffs while wispy white waves receded at my feet. I really like the feel of this image.
March 27, 2010
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Catching Dinner A few men were out catching tonight's dinner. This fisherman's feet perfectly parted and enhanced the receding Pacific. Interestingly, the atmosphere was very thick tonight and helped to stop down the sun's bright rays. The cloudless skies doused the landscape with wonderful pastel hues this evening. March 23, 2010
Orange & Blue Buds The "storms" in Southern California passed last night. Rain and gusting winds were replaced by deep blue skies and sparkling sunlight. This sparse yet vibrant tree caught my eye. The orange blossoms popped against the blue background. Wispy clouds (seen above) blanketed the coast and a fluffy ceiling of dense clouds gathered inland today. February 28, 2010 Another beautiful day in San Diego!
Terra-cotta Fountain The December evening the above image was captured was the epitome of a winter in San Diego. As my neighbor's relatives talked about the temperature in negative degrees back home, the "California Cool" weather was perfect for my buddy and me to step outside and stroll through Balboa Park. The lighting was a little mushy throughout the day, but when evening rolled around, the pink pastels painted the sky above Balboa Park. The leading lines of the terra-cotta tiles draw the eye towards the fountain and the pink background. A slow shutter speed was necessary to properly expose the scene, intensify the pastel clouds, and blur the fountain. February 24, 2010
Balboa Evening Stroll
On a warm evening the summer air began to cool as evening fell upon San Diego's Balboa Park. This couple will forever be locked in my memory of this lovely architectural sight. The couple's affection for each other was apparent to anyone watching the two lovebirds stroll through the park.
January 27, 2010
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A week of relatively hot weather (90+ degrees) finally eased. The palms gently swayed in the offshore breeze carried by the Pacific. Low-lying coastal clouds captured the warmth of Del Mar's setting sun.
The enveloping evening orange glow faded and transformed into pink, magenta, and soft iridescence.
August 31, 2009
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