Collage: An assortment, a collection, a hodgepodge. This week, share one — whether found in the wild or assembled yourself.
San Francisco CA
August 16, 2007
Bill Weber’s 1987 piece, known as the “Jazz Mural,” can be found above New Sun Hong Kong Restaurant at the corner of Broadway and Columbus Ave in San Francisco CA. Weber’s murals can be found throughout North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Haight and the Castro.
This was shot with a Fujifilm FinePix A330. A pretty simple point and shoot camera that wasn’t even mine. I didn’t own a camera in those days. Had to borrow one. I was on vacation, just walking around the city, when I spotted this. It’s been sitting in my archives until I just recently added the sky and the sort of sepia edges and posted it for your viewing pleasure.
At least, I hope you enjoy it!
This image is my losing submission to Stacy’s After-Before Friday Anniversary Challenge for next week! I chose it because it was exposed for the sunlight highlights and looked as if it would be quite the test of our processing skills to pull something out of it. Last night, after a late dinner, abundant overeating on my part, and unable to go directly to bed, I opened up Lightroom. And, of course, there was this image! Haunting me, as it were. Two hours and 16 minutes later I came up with:
Because it had been so poorly exposed, my usual work flow (adjusting shadows, highlights, whites and blacks) brought in a lot of noise. I straightened the photo, deleted the bird and paraglider, the building, and light poles across the bottom of the photo. I then brought it into Perfect Effects 8 for Dynamic Contrast to cut through the fog. I believe I also used an HDR preset (P. E. 8 does not save any corrections), and a sunlight preset. Back in Lightroom I added a vignette and a split tone of yellow and blue to bring out some color in the image. I’m not 100% pleased with the finished product but I think it’s due to the noise- which prevents me from getting a really sharp image. I am happy with Lightroom and Perfect Effects 8, though. Almost ecstatic!
I want to thank Stacy Fischer for hosting Visual Venturing. Be sure to visit her site next Friday, November 14 for 11 versions of the same photo processed by 11 different contributors! And thanks to Karen Chengelis for appreciating my sense of humor (at least I think she appreciates it). Also, congratulations to her for submitting the winning image! (Beaten out by a mere woman. I’ll never live this down!)
And if you enjoy black and white photography, please visit Monochromia.
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“Well, my favorite color I guess I would say yellow.”
“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”
Vincent Van Gogh
Well, I guess I side with Vinnie. I don’t have a favorite color. Unless you count black which is, I believe, a combination of all colors all at the same time. (Because when I wear all black I feel somehow tough. More manly!) Any color has the potential to be my favorite when set side by side with another (check the pink in Andrew’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | thechangingpalette – though you would never actually see me dressed in, let’s say a pink shirt, for example). But the challenge was not to take a photo of your favorite color, but of the color yellow, so here are two photos where yellow is highlighted.
The first, we were driving around looking for photo opportunities somewhere in Utah when we came across a row of ancient trucks on display on the side of Interstate 15. We pulled off (cars rushing by at 75 to 80 mph) and while I was concentrating on depth of field and composition and such, a policeman pulled up alongside me- admonished me for endangering my life for a mere picture (obviously the guy was not a photography aficionado) but let me go with a warning.
The second, we were vacationing in San Francisco and my one goal was to get a shot of the Golden Gate Bridge entombed in fog. Well, those few days we were there the bridge was so entombed that all I got was a cloud of dirty gray soot. So I turned my back and came up with this:
For more yellow photos, visit Travel theme: Yellow | Where’s my backpack?.