UCSF PD 6-11 1

UCSF PD 6-11 1

University of California, San Francisco police car # 2271, a Ford Police Interceptor, sits in the Emergency entrance to the Parnassus hospital campus. Taken by a Nikon N75 with a Nikkor 28-80 ƒ3.3-5.6 G lens on Fujicolor Superia 400. Negative scanned into computer by an HP G4010. Dust removal, color and gamma correction done in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2011-07-15 16:34:00

Tagged: , University of California, San Francisco , UCSF , UCSF PD , San Francisco, CA , Nikon 28-80mm , Fujicolor , Superia 400 , geotagged , Ford , Police Intercepter , police car , Nikon N75

Dunes

Dunes

Another from today’s walk. Believe it or not, most of the Presidio, and a good chunk of all of western San Francisco, used to be made up of grasslands covering fields of sand dunes. The City put streets, houses, and Golden Gate Park on them, while the Army installed massive forests of Eucalyptus and other trees as a show of its power and ability, creating the landscape that still remains in the Presidio today. The Presidio Trust is currently in the process of restoring these native dunes to a small part of the park, seen here, which was formerly home to a Nike missile site.

I typically do very little processing on my photos, limiting myself to lens corrections and some adjustments to contrast, saturation, and white balance, as well as some removal of my pesky sensor dust. I don’t want to get into heavy processing in general, mostly because I enjoy the part where I’m out taking photos so much more than the time sitting in front of a computer. That said, I am trying to experiment a bit more, since it can be important to know from time to time. This shot was my overprocessing experiment for the day. I liked the shadow across the dunes, but there was just no way to get the exposure right without blowing out the sky. I opted for a bracketed exposure setting the main exposure for the dunes, and going down 2 and 4 stops for the other shots to get good detail in the sky. I used an HDR merge to combine the exposures as both a black and white set and a color set, adjusted the saturation to where I wanted it, and then overlaid the color version on top of the b&w. Finally, I made the color layer slightly transparent to get a bit of the gray to come through and give it a slightly washed out look, and merged the layers for the final image.

I certainly wouldn’t want to go through all that effort on a regular basis, especially with my terribly slow computer right now, but I had some fun with it for this shot.

Posted by mike dillon on 2011-03-13 09:17:15

Tagged: , Presidio , san Francisco , SF , sand , dunes , sun , lens flare , flare , shadow , silhouette , power lines , shuttersaltw8

Golden flight

Golden flight

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Golden flight
San Francisco, California

Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Aperture (raw fine tuning, straighten, exposure, levels, highlights & shadows)
1/90sec @ f/22, iso 125, 18mm (27mm)

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Bicycling a little around my new home town.

Now that I’m actually getting a handle of my new job, I thought it was time to venture outdoors. I hopped on my bicycle and started off in a random direction.

The first thing I did was get my tire caught in the MUNI rail and do a faceplant right in front of everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Oh well, let’s see how close I can get to Golden Gate Bridge.

My camera isn’t in good shape but having the 18-200mm gives you a chance to take shots like this. Sure, it’s right into the sun, but at this focal length, I’m glad I caught enough of the detail of the seagull. Besides, Golden Gate bridge is very recognizeable. 🙂

(Yeah, at 18mm, I was right next to the bird. :-))

On the way back, I flatted.

I don’t have my computer set up so this is the RAW image with a little futzing around with Aperture. I’ll probably replace it later. (At least fix the flare and the dust bunnies)

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Posted by tychay on 2007-05-14 05:55:36

Tagged: , Nikkor , Nikon D200 , San Francisco , seagull , Golden Gate Bridge , water , bay , flight , 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR , bridge , lens flare

Sunset on Sunset Reservoir, SF

Sunset on Sunset Reservoir, SF

A sunset seen over the Sunset Reservoir, in the Sunset District of San Francisco, CA. Taken in April, 2011 by a Nikon N75 with a Nikkor 28-80 ƒ3.3-5.6 G lens (probably at 80…) on Fujicolor Superia Xtra 800. Negative scanned into computer by an HP G4010. Dust removal, color and gamma correction done in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2. Geotag is location taken from.

I like to call this shot "Sunset cubed"…

Vignetting is from the chain-link fence that this was taken through…

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2011-07-03 17:13:32

Tagged: , sunset , Sunset Reservoir , San Francisco, CA , Nikon 28-80mm , Fujicolor , Superia Xtra 800 , geotagged , Nikon D40x

Front window Xmas 2010

Front window Xmas 2010

The front window of my parent’s house in San Francisco, CA, seen on Christmas night, 2010 from the inside. Taken by a Nikon N75 with a Nikkor 28-80 kit lens (at 28) on Fuji Superia 800. Exposure unrecorded: I used a Nikon Speedlight SB50DX flash (bounced off the ceiling at 75°. Negative scanned into computer by an HP G4010, dust removal and gamma correction done in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2011-02-17 19:33:29

Tagged: , San Francisco, CA , Nikon 28-80mm , Speedlight SB-50DX , Fuji , Superia 800 , geotagged , Christmas , Nikon N75

House Finch PH 1995 1

House Finch PH 1995 1

House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus male seen at my parent’s house in San Francisco, CA. Taken in 1995 by an Olympus OM-1MD with a Vivitar 200mm ƒ3.5 lens on Kodak Gold 400. Exposure long forgotten… Negative scanned into computer by an HP G4010, dust removal and gamma correction done in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2. Cropped, original is also vertical.

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2011-02-11 19:09:07

Tagged: , House Finch , Carpodacus mexicanus , San Francisco, CA , Olympus OM-1MD , Vivitar 200mm ƒ3.5 , geotagged , Kodak , Gold 400

Muni 8229 19 & T 6-11

Muni 8229 19 & T 6-11

Muni # 8229, a Neoplan AN440A, from the first batch (2000) that Muni bought of the model, working the northbound 28-19th Avenue line, crosses Taravel Street on 19th Avenue. (The L-Taravel streetcar tracks run right underneath the bus.) Taken in San Francisco, CA through the windshield of my (then new-to-me) 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee by a Nikon N75 with a Nikkor 28-80mm ƒ3.3-5.6 lens on Fujicolor Superia 400. Negative scanned into computer by an HP G4010. Dust removal, color and gamma correction done in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.

Taken less than a minute after the prior shot in my photo stream… MUNI still has problems with buses bunching up… Yes, the camera IS level – the intersection isn’t! (note telephone poles and buildings…)

That’s also a snazzy ivory-colored Porsche crossing the L tracks…

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2011-07-17 20:18:54

Tagged: , Muni Railway , Neoplan , AN440A , San Francisco, CA , Nikon 28-80mm , Fujicolor , Superia 400 , geotagged , Nikon N75

Take Your Photos Here! F**k Management!

Take Your Photos Here! F**k Management!

I had spotted this sign a few days earlier, but my photos came out a bit blurry. The sign on the right spoke to me, so I had to return because I thought the message should read very clearly.

This was taken after the Meetup at SF Adobe’s headquarters, where Zorana Gee and Ivan Belaunde presented some of the new cool tools in Photoshop CS5. The one that made the most impact on the audience was the Content Aware Fill tool, which allows the computer to do the work of complex cloning. Imagine erasing a stray branch in a photo, and have what was behind the branch become visible! The presenters did this with a horse!

This sure opens the barn door to making those fake photos even easier to produce, faster, and with less skill. I rarely use the clone tool, and if I do use it to change the original image I will declare it. My hope is that photographers that use CAF will not pass their work off as documentary images. When in doubt, document the tools used! Thanks!

I had some ideas about changing the sign on the left (image is cropped a bit), using various cloning and text techniques. After working on it for an hour, and getting a reasonable real-looking image, I went back and looked at the original and decided that the photograph is more powerful in an unedited state.

Check out the map if you want take a photo here too!

A bigger sign!

Photowalk with Cynthia Wood ( Cynner_SF ).

Posted by AGrinberg on 2010-05-08 05:08:25

Tagged: , 69898_NoPhotos , San Francisco , No Photography Allowed , rules , Photoshop , original , management , Eastern , Waterfront , I will use the clone tool to remove camera imperfections, like dust on the sensor.

Alabama plate 6-11

Alabama plate 6-11

An Alabama license plate, with the last three digits (attempted, at least…) obscured, that was new to the photographer, seen in the UCSF parking lot in the Millberry Union. Taken by a Nikon N75 with a Nikkor 28-80mm ƒ3.3-5.6 G kit lens on Fujicolor Superia 400. Negative scanned into computer by an HP G4010. Dust removal, color and gamma correction (and obscuring…) done in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2. Geotag location is exact, but this was taken on the 6th level of the garage…

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2011-07-19 16:14:05

Tagged: , Alabama license plate , San Francisco, CA , Nikon 28-80mm , Fujicolor , Superia 400 , geotagged , Nikon N75

UCSF lone pine

UCSF lone pine

The lone Monterrey Pine Pinus radiata that stands in front of the UCSF Medical Center, seen fairly early (at least, for me – 10.30 AM…) one morning in late June 2011 as I was waiting for my mother to be discharged from the hospital. Taken in San Francisco, CA by a Nikon N75 with a Nikkor 28-80mm ƒ3.3-5.6 kit lens (at 28) on Fujicolor Superia 400. Negative scanned into computer by an HP G4010. Dust removal, color and gamma correction done in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2011-07-20 15:27:08

Tagged: , Monterey Pine , Pinus radiata , University of California, San Francisco , San Francisco, CA , Nikon 28-80mm , Fujicolor , Superia 400 , geotagged , Nikon N75