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Weekly Photo Projects, Week 21
Busy SF Street
Compositionally this isn't the greatest, but I enjoyed playing around with long exposure shots from the comfort of a 23rd floor room. Our theme for +Weekly Photo Project 2013 was Action/Motion. I had a number of shots to choose from, but I kept coming back to this one. This was a full 60 second exposure that I only worked on in Aperture because a recent Topaz Labs update has (temporarily?) killed my normal workflow. I primarily played with white balance to try and get rid of the very strong yellow cast from the street lights.
A Row of Curves
This wasn't an intentional shot. I was walking by the Ferry Building and looked up and thought I'd try to compose a little differently. I also liked the row of arches to fit in the theme for +Project 52 B&W of Curves. Also in an unusual move for me this is a JPEG straight out of camera with no touch ups. I was quite pleased with the lighting.
You can view my Weekly Photo Project album here.
My black & white project album here.
If you find yourself in the Eastern Sierra, I highly highly recommend taking a few hours and stopping by the Manzanar National Historic Site. It's tells the story of out not too distant past that we like to conveniently skip over. If you're not familiar with the significance of this site, this is where, shortly after the bombing of Hawaii by Japan in 1941, some 10,000 Japanese, most with US citizenship, were incarcerated. This site is one of ten sites around the country that would come to hold over 110,000 people, again most of which were US citizens, from 1942-1945.
I realize it's been awhile since posting, but here goes. I have a backlog of photos taken with some new gear (more on that in another post. Hopefully) so I'm going to post some that have only seen minimal processing within the Google Photos service? App? All in all I'm really impressed with how much Google Photos has progressed over the years. Until I get Lightroom setup on a new computer, Google, and a handful of other apps, will have to handle the workload.
Before we get into the meat of this post, if you're viewing this on a mobile device, these photos really don't translate that well on it. These are large panoramic photos and really need a large screen to do them justice. Now on with the post.
Occasionally during my Eastern Sierra trip I had the idea to take panoramas to try and take in the full view of what I was seeing and feeling. I tried to focus on a part of the view I was seeing that would fill up my frame, but I felt that it didn't full get the whole feeling with only part of the view, but this led to other problems. All the panoramas I took were literally on the side of the road, meaning I was in the middle of driving, with someone who's not a photographer. So, not wanting to annoy them I left the tripod in the car and took these panoramas free hand. When taking handheld panos my general rule is to take many photos and to go well beyond and after my intended start and stop points so that the photo software has …