Friday, April 25, 2014

"What I am after, above all, is expression . . I am unable to distinguish between the feeling I have for life and my way of expressing it." - Henri Matisse

02-04-14 6:58am Mt Diablo and Container Ship, Blend

This is another one of the blended Bay Area sunrise images I am printing for my upcoming photo opening at Bubble Pop Electric Salon (http://www.bubblepopelectricsalon.com) next Thursday evening, May 1, 2014.  My friend Elizabeth was standing next to me when I took this and can attest there were, in fact, no trippy bubbles floating around that morning . . but I kind of like them : ’ )

Link to this image on my website: http://finsthwait.photoshelter.com/image/I0000UnRiOIZL1g4

Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:42am 01/16/14 (Civil Dawn) New Bay Bridge from Clipper Cove, blended

I took this shot from a slender little beach hidden on the right as one drives down to Treasure Island from Yerba Buena Island.  The wooden access stairs can be found on the other side of the small barbeque picnic area among a neglected grove of palms.  I’ve marked the beach by circling a red “X” in the screen grab above.  After processing the morning’s photo in Lightroom and Photoshop, I uploaded it to a few apps on my iPad and began experimenting with different looks.  The blended version above is a combination of three of my current favorites: Waterlogue (http://www.waterlogueapp.com), Repix (http://www.repix.it), and (http://www.the11ers.com/glaze).  I like these apps not only for the effects they produce, but also because one can save images at a high resolution, which is important when making BIG prints; I make 30”x60” prints on metal and canvas that look great.

A few of these will be in my next show, at Bubble Pop Electric Salon (http://www.bubblepopelectricsalon.com).  Opening reception is the evening of Thursday, May 1st, 2014.

Link to download or purchase:  http://finsthwait.photoshelter.com/image/I00009zOhGWUej9k

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
"7:21am - New Bay Bridge, Sailboat, Repix’d Mosaic"
Link to this image on website:
http://finsthwait.photoshelter.com/image/I0000csf0coHizZY
Moving forward in a new direction with my “Sunrise, Sunset” series of photos, which takes about 6 hours per image:6:00am-7:30am: Wake and go somewhere to watch and shoot sunrise.7:30-9:30: Go home, select, and post-process images.9:30-11:00am: Repix an image as a pseudo Impressionist watercolor.11am-12pm: Save it, open it in Photoshop, chop it up into 48+ separate pieces, reprocess each piece differently, restitch the pieces together, andopen THAT image in “Perfect Photo Suite 8” and resize it so it can be printed at up to 30” x 60” at 300dpi.I LOVE the way these look printed BIG on metal : ’ )

"7:21am - New Bay Bridge, Sailboat, Repix’d Mosaic"

Link to this image on website:

http://finsthwait.photoshelter.com/image/I0000csf0coHizZY


Moving forward in a new direction with my “Sunrise, Sunset” series of photos, which takes about 6 hours per image:
6:00am-7:30am: Wake and go somewhere to watch and shoot sunrise.
7:30-9:30: Go home, select, and post-process images.
9:30-11:00am: Repix an image as a pseudo Impressionist watercolor.
11am-12pm: Save it, open it in Photoshop, chop it up into 48+ separate pieces, reprocess each piece differently, restitch the pieces together, and
open THAT image in “Perfect Photo Suite 8” and resize it so it can be printed at up to 30” x 60” at 300dpi.

I LOVE the way these look printed BIG on metal : ’ )

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14th, 11pm (PST)
Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

Monday, April 14th, 11pm (PST)

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

Thursday, February 27, 2014
7:17am, Monday, February 24 ‘14
Buena Vista Park, San Francisco
My idea Monday morning was to get a sunrise photo of an iconic Haight - Ashbury street sign, but there are MUNI wires going every whichway, the signs are about twelve feet off the ground, the skies were grey and overcast, my head was still foggy from the night before, blah blah blah.
So I frantically tried to catch a bus to another location nearby, but I ran in the wrong direction as the bus was coming around a corner and missed it . . then I watched as a different viable bus drove past me to the bus stop from which I had just previously erroneously fled.  At which point I “gave up,” by which I mean I let go of trying to control and manipulate the situation and decided to simply enjoy having the luxury of strolling around Upper Haight with my camera.
Flanking one end of the Haight is world famous Golden Gate Park, with all of its nuances, idiosyncrasies, beauty, and grandeur.  Flanking the other end of the Haight is Buena Vista park, Golden Gate’s steeper, darker, less-famous, seedier cousin.  It is toward Buena Vista that I headed because, well . . “buena vista.”  Right?
Glad I explored it.  Sun beams streaked through the canopy and I think I only saw three or four people (thus: seedy), not one of whom was my dear good friend, who relishes running hills and eats stairs for breakfast, and for whom I stopped to take this photo.
Now I think I need a refresher course on “who” and “whom.”

7:17am, Monday, February 24 ‘14

Buena Vista Park, San Francisco

My idea Monday morning was to get a sunrise photo of an iconic Haight - Ashbury street sign, but there are MUNI wires going every whichway, the signs are about twelve feet off the ground, the skies were grey and overcast, my head was still foggy from the night before, blah blah blah.

So I frantically tried to catch a bus to another location nearby, but I ran in the wrong direction as the bus was coming around a corner and missed it . . then I watched as a different viable bus drove past me to the bus stop from which I had just previously erroneously fled.  At which point I “gave up,” by which I mean I let go of trying to control and manipulate the situation and decided to simply enjoy having the luxury of strolling around Upper Haight with my camera.

Flanking one end of the Haight is world famous Golden Gate Park, with all of its nuances, idiosyncrasies, beauty, and grandeur.  Flanking the other end of the Haight is Buena Vista park, Golden Gate’s steeper, darker, less-famous, seedier cousin.  It is toward Buena Vista that I headed because, well . . “buena vista.”  Right?

Glad I explored it.  Sun beams streaked through the canopy and I think I only saw three or four people (thus: seedy), not one of whom was my dear good friend, who relishes running hills and eats stairs for breakfast, and for whom I stopped to take this photo.

Now I think I need a refresher course on “who” and “whom.”

Wow, what a light show over San Francisco this morning.

I was sitting at home in my pj’s after haven given up on sunrise due to the completely overcast, cloudy sky. Luckily, I checked out the window again and saw blue sky and sunbeams, so I threw on an outer layer — yep, still in my pj’s — grabbed my camera and a couple lenses, and hustled up the hill.

Wow, what a light show over San Francisco this morning.

I was sitting at home in my pj’s after haven given up on sunrise due to the completely overcast, cloudy sky. Luckily, I checked out the window again and saw blue sky and sunbeams, so I threw on an outer layer — yep, still in my pj’s — grabbed my camera and a couple lenses, and hustled up the hill.

Monday, February 24, 2014
7:13am, February 24th ‘14
Nautical Dawn 5:50-6:21
Civil Dawn 6:21-6:47
Sunrise/Golden Hour 6:47-7:44
I’m frustrated with this morning’s sunrise images; my head was feeling pretty woozy, though.  Some mornings are like that, aren’t they.  I wish I knew Photoshop better.  More precisely, I wish I knew how to make, refine, and work with a tricky selection (the sky, in this photo).  I’ve read “How To” books and magazine articles, watched online video tutorials, and asked a few people . . but I haven’t figured it out, yet (obviously).  Once I figure it out, I’ll probably go back and reprocess a bunch of photos so they look more the way I see them in my mind.

7:13am, February 24th ‘14

Nautical Dawn 5:50-6:21

Civil Dawn 6:21-6:47

Sunrise/Golden Hour 6:47-7:44

I’m frustrated with this morning’s sunrise images; my head was feeling pretty woozy, though.  Some mornings are like that, aren’t they.  I wish I knew Photoshop better.  More precisely, I wish I knew how to make, refine, and work with a tricky selection (the sky, in this photo).  I’ve read “How To” books and magazine articles, watched online video tutorials, and asked a few people . . but I haven’t figured it out, yet (obviously).  Once I figure it out, I’ll probably go back and reprocess a bunch of photos so they look more the way I see them in my mind.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
5:58pm Wednesday, February 19, ‘14
Sunset, Aquatic Park @ Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco
Golden Gate bridge, Mt. Tam, and The lumber schooner, C. A. THAYER, built in 1895.
[Link to this image on website: http://finsthwait.photoshelter.com/image/I0000kWMbJfex8uA]

5:58pm Wednesday, February 19, ‘14

Sunset, Aquatic Park @ Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

Golden Gate bridge, Mt. Tam, and The lumber schooner, C. A. THAYER, built in 1895.

[Link to this image on website: http://finsthwait.photoshelter.com/image/I0000kWMbJfex8uA]

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Tuesday, February 18, 2014



Link to this image on website: http://finsthwait.photoshelter.com/image/I0000u9pfvJReolU
Nautical Dawn: 5:57-6:28
Civil Dawn: 6:28-6:55
Sunrise / Golden Hour: 6:55-7:53
P.S.  While editing and processing this morning, I had the pleasure of listening to MY FRIEND, April Dembosky report on how “Covered California’s Outreach Program to Latinos Falls Short.”  Woot-woot!  Yay April!
http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/author/adembosky/
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Link to this image on website: http://finsthwait.photoshelter.com/image/I0000u9pfvJReolU

Nautical Dawn: 5:57-6:28

Civil Dawn: 6:28-6:55

Sunrise / Golden Hour: 6:55-7:53

P.S.  While editing and processing this morning, I had the pleasure of listening to MY FRIEND, April Dembosky report on how “Covered California’s Outreach Program to Latinos Falls Short.”  Woot-woot!  Yay April!

http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/author/adembosky/