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I was lucky enough to be invited to photograph all these lovely models honoring San Francisco’s Sustainable Fashion Week. Here are some of the photos from two days in rather difficult conditions with Arctic winds!
Jewelry Design by Miae Nelson. Models: Julia Saori, Brandi Inocencio, Carlos Zandejas, Amethyst Huang, Sarah Peterson, Antoinette Louise, Solerena Ws, Fernanda Quieroz
I have seen snow in Squaw Valley before, but never for a full week when even getting to the nearest restaurant was a struggle! It has been snowing ever since and there will be lots of spring skiing this year! My safe haven since 1993!
I was considering getting a used fisheye lens just for fun, but realized that I probably would not find enough use for it! Still intrigued with the sometimes very odd results, I was wondering if it could be done in Photoshop? Low and behold, of course it can! You can make your photos look like traditional fisheye lens pictures with the black border, but I discovered that you can create a bubble effect, too!
It is surprisingly easy to do!
Open a photo with dimensions of 1×1 (fully square image). Go to Filter>Distort>Spherize and raise the amount all the way to 100%.
If you want a border, create a new layer and grab the Elliptical Marquee tool. Set the feather value in the Options bar to 15px. Create a circle selection as large as you can without going outside the image. Press Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+I to invert the selection and then fill in black or the color of your choice!
From the New York Times this week:
“Greenland’s enormous ice sheet is melting at such an accelerated rate that it may have reached a “tipping point” and could become a major factor in sea-level rise around the world within two decades, scientists said in a study published on Monday.
The Arctic is warming at twice the average rate of the rest of the planet, and the new research adds to the evidence that the ice loss in Greenland, which lies mainly above the Arctic Circle, is speeding up as the warming increases. The authors found that ice loss in 2012, more than 400 billion tons per year, was nearly four times the rate in 2003. After a lull in 2013-14, losses have resumed.
The study is the latest in a series of papers published this month suggesting that scientific estimates of the effects of a warming planet have been, if anything, too conservative. Just a week ago, a separate study of ice loss in Antarctica found that the continent is contributing more to rising sea levels than previously thought.
Another new analysis suggested that the oceans are warming far faster than earlier estimates. Warming oceans are currently the leading cause of sea-level rise, since water expands as it warms.”
We must do so much better to help our planet!!!
“Beach Blanket Babylon, San Francisco’s hilarious pop culture musical revue, is the perfect night out with friends. Celebrating over 16,000 performances and seen by over six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed production continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in San Francisco’s North Beach district with its spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats!
Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her “Prince Charming.” Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop culture characters, including Donald and Melania Trump, Kim Jong-un, Colin Kaepernick, Vladimir Putin, Lady Gaga, Wonder Woman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Sarah Huckabee, Ivanka Trump, Serena Williams, Barack and Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Taylor Swift, Oprah, Prince Harry and Meghan, and the Golden State Warriors.”
If you’re going to San Francisco, do not miss this absolute gem in the middle of North Beach. I must have seen it 15 times over the past 21 years. Here is the link to their website: https://www.beachblanketbabylon.com/
A Little Shameless Self Promotion!
Thank you to the Facebook Site “Bordeaux Ma Ville” for having chosen my photo of La Cite du Vin as their Photo of the Day!
Slideshow from my recent trip to Bordeaux including downtown, the Medoc and Hourtin Plage & Lac
Outside Bordeaux – The Hourtin Lake and the Atlantic Ocean
Only 1 hour from Bordeaux, or a straight shot to the West from Chateau Mouton Rothschild, you will find Hourtin with its lake and the beautiful Atlantic Coast. Not as populated or affluent as Cap Ferret or Arcachon, it is a beautifully peaceful destination for getting out of the City of Bordeaux.
I just got back from 2 1/2 weeks in my beloved Bordeaux, a town that I have loved and considered home for over 30 years, even though I have been living in the US for two decades. I will be sharing some of my photos over the next weeks and am starting today with the world that has been mine since 1984; Wine!
I have recently been having a lot of fun creating partially animated photos. It is actually surprisingly simple and the results can be quite striking:
But, it does not always go right!
Another world to discover and play with!
It is impossible to get enough of these fall colors that currently grace Napa. I found a little area in Carneros that seemed a little unkempt and it was not clear to me whether these grapes were still waiting to be harvested or if they had simply been left behind! Whatever the case, I was grateful for their “plumminess” in the sun!
New Camera, Camcorder and Software and not enough Hours in the Day!
(Shot on Sony A6500 and Sony AX700 using Cyberlink PowerDirector as Editing Software.) Make sure you watch in HD!!!
Testing it all at the Solano Lantern Festival
Having fun with graduation pictures
A new software, Corel PhotoMirage, did not start our quite so well and I seem to have caused some major earthquakes around San Francisco!
Luckily, there were some good results, too!
I have always tried to limit my use of Lightroom/Photoshop to turn my raw files into what I saw with my eyes. Sure, I will remove distractions and perhaps add a very discreet vignette to keep the eyes within the frame. But should I worry more about making images pop and create attention? Everybody else seems to be doing it with pride and is not adding physical polarizers and other filters really the same thing? Did Ansel Adams not dodge and burn? I am conflicted, but suspect I will eventually get over it and fall into the action/overlay/filter trap and maybe even love it!
Here are some examples of photos that do not quite reflect reality – what do you think?